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Apart from scenic locations endowed with miles of palm-fringed beaches, pristine waters and a myriad of fauna and flora, Tioman also offers duty-free goodies. For example, wine, beer, liquor and cigarettes at the duty-free shops on Tioman are lower in price than at most airports. And both, alcohol and cigarettes, are easy to get once you've arrived, especially if you've flown in.

To wit, the Vision Commerce store, in Tekek Village, just a few minutes' walk from the airport, is one of the island's largest duty-free shops. This single storey convenience store offers a whole range of products, such as batiks, t-shirts, souvenirs, fruit and tobacco and of course wine, beer and liquor.

Even if you're looking for some everyday bits and bobs, such as kitchen utensils, a screwdriver or paper glue, head to this shop, because they stock almost everything. Some items may be a little more expensive than on the mainland and some will be a little cheaper, especially, obviously tobacco and alcohol. In either case, always try to negotiate the price stated, as there may well be some wiggle room down. This also applies to the other villages such as Paya and Salang, which have small sundry outlets too.

Just a little note on any tobacco and/or alcohol bought. Please note that you need to pay duty on all cigarettes, wine, beer, or liquor if and when you carry these back to Singapore. The Singapore authorities are very no-nonsense when it comes to tobacco and alcohol, so always, always declare these goods to Singapore customs officials. See here for the Singapore customs website on duty-free goods, which, FYI, include cigarettes, wine, beer and liquor.

Lastly, should you need cash, there's an ATM in Tekek, just around the corner from the airport.