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Oct 9, 2012 - Sumbawa Besar, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

Wiki Info Nusa Tenggara Indonesian buses like to invite guitar singers on board just before leaving to serenade passengers for $$. Very nice, unique, and better than the blasting of music usually on their speakers but still just another example of how they try to suck $ out of every experience we 'tribal travelers' are involved in! At the ferry crossing 7-8 local women piled on the bus all with the same snacky goods as well as fruits - strawberries - in season and drinks. We got off the bus at Sumbawa Besar on the highway across from the...

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Aug 21, 2008 - Sumbawa Besa, on friendly Sumbawa

We caught the ferry from Lombok with one other tourist (Olivier from Germany), and were in Sumbawa in less than two hours. We walked along the port to find a bus, feeling a bit aware that we hadn't learnt any Bahasa Indonesian yet - luckily Olivier had, and suprised us with some very impressive bus price haggling! We were glad to have him there as Sumbawa seems less touristy and not many people speak English. We got a bus to Sumbawa Besar, and liked Sumbawa immediately - people are very friendly & seem more relaxed here. We stayed at Hotel...

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Jul 16, 2005 - Day 2 on the boat

I woke about 5.0 am and watched the sunrise. At dawn the plankton in the water around the boat reminded me of the glow-worms in Waitomo Caves in N.Z. like little blue fairy lights in the water going on and off. Over at the island I could see movement and on closer inspection I realised it was a large family of monkeys coming to the shore to have a look at us. The island has a saltwater lake left by the last Tsunami in the area, we went ashore to have a look. It was tranquil and beautiful. I saw about 8 monkeys but as they were wild I...

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Oct 9, 2003 - Indonesia - Lombok - Dragons and Thieves

In the pretty little village of Labuanbajo on the west coast of Flores, five brave backpackers - 2 Americans, 1 German, 1 Spanish and 1 Canadian (moi!) - boarded an Indonesian cruise ship (aka old wooden fishing boat) in search of dragons. The four-day boat trip would take them westward from Flores to Lombok, passing through the Komodo National Islands. These islands are dry and barren of all but cactus and shrub brush for most of the year ... perfect conditions for the island's main inhabitants ... the Komodo Dragons. ********* Still a...

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