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Travel Tips in west sumbawa


Overview: Sumbawa

Situated in the middle of the Lesser Sunda Islands chain with Alas Strait and Lombok to the west , Flores to the east, and Sumba further to the southeast, Sumbawa is a part of the province of West Nusa Tenggara. Sumbawa is also surrounded by smaller islands, most notably Moyo Island, Sangeang Island and Komodo Islands to the east.

Sumbawa is 15,448 km2 or 5,965 sq mi with a population of around 1.5 million. The kingdoms located in Sumbawa Besar and Bima were the two focal points of Sumbawa. This division of the island into two parts remains today; Sumbawa Besar and Bima are the two largest towns on the island, and are the centers of distinct cultural groups that share the island.

This cultural division also gives Sumbawa has two major linguistic groups who spoke languages that were unintelligible to each other. One group centered in the western side of the island speaks Basa Semawa which is similar to the Sasak language from Lombok; the second group in the east speaks Nggahi Mbojo. It marks the boundary between the islands to the west, which were influenced by religion and culture spreading from India, and the region to the east that was not so influenced.


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