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8 Awesome Things to Do in Balik Pulau, Penang

Penang is a lively city, often packed with tourists. On the opposite side of the Pearl of the Orient, life takes on a slower pace and quieter approach. If you are looking for a more laid-back place and want to get closer to untouched nature, head to Balik Pulau.

Literally translates as ‘the back of the island’, Balik Pulau is an underrated destination and does not get the credit it deserves. This hidden gem is blanketed by lush greenery, vast paddy fields and rolling hills – the perfect getaway from the city life.

This is a list of awesome, fun-filled activities you must do in Balik Pulau, Penang. Let’s check them out.



Sunset Cycling by Paddy Fields

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Balik Pulau is famous for its agricultural activities, so you must not miss the chance to go for a refreshing tour of the paddy fields. The best way to explore the vast stretches of paddy fields is by cycling! Gear up and admire the picturesque scene of lush greeneries during sunset while cycling around the place. This is exactly the laidback charm of Balik Pulau that makes you feel at peace.

Are you ready to go? Get your bicycle rental here.

Address: 145, MK B U-1, Jalan Sungai Rusa, 11010 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang
Contact: +6016-452 2100
Opening Hours: Daily, 8.00 am – 6.00 pm



Guided Cycling Tour

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Are you up for an adventure to discover the hidden part of Balik Pulau? Unravel the southwest area of Penang Island, with a guided tour by a professional. Pass by the paddy fields and vegetable farms as you learn more about the history of Balik Pulau. While you are at it, the locals will bring you to visit the riverbanks and see up close how fishermen bring their catch of the day.

Book your tour here and immerse yourself in the countryside scenery.

Audi Dream Farm

Address: 145, MK B U-1, Jalan Sungai Rusa, 11010 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang
Contact: +6016-452 2100
Opening Hours: Daily, 8.00 am – 6.00 pm



Garden Cooking

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For foodie, your journey in learning Malaysia’s local culinary from its roots starts here – right in Penang! The Tropical Spice Garden in Balik Pulau is not just a garden full of unseen spices, but it is also a place for you to learn the art of cooking with spices. Expert home-cooks will share with you their treasured family recipes, so you can prepare your own special meal right in the garden!

Partake in the hands-on garden cooking class and book your spot here.

Tropical Spice Garden

Address: Lot 595, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Contact: +6012-423 6797

Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Friday – Sunday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm



ATV Tour

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If you are an adrenaline-junkie, this thrilling activity is for you. Experience the beautiful views of Balik Pulau in an extraordinary way – ATV ride! Brace yourself for a 10 km ATV ride that covers the vast paddy fields, mangrove forest and beach terrain at Balik Pulau. Throughout the ride, you will be guided by a well-trained field marshal to venture off-road.

Unleash your adventurous spirit and book your ATV eco-tour here.

Address: 298, Mukim 1, Kampung Perlis, 11000 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang
Contact: +6013-480 3866
Opening Hours: Daily, 9.00 am – 6.00 pm



Indulge in Durian Feast

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Visiting a durian farm is surely one of the must-do things in Balik Pulau. A home to delectable durians, there are several orchards that open for public and offers its visitors a compelling durian tasting experience. Savour in the distinctive taste of Malaysia’s king of fruits as you learn about durian from the experts. Not really a fan of durian? Worry not; there are other tropical fruits like jackfruit, duku, langsat and ciku that you can indulge in.

Bao Sheng Durian Farm

Address: 150, Mukim 2, Sungai Pinang, 11000 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang
Contact: +6012-411 0600



Meet and Greet New Farm Friends

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Balik Pulau’s diversity is not only limited to fruits. Meet and greet your new farm friends at Saanen Dairy Goat Farm. It offers a chance to be surrounded by animals as you can feed the goats and watch the milking process. Goat products are also available for purchase at the farm, such as handmade goat’s milk soap, goat’s milk, and yogurt.

Saanen Dairy Goat Farm

Address: 298, Mukim 1, Sungai Pinang, 11010 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang
Contact: +6019-516 3017
Opening Hours: Daily, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm



Explore Pulau Betong

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Further south into Balik Pulau is a fishing village known as Pulau Betong. It is famed for its seafood and there are plenty of restaurants that offer a wide variety of scrumptious fresh seafood. Apart from that, you can also have a quick stop at the fish market located in the area and buy your own fresh seafood. Then, you can ask nearby restaurants to cook it for you.

Address: Pulau Betong, Kampung Bakar Kapur, 11000 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang



Have a Relaxing Stroll at Pasir Panjang Beach

A trip to Balik Pulau is incomplete without tucking your feet into beach sand. Pasir Panjang Beach is located at the end of Pulau Betong. This beach is clearly off the beaten path as not many tourists know about this place, which makes it more serene and calming. You can swim in the pristine water, have a picnic, or go for a relaxing stroll while admiring the tranquil ocean.

Address: Jalan Pulau Betong, 11000 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang



The next time you’re thinking about a vacation in Penang, why not give Balik Pulau a shot? These fun-packed activities surely will make your trip to Balik Pulau a memorable one. For more amazing experiences in Penang and beyond, check out KKday now!



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