5 Day / 4 Nights Penang to Langkawi

 

Arriving  Langkawi the way you’ ll find that it is more than just an island resort.

Cycle North up the beautiful Malaysia coast and reach Langkawi ready for more excitement. This trip runs Penang to Langkawi.

Travelling North to Langkawi? Why not take a road ride with us that follows the northern coastline, through the back roads of serene villages, passes vast paddy fields, historical landmarks, an ancient fort and soak it all in. So much more pleasing than flying or driving on the highway and missing these interesting places.

For enquiry and bookings, please drop us an email at mataharicycle@gmail.com or WhatsApp /  call +6019 4480 440. Thank you.

Day 1 : Georgetown
YOUR ARRIVAL AT PENANG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WILL BE MET BY OUR REPRESENTATIVE.
TRANSFER TO YOUR HOTEL IN GEORGETOWN, PENANG.
MEET-UP WITH MATAHARI CYCLE TOURS & TRAVEL (MCTT) FOR INTRODUCTION AND FAMILIARIZATION. (TIME AND VENUE TO BE ARRANGE ON THE DAY)
FREE & EASY DAY AT YOUR LEISURE IN GEORGETOWN.
Hotel : Boutique / 4 star Hotel – equivalent or higher
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2: Today’s Ride – Merbok to Kuala Perlis (Mostly Flat)
Approximately : 100kms Elevation Start/Max : 6m/73m Gain : <300m

AFTER PICKING YOU UP FROM YOUR HOTEL IN GEORGETOWN, SHUTTLE FOR 1HR 30MINS TO THE STARTING POINT OF YOUR RIDE IN MERBOK. STOP FOR A QUICK BITE IN MERBOK IF NEEDED. TODAY’S RIDE IS AN EASY RIDE FOLLOWING BACK ROADS THROUGH VILLAGE ROADS, PADDY FIELDS AND SCENIC AND QUIET COASTLINE.
FIRST FEW KILOMETERS OF OUR RIDE FROM THE START IS ADULATING WITH 3 SHORT CLIMBS ALONG SCENIC COASTAL ROAD. THE REST OF THE ROUTE IS FLAT.
JOURNEY WILL PASS HISTORICAL LANDMARK OF FORT KEDAH BUILT IN THE YEAR 1602, SCENIC PADDY FIELDS , WATERFALLS AND RURAL ROADS ALMOST FREE FROM TRAFFIC. THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS ROUTE IS ALSO THE CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THE NORTHERN WIND ALONG THE COAST TOWARDS KUALA PERLIS. THERE SHALL BE NO BETTER WAY TO HEAD FOR THE ISLE OF LEGEND.
SEAFOOD LUNCH AT KUALA PERLIS WHILE OUR STAFF PREPARED ALL YOUR ITEMS TO BE TRANSFERRED TO LANGKAWI.
TRANSFER TO LANGKAWI BY FERRY.
TRANSFER TO YOUR HOTEL.
FREE AND EASY AT YOUR OWN LEISURE.
DINNER AT RESTAURANT.
SHORT BRIEFING FOR THE NEXT RIDE.
Hotel : Boutique / 4 star Hotel – equivalent or higher
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Others : All transfers / Ferry tickets + Luggage cost

Day 3: Today’s Ride – Pantai Cenang – Pantai Cenang ( Gunung Raya)
Approximately : 102kms Elevation Start/Max :3m/862m Gain : 1688m
Short rise : km 45 – 2.7% gradient
km 52 – 2.0% gradient
Gunung Raya : km 59 – 6.0% gradient, 13kms distance.
RIDE WILL START FROM THE HOTEL GROUND SHORTLY AFTER BREAKFAST.
HEADING NORTH TOWARD KAMPUNG KOK IS A TREAT PASSING ALONG ROAD FLANKED BY THE AIRPORT RUNAWAY AND THE SEA COAST LINE. THERE WILL BE LESS TRAFFIC ON THE ROADS AS WE LEAD AWAY TOWARDS TELUK YU – WHERE BEAUTIFUL BEACH GREETS US.
THE RIDE WILL FOLLOW ALONG AYER HANGAT, CIRCUMNAVIGATING GUNUNG RAYA – WHILST RIDING SOAKING THE FRESH AIR, WE WILL MAKE STOPS AT FEW SCENIC AREAS.

AVOIDING KUAH TOWN PROPER, WE THEN HEADS TOWARDS ULU MELAKA BEFORE REACHING THE FOOTHILL OF GUNUNG RAYA.
WE CAN START OUR CLIMB IMMEDIATELY OR STOP FOR SOME BREATHER AND REFRESHMENTS. DEPENDING ON THE WAY YOU WANT TO ASCENT, THE 13KMS CLIMB CAN BE DONE AT ONE GO WITH THE SUPPORT FROM OUR CAR OR WE CAN HAVE AS MANY STOPS AS REQUIRED ON THE SLOPES.
A STOP AT THE TOP TO VIEW THE SCENIC LOWER SURROUNDINGS BEFORE DESCENDING AND BACK TO THE HOTEL.
LUNCH WILL BE AT SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY OR AFTER COMPLETION OF RIDE DEPENDING ON THE RIDE DURATION.
FREE AND EASY AT YOUR OWN LEISURE.
DINNER AT RESTAURANT.
SHORT BRIEFING FOR THE NEXT RIDE OR ACTIVITY.
Hotel : Boutique / 4 star Hotel – equivalent or higher
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 4: Today’s Ride or Activity –
Recovery Ride (Tanjung Rhu)
Approximately : 50kms
RIDE WILL START FROM THE HOTEL GROUND SHORTLY AFTER BREAKFAST.
EASY PACE HEADING NORTH TOWARDS LANGKAWI BEST SHORELINES, TANJUNG RHU BAY.
THE RIDE PASSES ALONG MOSTLY VILLAGE ROUTES NOT FREQUENTED BY TOURIST. VERY SCENIC WITH THE REAL ASSENT OF THE ISLANDS LIFE WITH MOST OF THE WAY NARROW BUT WITH SMOOTH SURFACES.
RETURN TO THE HOTEL RIDING VIA TELUK YU OR BY TRANSFERS FROM OUR SUPPORT VEHICLE.
LUNCH AT RESTAURANT

OR
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY –
MANGROVE KAYAK TRIP (KILIM RIVER GEOPARK LANGKAWI)
ADDITIONAL PAYMENT : RM 150 PER PERSON (NORMAL SELLING PRICE RM220)
OPERATED BY OUR PARTNER DEV’S ADVENTURE TOURS.
5.5 hours (excluding transfer time)
Kilim River (part of Geopark Langkawi)
BAT CAVE, KAYAKING THROUGH SMALL JUNGLE RIVERS WHERE BOATS CANNOT ACCESS, EAGLE AREA (EAGLE WATCHING), FISH FARM FOR LUNCH AND FISH FARM TOUR.
STARTS : 9.30AM, EXCEPT FOR MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS: 10.30AM
FINISHES : 3PM (4PM ON MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS)
WHAT TO WEAR; SWIMWEAR UNDER, SHORT PANTS AND T-SHIRT, SANDALS OR FLIP-FLOPS, A HAT OR CAP, TOWEL AND SUNBLOCK.
WE WILL PROVIDE A WATERPROOF BAG FOR (SMALL) CAMERA
LUNCH: – TOM YAM PRAWNS (OR CHICKEN OR VEGETABLES, NON-SPICY VERSION AVAILABLE) – FRIED RICE PRAWNS (OR CHICKEN OR VEGETARIAN) – FRESH FRUITS – SOFT DRINK OR MINERAL WATER (OTHER DRINKS AVAILABLE ON OWN ACCOUNT)
KAYAKS ARE 2-SEATERS AND LIFE JACKETS ARE COMPULSORY
KAYAKING TIME: ABOUT 3 HOURS
FOCUS ON NATURE AND NOT ON DISTANCE OR SPEED
2 SMALL BOTTLES OF MINERAL WATER WILL BE PROVIDED DURING THIS TRIP
FREE AND EASY AT YOUR OWN LEISURE.
DINNER AT RESTAURANT.

Hotel : Boutique / 4 star Hotel – equivalent or higher
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

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Day 5: Free and Easy at your own Leisure.
TRANSFER TO LANGKAWI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR YOUR FLIGHT.
Meals: Breakfast

WHAT’S THE RIDING LIKE AND TOUR LIKE?
Day 1 – Mostly flat terrain.
Day 2 – Two short rise before Hill climb
Day 3 – Easy adulating and flat

3 days of riding : 252 kms

DAY 1 FLAT RIDE WITH ONLY FEW SMALL RISES ESPECIALLY ON THE EARLY PART. MOSTLY BACK ROADS FOR THE DISTANCE INVOLVED SUITED FOR ALL TYPE OF RIDERS. WE CAN TAKE A SLOW AND RELAXED RIDE ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE NEW TO CYCLE TOURING. THIS ROUTE IS ALSO SUITABLE FOR FIT AND EXPERIENCE RIDERS WHO PREFER TO TRAVEL AT A STEADY AND MUCH HIGHER PACE.

DAY 2 ROUTE IS ADULATING WITH TWO SHORT RISE OF ABOUT 2KMS IN LENGTH BEFORE THE BIG CLIMB OF GUNUNG RAYA. OUR GUIDES AND PERSONNEL ARE EXPERIENCE ENOUGH TO GAUGE THE RIDE ACCORDING TO THE ABILITY OF EACH RIDER – OBSERVED FROM DAY ONE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE FOR YOUR PURE SATISFACTION THAT EVERY ONE OF YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO REACH THE PEAK AT YOUR OWN PACE. HOWEVER, DEPENDING ON YOUR OUTCOME DURING THE DAY – YOU CAN CHOOSE TO JUMP IN OUR SUPPORT VEHICLE AT ANYTIME FOR A REST. FOR A MUCH FITTER AND EXPERIENCE RIDER, YOU MAY WANT TO RIDE UP GUNUNG RAYA AT YOUR VERY OWN STEADY PACE – OUR SUPPORT VEHICLE DRIVER IS EXPERIENCE ENOUGH TO COVER EACH RIDERS ALTHOUGH THERE IS A GAP. FOR THE SECTIONS BEFORE AND AFTER THE 13KMS CLIMB, FOR SAFETY REASONS WE URGE EVERYONE TO MOVE AS A PELOTON.

DAY 3 ROUTE IS MOSTLY THROUGH VILLAGE PATH OR ROADS. THESE ROADS ARE FOREIGN EVEN TO MANY OF THE LOCALS IN LANGKAWI. WE SHALL TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY TO SCENT THE REAL LIFE ON THE ISLAND. RECOVERY RIDE AT A VERY EASY PACE WITH NUMEROUS STOPS AT VARIOUS INTERESTING AREAS. SHOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE A RECOVERY A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY, WE HAVE THE KILIM RIVER SAFARI KAYAKING AS AN OPTION.
IN 2007, UNESCO OFFICIALLY DECLARED THE LANGKAWI ARCHIPELAGO WITH THREE AREAS ON THE ISLAND AS PART OF THE 94 GLOBALLY RECOGNISED GEOPARK FROM 27 COUNTRIES TO BE ENDORSED FOR ITS NATURAL BEAUTY AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL HARMONY. ONE OF IT THE KILIM KARST GEOFOREST PARK SITUATED ON THE NORTH EAST OF THE LANGKAWI ISLAND IN THE AREA AROUND THE KILIM RIVER AND ITS ESTUARY. THE AREA AROUND HERE IS PREDOMINANTLY LIMESTONE (KARST). MILLION YEARS OF EROSION HAS CREATED A UNIQUE LANDSCAPE OF PINNACLES, CLIFFS, CAVES AND HILLS AS WELL AS RICH BIOTOPES OF MUDFLATS AND MANGROVES ECO-SYSTEMS.
EXPLORE THE KILIM GEOPARK FOREST IN A KAYAK IN ORDER TO REACH PLACES AND NARROW WATER WAYS INACCESSIBLE BY BOAT. DISCOVER THE UNIQUE GEOLOGICAL FEATURES INCLUDING ANCIENT FOSSIL BEDS AND STALACTITES. HERE YOU CAN FIND PLENTY OF MARINE LIFE IN THE EMERALD GREEN WATERS BELOW . DIVERSITY INCLUDES REPTILES, MAMMALS SUCH AS BATS AND MANY TYPES OF MONKEYS, BIRDS AND EAGLES UP HIGH.
AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY THE GEOPARK HAS ITS OWN SOUND, SMELL AND ACTIVITIES.

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Quality Bikes.

Top quality and well maintained XDS, Giant, Trek and Specialized mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are in provided in your tour.

Great Hotels & Comfy Accommodations.

The hotels we select are of the highest standards with fine hospitality. In larger cities or established tourist areas we select only 4 stars hotel and above. Stylish and supremely comfortable accommodations in smaller and rural areas. Unrated boutique hotels and accommodations with high ratings and reviews.

Your Host

Experienced, well informed and charming – local English speaking leader will host you on this trip. Our guides and leader are often focused to be the main highlight of any of our tours. Passionate, experienced and putting your welfare ahead of everything else. We take pride in communicating with our clients well before their tours. In this manner, upon arrival on your first day here, we have already know you well enough.

Support

For groups of 6 to 10 riders – we provide 2 guides and 2 supporting crews + mechanic. Support vehicles ( 4WD, MPV or/+ Van) depending on group size and requirements. An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding. All logistics and transfers will be provided by us together with your belongings and bicycles inclusive of toll charges, ferry charges and other necessity as stated.

Food
This trip is as much about food as with the fun of riding. Meals included are stated in the day by day itinerary. Occasionally, we would make unexpected stops at places of delicacies frequented by locals. Drinking water at all times. Any soft or alcoholic beverages are not included and will be at your own expenses.

Beverages & Snacks
Clean bottled water, electrolytes, juices and variety of snacks are provided along your journey to keep your energy level up and your body hydrated.

Group Size
Guaranteed for minimum of just 2 travellers. We limit the group size to just 10 riders so that you can get all the attention from us.

Purely Matahari
This tour is 100% operated by Matahari Cycle Tours and Travel Sdn. Bhd. The guides are our full time employees with experience of running multiple days of cycling tours both for professional and recreational cyclists. Hotels and side tours are carefully scanned and booked by our local staff and bikes are from our own fleet. Logistics and routes are all precisely crafted – we do not only measure distance but every rise and drop, traffic conditions, total ascents and descents. We even sent our team to run a test ride just before you arrive for your tour – we want to make sure your experience with us will stay as one of the highlights in your life diary.
Should you decide to join in any of the side tours proposed by Matahari – we have to mention that the partnering operator has been carefully selected to provide the highest standards. A guide or representative from our side will follow along to assure you of that.

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Tour Reviews

5 based on 5 reviews
17/08/2016

From the first instant we arrived at Penang airport till the day we left Langkawi, there was never a dull moment with the Matahari Crews. Well planned routing , picturesque sight, authentic food, humorous crew members , young and pretty cheerleader cum water girl are some of the bad thing u will get. Will never hesitate to engage them again for future rides. SHINE ALWAYS MATAHARI!!!

17/08/2016

This is the first time we engaged Matahari Tour for our road biking trip from Penang to Langkawi. The arrangement was so good and we have been very well taken care of. Planning was great…SJ, Princilla, Sufian and the the team of Matahari crews were so friendly. Almost instantly we became close friends. Not forgetting princess Lyeana our cheerleader. This trip not just brought us great memories but also we found a group new friends. Strongly recommended!

17/08/2016

This is my first experience of going for a cycling tour. Matahari and the crew members are so friendly and helpful. The whole trip from Penang to Langkawi is very well planned and organised. Well done! See you again SJ, Prin, Eddy, Suffian, Din and Princess Lyeana…

26/07/2016

Our brief to Matahari Cycles was for four days of cycling that got us close to the food, people and culture of the real Malaysia. Matahari met and exceeded this brief to provide us with an incredible tour packed with innumerable highlights topped by a number of memories that will stay with us for ever.
At 50kms per day we travelled from Penang to Langkawi over four days interspersed with a number of organised and many impromptu moments. Just some of the highlights for us were:
– Meeting the happy, smiling, welcoming and gracious people of Malaysia. With the aid of the wonderful crew from Matahari who have a gift for making everyone we met confident and happy to interact with us.
– The food, oh my goodness the food. A highlight was the four lunches that we had. All meals were authentically local and each introduced us to another aspect of Malay culture. Princilia the “Queen of Cuisine” was able to explain what each dish was and provide insights into the ingredients and cooking methods. Being with Matahari meant that we ventured into eateries and tried food that otherwise we never would have been confident enough to attempt.
– The roadside botany lessons were enlightening. With identification and explanations on culinary and folk medicine provided by Princilia this incredible font of all knowledge who encouraged us to taste, rub and test what was often growing wild on the roadside.
– Riding through the paddy fields and the villages interacting with the locals as we rode was amazing.
– The support team of SJ, Princilia, Sufian and Din Ahmad are incredible and spared no effort to ensure that our needs were met. Their professional and thorough planning ensured a seamless tour as we cycled from Kampung (village) to Kampung. They interpreted our brief perfectly and routed us along quite country lanes and village roads whenever possible. They are all cyclists and their attention to safety with hand signals and verbal prompts ensured we felt at ease on Malaysia’s chaotic roads. At all times we felt perfectly safe in what could be an intimidating environment if tackled on your own. The backup vehicle met us at strategic points with refreshments and drinks which was welcome as the weather was quite warm.
Some of the best highlights were the unprompted and unscripted moments that the Matahari team had an uncanny knack of procuring.
– Being invited into the home of Fakri in Kampung Besar was wonderful. Fakri provided a guided tour of his home and farm and allowed us to harvest some coconuts which he willingly opened for us to drink. He then invited us into his home for drinks, truly a priceless moment.
– Observing multiple weddings as we cycled through the various Kampung.
– Stopping at several schools and interacting with the children.
– Chatting to old ladies in roadside stalls, little boys fishing, farmers tending to their paddy fields.
– Participating at the whispering market where we purchased the seafood for our lunch
– And I have to mention the food again, so many treats so many wonderful dining experiences our taste buds are still in ecstasy.
We requested a taste of the real Malaysia and we certainly feel that was achieved. Enjoyed at a moderate cycling pace which is a very effective way to get close to the people and is not something we could have achieved from a car or tour coach.
Matahari are great to deal with as the boss SJ has an excellent focus on ensuring that his customers are satisfied and their needs are met. Their equipment is top quality and is well maintained. The backup vehicle and support crew are on hand should you need something or even a break from cycling.
We are a reasonably fit and active 50+ couple but we managed the mileage and cycling with relative ease. The weather was warm but the crew ensured we kept well hydrated. The tour represents excellent value as we certainly have gained experiences and memories that you simply could not put a price upon.
If you are seeking a Malaysian experience away from the tourist hot spots and closer to the real Malaysia then we can highly recommend Matahari Cycling as the absolute best choice.

Thank you SJ, Princilia, Sufian and Din and thank you also to the wonderful people of Malaysia

22/05/2016

Thank you for the great experience and the wonderful memories. From planning via the phone to meeting up the Matahari crew at the Penang airport until we so heavy heartedly leave for home from Langkawi. It has been a great 5D4N filled with the greatest of Malaysian hospitality.

The arrangements, support, encouragement and sense of humor is second to none.

The ride may be over but the journey has just begun. Looking forward for the next annual ride for the team and with our new found friends from the Matahari family.

A big thank you again to Matahari Cycle Tours & Travel; Syed Jaafar Ghouse, Princilia Lee, Eddy, Sufian, Din and our cheerleader Lyeana. Your arrangements and support has been superb. Terima kasih!

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