Faces of
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.

Gunung Mulu National Park

The Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo (near Miri) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with caves and karst formations. The caves are home to over 5 million bats who exit the caves in search for food every evening in a spectacular way.

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Tioman, Malaysia


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

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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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Double Ace
Chalets, Tioman
accommodation on ABC beach, RM50 - RM150 ... more
Johan’s Resort
Resort, Tioman
accommodation on ABC beach, RM15 (dorm) - RM150 (family room) ... more
Mawar Beach Chalets
Hostel, Tioman
accommodation on ABC Beach ... more

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Hotels in in Tioman
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Swiss Cottage
accommodation on Tekek Beach, RM65 - RM140
Coral Reef Holidays
accommodation on Tekek Beach, RM55 - RM300