In central and eastern Lombok the people speak in local dialects of the indigenous Bahasa Sasak language of the Sasak peoples of Lombok. Bahasa Indonesian is spoken by many people especially the younger generations. In the tourism areas some people may speak limited English. In some areas catering to tourists there is slightly more likelihood of limited English speakers being available.
NOTE:Scheduled airline operations flying to and from Lombok have been moved from Selaparang International Airport (IATA: AMI) across to the new Lombok International Airport (BIL), (IATA: LOP, ICAO: WADL) in central southern Lombok near the city of Praya.
Please see the main Lombok article for more details on the new international airport and connecting services to destinations across the island.
Public ferries provide services for both passengers and vehicles. Labuhan Lombok is on the mid east coast of the island and provides connections from Sumbawa east of Lombok.
Tanjung Lembar in the south west of the island is Lombok's main port and handles small freighters, fishing boats and the combination vehicle and passenger ferries arriving by sea from Bali westward of Lombok.
Lombok Strait: Lembar Lombok - from: Padangbai, Bali, with 12 ferries providing crossings once every hour.
These ferries connecting to nearby Sumbawa are the principal facilities for road transport movement including sea borne passengers and private cars in and out of Lombok across the sea to and from the east. Disruptions on these routes can occur as the shipping operators on these routes will often suspend services due to breakdown or heavy seas.
Lombok International Airport (BIL) (IATA: LOP, ICAO: WADL) is south west of Praya in south central Lombok. This new international airport will provide facilities for wide bodied aircraft and more modern terminal facilities and cargo facilities.
Please see the main Lombok article for more details on the new international airport and connecting services to Central and East Lombok.
Please see the main Lombok article article for more detailed information on driving in Lombok and ensure you obtain and use a helmet when riding a motor bike.
Metered taxis normally operate in the central and eastern area of Lombok however they will be hard to find in the more remote areas. Bookings can be made in advance by calling their radio despatch service.
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The Central and Eastern area has limited restaurants catering to tourists.
The region has many small warungs and local eating houses selling local food at very reasonable prices. Be cautious with hygiene and ensure you are clear about what you are ordering.
Licensed premises such as hotels and some restaurants may serve alcohol. Do not expect alcoholic drinks to be openly served in this part of Lombok and please respect local sensibilities by avoiding drinking openly in public.
Local coffee, tea, fruit juices, coconut juice and softdrinks (sodas) are normally readily available.
Central and Eastern Lombok has varying terrain and land use from urban townships to remote valleys bays and beaches. Accordingly mobile telephonary varies from reasonable to patchy to non-existent.
The towns and built up areas normally have reasonable to good coverage from the two main operators.
Telkonsel is operated by Indonesia's Telkom. They provide GSM 2G and in some areas 3G reception and broadband wireless connections may be possible.
XL comm also provides a wide coverage of 2G and in some areas 3G coverage.
Telkom also provide a 2.5G CDMA service branded as "Flexi" throughout much of Lombok.
Post office services are available in Mataram at the central post office. It may be prudent to use the the main office in Mataram at Jalan Sriwijarya, Mataram, ☎ +62 370 632645 if required or the Kantor Pos situated in the regional city of Praya.
Post offices are described as Kantor Pos in Indonesia.
Please see the Lombok main article for a more comprehensive list of medical facilities available in Mataram.
Mataram Public Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umun), Jl. Pejanggik 6, Mataram, ☎ +62 370 638464. 24 hours UGD-Emergency room and admissions. The islands main public hospital with UGD (Unit Gawat Darurat)-Emergency treatment room, ICU and OR facilities, laboratorium, Specialist consulting rooms.edit
Klinik Risa (Risa Centra Medika Hospital), Jl. Pejanggik No.115, Cakranegara (just east of Mataram mall on the right hand side of the road), ☎ +62 370 625560. 24 hours Emergency room. Full hospital facilities available on site, specialist consulting rooms, Dentist.edit
The reality is that unless within the confines of the main city of Mataram/Ampenan/Cakranegara an ambulance is normally too far away to provide prompt transport in the case of a true emergency. Most often a taxi, police vehicle or a private car is used to get someone requiring urgent medical attention to a hospital. The ambulances in Lombok are more often used in the role of assisted patient transport rather than for first responder/paramedic supported emergency assistance and transport.
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