Faces of
Malaysia
Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

Tioman, Malaysia

Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

Tioman, Salang beach
Tioman
Salang beach
Tioman, Juara Bay, East Tioman
Tioman
Juara Bay, East Tioman

 

Pulau Tioman in a nutshell

  • there are no ATMS on the island except for one in Tekek village, there are ATMs and money changers in Mersing (main departure point to Tioman on the mainland)
  • further read: Beaches, Monkeys and Jungle trecks on Tioman Island
  • not recommended to go during monsoon season (November - February), unless you are a surfer (surfer beach: Juara Bay on the eastern side of Tioman)

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Accommodations in Tioman

Bagus Place Retreat

Pasir Sarang, Kampungg Mukut, Tioman

Luxury Resort

Japamala Resorts

Kampung Lanting, Tioman Island

Luxury Resort

Ferry to and from Pulau Tioman

Ferry schedule from Mersing and Tanjung Gemok to Pulau Tioman and other information on getting to the Island

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.

Things to Do & See

Juara Bay

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

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)

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

Tekek beach

beach at Kampung Tekek, the main hub of the island

Paya Beach

quiet beach south of Tekek on Pulau Tioman

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ACCOMMODATION

Double Ace

accommodation on ABC beach, RM50 - RM150

Johan’s Resort

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

Mawar Beach Chalets

accommodation on ABC Beach

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Hotels in Tioman

YP Chalets

accommodation on ABC Beach, RM30 - RM100

Salang Pusaka Resort (Khalid’s Place)

accommodation on Salang Beach, RM45 - RM170