We here at Grana not only travel the globe to find the world’s best fabrics, but we also just travel a lot, period. Traveling has, and always will be, a core part of Grana culture. With our HQ located in Hong Kong, the world is at our feet and we’re encouraged to explore it as often as we can!
The Grana family often tags on a vacation day here and there, turning weekends into adventures, getaways and learning experiences. Each time someone leaves for a trip, they bring back savvy tips; but what good is a tip if not shared? So, we’re making our tips, your tips.
For this edition of our travel column, we’ve gotten the inside scoop on Lombok, Indonesia from Romy, our Social Community Manager.
- DO rent a motorbike or a car but make sure get insurance – some renting companies will try and scam you.
- If you don’t want to rent transportation, then you can also get a taxi. They’re very cheap and start at IDR 10, 000 – around 75 US cents. There’s only one type of taxi you should take: Blue Bird Taksi. Be careful of the “fake” Blue Bird taxis (the real ones are an actual blue colour, whilst the fake ones are a bit more of an aqua colour). You can also download the app: http://www.bluebirdgroup.com/
- You can easily hop on a boat to explore the neighbouring Gili Islands, full of excellent spots for scuba diving and snorkelling
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Food & Bev
- Lombok is a Muslim island so you won’t find any pork in the restaurants but food in general is cheap AF.
- You can’t go wrong with classic dishes like Nasi Goreng or Mie Goreng – the Special Nasi Goreng is so good that you’ll want to have it almost every day… Romy did, at least!
- A lot of dishes are spicy, but you can request the spices on the side if you’re not so heat inclined.
- Lombok has the best classic milkshakes, they’re everywhere and a must try.
- Coconuts are of course, abundant, and a must!
- Tiu Kelep waterfalls are a must-visit, though you’ll need to rent a car to get there. Before entering, you will be charged IDR 10,000to get in, but don’t fall for the tour guide scam. There’s only one path so you’ll find the falls just fine on your own. The first one is smaller and only takes 10 minutes to get to, but you’ll need to hike a bit further to get to the second and main waterfall. DON’T swim at the second waterfall – it’s dangerous and people have drowned there!
- Save a day to visit Mawun Beach, it’s less crowded and touristy than Kuta beach and most definitely worth the extra 30 minute drive.