Lombok, like everywhere in the world has a few things to beware of. As the well-being of our guests is paramount, here are the things to beware of when visiting Lombok, and also a few things that you don’t need to worry about. INSURANCE Like travelling anywhere in the world, it is best to have personal travel insurance, unless of course you are rolling in money and can afford to pay for your own hospital bills and international medical evacuation costs. Travel insurance is absolutely essential! RELIGION Keep in mind that you are in a Muslim country, and Muslims, like anyone anywhere, do not like their religion being slandered, or having visitors make unsavoury comments about their religious beliefs.  Be polite and courteous, and respect the people and their religious beliefs, and all will be fine. THE WATER! Probably the best way to get the message across is something like... DO NOT DRINK THE WATER, DO NOT DRINK THE WATER, DO NOT DRINK THE WATER ! All quality hotels offer bottled mineral water (which is actually produced by the reverse osmosis method) so is totally sterile and free of anything that is likely to spoil your holiday.  Always ask for mineral water in a bottle and if the cap appears loose, ask for it to be changed.  Refilling mineral water bottles seems to be a major industry in some locations, so always check, otherwise you may spend the next few days sitting in the bathroom with stomach cramps or worse! RABIES While quite a bit of Indonesia suffers the disease known as “rabies” in its dog population, Lombok has managed to avoid this terrible disease which can kill dogs, monkeys, and if left untreated, humans, so don’t stress about frothing at the mouth and going mad! RICE WINE (Arak) While most Indonesians are Muslim, and alcohol is forbidden, there are “rice wine” distillers everywhere.  This product can be quite potent, and sometimes of, lets say, “dubious quality”. In the fermentation process of creating rice wine, there is a very very fine line between a quality product, and something that can either send you blind, or kill you.  I am not trying to scare you off trying it, but do keep in mind that every year several people die from imbibing in what is essentially moonshine. Most quality hotels will not sell Arak, but some of the more dubious bars have been known in the past to substitute quality product with it.  If you walk past a bar and they are “topping up the bottles”, ie; filling up a Jack Daniels (TM) bottle from a plastic container, the odds are fairly good that you shouldn’t drink there. It is popular to substitute Arak in cocktails too, so do keep this in mind. THE MONKEYS They are cute, not cuddly, have big teeth and can be nasty biters, are very very agile, and excellent thieves!  If you are visiting an areas where there are monkeys, make sure everything is bolted down. DO NOT try to scare them away, be polite but firm, a bit like dealing with that pesky beach seller.  Scaring them may see you bitten, and monkey bites can lead to some pretty nasty infections that are hard to treat. All bags should be well secured, with all pockets zipped closed.  Don’t worry, they know how to open a zip, so keep your bag in front, don’t leave it casually slung over your shoulder or your passport will be gone in a flash. Keep your car doors closed and windows up, otherwise you may return to find one practising “driving the car”. They are particularly good at stealing..... cameras, wallets, purses, food, money, watches, handbags, rucksacks, backpacks, small tour vehicles, children under 14 years.... I am sure you get the idea.  They might be cute, but they will steal EVERYTHING! THE DRIVERS The motorists here are used to the traffic conditions and make it look easy.  I assure you though, there are a considerable number of fatalities caused by pedestrians being struck by cars, motorbikes, trucks, buses and probably low flying planes. If you need to walk somewhere, use the footpath.  If there is no footpath, walk facing into the traffic, and be prepared to dive into the bushes at an instant to save your life! Be particularly careful at NIGHT.  Many don’t have lights on their vehicles, or simply choose not to use them for whatever reason. Be especially wary when there are two vehicles passing you at the same time... the roads are narrow and the traffic fast, and a pedestrian does less damage to a vehicle than that on-coming truck, so you guess which way they swerve! MOTORBIKES It seems that about half of the world’s motorbikes are on the roads here!  I am not trying to scare you.... but, being hit by a motorbike is no fun... you will end up in a hospital for sure.  The vehicles travel on left side of the road here, so for all of you who come from where they drive on the wrong side of the road, when crossing the road, look RIGHT, not left, when crossing the road. Even better, look both ways TWICE, and do not stand on the white line in the middle of the road.  You may be hit by overtaking vehicles. While vehicles have indicators to show where the vehicle is going, very few have worked out what that little stick on the steering wheel is actually for, so they change direction at any time without warning. BEACH SELLERS Most of the beach sellers and street vendors are honest, hard-working people just like you and I.  Do keep in mind though that that Rolex(TM) watch you are bartering over for USD$6.00 is probably not real, despite the recently photocopied world- wide warranty being offered with it.  And no, USD$6.00 is not what you should pay for a genuine Rolex(TM) Like anywhere, you get what you pay for.  If you insist on buying such a “quality watch”, be sure to ask for some spare batteries.  Usually they will throw them in for the same price.  When you get home and the watch needs a new battery, the odds are pretty good that the price of the battery from you local watch dealer will be more than you paid for the entire watch! WILDLIFE The term “wildlife” covers anything that “has a heart and moves” on Lombok.  This can include cats, dogs, pigs, goats, chickens, monkeys, & birds of all varieties, not to mention cows. If you intend renting a scooter or car, MAKE SURE YOU TAKE OUT INSURANCE and remember, that chicken crossing the road up front belongs to someone, and they know they own it.  If you kill it or injure it, you may have to pay for it. THE TAXI DRIVERS The vast majority of taxi drivers are legitimate and do a fantastic job, but there are some who see the tourist community as a “cash cow”, or a fat cow to be ‘milked’ for as much cash as possible. The best bet is only use a Blue Cab.  That is the colour of the vehicle.  They have a meter, and only pay the fare shown on the meter.  Settle with the driver that you will be going by the meter.  If they don’t start the meter when you get into the vehicle, tell them to stop, and turn it on. If they refuse, get out and hail another cab.  As with all transport, set the deal details BEFORE you move off. SUMMARY Like travelling anywhere in the world, keep your wits about you, respect the people, their differences, their culture, their land, and their customs (and especially their laws!) DO NOT BE LOUD OR OBNOXIOUS... this will lead to heartache and problems, and anger on all sides. The people on Lombok are very kind and generous people... remember, you are in their land, so abide by their laws and ways, and please always avoid saying... “it is better at home” as they may take your lead and suggest you go there! When in Rome, do as the Romans do...... Most importantly, HAVE A GREAT TIME!
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Lombok, like everywhere in the world has a few things to beware of. As the well-being of our guests is paramount, here are the things to beware of when visiting Lombok, and also a few things that you don’t need to worry about. INSURANCE Like travelling anywhere in the world, it is best to have personal travel insurance, unless of course you are rolling in money and can afford to pay for your own hospital bills and international medical evacuation costs. Travel insurance is absolutely essential! RELIGION Keep in mind that you are in a Muslim country, and Muslims, like anyone anywhere, do not like their religion being slandered, or having visitors make unsavoury comments about their religious beliefs.  Be polite and courteous, and respect the people and their religious beliefs, and all will be fine. THE WATER! Probably the best way to get the message across is something like... DO NOT DRINK THE WATER, DO NOT DRINK THE WATER, DO NOT DRINK THE WATER ! All quality hotels offer bottled mineral water (which is actually produced by the reverse osmosis method) so is totally sterile and free of anything that is likely to spoil your holiday.  Always ask for mineral water in a bottle and if the cap appears loose, ask for it to be changed.  Refilling mineral water bottles seems to be a major industry in some locations, so always check, otherwise you may spend the next few days sitting in the bathroom with stomach cramps or worse! RABIES While quite a bit of Indonesia suffers the disease known as “rabies” in its dog population, Lombok has managed to avoid this terrible disease which can kill dogs, monkeys, and if left untreated, humans, so don’t stress about frothing at the mouth and going mad! RICE WINE (Arak) While most Indonesians are Muslim, and alcohol is forbidden, there are “rice wine” distillers everywhere.  This product can be quite potent, and sometimes of, lets say, “dubious quality”. In the fermentation process of creating rice wine, there is a very very fine line between a quality product, and something that can either send you blind, or kill you.  I am not trying to scare you off trying it, but do keep in mind that every year several people die from imbibing in what is essentially moonshine. Most quality hotels will not sell Arak, but some of the more dubious bars have been known in the past to substitute quality product with it.  If you walk past a bar and they are “topping up the bottles”, ie; filling up a Jack Daniels (TM) bottle from a plastic container, the odds are fairly good that you shouldn’t drink there. It is popular to substitute Arak in cocktails too, so do keep this in mind. THE MONKEYS They are cute, not cuddly, have big teeth and can be nasty biters, are very very agile, and excellent thieves!  If you are visiting an areas where there are monkeys, make sure everything is bolted down. DO NOT try to scare them away, be polite but firm, a bit like dealing with that pesky beach seller.  Scaring them may see you bitten, and monkey bites can lead to some pretty nasty infections that are hard to treat. All bags should be well secured, with all pockets zipped closed.  Don’t worry, they know how to open a zip, so keep your bag in front, don’t leave it casually slung over your shoulder or your passport will be gone in a flash. Keep your car doors closed and windows up, otherwise you may return to find one practising “driving the car”. They are particularly good at stealing..... cameras, wallets, purses, food, money, watches, handbags, rucksacks, backpacks, small tour vehicles, children under 14 years.... I am sure you get the idea.  They might be cute, but they will steal EVERYTHING! THE DRIVERS The motorists here are used to the traffic conditions and make it look easy.  I assure you though, there are a considerable number of fatalities caused by pedestrians being struck by cars, motorbikes, trucks, buses and probably low flying planes. If you need to walk somewhere, use the footpath.  If there is no footpath, walk facing into the traffic, and be prepared to dive into the bushes at an instant to save your life! Be particularly careful at NIGHT.  Many don’t have lights on their vehicles, or simply choose not to use them for whatever reason. Be especially wary when there are two vehicles passing you at the same time... the roads are narrow and the traffic fast, and a pedestrian does less damage to a vehicle than that on-coming truck, so you guess which way they swerve! MOTORBIKES It seems that about half of the world’s motorbikes are on the roads here!  I am not trying to scare you.... but, being hit by a motorbike is no fun... you will end up in a hospital for sure.  The vehicles travel on left side of the road here, so for all of you who come from where they drive on the wrong side of the road, when crossing the road, look RIGHT, not left, when crossing the road. Even better, look both ways TWICE, and do not stand on the white line in the middle of the road.  You may be hit by overtaking vehicles. While vehicles have indicators to show where the vehicle is going, very few have worked out what that little stick on the steering wheel is actually for, so they change direction at any time without warning. BEACH SELLERS Most of the beach sellers and street vendors are honest, hard-working people just like you and I.  Do keep in mind though that that Rolex(TM) watch you are bartering over for USD$6.00 is probably not real, despite the recently photocopied world-wide warranty being offered with it.  And no, USD$6.00 is not what you should pay for a genuine Rolex(TM) Like anywhere, you get what you pay for.  If you insist on buying such a “quality watch”, be sure to ask for some spare batteries.  Usually they will throw them in for the same price.  When you get home and the watch needs a new battery, the odds are pretty good that the price of the battery from you local watch dealer will be more than you paid for the entire watch! WILDLIFE The term “wildlife” covers anything that “has a heart and moves” on Lombok.  This can include cats, dogs, pigs, goats, chickens, monkeys, & birds of all varieties, not to mention cows. If you intend renting a scooter or car, MAKE SURE YOU TAKE OUT INSURANCE and remember, that chicken crossing the road up front belongs to someone, and they know they own it.  If you kill it or injure it, you may have to pay for it. THE TAXI DRIVERS The vast majority of taxi drivers are legitimate and do a fantastic job, but there are some who see the tourist community as a “cash cow”, or a fat cow to be ‘milked’ for as much cash as possible. The best bet is only use a Blue Cab.  That is the colour of the vehicle.  They have a meter, and only pay the fare shown on the meter.  Settle with the driver that you will be going by the meter.  If they don’t start the meter when you get into the vehicle, tell them to stop, and turn it on. If they refuse, get out and hail another cab.  As with all transport, set the deal details BEFORE you move off. SUMMARY Like travelling anywhere in the world, keep your wits about you, respect the people, their differences, their culture, their land, and their customs (and especially their laws!) DO NOT BE LOUD OR OBNOXIOUS... this will lead to heartache and problems, and anger on all sides. The people on Lombok are very kind and generous people... remember, you are in their land, so abide by their laws and ways, and please always avoid saying... “it is better at home” as they may take your lead and suggest you go there! When in Rome, do as the Romans do...... Most importantly, HAVE A GREAT TIME!
© Lombok Tour Guides 2012  All rights reserved.  

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