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Jakarta Post

Belitung : A perfect getaway

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 21 2010   /  05:13 pm

Are you looking for the perfect, exotic getaway destination on a limited budget? If Bali is out of reach, you may want to consider Belitung. It takes 1 hour by plane to get to this Sumatran island, which has a population of 135,000, most of whom live in Belitung district according to provincial government website. The dominant ethnic groups on the island are Malays and Chinese, who speak Indonesian with a Belitung accent. Pristine beaches Welcome to the island of pristine beaches! While my idea of a pristine beach is clear water and white sand, experiencing Belitung myself allowed me to see that such beauty really exists. Almost all of the beaches there are superb. The first one I visited was Bilik in the Tanjung Tinggi region. The beach is almost surrounded by huge granites, thus there are no big waves. Visitors can play around the shore without fear of drowning and ...