Real-life Tioman Island

It’s easy to fall into the gentle rhythm of life on this magical Malaysian island, says photographer Sonia Reimannova. 

Tioman Island lies in the South China Sea, just off the east coast of the Malay peninsula.

It’s tricky to get too, but visitors are rewarded with verdant jungle, white sand beaches and a sparkling sea, famous for its coral and shipwrecks.

Czech photographer and travel blogger, Sonia Reimannova , visited the island in December, during the monsoon. Life in the tiny villages scattered across the island had become positively somnolent.

‘The isolation isn’t for everyone,’ she explains. ‘Even the locals feel bored during the monsoon.’

But there’s always the volleyball.

‘It’s the island’s favourite pastime’, says Sonia. ‘Even in the rain. I’ve never seen Malaysians so into a sport!’

Read more about Sonia’s Tioman Island adventures on her blog,

Main image: Young girl at Paradise Point (© Sonia Reimannova)

About Author /

Sonia Reimannova is a Czech photographer and travel blogger living in Malaysia.


  • Sonia
    6 months ago Reply

    Peter, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to contribute to your awesome magazine! The Vagabond Imperative is certainly going to entertain me for some time as I’m eager to read all the contributions here! I really love this idea and look forward to seeing this magazine grow. Keep up the great work!

    • The Editor
      6 months ago Reply

      Thank you for providing the amazing photos. I’d never heard of Tioman Island, but your images have made me want to visit. Thanks for being part of the team!

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