On the opposite side of the Pearl of the Orient, life takes on a much quieter approach. Balik Pulau does not get the credit it deserves as a place worthy of a visit. Sure, it may not be as developed as George Town and certainly does not exude a similar charm to that of Batu Ferringhi‘s but it makes up for all this with its peacefulness. Life in the city may get a little too stressful at times, and a nice, peaceful road-trip may be just what we all need. That’s right, gather your friends and put on your favorite mixtape because we’re bringing you 10 road-trip worthy things to do in Balik Pulau.
1. Get off the beaten path with Matahari Cycle Tours
The road less traveled often hide the best adventures, and sometimes adventures are best done on two wheels. The team of Matahari Cycle Tours is dedicated to offering you quality cycle tours around Balik Pulau in their Penang Balik Pulau country-side ride. Ride along picturesque trails as you pass by kampung (villages), plantations, paddy fields, and fishing villages. Discover the daily-life of Balik Pulau’s residences while soaking in the fresh morning air. In addition to their country-side ride, Matahari also offers tours to Langkawi and up Mount Jerai. It is simply not about the destination when you ride with Matahari Cycle Tours but the memories made on the journey.
2. Visit Bao Sheng Durian Farm
Visiting a durian farm is surely one of the top things to do in Balik Pulau for every Penangite. Complete with a villa, Bao Sheng offers its visitors a compelling durian tasting experience. Savor the distinctive taste of Malaysia’s king of fruits in their tasting sessions as you learn about durian picking from the experts.
3. Visit Pulau Betong
Pulau Betong is famed for its seafood and there are plenty of restaurants in the vicinity offering delicious meals. Jia Siang Cafe is one of the more popular restaurants in Pulau Betong. The restaurant is usually packed with patrons so be sure to arrive early. Another great alternative is to buy your own seafood from the fish market located right behind the restaurant and have the chefs cook it for you. This is a great experience for those looking for an authentic seafood experience in Penang.
Address: No. 321, MK 7, Pulau Betong, 11020, Balik Pulau, Penang.
Business Hours: 11:30 am to 6:30 pm
Closed on Thursdays
Tel: 6019- 746 8465
4. Visit Saanen Dairy Goat Farm
Animal lovers will enjoy the next entry on this list. Saanen Dairy Goat Farm offers animal lovers a chance to be surrounded by warm and loving animals. This is a family-friendly experience as you will have a chance to feed the goats and watch the milking process. Goat products are also on sale at the farm such as handmade goat’s milk soap, goat’s milk, yogurt, and even delicious ice-cream. At the time of writing, there is no entrance fee charged. In addition to the goats, there are also dogs, chickens, rabbits, an ostrich, and guinea pigs on the farm.
5. Educate Yourself at Ghee Hup Nutmeg Factory
This is more of an educational visit as you will get to learn about the health benefits of nutmeg. The owner is very passionate about nutmegs and will carefully explain the details of processing nutmegs from raw fruits to the final product. Unfortunately, visitors will not be able to see how nutmegs are processed but there are several nutmeg trees in the area for your perusal. Nutmeg products are also on sale at the factory which is a blessing as nothing beats a nice cold nutmeg drink on a hot sunny day.
Address: 202-A Jalan Teluk Bahang, Balik Pulau, Penang Island 11000, Malaysia
Tel: +60 16-433 6303
6. Visit Countryside Stables Penang
Fancy a ride on a pony? That’s right, a trip to countryside stables will be able to fulfill your dreams of riding a horse. This is something to tick off the bucket list as you will get to feed, pat, and ride ponies. Countryside stables make for a perfect day out with the family.
Entrance fee: My Card holders, Adults-RM5, Children- RM3 / Non- My Card holders, Adults- RM15, Children-Rm10
Rides: Adults-RM20, Children- RM17
Address: Lot 10050 Jalan Sungai Burung, Kampong Jalan Baru Balik Pulau
Tel: 012-408 0678
7. Relax & Unwind @ Malihom Retreat
If you’re looking for a place to spend the night at Balik Pulau, then Malihom Retreat is the perfect place for you. Being surrounded by greenery makes this the perfect spot for a weekend getaway with your loved ones. There are 8 barns for you to choose from and each exudes a unique character. Be it sunrise or sunset, your stay at Malihom retreat is bound to be filled with picturesque moments as you reconnect with nature.
8. Kim’s Laksa Balik Pulau
Let’s face it, this list would not be complete without mentioning food. Penangites live and breathe street food, it’s in our blood and frankly, you could say that we live to eat. Hence, visiting Balik Pulau for its famed Asam Laksa is worthy of a mention in this list of things to do in Balik Pulau. One great spot to savor delicious Laksa is at Kim Seng Kopitiam, home of the famous Balik Pulau Asam Laksa. Foodies, this Laksa is not to be missed and should be on your list of food spots in Penang to try out this week.
Address: 20, Jalan Sungai Air Putih, Bandar Baru Air Putih, 11000 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang
Business Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tel: 012-428 6235
9. Dine With a View @ BP Anjung Indah Thai Seafood Restaurant
Dine overlooking the beautiful Penang sea at BP Anjung Indah Thai Seafood Restaurant. This restaurant offers delicious Thai cuisine with a beautiful view for its patrons to admire the sunset while sharing a meal with their loved ones.
Address: 317, Jalan Tun Sardon, 11020 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang
Business Hours: 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Tel: 016-410 7777
10. Take a dip @ Titi Kerawang Waterfall
Just a short walk from Jalan Teluk Bahang lies a hidden gem. If you don’t fancy a dip in the sea then Titi Kerawang Waterfall may the place for you. This is a great place to spend a weekend with the family and your loved ones as you lose yourself in nature.
Address: Air Terjun Titi Kerawang, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Balik Pulau
So, there you have it, 10 road-trip worthy things to do in Balik Pulau. We hope that this list would encourage our readers to spend some time outdoors and plan a road trip to Balik Pulau this weekend. As always if you think we missed out on a couple of your favorite things to do in Balik Pulau then be sure to drop a comment below. Have a great week everyone!
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