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Bandarlampung was once a major backpacker thoroughfare connecting Java and Sumatra, and you’ll immediately notice the jump in ‘Hello Mister’s’ and toothy smiles as the locals welcome Western faces like long-lost relatives.

Perched on the hills overlooking Teluk Lampung, Bandarlampung is the region’s largest city and its administrative capital. The fourth-largest city in Sumatra, it is the product of an amalgamation of the old towns of Telukbetung (coastal) and Tanjungkarang (inland).

Most places of relevance to travellers are in Tanjungkarang, including the train station and the bulk of the hotels. The Rajabasa bus terminal is 10km north of the town centre; the airport is 24km away.

Krakatau and the Way Kambas National Park are the main spots to check out in the area when passing through.

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