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Beaches on TIoman - as good as they look?

Surrey, UK
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Beaches on TIoman - as good as they look?

Hi everyone

I am thinking of doing a Singapore and Malaysia trip this coming September and am looking for a beach to relax on for a few days.

Tioman is the most practical option, but I've heard mixed things. We recently went to Thailand, Phi Phi, and stayed on Long Beach which was great as the sand was white, sea was turquiose and there were a good selection of bars and restarants right on the beach, and locals offering trips to surrounding islands, and was quiet at night. Will be find something comaparable on Tioman?

Thanks!

Australia
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1. Re: Beaches on TIoman - as good as they look?

Have stayed at japamala and am going back there next montrh. Thios is the best beach resort I have been to.

san francisco
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2. Re: Beaches on TIoman - as good as they look?

Tioman is a close approximation of paradise, you won't be sorry. Plenty of good beach dining. A trek through the jungle takes you to Monkey Bay -- waters crystal clear. And there are giant monitor lizards running around. I ache to return.

Dorset, UK
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3. Re: Beaches on TIoman - as good as they look?

Hi, Thailand is a lot more developed in a tourist sense than Tioman IMO having been to Thailand several times and Tioman last sept/oct.

If you set Phi Phi/Thailand as a benchmark you will probably find a less "polished" atmosphere in Tioman.

Tioman is a paradise and I would go back, but there isnt much to do outside of the bigger hotels, Tekek for instance is the main town near the airport and the Berjaya hotel but other than a few local restaurants, dive shops, convenience store etc its very quiet, though that was exactly what i expected prior to going there, its the far east 30 years ago before the crowds.

Juara and Salang beaches are very good, Salang looks a bit more lively with the back packer crowd so more bars, but there arent the strips of bars and real bustle of nightlife as the resorts in Thailand has and some such as ABC in Tioman has a bit of a litter problem unfortunately. If you are happy in the hotel, with the beach, jungle backdrops etc then its wonderful, but if you like to wander of an evening, a bit quiet.

Go there, its a great place but if you want something more "Thailand" on a singapore extension I would recommend Sanur in Bali. Nice hotels, a busy strip road, lots of cuisine varieties, bustling night market on a wonderful island. If I had to chose destinations now for a bonus holiday it would be Thailand/Bali then Tioman, though I will go back there one day.

Cheers Dave

Singapore, Singapore
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4. Re: Beaches on TIoman - as good as they look?

hi! i just went end-February and will be going soon at end-March! Tioman is less tourist-sy which is what I love, it feels like enjoying the whole beach to yourself! Duty-free too, so it's just like a paradise near me - sun, sand, sea and drinks! Do take some time to enjoy the nice sea beds there, I can't swim but the snorkelling trip I had there was much more enjoyable than what I had at Phuket.

Singapore, Singapore
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5. Re: Beaches on TIoman - as good as they look?

Yes, some of the beaches on Tioman are nothing short of idyllic. Head over to Kampong Tekek or Genting, you'll see gorgeous stretches of crystal-white sand and clear-as-swimming-pool seawater.

Tioman is certainly less touristy than most beaches in Thailand. I find that a blessing, because it's more authentic that way; the local people pretty much go about their own business, whereas in Thailand there's always someone bugging you, touting kites, sunglasses, sea shells or some such.

Tioman is also much less of a mass tourist affair. The resorts in Tioman tend to be modest and family-run, as opposed to the large hotel chains in Thailand taking over and sucking the soul out of the place.

The tradeoff is that the nightlife in Tioman is restricted to just a few bars, but for most people, that's probably a good thing :)

One little note, keep in mind hat September is fairly close to the start of the NE monsoon season, which cracks in November. And since the weather pattern is no longer regular but pretty much all over the place the past few years, it's probably safer to go a little earlier in the year - if you can of course.

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6. Re: Beaches on TIoman - as good as they look?

I thought the best beach was Juara, followed by the south end of Salang beach. Juara was so quiet it was great! Salang has a few restaurants and a bar - the bar stays open until 1-2am.

Have fun!

Singapore, Singapore
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7. Re: Beaches on TIoman - as good as they look?

If you allow more travelling time, you can consider going to Pulau Perhentian or Pulau Redang. These islands are further up on the east coast.

Perhentian - quiet with beautiful corals and fishes -getting more commercialised.

recommended place

www.abdulchalet.com/abdul_perhentian.html

Redang - beautiful white sands,clear water, great snorkeling, great marine Park- commercialised

good info on www.redang.org

Tioman - simple and nice beaches, quite a number of places with dead corals - not so commercialised

Have fun

Victoria, Australia
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8. Re: Beaches on TIoman - as good as they look?

Tioman was great and the above posters have the beaches covered (e.g Juara 'prettiest but very quiet'; Salang 'pretty with bit more life', etc).

We thought Paya beach looked beautiful too.

I've been to Phi Phi several times (& Rawang, Krabi area, Ko Lanta, Phuket side, Ko Lipe etc) and there are some BEAUTIFUL beaches in this part of Thailand.

The beaches of Tioman are also very nice; albeit they don't have limestone karsts jutting up out of the ocean (unfortunately as I just love the karst scenery).

However, the NW beaches of BELITUNG Island (45min flight NW of Java in Indonesia) are SUPERB and much prettier than any of the above mentioned beaches. Look at pics on belitungisland.com website for Tangu Tinggi beach, Kelayang Beach and Lengkuas Island (etc). Magic stuff.

Given you are talking a Sing & Malay adventure though I think Tioman is a really good bet; especially Salang or Paya beach (if you like that Phi Phi vibe).

Have fun.

Singapore, Singapore
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9. Re: Beaches on TIoman - as good as they look?

Thanks Bryan for sharing about Tekek beach.

it is really a nice beach for snorkeling and swimming.

and it`s the main town,so it is convenient with many shops and small restaurants. Although not too many good selection of accommodation there!

Singapore
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10. Re: Beaches on TIoman - as good as they look?

Hi, to miss Redang for its beautiful waters and not inclusive of its powdery beaches is a big regret...

if you love crystal clear waters out at sea and the abundance of fishes, did I mentioned I encountered baby sharks in my 2 trips (snorkeling) there...

I find nearby Perhentain to be less of a lustre though.

But Redang and Tioman has a big distance gap from Singapore.

Dave wrote= Hi, Thailand is a lot more developed in a tourist sense than Tioman IMO having been to Thailand several times and Tioman last sept/oct.

If you set Phi Phi/Thailand as a benchmark you will probably find a less "polished" atmosphere in Tioman.

I fully agreed. I add another word = vibrant

Tioman is an excellent choice but Redang will beat it.

Just to add on: a HK romance movie was done on Redang a few years ago bringing fame to this still 'unknown' paradise. Since then resorts have been doing big business.Enjoy.

Edited: 10 July 2011, 06:27
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