BENGKULU, SMALL AND BEAUTIFUL
Bengkulu, also known as Southwest Sumatra, is the smallest and lowest populated province of Sumatra. It is on the southwest coast of Sumatra and has a population of about one million comprising mostly Rejang, Malay, Bugis and Chinese ethnic ancestry people.
The capital and largest city is Bengkulu City, which was formerly the site of a British garrison, which they called Bencoolen.
The province is bordered on the east by Jambi Province, on the west by the Indian Ocean, south by Lampung Province and Indian Ocean and north by West Sumatra Province.
April to October is the dry season and is the best time to visit Bengkulu.
PLACES TO GO, THINGS TO DO
This mid-18th century castle is well maintained and a major Bengkulu attraction. It is best seen just before sunset.
Pantai Panjang Beach
This 7 km-long beach near the town is one of the most beautiful natural beaches of Sumatra, and is popular with visitors.
One hour drive into the hills above Bengkulu is a nature reserve where the giant Rafflesia flowers are found
A popular day trip from Bengkulu, this island is covered by dense rainforests and a haven for nature lovers.
Mountain Bukit Kaba
It is near the hill town of Curup and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area