STORY ABOUT LAMPUNG
Ancient Chinese travel chronicles refer to a place in the most southerly part of Sumatra called “Lampung” or “place of southerly winds”. The province is generally flat with the highest mountains of Gunung Pesagi, Tanggamas, Seminiung, Sekincau, and Raya all being dormant volcanoes. Bandar Lampung, the provincial capital, was formerly two separate towns, Tanjungkarang and the port of Teluk Betung, which after the infamous eruption of Krakatau were both completely covered in volcanic ash. In the course of development, however, this town has merged together to become one single city.
PLACES OF INTEREST
1) KRAKATAU ISLAND
Krakatau is an inhabited island and located in the southern part of the Bay of Lampung. Krakatau is reachable in three hours by boat from Canti, a fishing village near Kalianda, South Lampung. Anak Krakatau (child of Krakatau) is still growing, first emerging from the sea in early 1928, 45 years after the legendary eruption in 1883. Krakatau island is currently among three destination in Indonesia that has been qualified in the New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign held by the New 7 Wonders Foundation (two other candidates is Lake Toba and Komodo National Park).
2) PUGUNG ARCHEOLOGICAL
Pugung archeological site in Pugung Raharjo village, 40km northeast of Bandar Lampung is a site of megalith and prehistoric relics, as well those of the classical Hindu-Buddhist period.
3) MERAK BELANTUNG BEACH
Merak Belantung Beach is 40km south of Bandar Lampung, on the way to the seaport of Bakauheni, the beach is ideal for swimming and wind surfing. Cottages are available.