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Dalam Loka palace

Located in the middle of the Nusa Tenggara chain, Sumbawa is the second island eastward from Bali. It's a long, twisting island culturally divided into two halves. Sumbawa Besar is the main population center on the western half. As it was described to me (and I'd have to agree), it is not too big, nor too small. It seems to fit its mold perfectly. The streets are active throughout the day but not to the point of creating any traffic jams. The typical range of roadside vendors line the streets, offering cheap but tasty local treats like satay and martabak. The town's small airport offers a single flight a day to the provincial capital of Mataram on neighboring Lombok, saving about 6-8 hours in driving/ferrying time.

Dalam Loka palace
That said, the drive is quite nice too as market life in the small towns along the way is colorful and the roads are in good condition. Sumbawa Besar's main claim to fame is its wooden palace (Dalam Loka), which I remember reading years ago was the oldest surviving wooden structure of something or other. Ya...something or other. It serves as a museum in the daytime and a soccer field for local youths before sunset. Most people probably wouldn't come here for the sake of seeing the town for what it is. As a transit location on the way to Flores or Komodo, it is definitely worth a stop for the better part of the day. It is also a good transit point to Moyo Island, which has great diving and snorkeling sights (albeit, quite expensive to stay out there). Surfing is also becoming very popular in the
western half of the island, though I didn't notice any in the vicinity of the town. A fresh seafood dinner on an open air pagoda on the beach was a great way to spend my last evening here. Nice!

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Dalam Loka palace
Dalam Loka palace
Dalam Loka palace
Dalam Loka palace
Dalam Loka palace
Dalam Loka palace
Dalam Loka palace
Dalam Loka palace
Bungin Island, most densely-popula…
Bungin Island, most densely-popul…
On the way to Sumbawa Besar
On the way to Sumbawa Besar
On the way to Sumbawa Besar
On the way to Sumbawa Besar
On the way to Sumbawa Besar
On the way to Sumbawa Besar
On the way to Sumbawa Besar
On the way to Sumbawa Besar
On the way to Sumbawa Besar
On the way to Sumbawa Besar
Batu Gong Cave
Batu Gong Cave
Around Sumbawa Besar
Around Sumbawa Besar
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photo by: vivien_huang