East Lombok is lush and less developed than the western part of the island, allowing a peek into a rural part of Indonesia. Inhabited by the indigenous Sasak people, who keep their culture very much alive. Local income comes from agriculture and tobacco plantations. The international tobacco importer of British American Tobacco and Phillip Morris have found Lombok grows the best quality of Virginia tobacco and, because of this, they have made a huge investment in funding local farmers.
Situated on the cool eastern slopes of Mt. Rinjani like a secret mountain hideaway, Sembalun Lawang which is located in the remains of a huge caldera, offers impressive views of the awesome mountain. Rinjani from Sembalun Lawang appears so close, you could touch it. From here it is a much shorter climb to the top of mount Rinjani.
Not far from Kota Raja, Loyok and its surrounding area is famous for the bamboo crafts that it produces. Many local designs are created by skilled craftsmen working studiously each day on an amazing array of products.
This village in east Lombok is known for its traditional woven cloth. Still produced on old looms by skilled villagers the cloths are now experiencing a resurgence of interest because of their natural look.
Otak Kokok Gading & Jeruk Manis Waterfall
Located forty kilometers east of Mataram, this area is famous for its waterfall, whose water is believed to cure all diseases if the afflicted bathes in its pools.
Jeruk Manis Waterfall lies in a lush natural forest. Local people call this impressive fall 'Aik Temer', because they believe its waters are able to cure baldness.
Located further north along the road from Loyok, Tete Batu village is situated on the slopes of Mt. Rinjani, Lombok's highest mountain. The view of this awesome giant is breathtaking and a swim in the local water is also breathtaking as it is quite cold. Treks in the Rinjani foothills are a popular activity for those visiting Tete Batu.
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This impressive sounding area (Kota Raja is literally means King City) is home to an attractive waterfall as well as offering stunning views across the region.
The capital city of East Lombok, Selong is an ideal stopover place for those wishing to go on to Labuhan Haji, Kaliantan and travel further to the east.
Kaliantan's white expanse of sand is the venue for the Bau Nyale festival which is held yearly at the same time as the celebration in Kuta South Lombok.
Senanti's reputation as a wood carvers village is well known. Here they use a traditional method of carving passed down through the generations.
The dense forest which covers Lemor and its surrounding areas is an ideal place to escape the heat of the day. It also boasts a pool for swimming and various springs.
Suradadi villagers use their traditional skills to make handicraft items from lontar and palm leaves. Experienced crafts men and women create boxes, mats, bags, wallets and other attractive products in this industrious village.
This traditional village, which nestles at the bottom of Mt. Rinjani, is known for its uncomplicated way of life - a way of life that has been followed for generations.
Famous for its traditional Sasak dance productions, Lenek is also home to the black monkey. Here, visitors can also buy a number of keepsakes that the villagers produce.
A famous location from which to view some of the fantastic panoramas that East Lombok offers. This area also has a home-stay which was built by the Dutch during their rule in Indonesia.
Gili Lampu, Gili Sulat, Gili Lawang
These three islets lie off the coast of North-East Lombok. The sea around these white sandy jewels are home to an amazing array of colorful marine life, making it an ideal place to swim and snorkel. These beautiful islets can be reached by boat from Labuhan Lombok.
Grave of Selaparang
This is a sacred grave of a Selaparang King. The grave is located at Presak village, Pringgabaya which is about sixty-five kilometers from Mataram.
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