Hotel Name: ABC Chalet And Restaurant
Address: Kampung Air Batang, ABC Beach, Tioman Island, Malaysia
I stayed at the ABC Chalet And Restaurant on Tioman Island, Malaysia. I booked online for the rate of 85 Ringgit ($19.31 USD). Tioman is one of those places where you could turn up and look around for a place to stay, but for this particular trip, I wanted a room booked in advance.
Pulau Tioman (Tioman Island) lies off the southeast coast of Peninsula Malaysia. It’s a popular island for divers and has accommodations from backpacker guesthouses to luxury hotels. For non-divers, there are stretches of sandy beaches, and the interior has forest walks.
The east coast of Malaysia is conservative Islamic (noticeably so after being in cosmopolitan KL) so this is not a party island. If you looking for a diving trip or a quiet getaway then this is a suitable island.
This guesthouse is located at the end of Air Batang (known as ABC Beach) which is the most popular spot for backpackers on the island. There isn’t much of a beach here compared to other parts of the island, but most people come here for diving.
To get to the ABC Chalet And Restaurant, get off the ferry at the Air Batang pier and then turn left. Walk along the path until you get to the end (less than 10 minutes walk).
The property is right on the beach with a garden surrounding the bungalows.
The bungalow I stayed in had a double bed and attached bathroom. The room was a fan room and came with a mosquito net.
The bathroom was what you would call functional. It had a cold shower, the toilet flushed, and the sink worked without leaking so I was happy. (I had just come from two weeks of travel in Indonesia, where the guesthouse bathrooms were basic in comparison.)
There was one power outlet in the room so my travel powerstrip came in handy.
The guesthouse theoretically has wifi but it’s turned off and on when requested. By the time I returned in the evening, no one was in the office to turn it back on, so I didn’t get to try it out. I noticed that some other places didn’t have internet, so don’t expect too much when visiting.
Getting to Tioman
Tioman is closer to Singapore than Kuala Lumpur so that is something to consider in your planning.
From Singapore, buses are departing to Mersing, which is where the ferry departs. Buses depart from the Golden Mile Complex (5001 Beach Road) and cost 35 SGD for a 3-hour trip (including the border crossing).
From KL buses depart from BTS (Bandar Tasek Selatan) to Mersing and several companies are making the trip.
From Mersing to KL I travelled with Sepakat Liner which took 5 hours and cost 38.30 Ringgit.
The Ferry from Mersing to Tioman is operated by Bluewater Express and takes 2 hours and 35 Ringgit one way. The ferry timetable is determined by the tides, so a schedule is published every month with departure times. Some days there is only one departure, and departure times can vary by hours, so to be sure arrive early to get ensure a same-day departure.
Tioman Island Photo Gallery – Photo gallery of Tioman.