Mersing Malaysia is the gateway to Tioman Island, a very popular destination for travelers. We had a pleasant coach ride down to Mersing from Cherating, on a very comfortable Adik Beradik coach.
The 240 km trip took around 4 hours, including a 20-minute stop along the way where we could eat and use the washroom. Of course, the toilet was basic but adequate.
Hotel Embassy Mersing Malaysia
The Embassy was easily the worst hotel we stayed in during our trip through Malaysia. Admittedly, it was also the cheapest, but there’s not a lot of choice in Mersing. We were a little uncomfortable with the state of the bed and bathroom, and decided not to undress or wash there.
The bed was just a mattress with an old sheet on it and a very used-looking blanket (no under sheet). When I asked for another sheet, I was told this was not possible since housekeeping was “closed”. Both the room and bathroom were grubby, and the state of the lock on the door made it feel very insecure.
The ground floor of the Embassy “hotel” also doubles as a drinking hole for the local men, so could be a little daunting for females travelling alone.
Around town in Mersing
There is a pervading stench from the open sewers throughout Mersing that really makes this a place to avoid spending too much time in. If like most folks you’re in transit to Tioman, better to go directly to the afternoon ferry – there are few if any morning ferries.
We wandered around the town in the evening to find a place to eat. On Jalan Ismail we found a decent Indian restaurant with some very friendly staff. There are also a few bakeries in town, which are handy for breakfast before heading to the ferry terminal.
… and the ferry terminal would be our first port of call the following day. We were keen to leave Mersing and while away some time on the more secluded side of Tioman island. We were looking forward to white sand beaches and dense jungle, and a beachfront cabin to enjoy it all from.
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