Mataram city is the capital and main city of West Nusa Tenggara, it includes the port town of Ampenan, the town of Mataram and Cakranegara Lombok island.

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Mataram, the administrative capital of the Province Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB). Public buildings, banks, post office, general hospitals and shopping malls are found here. A part of West Nusatengarra (NTB) province, Mataram is the capital and main city of Lombok. It includes the port town of Ampenan, the towns of Mataram and Cakranegara.

 

Ampenan was the original old port inLombokduring Dutch colonial times and some of the old architecture is still visible around the town, particularly toward the beach to the west. This area becomes a market at night, filled with warungs and kaki lima ( food carts ) for cheap, tasty food and local flavour. With its numerous shops, cheap hotels, dusty roads and plentiful cidomo ( horse carts ), gold and pearls shop and its Arab quarter, Ampenan is a colourful townto explore.

 

Mataram, about 3 km to the east of Ampenan, Mataram is the administrative centre for Lombok and Sumbawa ( West Nusa Tenggara province ), with goverment offices, banks, mosques, schools, colleges, bookstores, the main post offices and Mataram University downtown. Mataram mall, on the mainstreet in Mataram has an upstairs food court for cheap local meals. Lombok's only real mall, there are four floors of shops and stalls selling a vast selection of goods.. Particularly good buys are shoes, jeans, and copy brand bags and belts.

 

Cakranegara ( usuaIIy abbreviated to Cakra) is Lombok's main shopping area. It is also home to many Chinese and Balinese, who make up over 50 percent of the city,s population. The streets of the city make an interesting tour with gold shops, sporting goods, clothing stores and very good fabric stores selling imported silks, laces and cottons, to name a few. Many of Lombok's  weaving and basket making industries are located near Cakra; turn left at the central traffic lights and look for the market on the right near the bridge. The baskets in particular are sold in Bali at many times the local price. The next large town east of Cakra, Sweta, has a huge market every day near the Bertais bus teminal, with all kinds of goods on sale, from foodstuffs to clothing, exotic birds, handicrafts and more.

 

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