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 traditional Malay villages on the west coast and studying the miracles of this unbridled duty-free zone during the 24-hour long “happy hours”: (i) ice-cold 0.3-litre cans of Singaporean Tiger beer for MYR 2.70 per can in 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 in the Chinese Vision Commerce duty-free supermarket  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 remote beaches on Tioman’s windy east coast.

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.”
(John Muir) 

DM Konni: Scubadiving together with DM Florence (many thanks Flo, for being a great dive buddy and for sharing the fun of exploring the fascinating miniature world of nudibranches) from Eco-Divers +60136022640 (relatively cheap with MYR 90.- or US$ 30.- per single dive, but managed rather unprofessionally because they sent me and my camera to known drift-dive spots [Soyak Island, Renggis Island] with a very poor visibility of only 3 - 5 meters, thus confirming another meaning of the acronym PADI: "Pay and Dive”) and, later on, snorkelling extensively in the crystal-blue waters of the South China Sea off the rocky points north of Kampung Air Batang.

“You can never be lost when you learn to get lost into the blue of the sea...”

Click below for more blog posts about snorkelling and scuba diving
11 Feb - 20 Feb 2014 Moalboal
29 Jan - 02 Feb 2014 Koh Lipe
22 Feb - 10 Mar 2013 Pulau Tioman
04 Sep - 05 Sep 2011 Lebo
01 Jan - 10 Mar 2007 El Gouna

Click below for a summary of this year's travels

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