Cyclists fascinated by Penang

Local tour guide K. Muniesvaran (left) and Christian (yellow t-shirt) with the other cyclists posing for a photo when they stopped for a short rest near the Bukit Mertajam roundabout on Thursday before proceeding to Taiping.

EIGHT German tourists on a cycling tour around Malaysia arrived in Penang and were impressed by what they saw.

Christian Schnack, 32, said the group checked out some of the interesting tourist spots after arriving from Pulau Langkawi.

They pedalled around famous sites including Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple and tried out some of the hawker fare in town.

Schnack, who was in Malaysia for the second time, said it had been a good trip so far and the people were very friendly.

He said his friends were impressed with the multi-cultural setting of Malaysia.

“This is something unique that one cannot find anywhere else.

“Besides, the street food is simple amazing. I like spicy food and I have tasted the local fare such as assam laksa, char kuey teow, curry mee and nasi lemak.

“The food is so delicious,” he said when met at the Bukit Tengah roundabout in Bukit Mertajam recently before the group left for Taiping.

Besides Pulau Langkawi and Penang, other places on their touring list were the Kinta Valley, Cameron Highlands, Kuala Lipis, Fraser’s Hill, Rawang, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Port Dickson, Malacca, Muar and Kluang.

After that, the group will head to Singa-pore.

Schnack said they would return to Malaysia next year, probably with a bigger group of cyclists.

“We hope to get about 14 cyclists next year. It is difficult to handle if the group is too big in numbers.

“I hope that by then, the authorities would have improved the cycling tracks along major roads,” said Schnack, who had cycled in China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Taiwan.

For the Malaysia tour, the group was assisted by local guide K. Muniesvaran.

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