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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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Well Preserved Traditional Village

The entrance fee is Rp20,000. No guides provided and you have to ask the locals about the culture and history about the village. They are friendly and willing to explain. We spent... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Elisse R
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The entrance fee is Rp20,000. No guides provided and you have to ask the locals about the culture and history about the village. They are friendly and willing to explain. We spent about 30mins while socializing with the locals.

Thank Elisse R
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61 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very pretty and pleasant traditional village, calm, quite, you can witness how local women work on some hand made traditional goods, nice and friendly people in the village. Good to be seen.

Thank mimmimargaret
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

it's very unique and old complex houses in a village.And still keeping their tradition and cultures.You can see the daily life of the people,their activities.there is entrance fee to get into it,not that much.we can consider this as donation of the village.It's situated on the foot of mt inerie.The area surrounding is really breathtaking view.

Thank nenycute
Melbourne, Australia
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78 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The villagers are friendly and don't mind you taking their pictures. Some locally woven scarves are displayed for sale but there is no pressure at all. The locals dried their cacao beans on mats. The local primary school is putting on a concert between 29/4 and 2/5.

Thank Kim C
Maumere, Indonesia
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155 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice traditional village with megalithic tradition. Every women here weaved fabrics and they sold it thus it might be seen as 'every-house-is-a-giftshop'. People were really friendly but since there were no tour guide, you need to ask the citizens to explain what they do, what the name of the buildings, and what the buildings means for them. You need... More 

Thank Argya N
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
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192 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very touristic place: 25k entrance per person. Instead of a gift like other traditional villages. We wanted to go there, but our guide said that it is better to take a good picture from the stairs in front of the village and go to Tololelo instead. This was a great tip: it is the best photo opportunity... More 

2 Thank François V
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

If you like very tidy villages, then then this is the place to go. If you want to see how people live this isn't the place for you. The next couple of villages are much better. We rented a motorbike with driver for 75,000.

1 Thank thisiscrazy12
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

This place was high on my list as it was featured in 'Magicians of the Gods', I managed to speak to Joseph from the book. A really interesting bit of history, and the lady from the village on the road by the entrance made us a great meal :)

Thank Simon S
Herning, Denmark
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144 reviews
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

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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288 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

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

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