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Bangka - Belitung

Bangka-Belitung Islands is a province of Indonesia, which includes two main islands, Bangka and Belitung, and several smaller ones that lie from the east of Sumatra to the northeast of South Sumatra province. The Bangka Strait separates Sumatra and Bangka, and the Gaspar Strait separates Bangka and Belitung. The South China Sea is to the north, the Java Sea is to the south, and Borneo to the east is separated from Belitung by the Karimata Strait.

It was only 9 a.m., but sweat was already trickling down my face as I arrived at Depati Amir airport in Pangkal Pinang, on the island of Bangka. I could smell the salt in the humid air, rising up from the sea. Like many other tourists to the island province of Bangka-Belitung, my urge to visit was sparked by the success of the 2008 film “Laskar Pelangi” (“The Rainbow Troops”), based on (...)

Belitung is an Island in South East Asia a part of Nusantara archipelago. Belitung rules by Indonesia since 1950 and became a district of South Sumatra province. Effective November 21st, 2000 Belitung together with Bangka Island has been approved to became the 31st province of Indonesia separated from South Sumatra. The new province called Kepulauan Bangka Belitung province. The length (...)

Bangka is an island province together with Belitung Island. Bangka lies just east of Sumatra, separated by the Bangka Strait; to the north lies the South China Sea, to the east, across the Gaspar Strait, is the island of Belitung, and to the south is the Java Sea. The size is about 12,000 km˛. Most of the geographical faces of the island consists of lower plains, swamps, small hills, beautiful bea (...)

Pangkal Pinang is the largest town on the Indonesian island of Bangka and the capital of the province of Bangka-Belitung. Landmarks in the city include the Timah Museum, a Chinese temple, and the Pasir Padi beach. In order to control rich tin mines deposit on eastern Bangka, Ducth colonials moved the capital of Bangka Belitung resident from Muntok to Pangkal Pinang in 1907. Pangkal Pina (...)

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