Ferry to Lombok, and bedbugs

Trip Start Oct 03, 2009
Trip End Feb 28, 2010

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Hotel Elen

Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The next large island eastwards is Lombok and the ferry left at 1 pm. The one after that was at 3 pm. Lombok is only 23 kms from Bali but it takes the ferry over 4 hours to get there. Unfortunately the bus was late in leaving Ubud because the driver was finshing his cigarette and so we missed the 1pm ferry. This meant arriving in Lombok at night.

In the past ferries had sunk here and a German was really nervous about making the trip but he had no other choice. When the ferry docked we were pleasantly surprised to find that it was quite modern. It had comfortable seats and air conditioning and we were entertained  the whole way across by a band playing on the small stage. However  the music was so loud that many of us stayed up on deck.   

On docking many people had prebooked their bus trip to Senggigi the small town further up the coast where most people spend the night. Unfortunately I had not done this so was forced to to hire a taxi to Senggigi. The hotel was awful. For the second time I slept in a bed with bedbugs. By the morning I was full of bites and in fact spent the early hours sitting in the chair outside my room.  

This is a small holiday resort. there is a nice beach but most people use this as a stopover on the was to the Gilli Islands which are 3 tiny islands north from here. I decided to spend antoher day here whilst I decided where I wanted to go from here.    
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