For Lombok, sometimes being simply a 20-minute hop away from Bali is both a blessing and a curse – both islands promote beautiful coastlines after all. But Lombok has an unspoiled, quieter side that attracts visitors looking for a hushed escape. As people become lost in time, they’ll eventually realise that Lombok is very much unlike Bali and that’s precisely its charm. So travel to Lombok and discover the city for yourself. Explore the many attractions in Lombok which will make you realize the true charm of this destination.
Beaches in Lombok are generally clean, pristine and well-preserved, especially the captivating Kuta Beach and Senggigi Beach. The beach at Tanjung A’an, Kuta, even has unique pepper-like sand covering its shores. Unlike its crowded island neighbours, persistent hawkers are not a problem in Lombok. On the contrary, good-natured locals would be more than willing to split open a coconut open for you to enjoy at the beach, making Lombok the perfect place to focus on just relaxing.
There’s magic in Lombok and it’s all because of its natural wonders. The stunning scenery above the mighty Mount Rinjani may be regarded as one of the best views in the country but the area surrounding also holds a strong spiritual significance. For instance the crescent-shaped lake, Segara Anak, is regarded as holy and becomes a place for prayers during full moon nights. Thousands of visitors also go to the Sendang Gila and Tiu Kelep waterfalls, where legend says that swimming in its waters can make you a year younger.
Nothing else tastes quite like Lombok than a plate of taliwang chicken, a spicy chicken dish served with dried red chilli, onions, garlic, red tomatoes, fried shrimps, Javanese sugar and salt. Presentation-wise, the taliwang chicken looks similarly like the common grilled or fried chicken covered in relish, but a bite of the dish will convince you that it’s unlike anything else. And it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Made from cow or goat ribs, the bebalung soup is cooked until the meat tenders at the bone, becoming one with its traditional seasoning blends. It’s a party-ready menu, available in every local celebration. When served, it is usually with plain rice, a slice of lemon and fresh chili on the side.
A dish best served cold, plecing kangkung is the perfect vegetable companion of the taliwang chicken. Although a spinach-based delicacy, the plecing kangkung is considered unique because it uses Lombok-grown water spinach, which tastes different and crunchier compared to its Javanese counterparts. It is usually boiled and served with a sauce made from chili, salt, shrimp paste and tomato.
Lombok should be a huge consideration for the individuals who want to get away from the crowd but still yearn for an amazing beach view, especially if you’re looking for a place to get married and spend your honeymoon at the same time. When it comes to romantic, intimate weddings, you can never go wrong with beautiful coastlines, clear blue waters and less people on the beach.