Thursday, April 4, 2013

Suban Hot Springs

Public bathing pool at Suban hot springs
Last updated April 21st, 2021

Suban has nice cool air with a nice view over the valley and surrounding tropical forests. It is a good place for bathing of the source of natural hot water. The hot springs are good for aching muscles after climbing hills. The hot springs bubble out at some simple public bathing pools and also in many other spots mixed with the cool water which comes from the stream. Within the Suban area there is a two-level waterfall which visitors can get close up to. The hot springs and waterfall at Suban are very popular with weekend picnickers.

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.

Popular with weekend picnickers
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.

More Photos from Suban
Public bathing pool at Suban
Suban Waterfall
Spending time in nature makes people feel more alive

Suban Waterfall
Photos by Peter Kimball, Adriansyah Putera & Sirly Utama Adriansyah

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