03 Sep 2019 - 6 min read
Fotografer: Christ Mandey Messakh
Bangka Belitung Islands was originally part of South Sumatra and it officially approved as a province of its own in 2000. This relatively young age makes Bangka Belitung Islands focus on the development in various sectors, one of which is tourism.
The province is increasingly improving after Laskar Pelangi (2008), one of Indonesian best-selling movies of all time, takes place in Belitung Island successfully gained interest from tourists to visit the region.
Over time, Bangka Belitung Islands — with the two main islands of Bangka and Belitung — is blooming into a tourism destination with multiple attractions. In the search of must-visit places for you, Traveloka together with Cia Wardhana and Andri Mashadi, hosts of television program Weekend List in NET., explore this colorful province.
Not many people realize — perhaps because they have fallen in love with the amazing beaches — that Bangka is a source of knowledge. There are many places offering knowledge and activities at once. From religion, flora and fauna, to efforts in saving animals from extinction.
Location: Goddess Kwan Im Sampur Shrine
Location: Bangka Botanical Garden (9 kilometers from Depati Amir Airport)
Location: Tongaci Beach (59 kilometers from Depati Amir Airport)
With many surrounding islands, Belitung is often used as a starting point for island-hopping activity. You can rent a boat directly from the fishermen at Tanjung Kelayang Beach for Rp500.000 for 10 people and Rp700.000 for 35 people.
Bangka Belitung Islands own a culinary flavor that has been passed down for generations. Fortunately for visitors, there are a number of eating places serving this heritage, some even have been established since 80 years ago.
Location: CitraLand Botanical City Pangkalpinang, Jl. Alexander, Air Itam, Bukit Intan, Bangka
Location: Jl. Jelutung, Bintang, Rangkui, Bangka
Location: Jl. Muhidin, Sungailiat, Bangka
Location: Jl. Siburik, Tanjung Pandan, Belitung
Location: Jl. Lettu Mad Daud, Kampung Parit, Tanjung Pandan, Belitung
As one of the famous hotel chains in the world, Novotel becomes a top accommodation option for the majority of visitors to Bangka Belitung.
Jl. Soekarno Hatta KM 5, Pangkalan Baru, Bangka
The hotel is ideal if you want to stay in the city center, near the airport and not far from the beach.
Jl. Soekarno Hatta No. 17, Pangkalan Baru, Bangka
The only boutique hotel in Belitung, offering stylish exterior and interior design.
Jl. Air Saga No. 3, Tanjung Pandan, Belitung
This hotel is located by the Tanjung Kelayang Beach, within a walking distance from the pier to start island-hopping activity.
Jl. Tanjung Tinggi, Desa Keciput, Sijuk, Belitung
Bangka has Depati Amir Airport located in the city of Pangkalpinang. In terms of development, this airport has undergone several physical changes, both for passenger and runway terminals. Airlines that operate here are Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air, Susi Air, and Wings Air.
If you want to arrive in Belitung, there is H.A.S Hanandjoeddin International Airport, located in Tanjung Pandan. This airport serves international flights, even though only Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Airlines that operate here: Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air, and Wings Air.