Bus to Mersing Malaysia

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We caught the Transnational bus $30 each this morning from Singapore (we have way too much stuff) to Mersing, an eastern costal village about 7 slow hours drive away in Malaysias state of Johor. This is the port to many nearby Islands. We immediately noticed the Malaysian flags everywhere, patriotism is strong, then came the Palm Oil plantations for hours and hours. Hard to imagine what Malaysia looked like once upon a time – a mind-blowing amount of land has been cleared for palm oil production infact 4.917 million hectares to be exact. You have to see it to believe it. Anyway we arrived in Mersing fishing village, we knew we were in the right place because the Hollywood style hillside signage said so and were promptly dropped directly infront of the affiliate booking office for Tioman Islands accommodation. It was a hot day, long trip and Mersing wasn’t the sleepy seaside getaway we were looking for, so we took it as a sign and stocked up for the late boat to Tioman Island for 2 days ($15 return per head). We figured we could always find new accommodation ($30 night) upon arrival if it was no good, or leave the Island and travel further up the Malaysian coast. The 1.5 hour boat ride took 3 hours, it was low tide as we left and we had to literally float out to sea, scraping on coral as we left to make our way to Tioman Island. The boat was packed, we were separated & travelled mostly in the dark and it was freezing, like we were in the cold room. Arrived at a long Jetty to Pulau Tioman, around 9.30pm, exhausted, theres no one around, but the signage is good. We are finally  home & cant wait to explore the Island further in the morning. Please follow this link to see more photos https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.458025931030216.1073741849.441531179346358&type=3&uploaded=18