A day trip to Balik Pulau is a must if there is time to spare when visiting Penang, Malaysia. It is still a sleeping hollow of Penang island in comparison to the northeast part of the island. "Balik Pulau" is a Malay word meaning at the back of the island simply because it is located behind a hilly range. "Balik" means "back". "Pulau" means "island"
What would you do in Penang for 3 days and 2 nights? I was recently asked to design a travel program for a group of friends who were visiting Penang for a class reunion. Their requirements were fairly simple. Most of them have not been to Penang for years. They just want to get together. Catch up and have fun. Sounds simple. But it was not. Not knowing their likes and dislikes, it would be a challenge.
After a day tour with Enjoy Bagan Tour visiting Chauk provincial market, historic Salay's museum, Mount Popa and a sunset boat cruise, I was wondering if we will be ready for our 20 km cycling tour through dirt path inside Bagan Archaeological Zone the next morning, on the first day of new year 2017.
I have planned this trip for almost a year. It is one of my most anticipated trip as Myanmar opened its door to tourism not too long ago, with tourists slowly coming in since 2009 and becoming more popular in recent years.
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