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Gili Meno – A perfect start for a trip around the Sunda Islands

We arrived at the airport in Mataram and went from there to Senggigi where we stayed for one night…. Stretching our legs a little after the long trip to continue along the next day from Banjal to Gili Meno… A tropical paradise… Well it’s a little bit in a state of needed repair or at least our hotel was.

On our way to Gili Menno | papertravels.com

But if you’re in need of some relaxing time this is the perfect start for a tour around the Sunda Islands. We did a bit of snorkeling (beautiful!) carefully had some sunshine and walked around the small island. Most of the time when you’re on a round trip, you arrive and than immediately start your travel. Beach is usually something you reserve for the end part but I really liked the fact that it was the other way around this time.

Our cabin at Gili Meno island | papertravels.com

The climate and the other conditions we faced in the other islands (we visited Lombok, Sumba, Sumbawa, Komodo, Flores and Bali) were all so different that it was nice to just relax and get used to the heat a bit. There are three Gili islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. All of them are supposedly really laid back but I have also heard stories where some of the areas on the islands are really for partying. Fine if you’re into that but if you’re looking more for some relaxing time going to Kontiki (where we were) is a good spot.

Freshly prepared food at the various restaurants in Gili Meno | papertravels.com

I loved the little restaurants where you can get freshly caught fish or just some noodles. And what is better than lounging on a bed looking out over the sea?

Gili Meno island | papertravels.com

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Simone van den Berg

Simone van den Berg

Ever since I was little I had a keen interest in travel, but my mum got carsick from just looking at a car passing by so we never really went very far when I was a kid. Our first trip outside of Europe was in 1997 when Tom and I went to Mexico and ever since that time we are hooked! I keep notes of all our travels in a growing stack of notebooks. That's why it is called Paper Travels!

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Hi! My name is Simone. Travel addict, photography nerd and foodie. On Paper travels you will find travelstories, travel tips, photography tips and the best restaurants and hotels. Good food is always the leading factor in most of our travels, because that is what makes any trip more special!

Travelplans 2018

March: Blankenberge, Belgium
April : 3 weeks roadtrip East-USA
May : Turkey
May : Baden-Wurtemberg
June : Nedersaksen
Sept : Newcastle