The new Balik Pulau Visitor Centre. Sounds official. It’s even listed on the Penang Tourism website.
A young guy, Eddie, picked us up at the Balik Pulau bus terminal and drove us the mile to Air Putih. Eddie and his two friends opened a bicycle tour shop out of a rented shed at a fruit farm in the middle of nowhere and called it a Visitor Center.
Well, self-proclamation is the first step to entrepreneurship.
Eddie pointed on a map taped to the wall of the shed, and gave us a quick idea of our two hour route through the ‘back of the island’ – Balik Pulau.
Malay kampongs, Chinese villages, tropical fruit farms, rice paddy fields.
Places you tend to forget even exist in Penang when living on the developed side of the island.
We made the trip out to enjoy the last of the tropical fruits as the season comes to an end in August.
And as we biked through peaceful Malay villages, we passed red and yellow rambutan trees weighed down like over decorated Christmas trees
Explore Balik Pulau Visitor Centre
Contact: Mr. Eddie Chew
Open: Monday – Friday: 2pm - 6.30pm, Saturday-Sunday: 12.00pm - 6.30pm Cost: RM20 for two hours
*We wouldn’t recommend this tour for families with children. No helmets or vests or any safety measures are taken, and the busy roads are dangerous.