The rather sleepy port town of Bima is quiet but friendly. Its people have a strong sense of Bimanese identity, offering an insight into the patchwork of ethnicities you’ll find throughout Nusa Tenggara. The town is centred around the market on Jalan Flores; most of the accommodation lies to the west of the Sultan’s Palace, whose museum houses a rather shabby collection of traditional costumes. The area around Bima, Wawo, boasts a distinct style of traditional thatched house; examples can be seen at Maria and Sambori, both on the Bima–Sape bus route. If you need to relax on the beach after a hard day’s travel, charter a boat  from the harbour out to the island of Pulau Kambing, where you’ll find relative seclusion.

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