Bengkulu was ok but it was not summer season so maybe better then. It needs a regular street rubbish collection or street cleaners.
paths repaired would be good. It does not seem to be ready for foreign travellers. It is not a place I would recommend unless you had transport to get around the place.
go to the historical and cultural site, or do the bussines. go to "sungai suci" beach. the beach is not so pretty as bali's but quiet nice.
Bengkulu is very small city, it has a lot of history such as British Colonial that you can see from the beautiful Fort Marlborough.
There is also museum that still well maintained, the museum house of Fatmawati, the wife of Indonesian founding father. Soekarno exile house in Bengkulu, that also still preserved and well maintained. And if you like nature especially beach. You must go to Pasir Panjang Beach. White sands that strecth more than 10 km, with jogging track. It's amazing when I go jogging in the morning around 1,5 hours in the beach. You must try it!!!
The best time to visit this place is anytime except the Hari Raya. Because a lot f local people who works overseas or outside from the city is going back home to celebrate with family.
we can see many historical indonesian and foreign culture from the fort or many building there. interesting.
Bengkulu (english = Bencoolen) is a historical city which have a Rafflesia flower as a thew. Beside its historical site such as Malborough Fortree, Soekarno's House and Siti Fatimah's Hose, also have a beatiful beach with the longest lenght as 14 km.
It also have the rain forest so rich with the flora and fauna