Matahari Cycle Tours & Travel

Matahari Cycle Tours & Travel

Matahari Cycle Tours & Travel
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Bike ToursSightseeing ToursDay Trips
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
It has been eleven years, adventurous travellers and authentic experience seekers like you, have joined our tours to for the real-life and pure Malaysian experience. We started off with one simple tour across Balik Pulau countryside, from which have led thousands of visitors on other countless original designed routes which feature the most unique local experiences. Join the finest cycling outings which present the real-life in the countryside with an opportunity to get up close to friendly local folks, animal, birds and wildlife encounter, exquisite local food and delicacies to delight your tastebuds. Oh! yes, we still offer the classic original Balik Pulau countryside tour.
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Travellers' Choice
2023

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jim
Dumbarton, UK2 contributions
Highly recommend this tour. The team are very professional and passionate about their local heritage. We saw and learned a lot about this part of Penang and its traditions. Bikes and helmets were excellent. Route was flat and not challenging with well timed breaks. A great way to spend a morning!
Written 24 February 2024
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JudyandLorenzo
Burnaby, Canada66 contributions
We had A great day discovering new things on our bike ride. The bikes were well maintained and water was replenished throughout our tour. The two hosts were very personable and passionate about their island and they showed us many interesting things: how palm oil was harvested, a nutmeg tasting, a coffee break at a small shop, a stop to eat ice cream ( fabulous) a township walking tour. We experienced a wedding as we paused before our final stop to have a nice lunch of noodle soup and fruit . We rode 21 kilometers through the rural streets, a jungle pathway and through fishing hamlets. We saw monkeys, birds and wildlife in the river as well as some cows grazing along the pathways. Although fatigued from the long day, heat and exhilaration we can wholeheartedly recommend the Matahari cycling tour. We are over 60 years old and physically fit. We were permitted to set the pace. The pick up time was scheduled the day before and was very punctual for the pick up time. Along the ride Priscilla took photos, which we are eager to see soon. We felt we got to know about them personally and concur with their enthusiasm for the beautiful island they live on.
Written 17 February 2024
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Colin W
Barnsley, UK151 contributions
From start to finish the tour was extremely well organised. Principal and SJ were great hosts. Nothing was too much trouble. They were passionate about their country and gave us a good insight into the rural life. Would strongly recommend
Written 14 February 2024
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Mirte P
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
I went on the Balik Pulau cycle tour yesterday and I HIGHLY recommend it. It was great to be out in the countryside and Priscilla and SJ were amazing hosts and guides. I felt in good hands the whole time.

The excellent bikes made riding a real pleasure and it was a great way to visit some small towns and see some beautiful nature that I couldn’t have visited on my own. The ride is accessible for anyone who is in average shape; there are frequent stops and having lunch in a rice paddy was lovely.

To give an indication of the excellent hospitality: I had mentioned I was interested in nutmeg. At the first stop, SJ showed me a nutmeg tree and got some nuts out. At the next stop, he told us more about nutmeg production & colonial history re nutmeg, and we tasted the fruit around the nut. We also got some nuts to take home. And at the lunch stop, SJ gave us some fresh nutmeg juice (!) to drink - everybody loved it.

I thought it was incredible that they went out of their way to attend to my interests. I highly recommend the experience.
Written 13 February 2024
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Reinold d
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Family
The guides were fantastic, they knew a lot of their region en learned us a lot about the history, village lives, en curious facts about for example fruits and plants.
Next time we do the day-tour!
Written 9 February 2024
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Louis C
3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
I rented a bicycle from Matahari Cycles recently to tour around Penang/Perak regions myself for a week - what an experience! SJ and Princila were so helpful throughout, providing me with a route for my trip, contacts to meet along the way and anything that would help make my trip easier (high vis, lights, etc). SJ was always contactable and available to answer any questions I had with I was so grateful for. The bike was in great condition also which was particularly important given the length of my journeys. The price to rent the bike was more than fair given the level of local knowledge and guidance I was given.

The route I took was from Penang > Ban Pecah > Taiping > Selama > Penang

Kent (contact provided by SJ) looked after me so well in Ban Pecah and Selama - he brought me on an ATV trip, to waterfalls, to eat mountain shrimp, trying a ton of local food, a concert, white water rafting, as well as a sing along! The accommodations were very comfortable and ideal for my stays. Thank you Kent for everything!

In Taiping, SJ put me in touch with Zam and Ah Boy at ATV adventures. I stayed in there Bus Accommodation for 2 nights which was such a unique and cool stay! I also did the offroad ATV adventure here which was great fun. Zam and the guys took me for lunch and dinner while I was there too which was great! SJ also provided me with a cycling route to Port Weld, stopping at museums, seafood restaurants, charcoal and boot making factories, underground tunnels, temples! It was endless!

The best part of the whole trip was meeting all of the local Malaysian people, learning their culture and trying their delicious local good! SJ and Matahari Cycles made this all possible with there Self Cycle Adventure and I cannot thank them enough for that! Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible!
Written 8 February 2024
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cheryl s
north olmsted1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Solo
Fantastic bike tour exploring Balik Pulau. Easy transfer pick up and return from bike tour from your location. Well maintained equipment bike, helmet, proper fitting, and instruction prior to tour. Cycled through the country side, Frequent stops to learn about the culture along the way. Saw much wildlife, agriculture, Chinese Temple, fishing village, palm tree plantation, fish farms, sugar cane and rice fields. Lots of little surprises and treats along the way. Coffee, lite breakfast, lunch were provided, all traditional foods and delicious! Well taken care of plenty of cold bottled water. Highly recommend this special tour, much more then the bike, enjoyed!
Written 8 February 2024
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Wendy K
Aberlady, UK8 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Excellent cycle tour on great bikes with wonderful guides. Cycle through beautiful countryside and small rural villages
Written 1 February 2024
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Hen58
Retford, UK38 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Firstly this is a licensed company with excellently maintained bikes and they supplied helmets unlike some of the cycle tours we passed. If you are booking a tour firstly check they are licensed. This is the second tour we’ve taken with Matahari cycles and this one,Tour 1.1 Balik Pulau Countryside Experience (The Classic) was brilliant. Princilia and SJ are real Professionals. The cycles we used were good quality Giant mountain bikes and we were supplied with helmets and water. They made sure everyone knew about using their bikes before they started. The cycle ride was about 35km of fairly flat terrain through a variety of villages and habitats including lowlands, mangroves, rice fields and palm oil plantations.
Princilia took the time to explain and give real insights into the local way of life, she’s committed to supporting local industry and passionate about rural life. We recommended this tour to our daughters and to friends who both thoroughly enjoyed it. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them and you can book directly with them.
Written 27 January 2024
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Robert S
Greater London, UK10 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had a wonderful tour with Matahari. The guides Princilia and SJ were absolutely amazing. We learned so much on the trip and really managed to capture the real Malaysia. Everything about this tour was professionally done, fully licensed and insured too for peace of mind.
We would certainly go again when we re-visit Penang .
Written 26 January 2024
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