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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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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!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Ирина Ц
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 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 5 January 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Yeah sure, it's not a traditional stone age village now in the sense that many people all have mobile phones...and they also charge for entry...but the money is distributed to the village to help the people continue to live here and transition into the modern era. Respect the local people when you visit and ask for permission to take photos...don't... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The village is very nice and clean and easy to reach. Local people attempted to sell their tenun ikat (traditional woven) and candle nut (kemiri)

1 Thank HanryF
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Bena Traditional Village is well worth a visit whilst travelling around Bejawa. You will see traditional houses all decorated with buffalo horns and pigs jaws which have been sacrificed. It is quite a large village with many houses in a spectacular mountainous location. Make sure you make it to the top of the village for the best views. Entrance fee... More 

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