Faces of
Malaysia
Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

Tioman, Malaysia

Juara Bay, Tioman

bay on the east coast of Tioman. Quiet and beautiful spot being the only the place to stay on the eastern side of the island.

Salang Beach, Tioman

Salang is on the northernmost end of the island and is most frequented by backpackers and independent travellers looking for a spot of diving, plenty of nightlife and cheap accommodation.

ABC Beach (Kampung Air Batang), Tioman

popular backpacker's beach on a rather long stretch of beach

Tekek beach, Tioman

beach at Kampung Tekek, the main hub of the island

Paya Beach, Tioman

quiet beach south of Tekek on Pulau Tioman

Hotels in Tioman

Johan’s Resort

accommodation on ABC beach, RM15 (dorm) - RM150 (family room)

Puteri Salang Inn Chalet

accommodation on Salang Beach, RM40 - RM150

Attractions

Paya Beach, Tioman

quiet beach south of Tekek on Pulau Tioman

Juara Bay, Tioman

bay on the east coast of Tioman. Quiet and beautiful spot being the only the place to stay on the eastern side of the island.