Sumbawa Besar, often shortened to ‘Sumbawa’, is the principal market town of the island’s west. It’s leafy, devoutly Muslim (oversupply of karaoke bars notwithstanding) and runs on the bushels of beans, rice and corn cultivated on the outskirts. It's a pleasant enough place for those transiting to Pulau Moyo, but there’s not much to see here aside from the old palace and a lively morning market. Most travellers simply consider this town a respite while journeying along the Trans-Sumbawa Hwy.
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