2017 LAMPUNG, INDONESIA TRAVEL GUIDE
LAMPUNG: HOME TO INDONESIA’S SUBCULTURE AND OPEN VISTAS
Once upon a time, somewhere in the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, there lies a culture so unique and so distinct, they are practically a stranger to much of the people of the archipelago. Not only do they speak their own language, they also have developed their own writing which sets them apart from their fellow inhabitants from neighboring islands—the aboriginal Lampungese.
For some time, the Lampungese had been enjoying a way of lifestyle that is separate from their fellow countryman but which soon faded over time resulting from the saturation of other culture.
Due to mass migration program set by the government meant to offload the rest of the country’s population to the lesser populated areas, Lampung, the country’s southernmost province which was affected by this policy, has soon become a settlement to heterogenous cultures.
For this change, not only are the rest of Indonesians able to gain access to the lesser occupied areas of Sumatra, it also paved way for the entry of human awareness to the archipelago’s previously uncharted areas.
PLACES TO VISIT/ THINGS TO DO IN LAMPUNG INDONESIA
While much about Indonesians is to be considered exotic from a foreigner standpoint, there is something about the Lampung subculture that is also unique from the local Indonesians. This makes the original inhabitants of Lampung a wonder to behold.
But let us also talk realistically here. Not many people would go on a travel just to see certain ethnicity at its most vivid and unique. Oftentimes, people travel to also see places they had never witnessed before. The vastness of the Lampung geography does not disappoint.
White Sand Beaches
Popular weekend haven among local and foreign in Lampung are the white sand beaches of the province.
One of the most popular destinations which offer a cerulean-blue sea and white sands is the Tangkil Island. The place is a paradise for water sports lovers. You can go camping and stay overnight on the island. Apart from enjoying its beautiful waters. You can also enjoy paragliding, banana boat and flying fish among other.
Way Kambas National Park
You must love animals if you choose to go for a preservation site such as the Way Kambas National Park that is home to animal kingdom’s exotic and trained animals.
Failed to see Sumatra’s own tigers and rhinoceros at anywhere in its wilderness? How about the elephants who are able to do stunts? At this national park, they are all just a sight away to amaze.
Technically, the island of Krakatau is several kilometers away from the nearest shore of Lampung. Yet, despite this, Mount Krakatau remains as one of the province’s nearby attraction due to this monumental landmass which occasionally shake its neighboring regions and the historical 1883 eruption that changed the landscape of Sumatra and killed many of its people.
You might probably have seen dolphins do you amazing stunts in captivity. But have you seen dolphins living freely in the ocean? At Kiluan Bay, you would at the right seasons.
Within the walls of Raharjo Pugung Archeological Park is a cluster of phallic, stone megaliths. The place accidentally discovered in 1957. It is said that the place was forested and was not inhabited. They even thought at first that the forest was haunted. But in 1954, the transmigrants Pugung open the forest for settlements. While clearing the area, the migrants found a large stone structure, square-shaped mound of earth and stone statues of Princess Badhariah. The discovery was reported to the Department of Antiquities in Jakarta. In 1968 the initial research was made in the place and made a conclusion that the items found in the place were relics of megalithic Raharjo-classical.
Archaeological Site of Pugung Raharjo
Another interesting site to visit in Lampung is the Pugung Raharjo which can be found at the regency of South Lampung, Lampung Province, Sumatra Indonesia.The place is approximately 50 km from Bandar, the capital of Lampung, Indonesia.
The site was uncovered in the 1950s when transmigrants from Java and Bali moved into the area and started to clear the jungle.
The place offers megalithic and prehistoric remains dating from the 12th to 16th century AD.
Pugung Raharjo was occupied from the 12th to 16th century. Some Buddhist and Hindu artifacts were also found at the place which includes ceramics from the Han Dynasty, Sung, and Ming, and a statue of Polynesia dated from the 6th century until the 15th century. The beads and porcelain found Ancient beads at the place indicated that the people of the area were also linked to international trade networks which visited the nearby Sunda Strait.
The site is now preserved as a national monument.
One of the most substantial remaining monument in Raharjo Pugung Archeological Park is a large, terraced earthwork temple.
Ancient tools used by ancient humans in the form of large boulders were unearthed at the place You can see the upright stone or Menhir, Dolmen a table or a stone, gravestones which were used by prehistoric man as a place of worship, a place of deliberation, and place of burial.
WHERE TO EAT IN LAMPUNG
COMMUNICATION | GETTING CONNECTED
The moment you arrived Lampung or Indonesia, make sure to buy a local Sim Card to get you connected. Sim Cards are very easy to acquire in Indonesia and they usually come with a load.
Lampung just like in other places in Indonesia uses Indonesian Ruphiah.
The current conversion of Indonesian Ruphia to US Dollar is : 1 USD= 13,252.98 Ruphia. Yes, one will get an instant millionaire when you are in Indonesia.
Moneychanger as also available in Lampung but not as many when compared to other cities. So better change your USD immediately the moment you reach the airport. I also learned that most money changer in Lampung is closed during Sundays, but of course, if your bank can transact internationally you can always withdraw from the ATM Machines to get the needed Rupiah. I run out of Rupiah several times during my visit because I went shopping for Batik and souvenirs in the city but just withdraw easily from the ATM machine.
Not all souvenir shops, stores, and restaurants accept credits cards too. So it would be best to always have the cash in your wallet.
HOW TO GET TO LAMPUNG
From Jakarta you can reach Bandar the capital city of Lampung by plane through its from Jakarta through its airport ,the Raden Intan II Airport. The travel time is approximately 40 minutes.
From Raden Intan II airport, you can take a prepaid taxi to Bandar Lampung city center. There is a taxi counter which lists the various destinations with the prepaid rates. Please see below about Gojek app as your best travel partner when visiting Indonesia.https://www.go-jek.com/
You can reach also Lampung by train especially if you are coming from Palembang. We did this during our last visit.
If you would like to take the train in Indonesia, it would be best to get the ticket online and at least few days in advance as it the train is always full.Of course, I would recommend for you to take the Business – Executive Class for comfort. The leg room is nice and you can relax while traveling.
Some of the train companies are as follows:
Limex Sriwijaya, Business-Executive class train and offers comfortable accommodation. This train departs from Palembang daily at eight o’clock in the evening and goes back from Bandar Lampung at half past four in the morning. The rate fluctuates depending on the season, so I suggest that you just check their site.
Serving the same route as Limex Sriwijaya is the Rajabasa. This train only offers Economy class. It departs from Kertapati Station and Tanjungkarang Station at the same time, both at half past eight in the morning.
KRDI Way Umpu, this train connects Bandar Lampung with Kotabumi. It departs daily with air-conditioned cabins for Economy class.
KRDI Seminung, serving the same route as KRDI Way Umpu. However, it might be quite uncomfortable to take this train because their cabins are not air-conditioned.
You can try this site to purchase your train ticket: http://kereta-api.info/harga-tiket-dan-jadwal-kereta-api-sriwijaya-ekspress-5075.htm
Buses from Jakarta to Lampung are also available regularly and traveling time is about 7 hours. This trip includes getting a boat as well. But normally the fare includes the boat already. You can find the buses near the train station in Jakarta.
GETTING AROUND LAMPUNG
Getting around Lampung is easy and relatively inexpensive because it is a small city. Again the best way to do this is to have the GoJek app. With this app, you can request for a car or the Ojek which is a motorcycle taxi (perfect for the solo traveler).