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  • locals attitude towards foreign travellers and ope

    by hansripcurl Written Apr 6, 2006

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    on the east side of the island lays a village called Juara with a community less then a 100 plp.Within generations passed,plp there have been living in a environment of an uncivilised mannner andlack of knowledge.Education was never a priority and means of social atiquette would just be the shrewd and rude leads the pack.
    Even nowadays in the attitude still remains,the uneasyness of seeing outside plp coming to their bounderies is just something so annoying to them...be it a traveller or even their own Malaysian from mainland..as long in their eyes all these plp are consider as 'illegals'
    I have been there alone and with friends for the past 7 years...the scenario hasn't changed but gotten worse.
    How in the world would this village ever be an attraction to the tourism scene like other villages who has made very well for instance Salang,ABC etc.
    Thru out the times I 've seen tourist been chased with a stick,water thrown at them and also chased out of their cafes...why be in business in the first place!!
    There are also plp from mainland trying to develop the place but failed to sustain their businesses due to lots of jealousy and uneasiness of the locals.
    To the eye of a foreigner living here in Malaysia for the past 12 years...it is a lost and wasted oppurtunity to the plp of Juara.They are pushing away their own future and economy.
    For future travelers aware of the situations and only listen to your own heart and thoughts...plus the famous guide book of course...the best would be other fellow travelers.
    Aware of being given the wrong informations and avoid any pushy plp espacially ones run by the 'local' there.
    Happy travelin'

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    Ouch! that hurt

    by Pete.Gibson Written Sep 19, 2005

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    hey fella

    Now this may sound like a stupid warning, But don't wear sandels when doing the Jungle trail, it is real jungle! we stopped to look at some Monkeys in the high branches ... Only I stopped in the middle of a line of Soldier Ants ...And Boy do they Bite!!!!!

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    Those with mobile phones

    by Arfah Updated Aug 22, 2005

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    Good news to those using Celcom (013/019) coz you're still connected to the world outside through your mobile phones...other mobile phone line providers...sorry...no coverage at all...

    Those using prepaid plan...reload your airtime before going coz it can be really challenging looking for prepaid cards there!!! They're sold like "hot cakes"...

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    All public phones need telephone cards

    by Arfah Updated Aug 22, 2005

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    None of the telephone booths accept coins.. so bring along telephone cards. Well, you never know when you need to call someone!!! You can purchase this at participating shops (look for the labels "telephone cards sold here" or just ask?) or go directly to Telekom shops. There are 1/2 shops that sell telephone cards but may not have the value you required!!!

    One of the place that sells telephone cards is Salang Pusaka Resort.

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    Dying corals

    by xuessium Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    I have heard from friends who had visited Tioman in recent years for diving that the corals have suffered greatly from the heavy tourists traffic and quite a few areas have died or are dying away. I trust these friends as they are passionate divers and they all wish to see a revival of the ecosystems in Tioman.

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    Not easy to move from village to village

    by xuessium Written Jul 17, 2005

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    The villages are not linked to each other so it is difficult for you to try to hop from one to the other. You can try via ferry but it would also mean waiting for the next ferry to come to send you back.

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    No Life Jacket Provided!!

    by samantha_chee Updated May 17, 2005

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    I felt uneasy while riding boat/ferry without wearing a life jacket.
    I saw the jackets were placed at the ferry's ceiling. However, i am supposed that the correct practice is to dustribute and make sure everyone wear it before the journey starts. And, are they sure the life jackets kept are enough for 105% of passengers? Hmm...doubtful.

    When i went Pulau Redang two years ago, before we take boat, the boatmen distributed life jackets to everyone and they make sure the passenggers wear it before starts journey. That is more like it!

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    Beware of Falling Coconut

    by muddybok Written Mar 7, 2005

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    Beware of Falling Coconut

    It's not strange to see these signs on some coconut trunks. Well, not everyone who walks under these beautiful palm trees knows the danger of doing so.

    Isaac Newton sure glad that he wasn't discover the law of gravity under the coconut trees. People from tropical countries may be the first to discover the gravity theory, but they never live to tell or prove it. Just kidding!!

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    Dangerous Sea Creatures

    by Polaris2110 Written Oct 15, 2004
    You wouldn't want to meet one of this...

    When going underwater, remember to look out for dangerous sea creatures. One is the 'rambutan', a sea cucumber look-alike creature which is black in clour and has spikes.

    Try not to walk barefooted around the beach. You never know where there are nails or bugs around.

    If you are afraid of insects, try to wear cover up. I was eating my dinner when a stick insect landed on my arm.

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    Trigger Fish - Chebeh Island

    by elainetan7906 Written Sep 12, 2004

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    This fish always create problem for divers... In Chebeh site, there are a big one... which we call it Mr. Chebeh...

    They actually protecting their nesting area which if they are divers passing by or soemthing.. but the problem is.. we cant see the nest....??????

    Got your the pix later!

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    monsoon months..

    by eelaine Written Aug 14, 2004
    tioman during the good season..

    as tioman is located on the east coast of peninsula malaysia, it is pounded by the monsoon from october till march each year.. pouring rains, thunder storms and angry waves will make this island inaccesible.. sometimes they will manage a flight in but with the unpredictable weather, you might end up sitting in your room watching your whole holiday get washed away by the rain..

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    Monsoon/Weather - 03/2004

    by XLH Updated Aug 5, 2004
    The big waves during the monsoon season

    The weather is what you're here for, so make sure you check out what the monsoon season is before heading in this direction.

    More importantly, check out whether the monsoon season HAS ended before ever setting foot here.

    We made the fatal mistake of assuming the monsoon has ended in early March 2004 and hence, saw only 5 minutes of sunshine during our 5D/4N stay on Tioman.

    As you can see from the picture, gloomy weather in abundance.

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    Mosquitoes/Files (Big Bummer!)

    by FOotFetish Written Oct 19, 2003

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    I can't emphasize enough how these irritating bugs are being such a nuisance during my trip.
    When I'm eating, seems like a dozen hundreds of files will come circulating around my food and my head and everywhere! EEKS!
    Mosquitoes.....gosh* they suck ya blood at night especially if you are making your own sweet dreams.

    Body Insect Repellent is a MUST!

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    Bring money with you - no ATM machines

    by monica78 Written Sep 6, 2002

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    There is no ATM at Tioman. The best thing to do is to bring money!
    We came with our VISA cards and we found at last a place that could help us. But we could only get RM 200....
    But you can pay with cards on the divingcentre and some shops...

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    Attack by Komodo Dragons

    by Kriesta Updated Jun 29, 2007

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    Even though komodo dragons dont harm anybody, just be careful of them. Tioman Island is full of them. You can see them swimming in the stream, doing their own business.

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    Mar 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    I think the anti alchohol signage close to the ABC Jetty sets the scene for visitors to Tioman. It warns of punishments and canings to Muslims that drink.. i.e perhaps Westerners and their social habits are tolerated but not entirely welcomed.
    Nevertheless the place is duty free.

    I stayed at Mokhtars on Tioman a while ago - on my own occasion all turned out good,clean,safe and comfortable. There is no one around to hand back the key to personally before around 10AM - but one can leave it at reception or with another traveler.

    However, I did have other experiences starting with the Ferry that were unpleasant.
    In brief, the Ferry's air -con was adjusted to 'Freeze' on the way there with icy cold air blasting the tops of heads for 2,.5 hours. No refreshments and nowhere to stretch a leg. On the way back from Tioman - the reverse and suffocating with warm air and little or no aircon. Crew were offhand and unsocial on board both directions.
    Pre-boarding check-in at Mersing had been chaotic. (although initial ferry ticket purchase and customer service at Mersing had been excellent) .

    A bad experience on the Island was during a visit to the Bar cum Pizza place near Mokthar's. The Bar manager became vocally aggressive when after 20 minutes of waiting he had overheard me quietly asking a polite Irish Bar assistant if my mini Pizza was on the way. He became outraged and shouted for all to hear that I should be more patient and provided a mini lecture on the topic. It was extremely embarrassing. When the Pizza finally did come - turned out to be a piece of plan traditional flat bread with melted margarine. On the morning of my departure I had asked a person walking towards the departure Jetty whether they knew what time the Ferry left.. Unfortunately that individual turned out to be the same Bar manager - who instantly replied in the same aggressive tone and demeanour with one syllable and non smiling grimace on face: NO.

    Otherwise the visit was without incident and pleasant. Unfortunately however the majestic Tourism Office is closed on weekends which would have been disappointing for the many weekenders, surely.

    No one was able to provide me with much info' re what to do on the island. The general command of English was poor. A few Dive operators I passed by had some patience but appeared in a state of siesta or busy with instruction. Tourists seemed to be a distraction rather than an opportunity. I will go again - surely can't be that hard to have a trouble free enjoyable experience. The place is beautiful.

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