This ride is design for those looking for a day out of the congestion of Georgetown.

Soak the morning air while we ride along the beautiful trails through “kampungs”, plantations, paddy fields and fishing village. Visiting the local communities and farmlands to witness village life and folks industries just on another side of Penang Island.

Only less then 10kms from the heart of Georgetown, life takes a quieter approach. An absence from a busy city life – Charming Balik Pulau has its own unique characteristics – best discovered only with us on two wheels.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Penang Island
DURATION
3/4 to Full Day
INCLUDED
Lunch Water
Local transportation Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Airfare
Accommodations

 

For bookings less then 48hours;
Please call 019-4480 440 or visit us at Matahari Cycle Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd.

 

Itinerary

  • We ll pick you up from your hotel..
  • Half an hour drive across the island to Balik Pulau.
  • After a quick introduction and safety briefing, we ll start our wheels rolling.
  • Enjoying ride along mangrove swamp, farm lands, paddy fields, water ways. We shall visit small folks industries and fishing village.
  • Expect to return to Georgetown between 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

What To Bring

  • Comfortable Clothing & Shoes, Sunglasses and Sunblock.

Riding Difficulty

  • Easy – anyone who has ridden a bike can fit this ride.
  • Distance – 20 to 30kms
  • REAL BACK ROAD RIDE THROUGH VILLAGES AND FARMS PATHS. A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ROUTE AWAY FROM TOURIST AROUND THIS ISLAND.
  • TOP QUALITY 27 SPEED BIKES WITH HELMETS ARE PROVIDED.
  • FRIENDLY ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE.
  • LOCAL LUNCH, SNACKS AND WATER ARE PROVIDED.
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Tour Reviews

5 based on 77 reviews
19/09/2017

My husband and I joined the countryside day tour from Georgetown. It was a wonderful experience and by far the highlight of our 2 week trip to Malaysia. Being collected from our hotel was great. Our guide Princilia was fantastic, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and relaxed all at once. The local food we enjoyed during the day was abundant and delicious. I am already excited for our next trip with Matahari and wish it was sooner rather than later.

19/09/2017

Above and beyond great!

After being a little underwhelmed by another company’s bike tour, we were craving an experience that included plenty of riding – along with enough stops / interaction for the experience to feel educational. Princilia/Matahari Cycles gave us exactly what we wanted from beginning to end. Myself and my two teenage sons joined a group of 4 others. She is an astute guide – one that makes a brilliant (and seemingly effortless) connection with each of the participates as individuals and also orchestrates a group atmosphere that feels supportive and friendly. She ensured that everyone was safe, yet challenged, and having a good time. Our support guy Dean was always there at each stop with water and a smile – a great addition.

Everything was incredibly professional – and well worth the money. But beyond that – the passion that the business is built on is worth the time. It was a joy from beginning to end. We were inspired by the experience and cannot recommend them enough.

19/09/2017

Superb way to see more of Penang

Penang is known for its street food and street art, but there’s so much more! I love biking as a way to see more of a place, and Matahari delivered such an unforgettably beautiful experience 🙂 Riding through amazing landscapes of mangroves, rice fields, kampungs (hamlets), and having a yummy lunch at the rice field – it was incredible. And not forgetting the super friendly crew who pampered and totally overfed us 🙂 Thanks for sharing your love for your ‘hood. We felt it deeply on this day of sunshine and warm vibes. Highly recommend!

19/09/2017

Amazing journey with Matahari Tours!

I had a great time during my Countryside Tour, it all started when I went to their office in Penang and personally spoke to SJ about my intention to participate on the tour.

Since the beginning, he was extremely nice, caring, and explained extremely well about the tour.

If you like riding a bike (you don’t need to be a pro at all!) and specially want to know a different Malasya, I totally recommend this tour!

Greetings from the first Brazilian on this tour!

19/09/2017

A day out in the countryside and a day to remember, everything taken care of, Balik Pulau Country Side Tour and Twist

Everything is well organized and perfectly taken care of with Matahari Cycle Tours.

From the first email contact, to the actual day of the tour, from the hotel pick up, the transfer to the starting place where the guide is waiting for the group to arrive, the well serviced and perfect condition Mountainbikes, the well planned tour, away from main roads, going through rural areas, rice fields, oil palm plantations, fishing village, goat farm, explaining, showing and smelling local plants along the way, plenty of drink and food on the way, lunch nicely prepared in a hut in the middle of a rice field, a guide who knows how to take care of the different characters in the group and quickly manages to form a group with a “we are together” feeling although people have never met before, different origins and background, as well as different levels of experience with bikes, taking pictures during the ride and sending them to participants, and and and.

We experienced an insight into what is life like in the countryside.

In the afternoon, the group split. While the majority of the group was picked up and transferred back to their hotels, those that booked the “Twist” carried on with a very scenic, but also a bit challenging track into the hills of the south-western part of the island. After descending the hill and enjoying the view, there was more food and drinks waiting, as well as the support truck to pick up the bikes and participants.

Enjoyed the day from the pick up in the morning to the return in the evening. You just need to take care of yourself, everything else is well taken care of by the guys of Matahari (transfers, bike, helmet, drinks, loads of food, plenty of background information).

19/09/2017

Best cycle tour I have done!

SJ and the team made this cycle tour the best that I have ever been on. They were so kind and accommodating. Bikes were a good quality, food was ample, varied and very tasty.

It was a real treat to go off the tourist tracks in Penang and see some local fishing villages, rice fields and lots of other treats on the ride. It was never boring, and generally flat so not too much of a strenuous ride. Only three of us on this tour so it was a really nice intimate experience.

I would definitely recommend it; it is worth the money!

19/09/2017

Ride of your life!

So fun! I did the countryside tour with the twist. We were picked up from our hotels on time, given loads of water throughout the day, shown how to use the gears on our bikes and how to best maximise power/energy. Our guide SJ was so nice and patient and our whole group with mixed abilities was catered for. The tour included stops at a goat farm, fishing village, rice paddy hut- all of which included delicious food for us to enjoy. I originally booked for the twist not knowing it would be terrain, just thinking it would be a hill climb but when SJ explained the twist would involve both terrain and climbing, with some of the roughest terrain being downhill, I sadly decided I wouldn’t do it, not having experience on a mountain bike (as opposed to road biking.) SJ then offered to change the cycling hill climb to hiking! It was SO amazing and I loved every second. The perfect way to end an already spectacular trip- the views from the hill and the destination on the other side were just so incredible and I’m so grateful SJ made it possible for me (and another traveller) to keep going, even if it wasn’t on the bikes.

If you want a physical adventure with cultural components, to see the side of Penang most tourists won’t, and to meet likeminded guides and travellers, definitely book with Matahari! Plus the goats were super cute

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