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One of the beaches on Pulau Bangkaru  

One of the beaches on Pulau Bangkaru

A fool and his money (the bemo from Remo).

March 20th 2011
The tale you are about to read will show, contrary to popular opinion, that a fool and his money are not so easily parted. This parable, though set in the small coastal town of Singkil in the strictly Islamic state of Aceh, northern Sumatra, could just as easily have occurred in any Asian country, but it didn't. You see, what you are about to read is no modern travellers fable, nor is it the inven ... read more
Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Pulau Banyak

Indonesian Flag The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; the islands were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan's surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hos... ... read more
25th June 2012

Resort development for Bangkaru?
I do not know if the planned resort was built on Pulau Bangkaru. Although I know there's a need for accommodations on the island as there are growing numbers of people who want to experience its pristine loveliness and uncrowded, unpolluted beaches I also think that since Bangkaru is in a protected area that high-priced, commercial accomodations could potentially be very destructive to its sensitive environment (especially as Pulau Bangkaru is a rather small place). Bungalows as the kind I saw in the Togian Islands I feel would be the best option for this small, pristinely beautiful island. They would accommodate visitors, blend in well with the landscape, and have a limited imopact ont he corals, beach forests, turtle nesting sites etc.

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