My Experience At Bamboo Hill Chalets, Tioman: A Charming Retreat Away From Crowds


Have Halal Will Travel •  Aug 10, 2020

This story about Bamboo Hill Chalets in Pulau Tioman is written by one of our contributors, Irianey. Some parts of the article may have been edited for length and clarity. 

I went to Tioman Island with my mom and a friend of mine in early July.

Getting to Tioman

We took a ferry from Mersing Jetty around 2pm. Alternatively, you may take a ferry from Tanjung Gemok Jetty. Ferry tickets can be purchased through the following websites:

However, travellers need to be at the jetty at least 2 hours prior to the departure time as it may change depending on the current weather and tidal conditions. The journey from Mersing Jetty to Tioman may take up to 2- 2.5 hours depending on where you are getting off on Tioman as they make multiple stops - Kg Genting, Tekek, ABC, Salang. Before you hop on your ferry, you need to get your boarding pass and pay the entry fee for the Marine Park, RM5.

Ambience and rooms at Bamboo Hill Chalet, Tioman

The resort is situated on the northwestern side of the island. To reach here, you need to get off at Kg Air Batang Jetty and walk to the chalet for about 10 minutes.

The Chalet will provide a sidecar to pick up your luggage upon request.

It's owned by Susan, a Muslim British born lady and the chalet is managed by herself, her son, Ben and her daughter, Juliana. They were so lovely and helpful to us during our stay.

There are five chalets in total at the resort. The price range varies starting from RM150/night. The one that we chose during our stay was Chalet 2, which cost us RM250/night. Chalet 2 can fit up to 4 people.

The room was spacious enough to do our prayers. Every room is facing the beach and has the best views!

There is free wifi. Each room is provided with sheets, towels, soap, toilet paper, an anti-mosquito diffuser, bug spray, washing up liquid, kitchen sponge, dishcloth, a hammock and a lamp with tea lights are provided. Beach towels are provided on request.

I would totally recommend this resort to other travellers because of the location, recommended to those who yearn for privacy and tranquillity.

Those with kids – you might want to stay here, the room is spacious, there is a private veranda for each chalet, beach access, mini waterfall and there is also trekking route behind the chalet.

I would also recommend this resort to newlyweds. You could view the sunset from your room. Every room has its own speciality and different capacity. You might want to check out their website first before booking.

P.S. Check out these other beach resorts in Tioman too!

Activities at Bamboo Hill Chalet

The resort has their own packages for snorkelling, the price varies according to the trip starting from RM65. You may also request for a fishing trip. Guests can walk or cycle to Pusat Taman Laut (Marine Park) to snorkel, for free.

For diving classes or trip, you can go to the Blue Heaven Divers which is 5 minutes walk from the resorts.

The resort provides bicycles for short trips to local shops and Tekek at no charge. But it is advisable for guests to only use the bike for 2-3 hours as there might be other guests who want to use the bike.

For those who love to hike or go jungle trekking, there is a route behind the chalet to Panuba Inn, Kg Salang and Monkey Beach. You may ask Ben, the owner’s son to guide you for jungle trekking. I got told by Ben that there are a few Rafflesias currently blooming in the jungle.

You can also ride 4x4 to Kg Juara for a fee.

Halal food at Bamboo Hill Chalet

They don’t have any in-house restaurants, but there is a decent halal restaurant nearby around 150m from the resort – ABC Restaurant. There are quite a number of restaurants which are within walking distance. For a scrumptious dinner, you can go to Happy Lobster Restaurant in Kg Tekek.

P.S. Check out this all-in-one guide to Tioman, Perhentian and Redang islands!

Useful tips for other travellers

Seasonal tips

  • The best season to visit Tioman is from July to August
  • However, those who love to surf may want to visit Tioman during the monsoon season which is around mid-November until February and it is best to stay in Kg Juara.

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