Praya Tourism & Travel Guide

Head here for pre-dinner cocktails before moving across the Chayo Praya River on a boat to the the Terrace Rim Naam for al fresco dining with sweeping views of the cityscape (mandarinoriental.com)....

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White sandy beaches, blue-green water and perfect sunsets- that's how I had imagined Bali! I was disappointed to say the least but I found all of these, not in Bali but in an island a little away from Bali- Lombok. Hence, this article will sing praises of this unearthly beautiful island and why you must visit it right away. All pictures in this blog are real pictures.Don't get me wrong. Bali is quite unique in its own way. Bali's temples, cliffs, nightlife and a range of activities attracts tourists from around the world and I must admit right away that all of these are quite wonderful. In fact, if you wish to go temple hopping or enjoy crazy parties or chill at a beach café during sunset or take part in water sports, then Bali has it all. What it mostly lacks is untouched nature, breath-taking beaches, gorgeous waterfalls and a sense of tranquillity that calms the soul. What Bali lacks, Lombok makes up for and in short, that's precisely the charm of Lombok.First things first-How do you get to Lombok?Lombok has its own airport and if you are flying from Singapore, you can choose to book a flight to Lombok or take a flight from Bali to Lombok.Various airlines like Lion Air, Wings Air etc operate on this route (Bali to Lombok) and you can find return tickets for as cheap as 60-65 SGD. It takes only about 30-40 minutes.
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Getting there and connectivity–Lombok has an international airport but direct flights are not as frequent; Jakarta being a connecting terminal. From the airport to the city, you could take up a bus or taxi. While leaving the airport, you will come across a bus ticketing counter. In case you are headed to Senggigi, do not take the bus. Hire a taxi and make sure you bargain for a fixed amount. While in the city, you can hire a bike for easy travel.Part 1 of the trip – The Summit!
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