Bengkulu Province Local Customs

  • Waiting for a ride to Rajo Lelo botanical garden
    Waiting for a ride to Rajo Lelo...
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  • Eating with hand in a traditional restaurant
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Bengkulu Province Local Customs

  • Personal Space

    If you are a white person (locally known as bule) you tend to get stared at in places where few foreign tourists go, but overall, Indonesians stand back and look, rather than gather around you. Those who do come right up to you are usually kids. The other habit which altogether ordinary to Indonesians is touching between those of the same gander.


    Dress is normally informal due to the warm, humid climate and clothing of light fabrics are recommended. Traveling in highland areas is noticeably cooler, however, and carrying a light sweater may prove useful. Accepted attire for men is a shirt and long pants. A shirt and tie are required for official calls or for more formal occasions. Long...

  • Language and Understanding of the...

    It’s easy to assume English words or sayings can be translated into Indonesian, however, Indonesian culture is much different from Western culture, so the meanings behind certain expressions are lost and often sound strange to an Indonesian.Here are some examples:• Indonesians don’t usually say, “nice to meet you,” a smile is enough.• “How are...

  • “Hello Mister” Fatigue

    "Hello Mister", this is the universal greeting given to foreign tourists 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 white foreigners many times.

  • Shopping & Bargaining

    Bargaining is customary in small shops and markets, the art of which is to start at half the asking price and slowly increase your offer until a compromise is reached. Remember it helps to smile while bargaining.Major cities in Bengkulu province have shopping complexes and department stores where prices are fixed. Shops are usually open all week...

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