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Plecing Kangkung: Healthy Menu special from Lombok Island

Plecing Kangkung is easily found  in any restaurant in Lombok. It is water spinach in spicy fresh sauce. The taste is addictive. This menu will be suitable with rice and also other local food of Lombok such as Sate rembiga and Ayam Taliwang. 

The sauce is made of chili,  tomato, garlic, shallot and a little bit of shrimp pasta. Another vegetable can be mixed in Plecing Kangkung is been sprout. And sometimes you will get it sprinkled with peanuts. To make the sauce more flavors, usually added with lime. 

For me when i was in Lombok i could have this menu for lunch, and breakfast……… and dinner.  or even snack time.

Senggigi Beach, Lombok Island, Indonesia

Senggigi Beach is a very famous area in Lombok, because of its long white sandy beach, accommodations are established here from small hotel to some luxury resort. It is located about 1 hour drive from Lombok airport the the beach. 

Sunset from Senggigi beach is very enticing, especially when weather is clear that we can see the beautiful Mount Agung of Bali in a far. Enjoying the sunset while walking with spouse or even sipping coconut water can be an option every afternoon.  Some hotels and resorts have sea front cafe/restaurant, suitable for sunset dinner.

If you want to buy some clothes, there is an art market selling various colorful affordable clothing. It opens from 8 am to 7 am. And not far from the Senggu Beach hotels area, there are some souvenirs store as well. 

From Senggigi Beach , if you want to go to another island, there is a pier for fast boat to Gili Island and Bali. 

In my opinion Senggigi is a nice place to stay, as it is nearby the beach, and not so far from The Gili Islands, if you like night entertainment there are some options of pubs.  Climbing Mount Rinjani also usually includes pick up from Senggigi area. 

To commute at night, usually there are cidomo, horse cart,  on operation util late at night. Senggigi is relatively safe, you can walk from maybe your hotel to restaurant or pub safely. 

Islamic Center Lombok: View Point to see Mataram from above

Lombok is known as halal destination in Indonesia. Moslem will feel convenient here as there are more than thousand of mosques here. The biggest mosque is Islamic Center. 

Islamic Center can be visited also by non Moslem, they can visit the 99 meters high tower and get a look at the surrounding area. From the peak of the tower, 99 meters high, you can see Mount Rinjani, the houses, and the sea. And for sure you can just see many mosques from here. 

For moslem, this Mosque is best place to be visited to Dzhuhur or Ashar or Magrib for prayer and also for panorama view.

Islamic Center was built in 2013, its minaret height, 99 m, was adopten from 99 names of Allah. Islamic center is the icon of Mataram City, and also the center of culture, religious activity, and art market. 


Pura Batu Bolong, Lombok

Batu Bolong Temple is located nearby the main road, you can stop by here enroute from Mataram to Senggigi. The Temple is located on the cliff, above rock with a hole or locally known as Batu Bolong.

The temple area can be visited for sunset area, though it is not as mesmerized as Tanah Lot Temple in Bali. Visitors can enter the temple area, yet must wear sash which is prepared already at the temple gate by paying IDR 20,000. Entering the temple or the worship area is prohibited. 


Merese Hill: Best spot to view Tanjung Aan and Batu Payung

If you arrive at Tanjung Aan for a visit, do not miss to hike to Merese Hill. The hike will take about 30 menutes, but do not worry to be tired as you can stop by some nice panoramas on the way to the end of the hill.

From up the hill you can see the beauty of Tanjung Aan and Batu Payung. Some locals kids will follow you and offer taking picture for some tips. There are no trees on the hill, except one  tree which locals call it as Galau Tree. 

Taman Narmada: The Miniature of Mount Rinjani

Narmada Park was built in the 1723 by Anak Agung Ngurah Karangasem who reigned Lombok Island in the past. Narmada name derives from the branch of Gangga river in India. This was built to worship and also as resting place for the king in dry season. 

Local hindu people in the past initially climb Mount Rinjani (3700 m)  to hold Pujawali ritual by giving offerings to gods. As the king got old, and could not again climb Mount Rinjani for Pujawali ritual, he then established this miniature of Mount Rinjani for him to pray. The core of the park is the pond , the symbol of Segare Anak lake the crater of Mount Rinjani.  Now the pond is used as public swimming pool.


Pura Lingsar: Temple of Tolerance, Lombok, Indonesia

Pura Lingsar is the biggest and the oldest temple in Lombok Island, built in the mid 18th Century by King Ketut Karangasem. In the temple complex there are 2 areas, temple for Hindu , Balinese beliefand praying area for Weku Telu Islam, the Sasak Tribe belief

The temple has Balinese Hindu architecture style, as it is built by Balinese king. There is a pond dedicated to Visnu where visitors can make a wish. by throwing coin to the pond. There is a sacred fish lives in the pond which shows itself when is called.

At the Weku Telu area, we can find bathing place which can be used for wudhu or cleaning one self before praying in Islam. 

This temple main event is perang topat  between Hindu and Weku Telu Islam. This ritual is held to show gratefulness to God. In this ritual both sides throwing ketupat (rice in coconut leaf) to each other. This is held rainy season. 

The name of the temple, Lingsar, derives from Ling, which means sound and Sar which means sound of water. This is related how the spring in the area found by an ulema. Until today the date when the spring found is commemorated annually by locals, every the seventh month of Sasak calendar. 

Benang Setokel and Benang Kelambu Waterfall, Lombok, Indonesia

Both waterfalls, Benang Setokel and Benang Kelambu located nearby, administratively located in Lombok Tengah.

It takes about 1 hour walk from the village road to Benang Setokel Waterfall, passing rice field and forest. The waterfall’s height is about 30 meters. Benang Setokel has two waterfalls, and it has pool where you can swim. 

From Benang Setokel to Benang Kelambu you will need to walk about 1 KM, some route is very steep, especially when we almost reach the waterfall. There are some waterfalls her. The waterfall got its name  because of the shape of the fall which looks like kelambu or curtain. 

I saw a man making a beautiful crown out of fern which abundantly grow here. We could wear them and give some tips to him.

Waterfalls are nice to visit if you visit Lombok for quiet long time and you have visited some other destinations in Lombok. You can prepare one day trip for this waterfall tour. 

Pink Beach: Beautiful Beach , Lombok Island

This beach is located about 2 hours from Senggigi beach area.  Actually there are 2 route to get to the beach, one via land which takes a little bit difficult drive through hilly route and the other one is driving from Mataram about 1,5 hours to Tanjung Luar pier or  2 hours from Senggigi area then proceed by 30 minutes sailing to the beach. 

It was not pink as what i saw on the internet though, the sand is kinda white to me. And it is beautiful and we can do various water activity there from snorkeling to just relaxing on the beach. If you are hungry, you can have lunch at some stalls at the beach selling various menus from the yummy plecing kangkung to noodles and seafood. 

You can even get a better view by walking to the hills. It is just about 20 minutes walk for a mesmerizing view of the beach and some atolls in the vicinity. And some cows owned by locals are grassing on the hill’s peak. 

On the way back to the pier we stop by at Gili Petelu, another islet with many fishes. You can do snorkeling here. 


Ende, Sasak Tribe Traditional Village: Lombok Island, Indonesia

Lombok is known for its beautiful beaches, diving sites, island hopping and Mount Rinjani hiking. Another good place to visit when you are visiting Lombok Island is its traditional village, Ende Village. 

Ende village is located about 2 hours from Senggigi beach area. Villagers here still preserve their tradition, from their daily activities of making the weavings, farming, and even its indigenous house. 

The house which is called as Bale Tani is usually small, about 10-15 sqm, made of wood, bamboo and grass roof. What is really interesting the the smell of cattle dung in the village. It turns out that they use to dung for flooring, as a glue of the soil. Usually after some months, the soil floor will crack and that is when the dung must be applied on the floor to make it smooth. The philosophy of this practice is to remain that as human which is embodied on the soil floor, they will return to mother Earth and as farmer they work hard which is embodied in the dung use. Usually man or husband sleeps outside, while inside the house is from woman and children. 

When the house is damages, it will be repaired by the community, and they work together hand in hand. One thing i find very interesting is the way the man of the village court a girl, not by proposing to the parents like most of the custom in Indonesia but by kidnapping the girl first. 

Sasak tribe are mostly farmer, they grow rice, corn and other vegetables. Currently only few villages still maintain the traditional house. Even though Sasak tribe are moslem, they still also practice their indigenous belief and tradition.