is a province
, which includes two main islands, Bangka
, and several smaller ones that lie from the east of Sumatra
to the northeast of South Sumatra
province. The Bangka Strait
separates Sumatra and Bangka, and the Gaspar Strait
separates Bangka and Belitung. The South China Sea
is to the north, the Java Sea
is to the south, and Borneo to the east is separated from Belitung by the Karimata Strait
The province was formerly part of South Sumatra, but became a separate province along with Banten and Gorontalo in 2000. In 2004 its population was 1,012,655. The capital is Pangkal Pinang.
These islands have significant mining (the largest producers of tin in Indonesia). They also produce white pepper CPO etc.
Bangka Belitung also has many beaches and smaller islands which have attracted tourists from around the world. The famous beaches are Matras beach, Parai beach, Tanjung Pesona beach, Batu Bedaun beach, Remodong beach, Pasir Padi Beach, Tanjung Kelian Beach, Rebo beach, Telok Uber Beach and many others.
Bangka-Belitung is divided into six regencies
) and 1 city
- Somers Heidhues, Mary F.(1992)Bangka tin and Mentok pepper : Chinese settlement on an Indonesian island Singapore : Social Isuues in Southeast Asia, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. ISBN 9813035994