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ISSUE 174

 

FUN AND SUN… LOMBOK!

Yes, it’s high season in Lombok and the island is very busy – but you’ll never find the crowds that have overtaken Bali here!

With its vast coastlines, deserted islands, hectares of forests and national parks, and hundreds of quaint villages to explore, you’ll always find some special space to enjoy the fun and sun in Lombok!

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TIME FOR BAR ON GILI T TO BAIL!

Gili Trawangan is known, rightly or wrongly, as “the party island” and, especially in high season, it can certainly be seen that way as thousands of visitors flood onto the small idyllic island off the northwest coast of Lombok during the annual European holidays.

But, even for an island that has found itself marketed as a party destination and happily provides a range of fun and exciting nightlife options for tourists, there comes a point when “enough is enough”!

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EPICENTRUM TO CHANGE THE FACE OF SHOPPING IN LOMBOK

After more than two years of rumours, construction is now underway at Lombok’s newest and biggest mall.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the Lombok Epicentrum on Jalan Sriwijaya in Mataram took place on 1 March, 2014 and, when we visited this week, site works are well underway for the stylish mall that will change the face of shopping in Lombok.

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What's Hot

Senggigi Festival? Who knows?! As we reported in our last issue, the annual Senggigi Festival was scheduled to take place this year from 20 to 23 August.

The date for the Festival has already been changed once by the West Lombok government and the Department of Tourism, as it was originally scheduled to be held from 19 to 22 June 2014.

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MT RINJANI ULTRA… Challenging Lombok’s Mighty Volcano!

Die-hard runners and masochistic athletes once again battled our mighty volcano, Gunung Rinjani, in the second annual “Mt Rinjani Ultra” held in Lombok this month.

At 3,726 metres above sea level (m.asl), Mt Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia and one of the most challenging peaks in SE Asia.

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EXPLORING THE CENTRE OF LOMBOK

August is high season in Lombok and, when the main tourism areas get too busy, a day trip across the island is a great way to get away from the crowds and see the “real face” of the island.

The centre of Lombok encompasses the southern slopes of the Rinjani mountain range and is cooler and more lush than the south; being protected by forests and jungle and receiving abundant rainfall in the wet season. There are many rivers, waterfalls and streams originating from the mountains and feeding the villages below.

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A CALL TO GREEN VALLEY RESIDENTS

Every single household in Green Valley generates rubbish. The volume of waste being generated on a daily basis now far exceeds the capacity of collection points and frequency with which this waste is removed.

Genuine health and environmental issues have arisen from the massive excess of waste that has been allowed to accumulate and, as a result, a group of concerned residents recently formed the Green Valley Association (GVA) to look at ways to address the concerns of many living in the area.

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