Lampung is strategically located and easily accessible,
particularly from Jakarta. Bandar Lampung, its capital, was formerly two separate towns, Tanjungkarang and Telukbetung. In the course of development
these towns have spread out to one another to become one single city. Lampung has its own traditions, high valued handicraft
and art creations such as woven cloth, interwoven by gold threads called "tapis".
Sumatran elephants, tigers and hundreds of species of
birds can be watched at the Way Kambas nature reserve. Rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world can be seen when it is blooming
at Bukit Barisan Selatan National
Park, on the southern coastline of Sumatra.
The province has a great potential in agriculture, however, its population is small.
Agriculture provides the main income to its population,
from farming, fishery and plantations. Clove, coffee and coconut grow extensively along the southern coast. While on the eastern
part and hinterland they cultivate pepper, coffee, cassava, cocoa and rice, the tobacco growing area is around Lake
Ranau in the northern part.
It is known that Lampung has been inhabited since prehistoric
times. This was proven by the discovery of cultural relics in the form of megalithic sculptures at Kebontebu, Kenali, Pugung
and Batubedil. There are historical remains showing that it was under the country's greatest maritime empire Sriwijaya.
The stone inscriptions of Palas Pasemah and Batu bedil
in southern Lampung are among the relics of this Empire of the 7th century.
The influence of Islam is seen from the Tambra Prasasti
inscription containing a contract of merchandise supplies between the Kingdoms of Banten and Lampung. Prior to Islam, the
inhabitants of Lampung practiced a syncretism Buddhist-Hindu cult.
PLACES OF INTEREST
The capital of Lampung has several interesting places
such as the Museum and the Monument of the Krakatau Eruption. Worth while seeing or doing is the weaving process of Tapis
textile, art and dance performances or just sunbathing on the beach.
MUSEUM of LAMPUNG
Located at Teuku Umar Street,
it can be reached within 15 minutes from the centre of Bandar Lampung. It contains ethnographic and archaeological collections,
Chinese ceramics, traditional music instruments, ancient Tapis cloth and ornaments.
WAY KAMBAS RESERVE
Way Kambas is a 2-hour drive from Bandar Lampung. 130,000
hectares of area on Lampung's East coast, Way Kambas is the best place to watch wild Sumatran elephants, tigers and many species
of birds. Motorboats can be hired at Way Kanan for cruising around and up the river.
Here we can sail along Way Kanan and Way Kambas by canoe
or boat to watch the surrounding flora and fauna while in the mouth of Way Kambas, it's good for fishing and swimming. In
the morning, we can safari for 2 hours through the prepared track and listen to wild animals roaring and birds singing.
Way Kambas Elephant Training is an international project
which is partly funded by the World Wildlife Fund. The aim of training them is to make the captured elephant be useful to
Most visitors come to Way Kambas to see the training
centre and to have an opportunity to ride on an elephant.
Simple tourist facilities are available at Way Kanan
such as lodges, wooden houses on poles, river boats and an observation centre. Way Kambas is accessible by car from Bandar
Lampung. The activities and special interests are bird watching, jungle tracking, elephant’s safari, and river cruises.
An uninhabited island Krakatoa is located on the southern
part of the Bay of Lampung. Krakatoa is reachable in three hours by boat from Canti, a fisherman village
near Kalianda, South Lampung. This group of islands consists of four islands; one of them is called Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatoa)
which has grown higher every year.
Anak Krakatau has emerged from the bottom of the sea
between three other islands by early 1928 or 45 years after Krakatoa's 1883 formidable eruption.
Located in Pugung Raharjo village, 40 km. northeast of
Bandar Lampung, is a site of megalithic and prehistoric relics as well as of the classical Hindu Buddhist period. There are
primitive trenched fortresses which almost surround its site. Stone inscription, ancient Chinese porcelains, Polynesian statue
and the statue of Bodhisatwa are at the museum, a house on poles located on the way to Pugung Raharjo.
MERAK BELANTUNG BEACH
Located 40 km south of Bandar Lampung on the way to the
seaport of Bekauheni. The beach is ideal for swimming and wind surfing. Cottages and equipment for wind surfing are available.