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Penang  -  Balik Pulau Country Side Attractions

Balik pulau is famous for durians in penang "Balik Pulau", literally means the other side of the island when translated in Malay language. The place is located on higher ground levels surrounded by hills, bordered by the coastline on the western side. When going on a round island trip, watch out for road signs which will lead you to this part of Penang , famous among durians lovers.

There are 3 accessible roads which can get you to Balik Pulau, through Batu Ferringhi from the North, Teluk Kumbar from the South, and Relau from the central region. This is a a self-sufficient agricultural district well known for supply of durians, nutmeg, clove and fruit orchard. Oral stories relate that the early settlers were political refugees from northern peninsular state, Thailand and Indonesia. World War II Japanese occupation in George Town drove many Chinese residents to take refuge in Balik Pulau. The town has slowly prospered in recent years, but still retains its old charm and traditional lifestyle among senior citizens.


A 10,000-step walking track has been set up in the Kampung Titi Teras village in Balik Pulau. The 8km track is a walking trail is open to  the public and tourist visitors.


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Many types of pickled tropical fruits and durian cake are sold in the market place near the public bus terminal.  Should also try a bowl of 'laksa' noodle soup from one of the traditional coffee shops or food court.


Sightseeing In Balik Pulau  

The living environment in Balik Pulau is considerably relaxing and also recommended for bicycle tour explorations as the region is surrounded by lush green hills. It is very convenient to visit Balik Pulau by public bus transport. Visitors can either go on a walking tour around the old town, or go leisurely on a bus tour to see typical Malay villages and their lifestyle. ( Refer bus route table below )





Penang Public Bus Transport Tips - Rapid Penang Bus Company

Penang Ferry (Pengkalan Weld) at Weld Quay (Jetty) in GeorgeTown is the main station for all public buses.             

Bus Route No. Routes And Destinations
U 401 From Pengkalan Weld (Jetty) - Prangin Mall - Jelutong - Bayan Lepas - Balik Pulau Terminal
401 E From Pengkalan Weld (Jetty) - Express Highway - Bayan Lepas - Balik Pulau Terminal
T 403 ;  T404 From Balik Pulau Terminal to various village regions within Balik Pulau district.
T 501 From  Balik Pulau Terminal - Tropical Fruit Farm - Penang Butterfly Farm - Teluk Bahang (North)
U 502 From KOMTAR - Air Itam - Jln Paya Terubong - Balik Pulau Terminal - Balik Pulau Town

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