Garuda Indonesia Colours Magazine March 2019 - Page 92

90 Travel | Lampung The following morning, I am taken to Camp ERU Margahayu. The ERU (Elephant Response Unit) is a programme run by the national park authority to handle conflicts between people and wild elephants. Here, troubled elephants are protected and looked after by the mahouts. Visitors can help bathe the elephants – the adorable babies are naturally very popular! Returning to Bandar Lampung, Salsabila and her friends are waiting to show me some of the local beaches. “We’ll go to the south of the city. There is a row of beaches that is worth seeing,” she says enthusiastically. First, we enjoy the calm waters of Wutun Beach, from where we can see the beautiful bright white sands of Tangkil Island. As we continue to inch along the coast, Sari Ringgung Beach and its tempting curves attract my admiration. This beach also faces an island, called Tegal Mas. With its photogenic contours, perfected by a floating resort, the beach is the perfect destination for a day of lazy snorkelling. Salsabila says that we will find some more wonderful small islands, Pahawang Besar and Pahawang Kecil, if we travel south. “They have better grown reef. When the tide is low, we can get to those islands on foot, by walking over the sandy inlet,” she says. Instagrammable Vintage Cafés It would be a shame to visit Bandar Lampung without tasting the city’s speciality dishes, not just for the cuisine but also the ambience of the eating houses. There are several cafés with vintage-style interiors that draw me in. Firstly, Encim Gendut, located on Jalan Lindu No. 6 Palapa. In a monochrome setting, the walls on the right are decorated with traditional colourful trays and basins, whilst on the left are displayed vintage photos of Bandar Lampung. Bird cages and oriental umbrellas hang from the ceiling, while wooden chairs are topped with vibrant batik cushions. Housed in an old renovated building, Encim Gendut serves an Indonesian buffet with the option of three kinds of rice: white, coconut milk and yellow. Also well worth a visit is De Rosse Café & Resto, situated on Jalan HOS Cokroaminoto no. 78 Rawa Laut, Enggal. This two-storey restaurant looks modest from the outside, but this impression changes as soon as you enter the purple-pink interior. On the first floor, an assortment of items such as watches, a suitcase and radio are displayed on the table, while old movie posters decorate the walls. Window frames are colourfully painted. The second floor has more modern décor. The café is known for its Tuan Crab (1-3) and Cah Kailan (Chinese broccoli). After an experience which has taken me from witnessing the grandeur of Sumatran elephants to relaxing on far-flung beaches, and enjoying the ambience of vintage cafés, I realise that Bandar Lampung has much to offer adventurous travellers. I don’t feel I have wasted a single moment, and I know that my memories will keep drawing me back to this amazing part of the world. Whether in the wild or in the city, Lampung is made for magical moments. Fresh fish caught by local fishermen, sold at Agung City Fish Market, Lampung. It would be a shame to visit Bandar Lampung without tasting the city’s speciality dishes, not just for the cuisine but also the ambience...