My first trip out of Singapore
8/5/11 - 8/7/11
The trip to Tioman Island was all organized by a fellow student and a school volunteer who both have a lot of experience traveling in the area, which made my first trip out of Singapore a lot easier to handle. My friends and I exchanged money to Malaysian Riggits (1 MR = .3306 USD) on Friday, and got lots of bug spray and new beach towels at Clementi Market before packing.
Saturday morning at 4:30am a group of about 50 exchange students met outside of UTown and got on a private bus. We went through customs with our new student visas without problem and then had a 2 hour bus ride to the town of Mersing, Malaysia. The roads in Malaysia aren’t exactly in the best shape, so it was a very long bus ride and it was impossible to sleep. Once in Mersing we had to wait for the ferry to Tioman Island for about an hour. After that it was a 2 and a half hour ferry ride to the island. Because we left so early in the morning, we arrived to our hotel at about 11am, and still had all day for ourselves. Regardless of the time it took to arrive, the trip was amazing!