The Sasak Trails of Lombok

The Sasak Trails
of Lombok

The Sasak Culture on the southern part of Lombok is something that defines the way of living on
the island. A charming full-day venture on Lombok in getting up and close with these
residents and get immersed in their cultural habits and traditions.

WHY THIS TOUR?

The Sasak Culture on the southern part of Lombok largely influences the way of living on the island. Culturally and linguistically closely related to the Balinese, the majority practise local Muslim faith and traditions, the Sasak people have established themselves as a self-sustainable part of Indonesia with their own traditions and handicraft.

This is an excellent full-day opportunity to get up and close with the Sasak people and get immersed in their cultural habits.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Sasak Trails of Lombok

08:30 - 16:30

Your guide and driver will pick you up at around 8:30 am from your resort and head towards the southern part of Lombok and Kuta Beach, one of the most famous beaches on the island. Our first encounter with the Sasak culture is the pottery village of Banyumulek Village. This village is one of the primary pottery centres of Lombok, specializing in decorated pots and pots with fibre covering as well seeing more traditional urns and flasks. When time permits, you can enjoy a short ride on one of the most ancient forms of transport found anywhere in the world, a horse and cart called a Cidomo.

Weaving is found in Sukarare, south of Cakranegara. This is a village of traditional weavers and has been a part of Lombok’s Sasak culture for generations. The weaving style here has its unique style in creating the brightly patterned ‘Songket’ cloth (a Songket is considered a luxury product, traditionally worn during ceremonial occasions). The techniques, patterns and motifs have been handed down from generation to generation.

Standing out from the crowd is the village of Sade. Sade is a traditional Sasak village and is comprised of a series of houses made from buffalo dung and mud. The local ladies in this settlement weave lovely cloth that is used as scarves or for home decoration. The people of Sade have their traditions which vary from other areas of the island. Passing the unspoiled beach of Tanjung Aan Beach near Kuta beach, a stunning strip of white sandy beaches in the south of the island and an area high in demand for surfers and backpackers who want to get off the beaten track. All this awaits after we enjoy a good local lunch at a local restaurant.

Before bringing you back to your hotel, we end our day of Sasak culture exploration with a visit to the Mayura water palace. This waterborne, open-sided hall is located in a beautiful artificial lake and is a pilgrimage site for Hindus living on Lombok. We arrive back at your booked resort at around 4.30 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying inside the Senggigi & Mataram region. Transfers outside these areas, including the surrounding islands, and the island’s main harbour and International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Part of this excursion includes walking over unpaved roads and paths. This may not suit guests with walking issues.
  • Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes.
  • As we enter a religious site, please follow the guide’s instructions by only going inside clearly-marked areas. These are set up for visitors and not to disturb locals when praying.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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