|Berjaya flies in and out of Tioman|
We only spent two nights in Tioman and that is about all you can take in this tranquil region. Don't get me wrong, the white sand beaches, the crystal clear waters that are near perfect for snorkelling and the hospitality of the people make it a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. You can amuse yourself by watching the naughty monkeys run to the trash bins, steal a flapjack, chuck it because it isn't up to their high standards and run back for a waffle covered in chocolate sauce. If this isn't enough, you can head to the beach bar where a Philippine trio is playing 70s cover hits. What a way to relive your childhood music memories. Can you say Elevator Muzak and Barry Manilow?
With all these activities covered by the second day, we decided to hitch a ride to the center of town; always where the action is, anywhere in the world. What we didn't realize is that we would become the daily commotion for the locals.
We traipsed off the property and were met by one of the three "taxis" on the island. The driver told us for 30 ringgit ($9.50 CA) he would drive us around the island and deposit us to our doorstep. The resort is located up on a hill, about 4 km from the center of town so for three of us, we thought, "Why not?" Why not, indeed. Little did we know his dilapidated Suziki would break down no less than five times.
|Gas wasn't the only thing this vehicle needed!|
|The stolen kiddie bike|
He managed to get the vehicle to the side of the road and ran over to some kids playing on the street. He stole the kid's bicycle which left the boy howling like a monkey. It was a sight to see, a grown man peddling madly on a bike meant for a seven year old.
|A tiny house along the road|
|The kid with his bike back|
|Waiting, waiting, waiting...|
I have learned after searching for the perfect beach in Asia, it doesn't exist, at least not to Tulum or the Bahamas standards. There are no mammoth clubs and resorts like you would find in Mexico or the Caribbean. The beaches, the water, the pools, the food and the resorts are different. That isn't to say you won't have a pleasant time on Asian beaches, I just had to change my way of thinking. The more places I visit, the more I am charmed by the quaintness of the resorts and the hard working people that make each trip an adventure. I still have so many islands, resorts and recommendations to try from Boracay, Philippines to Koh Samui, Thailand to Bali, Indonesia. It is a hard job, but this prairie girl is up for the challange.