With its lush rainforests, beach dotted coastline and enchanting islands, Malaysia is a gorgeous and intriguing cycling tour destination. Organized expeditions range from afternoon explorations of tiny islands to full throttle off-road jungle adventures.
Short bike treks in Malaysia often tour the historic and cultural sites of the smaller islands, and a favored destination is enchanting Langkawi, where Dev’s Adventure Tours leads a fascinating half-day excursion along the island’s picturesque country roads. Passing verdant rice paddies, quaint fishing villages, traditional timber houses and ancient forests, guests enjoy magnificent scenery while gaining insight into rural life on this historic island. Intriguing indigenous wildlife abounds, including kingfishers, monitor lizards, water buffaloes and hornbills.
East Coast Ride
For those looking for lots of beach, smooth riding and great food, tour operator Mr. Pumpy offers an excellent ride of 700 km running up the east coast of Malaysia to the Thai border. Lasting a week to 10 days, the tour launches out of Singapore and heads through palm plantations and forested hills until it hits a long stretch of spectacular coastline. Terrain is fairly flat, the road is paved the whole way and overnights are at beachy guest houses. Stops include hippie surfer hangout Cherating, sea turtle sanctuary Rantau Abang and lively Kota Bahru with its super beaches and night market. Breathtaking landscapes encompass coconut groves, wooded valleys and spectacular swathes of ocean vistas.
Malaysian Borneo is a renowned adventure tourism destination, and Grasshopper Tours offers an unforgettable 11-day tour of this jungle paradise. Designed for experienced cyclists and requiring off-road capability and equipment, this incredible journey weaves from Kota Kinabalu up through the northern tip of Borneo and into Sandakan. Venturing into lush, untamed rainforest and through ancient tribal villages, highlights include two nights in Malaysia’s largest wildlife preserve, a tour of the mangrove swamps of the Kinabatagan River and a visit with the orangutans at Sepilok.