A world away from the bustle of the big city and yet just a few hours from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur lies Tioman Island, or Pulau Tioman in the Malay language. This small island makes the perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of everyday urban life.
On the downside, the island can get busy with local holidaymakers on weekends and school holidays, but aim for midweek and you should find you have the place far more to yourself. If you are on the hunt for peace and quiet then it can also be worth heading to Juara beach in particular – the only spot with tourist accommodation on the island’s east coast, it tends to be far quieter thanks to it being more difficult to access than those beaches on the west coast; the ferry from Mersing, on the mainland, doesn’t stop here! On the west coast itself, the beaches south of Paya (just over half way down) are among the quieter ones.
Another incentive to visit Pulau Tioman – as a duty free island, alcohol is a whole lot cheaper than on the mainland or elsewhere in southeast Asia! The ferry from Mersing gets you to Tioman and leaves the mainland roughly every two hours between 10am and 4pm for 70 ringgit return; for a pricier option, fly by propeller plane from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to the island’s tiny airport.
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