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Going to Lombok and Surrounds, Indonesia

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    • Pro 2014
      Matthew Crompton recommended Kuta
      Kuta, Lombok (please not to be confused with the eponymous town in South Bali) is the Indonesia you've been looking for and have not found -- a whole coastline of empty white-sand beaches, sheltered ... read more
      bays, and turquoise waters, with great surf breaks for everyone from beginners to experts. There's none of the scheming from Bali, none of the crowds and douchey backpackers from the Gilis. The locals are genuinely nice (not want-something nice) and sincerely surf-crazy, eager to share a meal or show you an out-of-the-way surf spot. An Australian newspaper recently reported on the area's long-awaited boom with an article titled, "Waiting for the Gold Rush," but for now Kuta Lombok is one of the sweetest places in the whole of Indonesia.
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      Matthew Crompton

      My favorite place on Lombok. It's not a party town like the Gilis, but it gets lively on Weds and Saturday nights, and the both the tourists and the locals are a far more likable lot.

    • Pro 2014
      Matthew Crompton recommended Gili Trawangan
      Your enjoyment of Gili Trawangan, the largest of the three Gili Islands, largely hinges on your appetite for partying. Sure, the diving and snorkeling are good, and once you get out of the town it ... read more
      quickly becomes very quiet and calm, but the majority of comers are here to party -- lured by the freeflowing drugs ("weed, mushrooms, coke, ecstasy") and the meatmarkety vibe. If you're not in the mood, you're better off to stay on Gili Air or Gili Meno.
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      Matthew Crompton

      This is THE party location on Lombok. Three times a week, there's a significant bash going on, and people are ALWAYS drinking. Diving and snorkelling are good, and without a police force, there are drugs everywhere. That said, I find the crowd here reprehensible, and the locals a little bit fake-friendly. Depends on what you're in for.

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