|Public bathing pool at Suban hot springs|
Foreign tourists, especially white people that locally known as bule may be surrounded and stared at by locals at very open baths. Why??? Because of curiosity. Only few foreign tourists visit Suban and the surroundings areas, many people here have not seen foreigners with very different physical appearance and lifestyle. Foreigners could become instant celebrities. Alternatively, if you are not comfortable to be stared at by locals at very open bath, you can pay Rp 3,000 (US$ 0.22) extra for a more private bath room which also has warm water runs from the hot springs. There are small range of food stalls with limited food and drink choices at some spots within the location. Unfortunately Suban still lacks adequate supporting facilities and struggles with a littering problem. From my experience, the ideal time to visit is during the dry season from March to September.
Admission ticket is Rp. 10,000 (US$ 0.69) for adults and Rp. 5,000 (US$ 0.34) for children. Parking fee is Rp. 5,000 (US$ 0.34).
Location: Suban is located in Rejang Lebong district around 90 km (56 miles) from the provincial capital of Bengkulu, it just takes around two and half hours drive by motorcycle or car, or 6 km (3.8 miles) from Curup.
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Photos by Peter Kimball, Adriansyah Putera & Sirly Utama Adriansyah