Faces of
Malaysia
Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

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.

Tioman, Malaysia

Salang Beach

salang-beach-pulau-tioman.jpg, 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.
Salang Beach (photo: Google Street View)
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.

Salang Beach is Pulau Tioman's northern-most beach at Kampung Salang.

  • Tioman's most popular beach, especially for divers
  • closest beach to many reef sites and wrecks around Tioman like Chebeh, Batu Malang and Fan Canyon and Coral Island (Pulau Tulai).
  • There is a 3.5km jungle trail at the southern end of the beach leading to picturesque Monkey Bay and Monkey Beach and eventually Panuba Bay and Ayer Batang (ABC Village) after a trek of about 2 hours.
Links:

Salang Beach (JourneyMalaysia.com)



Salang Beach
view from the jetty. On the hillside the right: Salang Sayang Resort and if you turn around looking seaside you the small island Pulau Soyka which protects the beach from larger waves.




Hotels in Tioman

Tioman Paya Resort

accommodation on Paya Beach

Salang Pusaka Resort (Khalid’s Place)

accommodation on Salang Beach, RM45 - RM170

Attractions

ABC Beach (Kampung Air Batang), Tioman

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

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.

Attractions

Tekek beach, Tioman

beach at Kampung Tekek, the main hub of the island

Bukit Gasing, Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Gasing is a hill and a green oasis surround by dense civilization right at the border between Petaling Jaya (PJ) and Kuala Lumpur (KL). It is popular by local residents for trekking on the weekends