Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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Pulau Tioman Beaches

A quick overview of the beaches of Pulau Tioman, the biggest island along the eastcoast of Peninsular Malaysia. Except for Juara Bay at the east coast of the island, all beaches are located along the west coast.

Salang

Northern-most beach at Kampung Salang. Tioman's most popular beach, especially for divers since its closest beach to many reef sites and wrecks around Tioman like Chebeh, Batu Malang and Fan Canyon and Coral Island (Pulau Tulai). There is a 3.5km jungle trail at the southern end of the beach leading  to picturesque Monkey Bay and Monkey Beach and eventually Panuba Bay and Ayer Batang (ABC Village) after a trek of about 2 hours.


Salang Beach
view from the jetty. On the hillside the right: Salang Sayang Resort and if you turn around looking seaside you the small island Pulau Soyka which protects the beach from larger waves.



Monkey Bay

Monkey Beach is a popular snorkel stop. There is no accommodation at the beach. Other than by boat, it can be reached through a jungle trek from the north from Salang (steep 1h trail) and from closeby Monkey Beach in the south.

 

Monkey Beach

Uninhabited Beach just south of Monkey Bay. Spot for diving classes in shallow water.

Panuba

Small and quiet beach north of Ayer Batang with only one resort: Panuba Inn. Good snorkeling, be aware of sandflies.


from the pier

Ayer Batang (aka ABC Bay)

Long Beach (1.5km long) at Ayer Batang village (also known as ABC village) located between Panuba Bay (to the north) and Tekek (to the south). High concentration of backpacker, budget but also a pricier accommodation. The beach has a rocky seashore.


view from the trail along Ayer Batang


view of ABC Beach from the boat (with Panuba on the left)

 

Tekek

Tekek is the main village / town of Pulau Tioman. All major infrastructure is located here such as banks, duty-free shops, airport, roads, the marina and the main jetty. Hence, Tekek has all the conviniences but lacks the rural character of the other villages and beaches of the island.


the beach south of the marina

 

Lalang Beach

Just south of Tekek, this beach is home to the massive Berjaya Beach, Golf and Spa Resort. There is free shuttle service available from Tekek to Lalang provided by the resort.


Lalang Beach with Berjaya Beach, Golf and Spa Resort

 

Paya

Beach at Kampung Paya, south of Lalang beach and north of Genting. Home of two big resorts: Paya Beach Resort and Tioman Paya Resort, popular with Singaporean visitors.

 

Genting

Beach at Kampung Genting, a larger village with a mosque. Genting has a variety of budget accommodation and is popular with local tourists. Located between Paya and Nipah.


view from the jetty


beach view

Japamala

This isolated beach is exclusive the to the luxury ecoutourism JapaMala Resort. Located between Genting and Nipah.

Japmala Beach
bird eye's view of JapaMala Resort
photo: der.dodger

 

 

Nipah

Isolated Bay to get away from it all in the south of Tioman 2.5km south of Genting and 6km north of Mukut. The ferry doesn't stop here so you need to take the water taxi from Genting.

Nipah Beach
photo: shahab2000tbt
 

 

Mukut

There are some beaches around the village of Kampung Mukut but there are only very few budget accommodation here. This is rather a starting point for nature lovers to discover the rainforest, the Twin Peaks mountain or the Asah Waterfall. There are a few luxury accommodation north of Mukut (Minang Cove, Bagus Place and Tunamaya). Kampung Mukut is located rather isolated at the southern tip of Tioman and can be reached by water taxi.

Kampung Mukut and Twin Peak
Kampung Mukut and the majestic horns of Gunung Nenek Semukut or Twin Peaks
photo: Azhar Majid

 

 

Asah

Small beach next to Mukut in the south of Tioman. There is no accommodation here but it has a boat jetty is a starting point trekking tours to the Asah Waterfalls

Asah
view Asah Beach and the Twin Peaks in the distance
photo: zonemes

 

 

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