Bangka Belitung is one of the youngest provinces and one of the most promising up and coming tourist destinations in Indonesia. Sandwhiched between Gaspar and Karimata straits, both of these islands have spectacular beaches with white powdery sand, enchanting blue water, and humongous granite rocks scattered and guarding them.
Bangka Belitung was the country’s golden child during Dutch colonial government era because of its tin reserves. As tin depleted, Babel (as it affectionately called) faced a new era, a less enthusiastic and darker one. There was suddenly no reason to visit Babel. That was until a phenomenal book changed the course of history for Babel. Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troop) helped put the province, especially Belitung, back on the tourism map. Now Babel is proudly welcoming visitors and showing off its unique culture and exceptional natural beauty.