Set on a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean fort Marlborough is an interesting place to visit. Dating from 1714 and approached through massive walls, it is an impressive and well-maintained piece of history, reputedly the strongest fort constructed by the British in the east after George Fort in Madras (city in southeastern India). The old British...more
This small lake is located within Dendam Tak Sudah nature preserve around 8 km (5 miles) of the city center. Dendam Tak Sudah nature preserve covers an area of 5.8 sq km, at an altitude of 15 m. The lake is surrounded by Bukit Barisan mountains scenery and home for rare water orchid called “Vanda Hookeriana” which also known as pencil orchid, and...more
Tapak Paderi beach is located near fort Marlborough and is easy to reach by angkot (public transport). It is a nice place to wind down a few hours to talk to the locals and to watch the sun set. Sometimes it is possible to surf here at high tight. The swimming here is not too bad, but if you are just after a swim Jakat beach, 1.5 km north of fort...more
Bengkulu has a number of traditions which still continue in Bengkulu people life, one of the cultural assets is the Tabot/Tabut (an Arabic word which means the coffin), and it is an interesting attraction to enrich your experiences particularly to observe one of Indonesian's unique tradition and culture.Tabot or now is called Tabut festival, the...more
It is a tiny island, that’s why the island is called Tikus which means mouse. The island has a good potential to develop marine tourism. This alluring island is surrounded by coral reefs that teem with various forms of marine life, soft and hard corals, and fish of all colors and sizes. Unpolluted and really clear water is reasonable for astounding...more
Samudera Ujung beach is strongly recommended for surfing mania. It is the best spot for more experienced surfers in Bengkulu. The beach is less popular than Panjang beach or Tapak Paderi beach, but Samudera Ujung beach offers you very fun surf . The beach is clean enough with its white sand and natural spruces along the beach and it is easy to...more
Travelers with a taste for tasty Javanese bakso (meatball soup) should head to Bakso Arema Cak Brewok on Jl. Mahakam Lingkar Barat – Bengkulu. Warung bakso Arema Cak Brewok is simple, clean, open air eatery serving excellent eastern Javanese meatball soup, cold soft drinks and icy fresh fruit juices locally known as “es juice” (Rp. 6,000). A bowl...more
Seafood fans should head straight to the fine “Sembam Ikan Marola” on Jalan Pariwisata Pantai Berkas – Bengkulu(around 10 minutes walk from Horison hotel to Berkas beach). Marola serves a good range of local dishes, fresh drinks and tasty seafood at reasonable prices. It has quite specious space, clean and quiet rooms with fine view over the Berkas...more
A small and simple night warung (food stall) “Bak Mie Surabaya” serves tasty and cheap Indonesian dishes like fried rice, Magelangan, fried noodles, kwetiau, capacay. Mains from Rp. 11,000 to Rp. 13,000. The warung is clean and ideal for sampling some noodle dishes. There are other tens of night roadside food stalls just off Natadirja street,...more
A clean western-themed restaurant serving tasty Indonesian dishes as well as beef burger, popular with local families and teenagers. Open 09 am – 10 pm. Mains from Rp. 12,500. It is a good place to retreat from the heat for a cold drink, a good selection of Indonesian food and some European dishes. My pick: Kangkung noodles and cold cappuccino.more
KFC is located at Suprapto shopping complex (jl. Suprapto) nearby the Jamik mosque, serves up mostly American fast food. It is open from 08:00 am to 22:00 pm all week including Sundays. It is comfortably air-conditioned and is the most famous American fast food restaurant in town for the locals. Most food is tasty and prices are reasonable, dishes...more
Buffet Kubang on Jl. Sudirman (nearby Jamik Mosque) is the right place for people who like spicy food to try Egyptian Martabak filled with vegetables and beef served with sweet chili sauce (Rp. 10,000 – Rp. 15,000 for one portion). Buffet Kubang also serves nasi goreng (fried rice) for Rp. 10,000 which less spicy than martabak. Soft drinks are...more
There's really not much night life activity in Bengkulu city as the people are just being simple. But on every Saturday night, many young locals like to hang out in Tapak Paderi beach, fort Marlborough, Mega Mall Bengkulu, and Suprapto shopping center. Both of these places are safe for hanging out, but for foreign travelers be ready for “hello mister/how are you” fatigue because young locals will enthusiastically yell out those words to white foreigners many times.
A counter at the airport offers rental cars and taxis rides for Rp. 60,000 into downtown. Alternatively, walk down to the road in front of the terminal building to the main road and turn to your right as you exit the airport and then take a white public city transport locally known as “angkot” (Rp. 3,000) to Terminal Panorama, then take another...more
Bengkulu is easily accessible by land and air transportation. You can catch regular buses from Medan, Padang, Pekanbaru, Jambi, Palembang or Jakarta. There is one airport in the city (Fatmawati airport / BKS), and there are daily domestic flights from/to Jakarta served by Batavia Air, Lion Air, and Sriwijaya Air.more
Lion Air operates 3 times departure flights daily from Jakarta to Bengkulu (09:30, 13:30 & 17:15). Departure flights from Bengkulu to Jakarta (10:20, 15:00 & 18:20). You can book your flight through several convenient e-payment methods like online payment using your VISA or MasterCard, ATM payment and Internet banking. All you need is your Booking...more
Bencoolen Indah Mall (BIM) is a fairly well-stocked shopping center in Bengkulu. Setting on a good site overlooking nice view of Panjang beach, the mall is convenient and it has large parking space. I love shopping here. Open: Mon - Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm It has scores of small, reasonably priced shops offering clothes, shoes, foods, cell phones,...more
Mega Mall bengkulu (open Mon - Sun 10:00 to 22:00) is the biggest mall in town, located on Jalan K.Z. Abidin II Pasar Minggu, just a short walk from Suprapto shopping center. Most travelers needs can be found here. The surrounding area has a traditional market “Pasar Minggu” which is packed with local buyers and street vendors. It has reasonably...more
It’s a good idea to stock up on Rupiah before you go shopping in Bengkulu. There are a number of banks (MANDIRI bank, BCA bank, BRI bank, Danamon bank, BII bank, Buana bank) along Jalan S. Parman and Jalan Suprapto Bengkulu. Will change money and travelers checks, although it may take some time (around 30-60 minutes). Most the banks have ATM...more
Major hotels and restaurant in Indonesia usually add a 10% service charge to bills. Where it is not included a tip of between 5% to 10% of the bill would be appropriate if the service is satisfactory.Airport porters expect Rp.5,000 for a small/medium bag and Rp.10,000 (about USD 1) for bags weighing more than 20 kg.Tipping taxi and hire-car drivers...more
Wedding clothes for men include: blazer, songket fabrics looped to the waist, pants above the knee, over lapping necklaces, crown with ribbons (gunjai-gunjai). For women: baju kurung with songket fabrics, gunjai-gunjai, necklaces, bracelets on both hands. Material: silk, tompak, fabrics with cotton and gold (prada).more
Malaria (generally caused by P. falciparum P. vivaxis) is a potential problem in almost all areas in Indonesia, including Bengkulu. The risk of malaria is small in the city of Bengkulu, but the risk of Malaria is higher when you are going to rural areas especially during rainy season (September to March). Your risk also depends on what measures you...more
Warning: It's suitable For experinced surfers only!!!Panjang beach which is locally known as Pantai Panjang has pretty big waves which are really good for surfing, but be careful, it’s rarely suitable for swimming or other water sports; it’s unsafe for swimming too far out because there are strong currents in some spots.more
When you do water sports, avoid contact with these sea creatures because of their stinging tentacles – seek local advice. Dousing in vinegar will deactivate any stingers which have not “fired”. Calamin lotion, antihistamines and analgesics may reduce the reaction and relieve the pain. Hope it helps.more
Keep in mind the angkot drivers often tend to overcharge westerners for the ride.
Unique Suggestions: To avoid this unacceptable overcharging, you should tell the driver where you’re going before get on. And you should have exact change for the fare (Rp. 2,000) regardless of the distance and anything the drivers may tell you.
Probably one of the most important items, and one that most people forget, is a hat, the Indonesian sun is relentless. Sunglasses are also essential, and do not forget sunscreen lotion. Dentals floss, shaving cream and tampons are hard to find, so bring your own. Don't forget to bring a flash light, mosquito repellent lotion, etc. It is...more
Locks for your luggage – it’s better to be safe than sorry. In Bengkulu and in most part of Sumatra, the wet season falls between October and April, the wettest months are January and February that can make travel more difficult. The weather is still hot and more humid, but the January to February rains can come in sudden tropical downpours, and...more
It’s a good idea to stock up on Rupiah before you arrive or go shopping in Bengkulu. There are a number of banks (MANDIRI bank, BCA bank, BRI bank, Danamon bank, BII bank, Buana bank) along Jalan S. Parman and Jalan Suprapto Bengkulu. Will change money and travelers checks, although it may take some time (around 30-60 minutes). Most the banks...more
Samudera Ujung beach is recommended for surfing mania. It is the best spot for more experienced surfers in Bengkulu. Samudera Ujung beach is clean enough with its white sand and natural spruces along the beach, which makes it very suitable for surfing; it is easy to reach and free from pollution. Only a few local or foreign surfers come to surf here, so you don’t have to wait for waves patiently or fight against other surfers for waves.
Samudera Ujung beach is located near the ocean harbor Pulau Baai about 17 km (10.6 miles) from Bengkulu city center, on an asphalt road, and can be reached by motorbikes and all four-wheel-drive vehicles. For surfers it will be a frustrating trip taking non-chartered cars. It is easier to get there by paying more for a chartered angkot (city transport) for for Rp 60,000 or around US$ 6(return trip). The driver will drop you off and pick you up later. Keep in mind, "don't get into the vehicle until you've agreed on a fare you are comfortable paying, and even better pay from your stack of smaller bills so that the driver will not owe you any change when you are done surfing".
No entrance fee, except on Idul Fitri also known as Lebaran and Idul Adha or Lebaran Haji, the visitors are charged by the locals for Rp. 1,000 per one person.
Equipment: Because it is out of the city, there is no inn or hotel or food stall nearby the surfing spots, so don't forget to bring your own food, drink and gear!