We took the classic Balik Palau Countryside tour (1.1) and loved it! Definitely a highlight of our trip to Penang and probably our favorite experience overall. SJ and Princilia are Malaysian national treasures; the time and effort they have spent creating and curating this experience deserves praise and recognition. They have developed relationships with local communities and their clients reap the benefits; we learned more about the people of Malaysia in one day with these guys than all the other tourist activities combined…and had a great time doing it!
They both were fun and showed each of the members of our tour such kindness. I cannot recommend this company enough. If you plan to go to Penang, this is a must-do activity! They made sure everyone in our group was taken care of and had fun, no matter the fitness level and aptitude for biking.
Lastly, not only is this company a great experience for those visiting Penang, but it’s good for the people of Penang. Princilia has a love for the common folks of Malaysia and it shows in the ethics and composure with which she and SJ conduct the tours.
If we ever make it back to Penang, I won’t hesitate to take another tour with them. Matahari is an awesome business and I hope others can learn to emulate their model.