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Offering tremendous views to Gunung Inerie, the industrious town of Bajawa marks (more or less) the half way point between Ruteng and Ende and is most commonly used as a base to visit the Ngada village of Bena, a 30-minute trip from town, under the shadow of the same peak.

Like other mid-sized towns in Flores, Bajawa itself has little to recommend it. There is a large market, and the views to Gunung Inerie are outstanding -- as is the scenery in either direction when approaching here -- but other than that... well, there simply isn't much to do downtown.

The best of Bajawa's feeble selection of hotels along with a couple of tourist-friendly restaurants are on the outskirts of town, so most travellers tend to base themselves there -- it is only a five-minute walk into the centre of town.

The main two attractions of Bajawa (aside from it being a comfortable and sensible spot to break the journey) are actually outside town at Bena and at some hotsprings. Both are well worth visiting.

Regardless of if you're travelling to Ruteng or Ende, the scenery is magnificent.

Bajawa is located a little off the main Trans-Flores Highway, so unless you're heading to Riung you'll come and go via Jalan Ahmed Yani at the southern end of town -- this will quickly take you past the main "tourist strip" till you turn left and meet Jalan Gajah Mada.

This is the main road through town which hosts the ATMs, Bajawa central market, and, facing one another, the central mosque and church.

Edeilweiss, Happy Happy Hotel and Korina all advertise free WiFi and Telkomsel offer a patchy EDGE connection.

Text and/or map last updated on 8th May, 2013.

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