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Bena Traditional Village

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Address: | Off the Main Road to Bajawa, Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia

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Excellent visit to Bena traditional Village

This is a must see when around Bajawa. By car 30-45 minutes from hotel and most of the way a very beautiful scenery and the narrow road is without litter compared to most other... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Herning, Denmark
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Herning, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see when around Bajawa. By car 30-45 minutes from hotel and most of the way a very beautiful scenery and the narrow road is without litter compared to most other roads at Flores. Great hospitality and very interesting history and current way of living. Look also for Luba village close to Bena. There are also other... More 

Thank Nordgaard
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most beautiful and well-kept traditional villages, surrounded just by amazing views of volcanic mountains. People are friendly, they were selling their handwoven cloths, but not doing any hard sell, so that was nice. Would like to come back and maybe do a homestay in one of the houses, if permitted.

Thank mdns
Denpasar, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the most beautiful and the most interesting traditional villages in Flores. Here live several clans and families whose main occupations are farmers and weavers of Ikat cloth. Animistic rituals are frequently held here. Megalithic stones are scattered around the village. It is a pity that we arrived here in the afternoon so the mist started to... More 

Thank Andresguia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

Kids still play they traditional games and women make quilt. Th villagers are very nice, even offered us some cacao beans from tree for tree!

Thank Ирина Ц
Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

Really nice and authentic village. Luckily we were the only ones there, so not too many tourists. Entrance fee is 25 000 IDR.

Thank JaneTeesalu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

Finally a traditional village which really is worth visiting, beautiful houses, nicely ornamented. Nice megaliths in the centre. Great view over the valley at the end of the village. What makes the place really special are the people who are friendly and very authentic. This is heaven for the photograpers as the people are okay to have their picture taken... More 

Thank zipzie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

We managed to arrive here on a time that we were the only ones. Still it seems that these indeginous villages aren't overrun by tourist yet. So people are relaxed and do their peaceful regular thing (chewing beetlenut, weaving a bit and kids playing footbal or picking fleas). Great architecture, craftsmanship and use of wood, really worth the trip if... More 

Thank paularps
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

About 30 min from Bajawa through a beautiful forest drive. Entry is 25k and the village is functioning as a village in the traditional sense although it's obviously kept that way for the tourists. There are proper toilets at the other end but toilet paper and soap are not supplied (surprise surprise..).

Thank Moon W
Bandung, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

Before we can enter the village, we must register and pay fee, then the locals will lend us traditional woven scarf. In this village lived nine tribe and every tribe has chief and deputy chief. They have one unique sign in the top of their house. It's really good to bring local tour guide so they can explain us about... More 

Thank Regina302
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

This traditional village is the biggest and most-touristy around Bajawa, but that does not mean it is over-commercialized or too tourists. In the 90 minutes I spent there, I met two other tourists. You can see the traditional houses and the stone sculptures, plus the surrounding views are great and the villagers are very friendly. The option of a travel... More 

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