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The Beauty of Belitung

  • Triwik Kurniasari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 29 2011   /  07:00 am

A light house, built in 1882 during the Dutch colonial era, still stands tall on Lengkuas Island. JP/Triwik KurniasariBeautiful beaches, tasty noodles, mining lakes and satam stones are four popular things that describe Belitung Island.

A bout with smallpox forced me to drop my plan to visit Belitung last year. My dreams of enjoying its pristine beaches were shattered just a week before my departure to the island.

“You must go on bed rest for 14 days and avoid windy and dusty places,” the doctor told me, ignoring my plea for speedy recovery or the fact that I had made an  A-to-Z itinerary for the trip months ago with a friend.

This year, all my disappointment paid off — I finally got my chance to take a trip to the island and explore its beautiful scenery.

Situated off the eastern coast of Sumatra, Belitung is known one of the world’s main tin-pr...