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Paya Beach Resort at Tioman Island Review

Tioman Paya Beach Resort
The unique Paya Beach Resort at Tioman Island is one of the popular resorts located at Kampung Paya which is right in the middle between all the other villages.

The beauty about this resort is that it is located strategically between mangrove and sea. Getting here is fairly simple as the ferry service from Mersing town would make various stops along all the villages at Tioman Island.

If you should also know, this is a Singaporean run resort with Malaysian partners, so you will be guaranteed to see many Singaporeans here.

Beach Resort Kampung PayaPorter to carry your luggage on arrival

Paya Beach Resort Review

On arrival at the Kampung Paya jetty, a porter from the resort will be there to collect your bags to be sent to the resort.

The Paya Beach Resort is located at the end of this traditional Malay Kampung (Village). So you will be taking a nice scenic 500 meter walk to your resort.

Photo of Paya Beach Resort TiomanView from the beach

Walking along the bronze coloured sand beach you will have to opportunity to see some local Malay homes, restaurants and convenient shops.

There are also other guesthouses and chalets along the way, which are run by locals of Tioman Island.

Paya Beach Resort Picture
Main entrance to the Paya Beach Resort
On arrival at the resort, you will be served a welcome drink and cold towel on checking in. The staff are pretty well trained and friendly who speak good English.

I gulped the drink quickly as I could not wait to see the rooms that were promised. Lakeside or should I say, Pond-side chalets at the Aman Damai Wing were the ones I booked for three full days.

Aman Damai pond chalets
Aman Damai pond chalets at Paya Beach Resort
My first impression was 'Wow, not bad at all'. The wooden walkway over the pond lead straight to my chalet unit.

Surprisingly, they actually created a man made pond and built the chalets over it, which is quite interesting.

This was something different compared to most of the other chalets and hotels I stayed. Looks like I was in for a fun time here.

Photo of Paya Resort Room Tioman
Paya Resort room photo
The chalet room was pretty simple and tastefully done. No bad smell, proper sheets, nice mattress, comfy pillow and simple decorations in the room with a television and air condition.

The shower was basic and clean, which is important to me, and the chalets were also connected to just one unit next door. Loud lovemakers beware.

Room Photos Paya Beach Resort Pond view from the room

View form the chalets was pretty nice too. You could see the entire pond and other chalets from your bed window.

Honestly, it looked even nicer when night falls. Just so you also know, the resort has four types of Malaysia-styled chalets available.

There are even deluxe beach front units, and garden chalets for those who prefer something else.

Deluxe Sea Front Chalets Tioman Island
Deluxe Sea Front Chalets
Photography at Paya Beach ResortNight view, chalet walkway

At night, the Paya Beach Resort pond chalets are well lit and walking around brings a nice feeling. That true feeling of being on holiday, I kind of liked it.

This is what a holiday should feel like. I spent some time every night outside the chalet sitting and just relaxing, watching the lights reflect against the pond while having a nice cold beer.

Occasionally you would get some noisy groups of teenagers laughing on top of their voices but that did not disrupt much of the beauty here.

Tioman Paya Beach Photo
Paya Beach in Tioman
One thing about the Paya Beach Resort is that you are not going to get white powder sand beaches here, so you have been notified by me.

The beach is normal with bronze coloured sand, and when the tide goes out, you start to see the coral rocks. So best be very careful if you plan to swim around the resort area.

Kampung Paya Tioman
Snorkeling at Kampung Paya, Tioman
However, for snorkeling, I found that this place is absolutely fantastic as coral life and fishes are abundant here.

One has to go out about 100 meters into the sea and start snorkeling to witness the beauty of this underwater world, which is ranked highly as one of the top snorkeling sites on Tioman Island.

Snorkeling Paya BeachLive corals and coral fishes in Tioman Island

Even from the main jetty, you can see the corals and fishes as the waters here are really clear. Do bring along some bread and you can feed the coral fishes from the jetty.

For those who came unprepared, not to worry as you can buy some from the sundry shop along the beach.

Sunset at Paya Beach
Sunset at Rama Rama Restaurant
Paya Beach Resort Restaurant

There is only one main restaurant here which is called the Rama Rama Restaurant, serving buffet and also a-la-carte meals.

Breakfast is served buffet style from 7.00 am to 9.30 am, while a long lunch is from 11.00 am till 5.00pm and is also a-la -carte or set lunch.

You have an option to choose from pizzas, sandwiches and also salads. Dinner is from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm and both options are available.

Usually when you book your package, they will suggest a full board package where all your meals are taken care of.

Kampung Paya Photo
Kampung Paya local stall
However, there are also other local options available along the main beach of Kampung Paya. A number of local run stalls serve kampung style food like fried rice or fried noodles.

There are also some who do a variety of mix Western and Asian. You could also order a Chinese Fried Rice and have an ABC or Ais Batu Campur from these local restaurants. Prices are very reasonable too.

Jeti Kampung Paya
Kampung Paya view from the jetty
Exploring Kampung Paya would be pretty quick as there is only one main beach road for about 500 meters.

There are no cars or motorcycles here, and to move around to other places on Tioman Island, you need to book a boat taxi there.

You can enquire with your resort or even some of the local shops along the beach, as they provide boa taxis to other parts of Tioman Island.

Jetty for Kampung Paya
Kampung Paya main jetty
Things to do at Paya Beach Tioman

I spent a good three days here, and if you do not dive or snorkel, there is nothing much to do but laze around reading a good book.

Otherwise, you can just catch up with that much needed sleep, get a tan, go island hopping or even take a nature trek provided by the Paya Beach Resort.

Jetty of Kampung Paya Tioman
Kampung Paya Jetty View
Evenings at the main jetty would be a great place to hang out as sometimes there are excellent sunsets here.

You can see locals going out fishing, or even some local kids fishing from the jetty. While the Paya Beach Resort has a nice wooden sun deck, I see most travelers hanging out at the main jetty area.

There is a small beach cosy bar and also Karaoke for the wannabe singers, while internet is also available for those who cannot be disconnected from the net world.

Spa Pool at Paya Beach Resort
Paya Beach Resort swimming pool and spa area
Paya Tropical Holistic Spa

A swimming pool is also available at the resort, but do not expect anything big as all you will get is a general sized pool only.

There is also a spa and massage called Paya Holistic Spa at this resort so for the ladies, your holiday here would be so complete with a spa treatment.

The Paya Holistic Spa is open from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm and prices start from as low as RM66.00 for a head and shoulder massage.

Paya Resort Activities
Activities available at Paya Resort
Activities at Paya Beach Resort

For other sea activities, the resort offers you canoeing and fishing besides the general snorkeling or scuba diving. They have a sports center where you can rent the equipment.

For those who wear glasses, you can check with the resort if they have powered goggles, if not, you best get a pair of contacts as snorkeling here is a must do when visiting Tioman Island.

Duty Free Shop Tioman Island
Paya Beach Resort Duty Free Shop
Tioman Island Duty Free Shop

A fantastic duty free shop is available at the resort, and it is pretty well stocked up with lots of cigarettes, beer, wines, champagnes and liquor.

For the party groups, this is a must visit as you can probably get all you need for your island getaway from the city.

Along the entire Kampung Paya, this is the only shop which is duty free. Other items available here are chocolates, beach wear, sunglasses, playing cards and some souvenirs.

The other shops on the main beach are local run sundry shops and food stalls. There is also one main sundry shop that also sells beer and souvenirs.

You will not miss it as it is a very popular shop that everyone needs to pass while walking the beach towards the jetty.

Photos of Paya Beach Resort Sun Tanning in Tioman Island

Tioman Island Scuba Diving Tanks
Scuba diving tanks ready to be loaded onto the boats
Scuba Diving At Paya Beach, Tioman

Finally for scuba divers, the resort has a dive shop called Paya Diver's Cove, which is a full range dive shop catering to all kinds of diving around Tioman's best dive spots.

Scuba dive courses are also available for first timers right up to the professional levels, and you can enquire with the dive shop here.

Dive Course Price at Paya Beach

  • Open Water Course the price starts at about RM920.00
  • Advanced Open Water Diver priced about RM830.00
  • Prices based on 2009

The general dives that are available here are general and leisure diving, deep dive, night dive, wreck dive and technical dives.

Overview of Paya Beach Resort

Average standard room rates for a 3D/2N package for a single person is about RM330.00 for full board, including all meals and boat transfers with two snorkeling trips.

Weekends and holidays are an extra RM50.00. Best to check with you travel agent or call the resort for ongoing promotions.

I would easily recommend this resort as it is one of the better resorts which give you pure value-for-money. Professional, clean and quite reliable in every way possible, that will make your vacation a memorable one. 

Paya Beach Resort Corporate Sales Office
400 Orchard Road #06-12
Orchard Towers Singapore 238875
Telephone: (+65) 6733 4333
Fax: (+65) 6733 4330
email : sales@payabeach.com
Website: Paya Beach Resort


If you love the island lifestyle with a mix of local culture, Tioman is one of the places you should explore. Not fully commercialized, there are many options to choose from.

For those seeking a mild and not so busy area around here, I would recommend you try out the Paya Beach Resort at Tioman Island.


Ken Wooi said...

nice place.. i wish i can go scuba diving one day.. =D

p/s: realized you got a domain! =)


Malaysia Asia said...

Ken, thanks. You should, just like me, I had a cowboy crash course on that, it was amazing! Also, yes, I got the domain last week but I'm not too happy with the word blog.malaysia-asia.my, I got someone to do this for me and it's messed up. I need to talk to some expert on how to link just www.malaysia-asia.my to my blogger.


Anonymous said...

Re: the main beach at paya beach resort is not suitable for swimming? The beachscape looked like it's dotted with rocks.

Malaysia Asia said...

Mei, you are right, but there are some other places where you have to walk out a little. This pic is smack right in front of the resort.

Unknown said...

The place looks great. I have stayed at luxurious Tioman Island hotels during my last three trips and I am planning my fourth one.

Bryan Norman said...

If it's awesome diving, beautiful beaches and exquisite lounging you're after, yes, Tioman will deliver. In spades.

But just a quick note to repeat Tioman visitors, or those wishing to go there in the future.

Since we go to Tioman quite regularly, we're seeing more and more travellers, especially from overseas, arriving at the Mersing jetty too late to catch their ferry, because it's full.

I think the reasons are:

1) The recent popularity boom Tioman has been enjoying.
2) The recent rule prohibiting passengers from sitting on the ferry sun-deck.
3) All other ferry types have discontinued, including the fast-ferries and the slow ferries, as well as the catamaran from Singapore

All this rhas esulted in a higher chance of passengers left stranded during the busy holiday spells and weekends.

In light of this, my advice to those who've booked a Tioman resort, or want to go to Tioman during the weekend or a public holiday: book your ferry tickets in advance so you won't need to worry about being stranded at the departure jetty due to the ferry for that day being already full.

ardee sean said...

looks good.. i wanna visit the place too.. :P