Thursday, March 7, 2013

Malaysia Bicycle Tours

If you are not too bothered by tropical hot and humid conditions, then Malaysia can be the perfect destination for a cycling tour. Malaysia is brimming with natural wonders and offers other attractions like a vibrant multi-ethnic population and some of the best tasting cuisine in the world.
As far as cycling conditions are concerned, much of Malaysia is covered by an excellent road network that features flat, paved surfaces lined with verdant oil palm trees (palm oil export is a major revenue earner for the Malaysian economy). Additionally, most Malaysian cities are well equipped with several bike shops that rent as well as offer bicycles rentals and sales along with various cycling accessories. In fact, cycling is a major sport in Malaysia and the country hosts major cycling contests like Le Tour de Langkawi, ACC Track Asia Cup, the Melaka Chief Ministers’ Cup and Jelajah Malaysia periodically.
Several tour companies also offer organized bicycle tours to various regions in Malaysia. These organized bicycle tours aim to include cyclists of all levels and skills, and though a seasoned bicyclist can easily navigate the diverse Malaysian terrain easily, it always helps to have a guide along to help work out the best routes and arrange for accommodation and dining needs along the way. The Malaysia Tourism board on its website offers a listing of experienced tour guides who can help you with your trip.
The west coast of Malaysia, which boasts of a pretty solid road network is especially popular with bicyclists though more adventurous cyclists do venture out to Malaysia’s more rural eastern provinces where routes traverse along smaller, winding roads and jungle territories. The lush wilderness of Borneo with its many natural attractions, the islands of Langkawi, the beachfronts of Penang and the tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands are other favorites with riders.
Recently, cities like Kuala Lumpur have launched their own cycling tourism initiatives like the ‘Kuala Lumpur by cycle’ scheme which offers tourists a chance to explore landmarks like Taman Botani Perdana, Taman Burung and Memorial Tun Abdul Razak astride a bicycle. Under this scheme tourists can rent a bicycle for four hours for RM30. Each additional hour then attracts a charge of RM5 per hour. A group package with a tour guide is priced at RM45 per person.
A bicycling expedition offers a great way to see a country and interact with its peoples, though a bicycle tour in Malaysia also has an additional benefit of keeping you fit, while you gorge on delicious Malaysian eats during your holiday.

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