North Lombok is reached by two main roads, both in good condition and offering different scenic routes. The coastal road that runs from Ampenan all the way up the west coast to the north of the island provides stunning views of the many beautiful bays and beaches of the west coast, as well as vistas over the Gili Islands and Bali.
The Pusuk Pass, a winding mountain road that starts in Gunungsari and runs through the mountains inland, terminates at Pemenang in the north. The pass provides wonderful views of valleys and gorges, with rivers running through the tropical forests and small villages among the trees. Families of gray monkeys live in the jungle and come down to the road to beg for food from passing motorists.
A bemo runs from Gunungsari through the Pusuk Pass up to the north coast (about 30 min.; Rp5,000). Bemos also run regularly between Ampenan and Senggigi, and less frequently from Senggigi to Bangsal and Pemenang. The best way to see the north is by hired car or motorbike, or with a car and driver.
Bangsal is at the crossroads where the main coastal road meets the Pusuk Pass Road, with Jalan Raya (main street) continuing north all the way around the island to the east coast. The road to the west only runs about 1km (less than 1 mile) to Bangsal Harbor, the main point of departure to the Gili Islands.
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