Faces of
Malaysia
Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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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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, Resort at Juara Bay
Tioman
Resort at Juara Bay
Tioman, Salang beach
Tioman
Salang beach

 

Pulau Tioman in a nutshell


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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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HOSTELS
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
HOSTELS
in Tioman
Salang Indah Tioman
accommodation on Salang Beach, RM50 - RM185
Beach Shack Chalet
accommodation on Juara Bay with a surf school and more activities (Surfing time during wet season: November - February)