Ahhh the Tiomans. As luck would have it I've timed my arrival well, the monsoon season is due any time and that means few visitors. I headed for Salang Beach and booked myself into the excellent Ella's Place and proceeded to do exactly what you're supposed to do on a near deserted island with crystal clear waters, chill out, read and snorkel. OK the weather was a bit hit and miss but that was a small price to pay. Once again the islanders are a very hospitable lot, much more approachable than their Thai cousins to the north. One day 2 I took a snorkel trip to Coral Island and found myself booked with a group of a hundred or so Chinese Malaysian primary school teachers who took me under their wing for the day and finished with the evening barbecue. Happy times!