A monkey seen on the way ... (Tioman, Malaysia)
A monkey seen on the way ... (Tioman, Malaysia)

Friday in Tioman, day of rest and ride

  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

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The Tioman jungle in southeastern Peninsular Malaysia is a protected nature park. Dense, almost impenetrable, it covers most of the island.

Let's hope that the airport opened by the hotel company Berjaya and the "duty free" status recently granted to Tioman will not upset the situation too much... But I'm not optimistic about that.

Funny sounds come out of the jungle on the other side of the road. Hissing, unknown bird songs, unidentified cries and whistles ... (Tioman, Malaysia)

This Friday, I decide to do as Muslims do and rest. After three days of non-stop diving, I feel like drying off a bit!

So I rent a bike to go to the village of Tekek, where live most of the real islanders, the families of fishermen and small merchants in majority.

To leave "my" beach, you have to cross a mini-hill via a small staircase. Carrying the bike to cross these few steps is not a big effort, but it is enough to put me in swimming. Malaysia, the country where you never dry ...


Under the guise of trees shading the path here, marauding monkeys are watching me approach. Gently I put the bike to take the camera out.

But they are wary and return illico to hide in the branches.

A monkey seen on the way ... (Tioman, Malaysia)
A monkey seen on the way ... (Tioman, Malaysia)

The day of my arrival in Tioman, I had been amazed by my meeting, on the way to the beach, with two enormous monitors. When I say enormous, I am not exaggerating: those of Perhentian Kecil are small lizards of nothing at all, compared to these mastodons with crocodile-like allures who fled in front of me with a surprising agility for their wandering gait of antediluvian batrachians.

They did not have time to take a picture of them. But the monkeys, once perched on their branches, are less shy, and I manage to take some shots.

  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

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  1. Hello!!!
    I really enjoy seeing all your photos, it's a treat It allows me to recover from this long and painful day Geneva ...
    More than 4 days of work on my side, I hold the good end !!!

    Big kisses and attention to tsunamis ...

  2. Congratulations for the text and photos, I am very impressed, despite the distance, by the monitor! Yes Yes!!

    I even feel a little ridiculous, because I have to offer only my unstoppable (with or without pun intended) Mimi the mouse who laughs at us, openly, eat daily his piece of luxury cheese (refuses crusts ) but is never pinched by the trap. And yet Alain attaches Gruyère with a small piece of iron to force him to shoot and trigger the mechanism, nothing helps! So much for my personal zoo.

    Evidently Alain laughs at me, and throws himself into his African memories populated with big lizards, caimans, bats, monkeys, etc. Like father like daughter!

    More than a day to wait before leaving for the South.
    Take care of yourself, mil besos, hasta pronto,