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Markets in Bima

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If you’ve never seen an Asian wet market before, then Bima’s traditional market is probably worth a look, but if you’d prefer to avoid mud sucking the flipflops off your feet, head to the new market.

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Hemmed in roughly by Jalan Bandeng to the west, Jalan Sultan Salahuddin to the east, Jalan Tongkol to the north and a lovely spread of mud and not much else to the south, Bima’s traditional market offers everything from flipping fish to toothbrushes through a maze of covered and uncovered alleys. Watch your head with the low tarps and try to watch your step.

The new market is a couple of hundred metres further south on the airport road, on your right if heading to the airport -- you can’t miss it. It’s a bright, shiny, metal-roofed affair atop a mammoth concrete slab. If you’re looking for photos, we found this to be the far better market, as there is plenty of light, everything is more spread out and, well, it just isn’t as muddy! It is also just a fresh produce market, so you’ll see plenty of colourful foods laid out -- especially the chillies -- and less of the plastic rubbish and cheap T-shirts you’ll find in the traditional market.

Regardless of which market you opt for, expect a stream of "Hello misters!". Do please always ask (or at least gesture with your camera) before taking someone’s photo and don’t snap away if it’s obvious they’d prefer you didn’t.

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Bima.
 Read up on where to eat on Bima.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Bima.
 Read up on how to get to Bima.
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