Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia
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Approximately 8½ Hours
Central Lombok is home to traditional Sasak villages. You’ll pass beautiful scenery of rice fields and palm trees, and stop at Banyu Mulek—famous for handmade pottery. Enjoy a cidomo ride (traditional horse cart) to see the skilled villagers processing clay into beautiful export-quality pottery. At the local school, children are trained to make pottery from a very young age. A visit to a large gallery is included, where you can purchase finished products. Sukarara, your next stop, is a village known for Ikat and handwoven fabric, and you will also visit Sade village to view traditional Sasak houses. Each house contains an interior platform, raised about a yard off the ground, which is made from a mixture of clay, dung and straw. The surface is eventually polished to a high gloss finish, and the roof is made of thatching, with bamboo or palm walls. Sade is also home to the traditional bonnet-shaped rice barns—lumbungs—an iconic symbol of Lombok. Kuta Beach offers the best seascape in Lombok and an Indonesian buffet lunch is served here at a beautiful tropical resort. Free time is plentiful at the resort, so relax and enjoy hotel’s swimming pool or the crystal-clear blue water of the beach before returning to the port.
Bring your swimsuit, a towel, sunscreen and a hat.