Pulau Tioman is one of many beach resorts in Malaysia. According to
the leaflets in the tourist office, it's
the perfect place for couples to spend their honey moon, or for
people in the fast lane who need to slow down for a while.
After having spent some days in Singapore, we (my colleague
took the bus to Mersing via Johor Bharu.
From Mersing we took a small boat to Tioman Island.
We left in the sunset when the tide was low.
March is off season, and we didn't make any arrangements in advance,
(such as where to stay on Tioman).
We arrived in the village Tekek on Tioman at about 11PM
and were greeted by a group of young boys that had various huts to let. We
spent the first night in a hut which we paid about M$20 for.
After one night in the hut we decided that it was below our standards:
the matresses smelled bad, there where holes in the paper thin walls
where mosquitos came in, and there were noisy hens and cocks right
So, we went to the Resort and got a room there. Even the cheapest room there
(M$250) are high standard - big beds, TV, effective AC,
mosquito-tight walls, drinkable water in the bathroom,
no hens or cocks within hearing distance (the Resort is located
outside the village).
After one night at the Resort we decided that it was very nice, but
perhaps a waste of money. For instance, we did not plan to watch
TV. So, we went to a third place which was something in between a hut
and the Resort: AC, holes in the walls, hens and cocks, no TV. Still,
we spent four (I think) nights there. (M$100 per night). The photo
shows the post office and, in the backround, our hotel.
The Resort is the only place on Tioman which accepts credit
cards. We ran out of cash and although the Resort is the most expencive
place on Tioman, it was our only resort and we went back and spent the
last day and night there.
Pancakes with pine apple at our hotel.
There were various small restaurants here and there. The photo shows
one which was closed during daytime because of Ramadan, but we had
dinner there a couple of times.
At the Resort there was a Chineese restaurant where we had dinner
We were told that when travelling in this part of the world it is a
good idea to be careful with what you eat. You should avoid raw food,
like salads, and only eat properly cooked food. We were lucky. I even
ate ice cream that I bought in a small shop one day and didn't get sick.
Apart from sleeping and eating, we spent most of our time on:
- We walked along the beach a lot. One day we helped some guys who
for some strange reason couldn't wait for the tide
before they had to get their boat in the water.
One day we walked across to the other side of the island.
We rented bikes one day and went as far as the narrow road took
us (not very far).
- Be careful. You can easily get fried. The weather was hazy and
some days even cloudy, but still you got fried.
- Refreshing. One day I went snorkling. There are lots of colorful
fish to watch.
- March is in the end of the monsoon season, so there were
occational showers of heavy rain. Reading a good book while
watching/hearing the rain was very peaceful and relaxing.
- Birds and insects in a tropical place like Tioman sound very
different from what you can hear in nothern Europe.
- Cats. Pet monkeys. (One pet monkey actually stole my glasses. I
just wanted to say Hello...) Wild monkeys. Dogs. Ants. Eremitkräfta.
Stupid cocks that crow in the middle of the night. German tourists.
We thought it would be boring to go back to Singapore the same way we
came (by boat and bus), so we decided to fly back.
Tioman actually has
a small airport where small planes can land, if the weather is good.
One day, the planes all first made a trial approach, went off, came
back and landed on the second approach.
So, after six days, we flew back to Singapore, spent the afternoon at one
of the major tourist traps, Sentosa Island. Then we flew home to Sweden.