Photo: A walk in the fields.

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Tetebatu was first described to us as "Ubud in Lombok" but thankfully it is nothing like it. There’s no Starbucks and there’s not a maddening number of people offering you transport or the chance to buy a wooden frog, sarong or boat trip to the Gilis.

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The place is minuscule - little more than a crossroads and a clutch of places to stay. One of those kind of odd places that "tourism good fortune" has smiled upon and the punters have come here rather than any of the other nearby villages.

Tourists probably first started coming here to use it as a launching pad for the waterfalls, one of which is within the National Park boundary, and which we boycotted due to the 150,000 rupiah PER PERSON admission fee, but there are other waterfalls worth a look and anyway, the real attraction here is taking a walk in the surrounds.

We did a solid six hour walk that took us through rice fields, spice gardens, fruit orchards, rainforest and a waterfall among other distractions and it was excellent -- even to hardened rice paddie trekkers like us!

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It is this walk -- easily arranged with a guide through your guesthouse -- or the guides will find you. and while it is both possible and permittable to do the walk sans guide, we found the cost was money well spent, both for the knowledge imparted along the way and for the fact that we actually found the waterfall -- a feat we’d classify as extremely unlikely if you were to do this yourself.

Aside from the walk and chilling out in your hotel, there isn’t much to capture your attention in Tetebatu and two nights will suffice for many -- after all this is not Ubud.


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