Bima & Raba
East Sumbawa’s largest metropolitan centre is a conservative Islamic place with one mediocre sight – the former sultan’s palace, and it’s nobody’s favourite getaway. The streets can be traffic choked, the architecture charmless and crumbling, and doing business here can feel like the hard sell Olympics. Still, if you keep your cool and get a room in one of Bima’s inviting new sleeps, you may find charm in the chaotic intensity of it all. Or, like most, you may flee to the waves at Lakey Peak or Labuanbajo and the Komodo National Park immediately.