Palou Tioman Island
22.07.2008 - 26.07.2008
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To escape the glitz and glam of Singapore we decided to travel on a bus and catch a ferry across to the paradise island of Palou Tioman located on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. We were up early to get the bus and once we cleared Singapore customs we were on our way to Malaysia. The journey to the ferry port town of Tanjung Gemok was really scenic. We passed through so many rubber and palm oil plantations two of Malaysia's main cash crops. After around 2 hrs of crossing the South China sea we finally arrived on the island of Palou Tioman. Its a beautiful island really green and fringed with white sandy beaches. Its very peaceful because there are no roads on the island so not a car in sight! The only way of getting around is to get a boat to take you along the coast to other little villages on the island. The island is very popular for diving and snorkelling. We went snorkelling on one of the days and saw so many tropical fish. It was breathtaking! We went for a bit of a trek on the island too and saw huge butterflies, wild monkeys and these freaky looking creatures called monitor lizards. The lizard we saw was well over a metre. I nearly got a photo of him but he was camera shy and ran off into the jungle. We stayed there for around 5 days which was perfect. It was a lovely holiday from the holiday to prepare us for our holiday at home in Ireland!
There were only a few tourists on the island mainly Chinese and Korean.
On our way back to Singapore custom officials are really strict and its forbidden to bring in cheap booze and smokes from Malaysia by land. Chewing gum even has to be declared and is limited to one pack per person and thats only dental chewing gum! Just like Malaysia the death sentence is mandatory in Singapore if your caught in the possesion of drugs. I was really nervous with that pack of panadol I had in my bag should have dumped it just incase! You can never be too careful!
We spent a few more days in Singapore before getting ready to catch our flight home to Ireland. After the last 6 mths of travelling around and taking an endless number of planes, trains and bus journeys we ll be making our way home for the month of August. I have taken over 4000 photos and read around 20 books!
Hope you enjoyed reading the blog as much as we enjoyed all the experiences we had on the travels. The blog was only a brief snap shot of some of the wonderful things we saw and did along the way. So until the next time......................The End (but not for long!).