19 Jul - 22 Jul 2011 Pulau Tioman

Southeast Asia
Pahang Darul Makmur
Kampung Air Batang
Sri Nelayan Chalets +60197326373
Clean beach chalet, with private verandah, for MYR 45.- or US$ 15.10 per night.

Click below for an interactive road map of the Sri Nelayan Chalets in Air Batang, which we would recommend, and for directions:

Lazing around on Pulau Tioman’s white-sand beaches, exploring the rustic charm of the island’s Malay villages on the west coast and studying the miracles of this unbridled duty-free zone during its 24 hours long “happy hours”: (i) ice-cold 0.3-litre cans of Tiger beer for MYR 2.70 per can from the airport's duty-free shop, (ii) 1-litre bottles of genuine Sir Edward’s Scotch for MYR 29.- or US$ 9.75 per bottle and (iii) 1-litre bottles of original Gordon’s London Dry Gin for MYR 35.- or US$ 11.75 per bottle from the Chinese duty-free supermarket Vision Commerce at Tekek (… and correctly ignoring a 2011 CE billboard near Air Batang’s jetty: “Any Muslim in any shop or public place sells, buys or drinks liquor or any other intoxicating drink shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding RM 5,000.00 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both and to whipping of not more than six strokes.”).

Matt: Hiking across the island’s waist from Kampung Tekek to Kampung Juara (two hours from beach to beach), meeting towering rainforest trees, water monitors, monkeys, squirrels and Lonely Planet clutching backpackers and exploring the beaches on Tioman’s windy east coast.

DM Konni: Scubadiving together with DM Florence (many thanks, Flo, for being such a great dive buddy and for sharing the fun of exploring the fascinating miniature world of nudibranches) from Eco-Divers +60136022640 (cheap with MYR 90.- or US$ 30.- per dive, but managed rather unprofessionally because when they had been asked explicitly for dive sites with good photo opportunities they sent their paying client to drift-dive spots [Soyak Island, Renggis Island] with a poor visibility of 3 - 5 meters thus confirming that PADI just means “PAy and DIve”) and later snorkeling extensively in the crystal-blue waters of the South China Sea off the rocky points near Kampung Air Batang.

Click below for a summary of this year's travels

Photos 2011-08 Malaysia I

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