Faces of

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

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.

Tioman, Malaysia

Juara Bay

pulau-tioman-juara-bay.gif, 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.
Juara Bay, looking south
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.
  • only beach on the east coast of Pulau Tioman
  • wide sandy beach, no rocks or dead corals like the western side beaches
  • not crowded as the other side
  • sunrise beach
  • during moosoon season (November to February), Juara turns into surfing destination (surf gets up to 15 feet), Tioman Surf Forecast, Tioman Surf Festival
  • there is a turtle conservation center at Kampung Juara (Juara Turtle Project JTP), turtle nesting season: March to October
  • Mersing ferries don't stop at Juara, so you need to get off at Tekek and go by 4WD taxi across the island to Juara
  • taxi fare (Tekek - Juara): 25 ringgit person, double if you are the only passenger
  • only accessable by 4WD from Tekek or privat speedboat from Genting, or for the hardcore travelers by a 3hours trek across the mountainous interiour
  • because of it's isolation Juara is less crowded than Salang, Tekek or Paya Beach

Juara Turtle Project (JTP)
Juara Turtle Project (JTP) - sea turtle conservation center
photo courtesy: www.tioman.org

overview of all beaches on Pulau Tioman

Juara (JourneyMalaysia.com)

Juara Bay
view from the jetty

Accommodations in Juara Bay

Juara Beach Resort

Kampung Juara, Juara Beach, Pulau Tioman

Budget Resort

Juara Rompin Resort

Kampung Juara, Juara Beach, Pulau Tioman

Budget Resort

Rainbow Chalet

beach front chalets


Permata Beach Chalet

beach front chalets


Mentawak Chalet

beach view chalets


Bushmann Tioman

Kampung Juara, Pulau Tioman

Budget Hotel

The Barat Tioman Beach Resort

Kampung Juara, Pulau Tioman


Hotels in Tioman

Mawar Beach Chalets

accommodation on ABC Beach

Salang Pusaka Resort (Khalid’s Place)

accommodation on Salang Beach, RM45 - RM170


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


Redang Marine Park Centre Pulau Pinang, Pulau Redang

The Marine Park on Pulau Pinang, a small island just off Redang Island, offers great snorkeling is part of every Redang Snorkeling package

Bird Park, Kuala Lumpur

The KL Bird Park is the one of the main attractions in the Lake Gardens park area and has the self-proclaimed largest free-flight walk-in aviary in the work.