Bengkulu province, with a population of 1.7 million inhabitants, encompasses an amazing mix of cultures, boasting over 8 ethnic groups, each with their own language and cultural beauty. The interior is mainly populated by the Rejang (the largest group) as well as the Lembak, while coastal towns are inhabited by the Bengkulu-Malay, the Serawai, the Kaur, among others. Foreign travellers who have ever come to this province are usually surprised by the incredibly friendly locals who tend to have the time to greet, to chat, and to help foreign travellers.