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Cycling Nature Ride
The morning sky was surrounding us in a distant haze. The sun and morning haze had started to churn and mix together. There were no words to completely describe what this weather was like for us. The cloudy weather, unceasing drizzles made us catch our breaths.
Peknga (Lempeng Kelapa)
We had the locally made 1. Peknga (Lempeng Kelapa) to feed our hungry stomachs. This coconut pancake is a type of snack by the Malay people. The flour for pancake before being pan-fried is mixed thoroughly with water, salt and coconut milk. In Langkawi, it is often served as breakfast, together with a hot and creamy curry dipping sauce. The aromatic, simple yet fulfilling breakfast like this, despite the weather, was able to stir our cycling enthusiasms.
Kampung Bohor Tempoyak
We did not get affected by the morning downpours, however assembled at 2. Kampung Bohor Tempoyak to get ourselves ready before embarking on a nature-loving ride. The first portion of ride led us to lush green 3. paddy field along Jalan Ulu Melaka. Cycling became easier overlooking the endless view of magnificent paddy field. In the meantime, we could not resist to wallow in the beauty of plantation.
Pokok Kapal Terbang/Daun Serunai (Chromolaena Odorata)
Along the way, we also noticed some wild plants. One of them was 4. Pokok Kapal Terbang / Daun Serunai (Chromolaena odorata). It grows mainly near the coast, dry fields, riverbanks and forests. Not only a normal leaf, it does wonder to humans by treating cut or bitten wounds. The liquid extracted from the leaves can be used to treat stomachache. 5. Shy Plant is undoubtedly not something new to us. This plant grows mostly in undisturbed shady areas, under trees or shrubs. Its compound leaves fold inwards and droop when touched or shaken, defending themselves from harm, and reopen a few minutes later. Playfully, we tried to touch them before moving on our journey.
Tasik Tongkang Keli
Ikan Keli (Catfish)
After an approximate 10km of paddy field ride, we arrived at 6. Tasik Tongkang Keli. A place for us to ride a boat! Yes, we got to ride a swan 7. boat in the lake and feed incredibly large number of catfish. Literally, riding a boat meant we had to manually control and operate the boat in order for it to move forward. The owner of Tasik Tongkang Keli has kept 8. ikan keli (catfish) in the lake. As we hopped onto the boat and fed them with fish pallets, shoals of catfish were formed gobbling up the fish feed around our boat. The experience was entertaining as we excitedly looked at those gluttonous catfishes constantly wolfing.
Aside from that, Tasik Tongkang Keli also provides ATV Ride as well as some other mini games. As we were aware of lunchtime, we continued cycling alongside small kampong roads to a restaurant to settle our lunch. Fueled up, got our bikes ready again for one more evening ride!
All fueled up, and ready to go! Less than 5km of ride, we arrived at 9. Kota Mahsuri, a place acts as a historical complex including Mahsuri’s shrine, traditional houses, a theatre, a diorama museum, some food outlets, gift and souvenir shop. We were reminded beforehand to carefully absorb this legendary tale of Langkawi’s gorgeous lady, Mahsuri. The best known legend living in Langkawi between 1762 and 1800 was the daughter of Pandak Mayah and Cik Alang, who grew up to be a beautiful young woman of marrying age. From the many suitors, Mahsuri was then betrothed to Wan Darus, the younger brother of the village headman Dato Pekerma Jaya.
Soon their idyllic life was disrupted when Wan Darus left to fight against the invading Siamese army. During this time, Mahsuri befriended a young wandering minstrel named Deraman. The village chief’s wife Wan Mahora who was always jealous of Mahsuri’s beauty, accused her of adultery in the absence of her husband. Mahsuri was tied to a tree in the scorching sun for days while awaiting her punishment. She pleaded her innocence, but no one believed her. She was finally sentenced to death. Resigned to her fate, Mahsuri told them to kill her with her father’s keris. When she was stabbed, white blood flowed from the wound proving her innocence. With her last breath, Mahsuri cursed Langkawi with 7 generations of bad luck. Langkawi then experienced a period of tribulations. Now 7 generations have passed and Langkawi had gone through a harsh period before being developed as a tourism destination.
Makam Mahsuri/Mahsuri's Mausoleum
The Mahsuri House
Portrait of Mahsuri
After learning about the incident, we visited 10. Makam Mahsuri / Mahsuri's Mausoleum, the final resting place of Mahsuri. Walking around in Makam Mahsuri, we were amazed by the artistic and classical Malay architecture. One of the several traditional Malay wooden houses was 11. The Mahsuri House and we attempted to picturize the way of living in the olden days. Another one serves as a museum where it showcases 12. a large portrait of Mahsuri, some of her precious jewels and weapon which had been used to execute her. In the compound area, there is the Mahsuri well where it was believed to possess healing properties. If one were to wash face with the water, it would help to retain the youthful look like what it did to Mahsuri. The water from the well was also said to be cool compared to other wells in Langkawi and the water has never dried up.
Mardi Agrotechnology Park
We friskily splashed some water onto our faces hoping to stay young-looking. It was indeed a worthwhile experience paying a visit to the museum. We left the place with new knowledge. From here, we continued our trip for about 5km to 13. Mardi Agrotechnology Park. If eco-tourism is your thing, this is an ideal place for you! Spread over some 35 hectares of land area, this agro park was set up in 1990 and it functions as a center for technology transfer and information dissemination concerning agro-industry. The key attraction is the vast stretching fruit 14. Orchard with sweeping view of the catchment area of Gunung Raya Reserve forests.
After an entire morning of cycling, we were overjoyed at the guided fruit farm tour. A specialized truck with covered roof but open on both side was used to take us around the orchard. Sitting on comfortable seats, we got to admire the breathtaking views around as it moved. In Mardi Agro Park, there are over 20 different types of season and non-seasonal tropical fruit trees in the farmland. Some of the fruits include cempedak, citrus, durian, guava, jackfruit, longan, mango, melon, rambutan, passion fruit, pineapple, watermelon and the list goes on. The happiest moment for us was 15. fruits buffet. We definitely needed these thirst quenchers! The fruits were delicious that we could not stop gulping! Meanwhile, a guide made a grasshopper, bracelet and ring using coconut leaves. However, we paid RM5 for a 16. Coconut and its juice and meat left us flabbergasted. It was fresh and sweet!
Getting our tummies satisfied, the truck took us to a 17. jackfruit farm where a large jackfruit with the shape of a human head hanging on the tree. It has become an attractive picture spot. The jackfruit has been made up with leaves and sunglasses to look like a comical human head. We had a good laugh standing behind it to take a hilarious picture with our head as if being replaced with the jackfruit.
Wax Gourd/Winter Melon
One of the best things about this farm is that all the fruit trees are tagged with scientific names, so you will surely have a great time learning about them. Next on our list was a 18. grape vineyard. Grapes are grown in a cycle and it takes about a year from seedling to fruit. A short distance away was 19. passionfruit and 20. wax gourd/winter melon vineyard. Both fruits have similarities in term of their ways of growing. One of the ideal spots to grow a vine is along a wire fence. They could take 12 to 18 months for a newly planted vine to reach fruiting size. Visiting vineyard meant more fruits to munch on!
Lastly, we called it a day spending our time at 21. Buffalo Park. Opened in 2006, this dairy farm is to promote agro tourism. Located at a remote end of Padang Matsirat amidst lush greenery and rubber estate, the Buffalo Park is nestled in a scenic setting. The far stretching paddy fields and more than 100 water buffaloes, dairy products such as Mozzarella cheese, ice-cream that are freshly made from buffalo milk, milk-feeding baby buffaloes as well as buffalo rides are all activities you should not miss out!
This 32km but manageable and non-strenuous ride was fruitful. It is packed with roadworthy wisdom for all cycling enthusiasts and particularly the nature lovers! Historic tales, captivating landscapes, and picturesque views along the route. It is a trip we could do it again.
Cycling Route - Cycling Nature Ride, Langkawi
This cycling tour package is provided by: Honeyzone Travel & Tours
No. 2, Melati Tanjung Walk, Pantai Chenang, 07000, Langkawi, Kedah Malaysia. Tel: +604 955 7732
- Pulau Langkawi
- Jewel of Kedah
- Kampung Bohor Tempoyak
- Paddy field
- Pokok Kapal Terbang
- Daun Serunai
- Shy Plant
- Tasik Tongkang Keli
- ikan keli
- Mardi Agrotechnology Park
- passion fruit
- wax gourd
- winter melon
- Buffalo Park