Located at the southwest of Penang Island, Balik Pulau literally means ‘the back of the island’. Coined as Penang’s least developed and greenest area, everything here seems to move in slow motion with quieter approach – a perfect escape from the bustling city.
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. Get off the beaten path and unravel the charm of Penang’s countryside.
Here are two recommended itineraries, so you choose whichever suits your 1-day trip to Balik Pulau. Let’s go!
Saanen Goat Farm > Bao Sheng Durian Farm > Pak Mid Mee Rebus & Pasembur > Sunset Cycling Tour
Saanen Goat Farm
Balik Pulau’s diversity is not only limited to greeneries and forest. 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 tame 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.
Address: 298, Mukim 1, Sungai Pinang, 11010 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang
Contact: +6019-516 3017
Opening Hours: Daily, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Bao Sheng Durian Farm
Visiting a durian farm is surely one of the must-do things in Balik Pulau. Home to delectable durians, there are several orchards that are open for the public and offer their visitors an unforgettable durian tasting experience.
Savour in the distinctive taste of Malaysia’s king of fruits as you learn about durian from the experts at Bao Sheng Durian Farm. Not really a fan of durian? Worry not; there are other tropical fruits like jackfruit, duku, langsat, and ciku that you can indulge in.
Address: 150, Mukim 2, Sungai Pinang, 11000 Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang
Contact: +6012-411 0600
Pak Mid Mee Rebus & Pasembur
One of Penang’s most popular signature dishes, pasembur can be found almost anywhere on the island but one of the best is right here in Balik Pulau. It is a Malaysian salad consisting of shredded cucumber, potatoes, fried tofu, bean sprouts, prawn fritters, and a variety of fried seafood that you can choose. It is served with a sweet and spicy nut sauce.
Address: P239, Jalan Balik Pulau, 11000 Balik Pulau
Contact: +6016-405 5866
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11.00 am – 6.30 pm (Closed on Sunday)
Sunset Cycling Tour
Balik Pulau is famous for its agriculture 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 – the perfect ending for your trip to Balik Pulau.
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
ATV Eco Tour > Mee Ketam Pondok Upeh > Pulau Betong > Pasir Panjang Beach
ATV Eco Tour
If you are an adrenaline-junkie, this thrilling activity is for you. Experience the beautiful views of Balik Pulau in an extraordinary way – an ATV ride! Brace yourself for a 10 km ATV ride that covers the vast paddy fields, mangrove forest, and beach terrain at Balik Pulau. Venture off-road during the ride as you will be guided by a well-trained field marshal throughout the journey.
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
Mee Ketam Pondok Upeh
Balik Pulau is famed for its fresh seafood, so don’t miss out on the chance to try mee ketam or crab noodles while you are here. Mee Ketam Pondok Upeh serves a tantalizing dish that consists of chewy egg noodles, drizzled with rich and flavourful red gravy made from fresh crab. In fact, you will get a whole crab on your noodles! If you want to make it fancier, add on some fresh squids and prawns.
Address: 836, Mukim 6, Pondok Upeh, 11000 Balik Pulau
Contact: +6011-657 8763
Opening Hours: Daily, 12.00 pm – 10.00 pm
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
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
So, which one of the two itineraries makes your heart skip a beat? Make the most out of your trip to Balik Pulau by mix and match any of it! For more amazing experiences in Penang and beyond, check out KKday now!