Travel Tips, Do's &
FOOD & BEVERAGES
Peel the fruit before eating; avoid
raw vegetables except at reputable
restaurants. Ice in restaurants is
always from bottled water and eat
well done cooking food, unless when
eating at recommended
restaurants/cafes or hotel's outlet.
or beach vendors are often pushing
too hard on selling and most
visitors feel inconvenient. Never
try to look at any of their item/s
even they might be interesting to
you, even this could be fun for
those who want to learn about
bargaining tactic. For most visitors
this is hassling.
Protect yourself from the intense
equatorial sun. Use sun block and
transmitted diseases are increasing
in Indonesia. Local sex workers have
multiple partners from all over the
world. Act responsibly and use
condoms, available over the counter
the limited number of flights to
Lombok, during the peak season we
highly recommend you to make flight
booking far in advanced. Don't
forget to ask your local tour
operator to re-confirm your ticket
minimum 24 hours in advanced to
ensure yourself to get seats.
facilities in Lombok (Gili Islands &
Senggigi) remain open during Ramadhan. Local
Restaurants might close in residential area
in Mataram or Cakranegara to respect the
majority of Moesleem Fasting. Tourist are
suggested to eat and drinks in hotel's or
You must have at
least 6 (six) months validity of passport to
(VOA) can be obtain at the International Airports
in major cities of Indonesia.
customs regulations, one adult is allowed to
bring into Indonesia a maximum of one liter
of alcoholic beverages, 200 cigarettes, 50
cigars or 1000 grams of tobacco, and
reasonable amount of perfume.
Photographic, video and filming equipment
radios, typewriters, and cars are admitted
provide they are recorded in your passport
on entry and taken out of the country on
Narcotic, firearm and ammunition, TV set,
and Chinese medicine are strictly
prohibited. Fresh fruit,
plants and animals must be passed by
TRANSFERS AND SIGHTSEEING
can explore the tiny island by using various
kind of transportation such as:
Chartered/Car Hire, Taxi, Bus, Bemo/Angkot
(local’s public transportation) and
Transportation or known locally as "Bemo
OR Angkot", a
non-AC minivan are
available in major town with quite inexpensive
price. They take and drop off local
passenger and often load over capacity,
without travel insurance coverage. For those
who prefer to travel more privately,
car-hire option or charter or motorbike
rental may be the choice. The prices,
however, do not always included insurance.
And they vary depending upon the type of
vehicle and the duration of hiring. Petrol
pomp and service stations are available at
every large town. In emergency there are
always road side kiosks fuels out of drums
at a bit dearer price.
If you rent a car (self drive), you may find
the rental fare are much more expensive than
in Bali because of limited car available on
Lombok. While driving yourself, please take
out most care since the traffic rules may be
some what different from those observed in
your country. Indonesian and any other Asian
Countries uses "right side steering system"
An international drivers license is
required, but one can apply for temporary
permit in Lombok and go for test driver in
tourist driving license office in Jalan
Langko Mataram Lombok.
It is compulsory to wear a crash helmet
while you ere on the road on a motorbike.
Helmets are available at motorbike hire
outlets. Small horse drawn carts called
Cidomo serve as convenient transportation
during off hours and off the beaten track.
Private Transfer Service (Point to Point)
is one of the best option to avoid hassles
during your vacation in Indonesia. For Bali
& Lombok, Call Lombok Network Holidays:
+62 (0) 370 6628139 or email:
Things to consider in selecting
accommodation for a family group are:
Try to choose a
location that is popular and close to family
oriented attractions i.e. near the beach,
shops, restaurants and amusements.
Make sure your
accommodation choice is suitable for kids,
it has a children's pool, connecting doors,
play ground etc. Some venues are unsuitable
for family groups.
When you travel
with a family, it will be much more
convenient if you use private transport.
Check with your travel agent venue if they
provide private transport as part of the
accommodation choice offer discounts for
children under a certain age?
Just about every attraction are children
friendly - which makes Lombok and Bali are
ideal destination for parents as well; from
surf, sand and beach activities; cultural
activities such as dancing, temple visits,
and traditional local's life style
experiences; adventure activities such as
rafting, cycling, bungee jumping and
elephant rides; and theme parks such as Bali
Bird Park, Water boom, Butterfly Park, etc.
TRAVELING WITH BABY/INFANTS
Traveling with babies can be a surprisingly
delightful experience, as long as our
fulfillment of their basic needs is kept
pretty much on schedule… their schedule.
Babies aren't as fragile as parents
sometimes fear. It’s most likely that your
baby enjoys the trip. Babies often find
flying soothing and usually fall asleep
listening to the hum of the engines, which
by the way, disguises the sound of a baby
crying very well.
By three months your baby is a pretty good
candidate for flying. It isn’t a good idea
to bring your baby for air travel before
this age. In the first week, the baby’s
heart and respiratory systems couldn’t cope
well enough with the reduced level of oxygen
during the flight and at the age of two
months, your child would still be
susceptible to infection and should avoid
all crowds, especially in a closed
environment, such as the airplane cabin. The
best part is that a three month old baby
also can't run around.
There is no evidence that flying is unsafe
for babies, if they are healthy. If you fly
with your baby on either long or short
flights, you should follow these guidelines:
Pack well in advance and check that you have
all necessary documents. Children are
sensitive to parental anxiety. Minimize your
baby’s stress by reducing yours.
Prepare a bag for your baby for use on the
flight and include favorite foods, snacks,
toys, diapers, wipes and so forth. Drinks
and food, take more than you think you'll
need for emergencies and the inevitable
If you are breastfeeding drink plenty of
water whilst flying. .
Some of the Airline Companies cater for
small children’s needs. You can check this
out when you are booking and can pre-order
special food for your baby.
IN FLIGHT ADVICE
Feed baby both during take off and upon
landing. Swallowing encourages baby’s ears
to clear ‘air blocks’. Also make sure your
baby takes appropriate feeds and doesn’t
Keep your baby cool. Remove hats and extra
clothing. When you check your baby, if he or
she is sweating or the tummy feels hot to
the touch, take off some clothing. Don't
worry if the baby's hands or feet feel cool,
this is normal. Place your baby on their
back to sleep.
Some experts advise to give baby massages,
usually two or three days, before and after
flying. Massage before flying helps the baby
to be more relaxed, in hope for a smooth
flight and massage after flying helps the
baby cope with jet lag, or other differences
at the destination. Anyway, as long as
there’s no contraindication for massaging
the baby, such as muscle or bone disorders
(fracture, dislocation, or ask your doctor
for more information), massages won’t harm
your baby if done gently.
Baby Massage Technique
Use natural oil like organic sunflower or
olive. Make sure your hands glide easily and
for the best results use a firm touch. Pull
baby's leg through your palms and fingers,
hand over hand, from the thigh to foot,
repeat three or four times. Give your baby's
leg a gentle shake. Now do the same with the
Then massage both legs together. Place your
hands on the inside thighs and pull
downwards around the back of the thighs,
down the back of the knees, calves and feet.
Repeat three or four times.
Now stroke firmly two or three times down
the front of the legs.
This will help relax your baby’s legs and
feet and stimulate their circulation. The
baby’s hands feet and head are the coldest
parts of their body until their circulatory
system is fully developed.
Lay the weight of your open, relaxed hand on
baby's tummy and, without pressing but
rather using the relaxed weight, your hand,
massage their tummy clockwise, the same
direction as the baby's digestive system.
Now lay your relaxed hand across your baby’s
tummy and gently press from side to side
(not downwards) between the hips and the
ribs. This stimulates the large and small
intestine and will help to relieve wind,
colic fractiousness, and anxiety.
Place your hands on the centre of your
baby's chest and massage upwards and
outwards, over the shoulders. Draw both arms
down vertically through the centre of your
palms repeat a few times and give the arms a
gentle shake. This will relax your baby’s
arms and shoulders and stimulate the
circulation of their arms and hands. Rest
your hands on the front of baby's shoulders
and using their relaxed weight draw them
downwards over the chest, hips, legs and
feet. Repeat three or four times before
turning your baby onto their tummy. Once on
their tummy, if they can, help your baby to
bring their hands forward so they can rest
on their elbows. Now stroke firmly, using
lots of oil, hand over hand several times,
down your baby’s back. With a relaxed open
hand, stroke clockwise several times around
the base of the spine and buttocks. Now rest
both your hands on the back of your baby's
shoulders and stroke downwards two or three
times over the back and down the legs to the
Remember to place your baby on their back to
sleep and on their belly to play.
AVOIDING HASSLES DURING
YOUR TRIP TO GILI ISLANDS
porters at the harbor
not let the local porters carry
your bags for whatever reason.
This guys are usually try to be
gentle or act like a boatman
crew. They often charge an
expensive and unreasonable
amount. If you have to pay, a
regular porter cost is about Rp.
5,000 - 10,000/bag.
not buy any mosquitoes coil from
some kids at the harbor, as they
are trying to sell things at the
highest they can. There are lots
of shops on the Islands selling
those stuffs with better prices.
not try to look at the things
that they offers, and do not
make any promises to say "maybe
Those guys can recognize
your face and ask for the
you returned from the Islands,
many kids brings water to wash
your foot. At first you may feel
convenient, but at the end they
ask some money. Give them some
school needs i.e: pens, or
writing book. It's better not to
let them do anything to you.
Carry small changes to pay
public buses or taxi if you need to be picked
up under your own arrangement. If you have to go by private
car, try to fix the price first
rather than argue at the end of
Stonefish are found on the coral
reefs where they are camouflaged
and almost invisible. They are
poisonous if stepped on.
Also, be aware of strong
currents while swimming or
snorkeling. It is best to ask
the advice of a dive master
before swimming alone.
Jelly Fish is almost invisible
on the water. It looks like a
crystal/plastic, but very
Some kind of jelly fish is
making your skin itchy, and some
a high protection of Sun Cream.
The weather can be very hot on
not leave any valuable
belongings unattended at the
beach while swimming or
snorkeling. Ask for a deposit
box at the hotel where you stay.