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What to expect as a female solo traveler


I was once belong to this group. Although I’m not anymore, I am eager to share my experience during my few years often traveling alone. Yet, you ladies may have traveled alone more extensively. Please free to chip in!

1. A stranger come to you out of nowhere saying they only want to make friends. Classic pick-up line. You tend to get attention when you are traveling alone, especially in certain places. The fact that some of us have Asian-looking may contribute to the curiosity. And then BAM, suddenly a stranger come to you. He only wants to make friends. Yes, whatever. I normally put a straight face, walk faster, ignore the stranger completely. Some of you may argue that you get this a lot in some places in Jakarta, like in Sabang, Kebon Kacang, and Kampung Bali.

Me – alone in Taal Crater, the Philippines. Credit: Tripod

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Liburan Singkat? Ke Belitung Saja…


Pada sebuah akhir pekan yang panjang (long weekend) saya pergi berlibur ke Belitung seorang diri. Dari hiruk-pikuknya Jakarta, saya melarikan diri ke Pantai Tanjung Kelayang. Pantai ini tak jauh dari Pantai Tanjung Tinggi — objek wisata paling diminati wisatawan.

Belitung, yang makin terkenal sejak meledaknya novel “Laskar Pelangi” dan film berjudul sama, dapat ditempuh dalam 40 menit penerbangan dari Jakarta.

Tanjung Kelayang adalah sebuah pantai nelayan yang tenang. Tapi tidak seperti pantai nelayan lain yang pernah saya kunjungi, di pantai ini tidak tercium bau amis. Lautnya tetap biru, bersih, dan hanya sesekali terdengar suara mesin perahu penangkap ikan.

Di sisi kiri terdapat tumpukan bebatuan besar, yang selalu jadi ciri khas pantai-pantai di Belitung. Tempatnya sepi, nyaman, serta luar biasa indah. Tak heran bukit bebatuan tersebut jadi tempat favorit muda-mudi setempat. Bila Anda menaiki bebatuan itu hingga tempat yang cukup tinggi, Anda dapat melihat pemandangan birunya laut, beberapa pulau kecil berwarna hijau serta perahu nelayan di kejauhan. Sungguh liburan impian bagi saya.

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Hidden treasure just around the corner. It’s Belitung….


How to get there

Sriwijaya Air (www.sriwijayaair-online.com) and Batavia air (www.batavia-air.co.id) offer one flight daily from Jakarta to Tanjung Pandan, the main city in Belitung Island. The flight takes approximately one hour.

It is highly recommended that you pre-book your transportation to your hotel since public transport is scarce in this island. Don’t worry, it’s only a small hassle compare to its beauty.

For you who prefer organized trips, please contact: www.belitungisland.com. For those who love a bit more adventure, keep reading…

Tanjung Pandan

There are some nice accommodations in Tanjung Pandan, around one hour from the airport. Martni Hotel (0719 21432) and Wisma Martani (0719) 21156) are among those preferred. Room rate are around $20 to $40 a night. Hotel Martani has basic but nice rooms, good value for money.

Tanjung Pandan is located in the center of the island, so it takes 45 minutes to one hour to get to the beach. The town is famous for its traditional food: Mie Belitung and Gangan.

Mie Belitung is traditional Belitungese noodle with bean sprout and potato. Gangan is a red curry fish with pineapple. The taste is sour and spicy, perfect with hot steam rice. Durian is another attraction for you who like it, just wander around the town and you can get it with relatively cheap price.

Tanjung Tinggi

Tanjung Tinggi is the most popular beach in the western part of Belitung. It has stretched granite rocks and blue sea. Belitung beaches are friendly to families with small children because the wave is not very strong and in some areas the water is contained by the rocks.

Avoid busy crowd and you can easily take photos with picturesque background. The beach is only very busy on Sunday and holidays. Most tourists are local, students, with few travelers from Jakarta. Westerners are very few.

Small shops and food stalls selling Indonesian traditional food, soft drink, coffee and tea, coconut are available on the beach.

The only accommodation you can find in Tanjung Tinggi is Lor In Resort. Owned by Tommy Soeharto, the son of Indonesian former dictator, the resorts offer a beautiful view. Named as the most expensive hotel in the island with around $60 a night, it is expensive compared to the facilities. Lor In consists of 6 executive and 14 superior cottages.

Although having a beautiful sea view, it is located not on the beach, because you need to cross a road. Hence, mind your children. The main advantage of the resort is it is the only one that can offer a luxurious service such as massage and spa. Please check their website for further information:  http://www.lor-in.com/belitung/index.php

Tanjung Kelayang

Tanjung Kelayang is a fishermen beach around 4 kilometres from Tanjung Tinggi. It has undisputable marvelous panorama. You can enjoy the clear blue sea that stretches for one kilometer. In the afternoon you can see the fishermen unloading their boats and selling fishes on the beach.  One great thing about this place is, although serving as fishermen village, it doesn’t stink at all. And although you can see many fishing boats, the beach is still very clean and blue. It is perfect for families with small children who enjoy swimming, also you who like to snorkel.

Belitung beaches are famous and unique for their granites and Tanjung Kelayang is no exception. In the corner of the beach, you can see a big stack of huge granite rocks. The place is well-known for dating teenagers. Try to climb the rocks and you will find maybe the bluest sea you have ever seen. On the rocks you, you can see some other islands such as Pulau Lengkuas and Pulau Tikus.

The only accommodation in Tanjung Kelayang is Kelayang Cottages (www.kelayangcottages.com). Owned by a British gentleman, it consists of 6 wooden cottages with attached bathroom. The rooms are spacious and clean, although they are basic.  For rooms with air-con you need to pay $25 a night, room with fan $15 a night, and one backpacker style with only $10. Please book in advance at: (+6281929798420).

The accommodation provides a restaurant with reasonable price. They also provide airport pick-up and drop-off for $15 one way (it takes one hour traffic-free trip from the airport to Tanjung Kelayang). You can also book one-day islands hopping for $30 one boat – it can fit more than 10 people.

Pulau Lengkuas


 

 

It takes around 30-50 minutes boat ride to Lengkuas Island or Pulau Lengkuas which is famous for its lighthouse. Built during the Dutch colonial era, the lighthouse is still working properly to keep boats safe. From the top, on 18th floor, you will enjoy the most magnificent blue sea. Take a lot of pictures or you will be sorry.

You can swim or snorkel in the sea around Pulau Lengkuas. The water is very clear. The guardians of the lighthouse have prepared some benches and hammocks. They also have facilities to rinse after swimming. Please note that it is a tiny and isolated island, so bring your food and enough water. Do a picnic while enjoying one of the best scenic views in Indonesia.