Senggigi on a tight budget is the worst. Don’t go there. It’s hot and dusty and unpleasant, and not at all pedestrian friendly. The beach is crap, everything is surprisingly expensive and it sucks.
I’m sure if you were forced to go to Senggigi, if you absolutely had to, you could make an all right go of it. As always in Indonesia, the people are lovely and the food is delicious. The drive there has some spectacular views of the Lombok coastline, and just next to the Perama tourist office is a track that apparently takes you on a really lovely walk with nice views (we didn’t do it because it was up a big old hill and we were saving all our ‘up’ for Rinjani). There were also the smallest birds I’ve ever seen in my life; I’ve literally seen bigger insects. But other than that, I cannot think of a reason you would go there. It’s the kind of place where you expect to see people pissing or taking a dump by the side of the road, and even though I didn’t see anyone do that, I still feel like I did.
My favourite thing about it was that it seemingly had more cows and chickens and goats than people, but, this is Lombok, everywhere has more cows and chickens and goats than people. So, in conclusion, Senggigi on a tight budget is the worst.
Senggigi on a considerably looser budget on the other hand, may actually be the best.
Brad and I took a walk to the other side, unintentionally. We were going for a walk along the beach, the terrible, dirty, black, strewn with rubbish beach, to wait out the power outage in our homestay. We rounded a corner, and suddenly we were standing on a stunning private hotel beach, and the sand wasn’t black or strewn with rubbish and we were facing an astonishing sunset over Bali, and we finally understood Senggigi. If you are part of the 1% and you can stay in the Sheraton, and you don’t have to see what Senggigi is really like, then Senggigi is the best place there is.