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An invitation from Lombok

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 6 2009   /  11:40 am

Give and take: Tourism helps keep Lombok’s cultural traditions, such as handicrafts, alive. Driving along Lombok’s new main roads is like sailing over black silk. From tourist center Senggigi to the fishing district of Permenang, recent infrastructure investment has created one of the finest stretches of road imaginable. Soaring high above black- and white-sand beaches, the road winds along Lombok’s northwest coast in glorious turns, twisting through harbors and bays, around breathless hairpin bends to the inlets below. This 54-kilometer-long road ensures the continuation of the annual Lombok Triathlon, while also benefiting local farmers freighting produce to markets, and making Lombok an attractive side trip to the Gili islands. Road infrastructure is part of the West Nusa Tenggara administration’s commitment to expanding tourism in Lombok and Sumb...