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Charming Sungai Janggut on Bike

Selangor
Date
23 September, 2017
Duration
4.5 hours
Capacity
1 - 4 travelers
Booking notice
5 days
Standard price
MYR 330.00/Pax
Elena I speak English, Malay, Mandarin
Geared for adventurous wildlife enthusiasts, this 6-hour cycling tour will give you a unique glimpse into traditional life in the Malaysian countryside.

Hidden in the district of Kuala Selangor is an old, rustic fishing village by the name of Sungai Janggut. Due to its peculiar Malay name, which translates to "Bearded River," most people would assume that Sungai Janggut is a traditional Malay village when, in fact, it was originally Hokkien. Today, however, there are sizeable numbers of both Chinese and Malay communities in the area, making it a distinctly Malaysian example of multiculturalism, a living embodiment of cultural tolerance and harmony.

Sungai Janggut is also an idyllic hideaway filled with natural gems that are bound to delight nature-lovers, especially bird-watchers. The vast mangrove swamps beside the small village of Bagan is a magnet for all kinds of birds, being a frequent resting spot for some migratory birds, such as the Burung Botak.

We will be stopping by a vast organic fruit orchard owned by a long-time resident of the village, as well as some traditional, Java-style kampung houses that have withstood the test of time and are still occupied by friendly Malay elderlies. Our final two stops will be the mangrove swamps and quiet, unspoiled beach by the fishing village.

Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • 07:30 AM Meet up at Econsave Kapar
    Summary
    For travelers who are arriving with their own transport, our Local Expert will be meeting you in front of the Econsave, a local supermarket chain store. There will also be a weekly "pasar tani" or farmer's market happening in the morning, a great chance to see a facet of local living upfront.
  • 08:00 AM Rollout!
    Summary
    Before the tour begins, our Local Expert will assemble her bicycles and match it accordingly with you based on your height. She will also brief all participants about road safety, as the group will be cycling on roads with a lot of motor vehicles.
  • 08:15 AM Stop 1: Uncle Khoo's organic orchard
    Summary
    Uncle Khoo is a local resident of Sungai Janggut and an organic fruit farmer. At the age of 88, he still chooses to grow his produce in a painstaking, pesticide-free, natural way. Discover his story during your visit and learn why he believes in growing fruits the way he does.
    - Visit a local grower's organic fruit orchard
  • 09:30 AM Stop 2: Malay kampung houses
    Summary
    Sungai Janggut is dotted with traditional Java-style, Malay kampung houses, many of which were built by hand decades ago and are still standing. You'll have the chance to observe up close the beautiful, weather-worn look of these houses.
    - A traditional, Java-style kampung house in the neighborhood
    - A traditional, Java-style kampung house in the neighborhood
  • 11:15 AM Stop 3: Jetty and beach
    Summary
    Our third stop will be the jetty beside the mangrove swamps, where you can view local fishermen in their beautiful boats go about their daily lives. We'll also be stopping here for lunch at a local container-turned-restaurant to enjoy a fresh seafood-filled lunch.
    - Jetty at Sungai Janggut
  • 12:00 PM Lunch & end tour
Activity
Calorie Burner
Rural Escape
Wildlife Explorer
Transportation during tour
Bicycle
Extra conditions
Flexible plan
Physical Strength Required
Children friendly

Others

  • Travel notes
    Some information that we'll be needing from you before the tour would include: your height, food allergies, or any other medical conditions that may inhibit your cycling experience.

    Depending on the group size, the rider’s abilities, weather conditions, and rider's preferences, the duration of the tour may exceed the time stated, in which case we may not be able to visit all the highlights.

    For those who need to be picked up, the pickup time will be anytime from 6.30 am to 7 am in front of the KL City Gallery. Please inform us beforehand if you require us to arrange this for you.
  • Safety notices
    As we are cycling on the road with other vehicles, it is very important that you observe and obey traffic rules to the best of your ability. Please follow our instructions at all times during the tour.

    Before cycling, make sure that your tires and brakes are in order and are comfortable for you. When cycling, do not make any sudden stops on the road, as you might crash into the passengers. When making a turn, always make sure to give a hand signal to oncoming cars from both sides of the road. If you're not sure how to do this, please ask us — we're more than happy to show you how. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to overtake other cyclists when you're on the road, especially when there are other motor vehicles trailing behind you.

    Your safety comes first, at all times during the tour. If at any moment you find yourself physically unable to continue with the tour, either due to an injury or personal medical conditions, please inform us at once.
  • Outfit Recommendations
    Proper attire is an absolute must. We strongly recommend wearing proper shoes for cycling, preferably running shoes of some sort or light trekking shoes. For maximum comfort, we recommend that you wear moisture-wicking clothing (i.e. clothing that will quickly dry your sweat).

    This might go without saying, but please avoid wearing jeans, or any kind of heavy clothing that will inhibit your movement while cycling. Not only would it be uncomfortable for you, it could also be dangerous. A bicycle helmet will be provided for all participants, though you are more than welcome to bring your own. We do not provide ankle, knee, or elbow guards.

    Malaysia has a tropical weather: do bring a water container (500-1500ml), a face towel, a cap, sunscreen, and sunglasses with you.

    If you wish to carry some items with you while you're cycling, we suggest bringing a smaller bag or pouch with you and leave the rest of your belongings in the car. Sling bags are discouraged.
1 Review
July 2017
Cycling in Sungai Janggut was quite a tiring experience, but it was totally worth it! I got to explore the local heritage and nice kampung scenery along the way. And Elena was such a fun person to follow! Her tour is perfect for the sporty traveller who wants to literally venture off the beaten track.
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