My Photographs: Top 5 Tioman Island, Malaysia.

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Mokhtar’s Place, May 2015. I fell in love with Tioman the moment it came into view from the boat as we whizzed across The South China Sea. In fifteen years of travelling I’d never really done the tropical island thing, and now Tioman would be my second secluded paradise in as many weeks. I’d just come from Pilau Sibu (read more here), the sleepiest of sleepy beach getaways. But gazing up at Tioman’s towering canopy of lush vegetation, I knew this place would be a whole other deal. Located thirty-two kilometres off the Malaysian coastline of Rompin, Pahang; the island boasts cascading waterfalls, pristine beaches, dense jungle, soaring mountain peaks, bat-inhabited trees and a farm dedicated to the rare mouse deer. Stepping onto the boardwalk jetty, our initial wanderings took us to the laid-back ABC neighbourhood (Air Batang) and this charming little collection of chalets. Having finally tracked down the elusive Mokhtar (he was asleep), my travel buddy Lisa and I checked out the lodgings, paid him for a few nights and eagerly headed out to explore the island. Continue Reading »