Explore the hidden gems of the Kerian District which features temples, paddy fields and the coastline in this cycling adventure!
Day 1: Sungai Kerian / Temples / Local Farms
To begin your adventure, you will start cycling at 8 am to visit the unique Chinese and Indian temples at Nibong Tebal. The biggest town located on the South Seberang Perai, this quiet town is home to numbers of farms and fishing villages. Visit the Indian and Chinese temple as you explore on your bicycle under the guidance of a local cyclist guide. You will be passing by the Krian river as you cycle on a car-free track, to enjoy the scenic view of the Malay villages around. The best way to experience a tour is to get a taste of the locals through their food. Before continuing your journey further, you will stop by for a tea break where you get to enjoy the Laksa that this place is famous for. The spicy noodle soup is a famous dish in South East Asia, but the taste varies from place to place.
You will then be guided to cycle along various fruit farms, cow farm, the goat farm and birdhouse. Experience it like the locals and try on the toddy, an alcoholic beverage made of the palm wine. Try not to drink so much as cycling drunk is definitely not the best idea ever! Your cycling trail for the first day will end at the exact place you started in Nibong Tebal, but your adventure is not done for the day yet. This tour would not be complete without bringing you to the fireflies sighting. Leave for the fireflies sighting on a boat at night and watch the lovely creatures charm you with their natural bright lights emitted from their body. This might be your only chance of witnessing the fireflies as it gets increasingly difficult for them to be noticed in the bright city lights.
Day 2: Sungai Udang / Kuala Kurau
Get a glimpse of the local lifestyle here when you visit the Malay villages, Chinese fishing villages and the fishing port where you see the daily routine of the fisherman. Get recharged with your lunch here in Sungai Udang before you proceed to cycling along various village houses and farms on your way to Kuala Kurau. Along the way to Kuala Kurau, you will be cycling with wonderful views of the lush green paddy field and shimmering sea for about 12 km before reaching Kuala Kurau.
Once you are in Kuala Kurau, you will discover how your favourite salted egg is made at a factory here. Rejuvenate yourself at a traditional Chinese sauna at Batu Lima that is popular for its steam bath that is believed to be beneficial to your health. Kick off to to the next destination at a pottery house and discover how the pottery is made here. Pack a few potteries back home as souvenir if you are looking for the best souvenir to bring back home.
Day 3: Sungai Acheh / Penang State Park / Air Puteh Waterfall / Lubuk Buntar
Cycle along the Kerian river on your usual departure time at 8 in the morning and witness some of the most natural and relaxing sightings. You might even bump into some of the local wildlife as you explore the countryside. You will be having your lunch in the friendly Malay village at Sungai Acheh, where they are famous for their local durian. The next few kilometres of your ride will be accompanied by the view of the palm oil plantation. The sight of palm oil plantation in Malaysia is pretty common considering how Malaysia is one of the biggest palm oil producers in the world.
Revitalise yourself before embarking on your next destination as you take a dip in the hidden natural beauty of Air Putih Waterfall. You will be witnessing the old town of Lubuk Buntar where the people here lived a slow-paced life compared to your typical big city life. This place is well known for its production of local tropical fruits and you will also cycle through the Bandar Bahru, home to the river lobsters. Your last cycling route will be along the Ampang water gate before you bid goodbye to your cycling guide.