Treat yourself to a private bicycle nature tour of Balik Pulau in the southwest of Penang Island and explore paddy fields, a Malay village and a mangrove forest before returning to the city for local drinks and snacks.
Go off the beaten track and explore the southwest of Penang Island, Balik Pulau, where you will find an expanse of countryside littered with paddy fields, fishing villages, vegetable farms and mangrove forests. On a bicycle, you will have a leisurely ride through the countryside and get the opportunity to enjoy fresh air and calming green scenery. Cycle past the vast paddy fields as your experienced guide leads the way and explains the evolution of the rice cultivation process on the island to you.
Pass by quiet river banks and end up at a peaceful fishing village. Watch the local fishermen haul in their proud catches of the day and tie up their boats on the shore to prevent them from drifting away out to sea. Another village you’ll be brought to on this guided cycle tour is the Malay village of Kampung Terang where you can observe authentic traditional Malay houses that stand tall on stilts. It is common that neighbouring houses usually belong to members of the same extended family.
Malay villages are usually filled with friendly locals who know one another well and are welcoming to visitors. Learn from your knowledgeable guide the history, heritage and culture of Penang. Having been colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and British in the past, the effects of these colonial influences can clearly be seen in Penang’s people and places. Cycle on past the quaint little Malay Village towards a nearby mangrove forest where you will see a variety of mangroves.
Here you can study the differences in the diverse species of mangrove that grow in this one mangrove forest and spot flocks of migratory birds and solitary shy mud crabs digging into the mud. After your nature tour, head back towards the civilization of the city, but just before you arrive at your hotel, stop by a kopitiam (coffeeshop) and enjoy a hot mug of local coffee or tea with snacks as you take in the Penangite lifestyle of the locals.