Lombok is a very beautiful island with various things which you can see and do there. As well, it’s not too big, so most destinations you can reach by driving a couple of hours. Most travelers come to Lombok during the dry season and to the most popular destinations, like Senggigi, Kuta beaches, 3 Gili islands and etc. But during the rainy season, in some places, you feel like spending time in a small part of paradise – no people and surrounding just breath-taking.
On another hand, sometimes in paradise as well can be some danger. I think, the main thing – if you hear that people warn you, take it seriously. You are just a guest, no matter from which country, how strong you are and etc. Don’t overvalue yourself in other countries, where people live, think, and act differently than in your surroundings.
When people talk about bad experiences, others, sometimes start to think, that this can’t happen to them. That’s why, a long time I didn’t want to share this post, but some happenings with foreigners in Lombok, made me change my mind. I don’t say that “don’t go to Lombok, it’s dangerous” (like bad things can happen in any place around the world). I just want to share what you need to be careful about. Then you will have safe travel in Lombok and I believe you will fully enjoy the trip.
When we were planning a trip to Lombok (for 3 weeks in the rainy season) I read some stories about not nice experiences there. But at that time I thought “Ok, people were just unlucky, maybe some things happen because of their own behavior, nothing bad can happen with us”. When we arrived and met with Indonesian friends, showed our route map – we got the same warnings from them, saying in which parts of Lombok we should be more careful. Then I started to worry a bit more. So we followed their suggestions and advice. I’m happy that nothing happened to us, but we saw and heard stories from locals, foreigners who had incidents at that time there.
So here are tips for safe travel in Lombok
Extra tip for safe travel in Lombok
Beware of buying local alcohol from your “new friendly friends” (it’s common in all of Indonesia). They can suggest you a cocktail, try a local drink and etc. Seems adventurous to drink something that it’s forbidden BUT their cases when people died after drinking alcohol in Indonesia. People are mixing or make alcohol be diluted with methanol. Do you know that it’s very dangerous? You can google some news about it. Some insights here.
All trips will be safe if you won’t overvalue yourself and will hear, follow advice and warnings. Don’t be brave – be smart and wise before deciding to do something and your journey will be just amazing!
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- Have you been to Lombok island? Did you feel safe there?
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