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sunshine
12-04-2016, 16:33
Located on the eastern coast of Bangka Island, Pangkalpinang is the islandís largest city and capital of the Province of Bangka-Belitung Islands. Pangkalpinang is the gateway for those who give visit and explore the beauty of Bangka Belitung. Nevertheless, Pangkalpinang is also the center of provincial government, economic and some of commercial activities.

The name Pangkalpinang is taken from the word Pangkal or Pengkal and Pinang. Pangkal or Pengkal in the Malay language means center or beginning. It refers to the cityís role as the center of the tin mining industry. As we know, this city was once a small mining town that subsequently grew into the islandís commercial center as well as connecting port among all the islands. While Pinang, on the other hand is the palm tree that found abundantly on the island.

To trace the history of tin mining industry on Bangka and Belitung and in Indonesia in general, Pangkalpinang is the right place to know. In fact, we can visit the Indonesia Tin Museum located at Jl. Jendral Achmad Yani no.17 in the heart of Pangkalpinang, that stores all information about tini mining. The museum is the only museum of its kind in Asia.
In case of tourism, Pangkalpinang boasts numbers of pristine beaches. Let say Pasir Padi Beach, Tanjung Bunga Beach and other destinations are worth visited.

How to get there
From Jakarta, there are daily flights from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Depati Amir Airport in Pangkalpinang. The flights are served by Sriwijaya Air, Batavia Air, Lion Air, and Garuda Indonesia. The city is also accessible from Palembang via daily flights served by Sriwijaya Air.

The Pangkalbalam seaport also acts as a passenger ports serving ferries to and from Jakarta and fast boats or Jetfoils to and from Tanjung Pandan in Belitung Island. The ships schedules from Tanjung Priok to Pangkalpinang or to Belinyu in Bangka as well as from Tanjung Priok to Tanjung Pandan or Tanjung Ru in Belitung are nevertheless irregular. It will be best to confirm beforehand with the port administrators.

Alternately, from Palembang you can also reach this city by sea via Muntok Seaport, in West Bangka. It takes about 3 hours by jet foil from Bom Baru Palembang to Tanjung Kalian in Mentok, West Bangka, and 3-hour drive by public bus from Mentok to Pangkalpinang.

The only airline that serves direct flight from Pangkalpinang, in Bangka Island, to Tanjungpandan, on Belitung Island, and vice versa, is the Sky Aviation. The flights are only available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Alternatively, you can also use the daily Bahari speed boat that will take 4 hours. This is by far the most convenient means of Sea transportation and comes complete with air conditioning.

sunshine
12-04-2016, 16:37
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