Kampung Salang

Pulau Tioman

The backpacker haven of Kampung Salang is around the headland north of ABC, Monkey Beach and Monkey Bay. Come to snorkel off nearby Coral Island, do a spot of diving and stay for the beach parties. For many, Salang’s star attractions are the monstrous monitor lizards that lurk in the inky river that runs through the village centre, gracefully swimming hither and thither.

The walk from ABC via Monkey Beach and Monkey Bay is not for the faint-hearted. The section to Monkey Bay is straightforward enough – follow the path up from Bamboo Hill Chalets in ABC – and keep following the black electric cables overhead. At Monkey Bay, you need to cross a dilapidated bridge and continue following the cables, though the path is hard to follow and several trees have blocked the way, so you need to clamber over them. One has brought down one of the concrete cable poles in the process, but if you keep to the cables, you can make it, though it's quite a hike (load up with water). Take shoes that cover the feet and long, lightweight trousers. Expect the whole journey from ABC to take around two and a half hours. Never undertake the trek if rain is due or if the trail is slippery after rain.

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Nearby Pulau Tioman attractions

1. Monkey Bay


This lovely, deserted bay can be discovered on the hike to Salang. If doing the hike to Salang from ABC, cross the bridge to follow the power cables.

2. Monkey Beach

1.31 MILES

This delightful white-sand beach can be reached on the hike towards Salang from ABC.

3. Kampung Air Batang


ABC's beach is usually best at the southern and northern ends, although the sands are constantly shifting so this is changeable. Quite a bit of the…

4. Marine Park Information Centre

3.64 MILES

With coral displays, short videos and plenty of information on marine flora and fauna, this centre, north of Tekek Airport, is a worthwhile stop…

5. Kampung Tekek

4.22 MILES

Tioman’s commercial hub is a good, strategic central location from which to explore the rest of the island, and the beach on the southern end of town is…

6. Kampung Juara

6.64 MILES

Its sleepy hideaway bliss is slightly ended by the road crossing the island interior, but Juara remains lovely, offering two long stretches of wide, white…

7. Kampung Paya

6.73 MILES

The moderately priced resorts here, offering all-inclusive packages, make Paya popular with Singaporeans, the mainland Chinese and the organised-tour set…

8. Kampung Genting


The beach here is fairly built up, but the surroundings have an appealing kampung (village) atmosphere. A good spot for meeting local fishermen.