Enjoying the Cool Aik Nyet Sesaot Park
Aik Nyet Sesaot is a tourist forest in Lombok. This forest has many charms that make it very much worth visiting. Besides trekking in the cool forest, you can also enjoy playing with water in this place.
Sesaot Forest is divided into three regions; primary forest, secondary forest, and agroforestry. Apart from the forest, you can also enjoy the freshness of the pool here.
Administratively, Sesaot Forest is located in Sesaot Village, Narmada District, West Lombok Regency. This forest covers an area of 6000 hectares which is divided into artificial forests and natural forests. Natural forests are protected by law while artificial forests are used as a tourist destination.
This tourist forest is about 15 km away from the city of Mataram. You can come here by using a private or rented vehicle since there is no public transportation in this forest area. You can find many car and motorcycle rentals in the city of Mataram.
40 Springs and a river
This place is famous for its charming natural conditions. In addition to the cool air, this forest also provides a trek for leisure walking under the thick shady trees. This forest area also has around 40 sources of springs which then flow to many surrounding rivers, most of which eventually cross the city of Mataram.
Within the Sesaot forest area, there is a river called the Aik Nyet River. The stream of this river is not too strong and the water is very clear. Like a river near a volcano, the Aik Nyet River is also full of many volcanic rocks. For some people, this river is still considered sacred because it flows directly from Mount Rinjani.
Playing with water
In the middle of a tourist forest, there is a bathing pool; Aik Nyet pool. In the local language, Aik Nyet means ‘cold water’. The baths here offer refreshing cold water
There are 6 showers in this pool which are said to never stop flowing even in the dry season. The showers are called Pancor Enem. This bath is actually a part of the river that is dammed to become a pool that somewhat looks like a natural pond.
Try the Lombok specialty satay
Around the baths, there are many food vendors. In this place, you can try to enjoy one of the Lombok culinary, Sate Bulayak. Sate Bulayak is a satay that is usually enjoyed with bulayak; a kind of lontong (rice cake) which is wrapped around palm leaves. Bulayak is typically smaller than most rice cakes on Java, and it has a soft texture and a more savory taste.
Sesaot Tourism Forest and Aik Nyet pool can be a refreshing tourist destination when you are on Lombok. The location that is relatively close to the city of Mataram makes this place easily accessible by private vehicles.