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Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful place, amazing culture, super friendly people. No drunk idiot tourists, it was a lovely change compared to most of SE Asia. The architecture and the cloth is a must see. Can't wait to go back!

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Aussietravelbug08
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

Prailiu is the sort of place that is hard to forget, as in these days of polished tourist attractions, there are none there except for the raw village experience that Prailiu offers. There is no pretence, no window dressing, they are all normal people living normal (to them) lives, in an extraordinary place while you join in.
The primary export to the world is their hand made cloth, "ikat", each piece being individual, takes up to year to complete and while you may have visited Bali where price haggling is the go, they do not and give their works an honest price from the beginning.
Prailiu is also a great base for exploring the area, motor bikes can be hired via Sarah or Uman who can also advise on places to go.

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Mick H
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

The village is as lovely as its inhabitants - so much to see culturally from Ikat weaving to megaliths. A must see!

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Mary H
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

Prailiu was a great experience and a chance to see the Sumbanese way of life and watch the women make the traditional textiles. If you are interested in buying the cloth you can. Everybody was very welcoming of us.

There is also accommodation in the form of two cabins so you can stay in this village for the length of your stay in Sumba.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank 710JamesM710
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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

Prailieu is a one of a kind experience and if you are lucky enough to be there for a major event it is absolutely unforgettable.

I should mention the host is my sister, Sarah, and my three visits were all earlier than it says but I feel my review will still be worth reading.

Prailieu is from another time, you can stay in the village and experience first hand the local life.
The incredible fabric hand made in the village. The local cuisine is unique with the option of eating in the village or walking down to the local restaurants.
See the local environmental projects, many headed up by Sarah herself.
The burial stones are quite prominent in the village and well worth closer examination.

Sarah is hugely knowledgeable about local culture as well as the local ecosystem.
I have attended both a royal wedding and a royal funeral in Prailieu, both were enlightening, unforgettable events.

If you are in Sumba, Prailieu should be your first stop.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Steve H
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