Bengkulu Travel Guide

  • Fort Marlborough - a British Colonialist Heritage
    Fort Marlborough - a British Colonialist...
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  • Tabut - One of the cultural assets in Bengkulu
    Tabut - One of the cultural assets in...
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  • Tapak Paderi beach Bengkulu
    Tapak Paderi beach Bengkulu
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Bengkulu Things to Do

  • Hi surfers try Samudera Ujung Beach!

    Samudera Ujung beach is strongly recommended for surfers. 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 reach. Only...

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  • Tabut - A Cultural Festival

    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...

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  • Relaxing or Surfing at Panjang Beach

    Bengkulu’s main beach, Pantai Panjang, stretches for approximately 7 km (4.4 miles). It is located on Indian Ocean western coast of Bengkulu city, about 2 km from Suprapto shopping center. The beach has white sand and pretty good surf. Early morning on a mid to high tide will be the best time for a surf. It is the most popular beach for the local...

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  • TAPAK PADERI BEACH

    Tapak Paderi beach is a beach which located at Bengkulu Downtown, if you are visiting Fort Marlborough, from the top of the Fort you would see the beach on the west side... Tapak Paderi beach is one of popular beach between the citizen of Bengkulu, one of a nice place or hangaout, also a nice place for swimming in the beach, for fishing and for...

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  • Pantai Panjang (Long Beach)

    Pantai Panjang (Long Beach) is one of popular beach which located at the west side of the city, just 10 to 15 minutes drive from the city center to get the beach .... you would find so many colorful tent along the sand beach where you would enjoy the beauty of white sand and the big wave of Indian ocean which strike the shoreline of sandy...

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  • FORT MARLBOROUGH

    FORT MARLBOROUGH is an old fortress Built in 1713 till 1719 by British East India, located at the beach side of Bengkulu. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in 1817 was appointed by British Administration as Lieutenannt Governor of Bengcoolen(Bengkulu), during his administration, a botanist JOSEPH ARNOLD discovered the world largest flower at Manna...

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Bengkulu Restaurants

  • A place to retreat from the heat for a...

    A clean western-themed restaurant serving tasty Indonesian dishes, a variety of pastries, as well as beef burger, popular with local families and teenagers. Open 09 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week. 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:...

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  • The Best Bakso In Town

    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...

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  • Try The Fresh Local Seafood

    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...

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Bengkulu Nightlife

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    by adriansyah Updated Jan 9, 2012

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    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.

    Tracey & Kurt are hanging out Jeff & friends at Tapak Paderi Bengkulu Sodok Jeff! Indah - New Year Eve At Fort Marlborough
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Bengkulu Transportation

  • Garuda-Indonesia

    A convenience traveling from Jakarta to Bengkulu is by an Airliner, there are many airways company take the Route from JAKARTA, Soekarno Hatta airport : Batavia, Sriwi Jaya, Garuda Indonesia or Adam Air.Note: Batavia and Adam Air now discontinuedWith so many airlines, the fare now become competitive, travel by plane to Bengkulu Province now become...

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  • Don't Miss the Bus in the Ferry!

    When you make a trip from the city of Bengkulu to Java by bus, it is necessary to take a ferry in Bakauheni ferry terminal to cross the Sunda strait between Sumatra and Java. It will take about 2 hours to cross the strait, the trip by bus includes the price of the ferry between Bakauheni and Merak. There are frequent ferries between Bakauheni and...

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  • Getting Around Bengkulu By Angkot

    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...

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Bengkulu Shopping

  • Convenient Shopping

    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,...

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  • One Stop Shopping

    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...

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  • Bring Enough Rupiah

    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...

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Bengkulu Local Customs

  • TIPPING

    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...

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  • “Hello Mister” Fatigue

    This is the universal greeting given to foreigners regardless of whether the person who is addressed is male or female. The less advanced English students know only “Mister” and “how are you”, which they will enthusiastically "yell" at any foreign traveler many times.

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  • The Traditional Wedding Clothes of...

    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).

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Bengkulu Warnings and Dangers

  • Be Aware of Malaria and Dengue Risk

    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...

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  • Panjang beach, Surfing only - unsafe for...

    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.

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  • What to do when you got stung by a...

    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.

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Bengkulu Tourist Traps

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    by adriansyah Updated Feb 22, 2014

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    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. 3,000) regardless of the distance and anything the drivers may tell you.

    Bengkulu downtown City transport at Suprapto City transport locally known as angkot Tell the angkot driver where you���re going
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Bengkulu What to Pack

  • What To Bring

    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...

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  • Additional Items To Pack Between Oct &...

    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...

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  • Bring Enough Rupiah

    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...

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Bengkulu Off The Beaten Path

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    by meiyergani Updated Jun 18, 2014

    Pantai Panjang (Long Beach) is one of popular beach which located at the west side of the city, just 10 to 15 minutes drive from the city center to get the beach .... you would find so many colorful tent along the beach where you would enjoy the beauty of white sand and the big wave of Indian ocean which strike the shoreline of sandy beach....in the afternoon don't miss watching an amazing view of golden rays when the sun was going down....

    Sunset Pantai Panjang
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Bengkulu Sports & Outdoors

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    by adriansyah Updated Nov 24, 2013

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    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!

    Fun surf at Samudera Ujung beach - Bengkulu The best spot for experienced surfers in Bengkulu Late afternoon at Samudra Ujung beach The Samudera Ujung reef Samudera Ujung surf
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