Sungai Liat Travel Guide

Sungai Liat is one of Bangka Island’s three sea ports. It resides on the east of this sizeable island off the east coast of South Sumatra and is known for its laid-back appeal and beaches.

Sungai Liat is the island’s second city and is just 50kms north of the capital and main gateway, Pangkal Pinang. The town is actually quite pretty and well laid out and has some striking beaches and good hotels. It’s worth spending more time here than in the capital.

There are beaches up and down the coast from Sungai Liat, but two in particular stand out. They are Matras Beach and Parai Tenggiri Beach. Matras is nine kilometers from town in Sinar Baru village and is the best on Bangka Island, with fantastic swimming, bathing and solitude. Parai Tenggiri Beach is a bit smaller, busier and more developed.

Getting There & Away

Sungai Liat is 50kms north of Pangkal Pinang and is accessible by bus in about 90 minutes. Flights land at Pangkal Pinang Airport in 60 minutes throughout the day from Jakarta, while ferries arrive at Sungai Liat from Pangkal Pinang. Hydrofoils also terminate in Mentok (on the west coast of Bangka Island) from Palembang in South Sumatra in 3 hours.

Things to Do

Sungai Liat Attractions

Sungai Liat beaches

Matras beach and parai tenggiri beach are the most visited; particularly the latter. they both have gorgeous sands and waters.

Side trips from Sungai Liat

Pangkal Pinang

The capital of bangka island is an hour or so to the south and comes with museums, temples, shops and beaches.