Occupying a stunning location in the hills overlooking Lampung Bay, from where you can see as far as Krakatau on a clear day, Bandar Lampung is an amalgamation of Teluk Betung, the traditional port, and Tanjung Karang, the administrative centre on the hills behind. Local people continue to talk about Teluk Betung and Tanjung Karang, and when you’re coming here from other parts of Sumatra your destination will usually be referred to as Rajabasa, the name of the bus terminal.

Travellers rarely stay long in Lampung, instead heading south for the ferry to Java or heading into long-haul buses to the north. However, adventurers may enjoy Lampung’s handful of largely unexplored attractions, among them jungle trekking through swampy Way Kambas, river trips in Way Kanan, boat charters to check out dolphins in Kiluan Bay and the white sandy beaches and frontal views of Krakatau in Sebuku and Sebesi islands. Meanwhile, surfers may want to head straight to Krui on the west coast, one of the best year-round surf spots around.

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