The island of Pulau Tioman, sitting off the east coast of Malaysia, enjoys hot and sunny weather during most of the year. The monsoon season brings heavy rain and large waves from October until January; this is when the surfers alight in Tioman. Resort properties offer discounted rates and operate at low capacity. Between May and August, when rainfall is minimal, is when the tourists arrive in crowds.
The mountains, lush foliage, warm climate and ocean views make it a great destination for a relaxing holiday. Tioman Island is known for the beautiful waterfalls that make up a big part of the natural beauty of the island. The most famous of the waterfalls is Asah Waterfall; it is also referred to as Mukut Waterfall because it is in the vicinity of the village of Mukut. Visitors can opt to stay overnight at the Berjaya Tioman Resort, located on the island’s sandy shores with the towering mist covered mountains beyond, to soak up the tranquillity of this beautiful island.
Hiking to the top of Asah Waterfall is an option if you remember to bring along the appropriate footwear. The walk is long and can be challenging for some but the scenery is breathtaking. Listen to birds calling and admire the trees and vines as you climb to the top. If you are in luck you may even see monkeys and other wildlife along the way. There are strategically located shops and rest spots for climbers to survey the landscape as well as get a drink and catch their breath. The residents of Mukut Village are friendly and welcoming, they are also happy to sell food and souvenirs to tourists who want a snack or to pick up a memento of their trip.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.