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"
One can still finds pockets of rural sceneries with rolling hills, rice fields, fruits plantations, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, streams and creeks. Driving there from Teluk Bahang on the northeast coast is more picturesque than taking the southeast route.
As the backdrop of Penang island and several places of interests, Balik Pulau is gaining in popularity with both domestic and international tourisms as a must visit destination. The roads are busy during public holidays and school holidays, and the months of July-August durian season.
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