Etiquette

The Islamic culture of Lombok has helped to keep the party scene here quiet, unlike in Bali where Hinduism takes a more tolerant approach to nightclubs and drinking.

More than 85 per cent of Lombok’s residents are Sasak, who are closely related to the Balinese, except that they are Muslim instead of Hindu. There is a decidedly more conservative feel to Lombok, and visitors should modify their behavior and dress accordingly.

Women especially should not wear clothes that are overly revealing. Even at the beach, conservative dress dominates the scene. Topless sunbathing is not suggested on the beaches of Lombok. Check what the locals are wearing as a guide to what you can and cannot wear.

Any visit to a temple, Hindu or Muslim, will require extra layers of clothing to cover the body. Carrying a sarong around is always a good idea, as it serves as a multi-use covering for both men and women. Be aware that the feet are considered the lowest part of the body in Lombok, so be sure to remove your shoes before entering anyone’s house or a temple. Don’t use your feet for anything other than walking, and keep them on the floor. The left hand also has a certain taboo about it, so remember not to use it to shake someone’s hand or touch anything special.

Indonesians take a lot of pride in keeping a cool head when things heat up. Showing anger or shouting is considered very rude and a poor showing of self-control, so even when a situation gets frustrating, just smile and go with the flow. Public displays of affection are also considered rude. Even holding hands is considered inappropriate by many locals, so leave the kissing and hugging for the privacy of your hotel.

Dining Etiquette
Lombok doesn’t have a particularly strict set of dining rules and most locals are relaxed about eating processes. To show that you’ve studied up on Lombok’s social customs, avoid using your left hand when eating and wait for your host to eat first before you start. The only time of the year when eating becomes a serious issue on Lombok is during the annual month of fasting, Ramadan.

Each September, Muslims around Lombok and the world fast during the day and eat a special diet after nightfall for an entire month. This very strict religious tradition doesn’t affect tourists directly, as all hotels and even a few tourist restaurants continue to serve food during Ramadan. However, if you are in a small village, don’t expect food to be available during this period.

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