Bandar Lampung is a capital city of Lampung province, which
was once visited by Canadian, American, Australian and British people due to
construction work to be supervised by them. Canadian expatriates working for
coal mining company located in Panjang district stayed for over 5 years.
Lampung Irrigation Project, or precisely North Punggur Irrigation Project was
funded (granted) by European Community. This project lasted almost 10 years. If
not because of the project, none of them would have ever thought of visiting this city.
Now things have changed a lot. Most areas have
been developed to become places of interest that is expected to attract foreign
visitors. One of the places is Tanjung Setia beach, which foreign visitors have
often come to surf. Other beaches, which are mostly located in Bandar Lampung,
have not been able to attract foreign visitors yet. If compared to Bali’s
beaches, the beaches in Lampung still leaves much to be desired that can be
compared to those in Bali. Lampung bay may be able to win over foreign visitors
but there will be a lot to be done. The local residents living along the
beaches shall first be moved, which will certainly cost huge amount of money,
to say nothing of construction work. However, if the local government is
serious about making Bandar Lampung one of the best tourist destination, this
will certainly be possible.