Charming Ride Through the City
Duration: 3 3/4 hours
Tour Code: SBG-001
Ride in and around Sabang in a motorized rickshaw, enjoying a unique perspective of the city’s charms, which include an open-air market, colonial architecture and fine beaches.
After departing from the pier in your rickshaw, known as a “becak,” you will soon arrive in Sabang’s energetic downtown. The city’s commerce has revolved around the quay since the late 19th century, and an abundance of shops still line the streets overlooking the Strait of Malacca. Today, fishing and rattan furniture manufacturing drive the economy.
For a revealing glimpse into daily life, you will have the chance to stroll through the bustling Market Place, a collection of shops and stalls offering garden-fresh produce, seafood and meats. Expect the sounds to be lively, the fragrances mesmerizing and the vendors friendly.
Continuing on under a canopy of shade trees along the main street, you will then pass a series of Art Deco and colonial buildings, including the old Sabang Hospital, which was formerly an exclusive Dutch residence. Another architectural landmark awaits you at nearby Pantai Tapak Gajah beach, where you will see a hilltop fortress that the Japanese built during World War II. Today, you can still see remnants of the concrete bunkers and gun emplacements that were dug into the sides of the cliffs
Next, you will make your way to Sumur Tiga, the “Beach of Three Wells,” where you will have time to enjoy the natural beauty and perhaps swim in the sea. Because of its serenity, gorgeous water and shade from towering palms, Sumur Tiga is one of Sabang’s most popular stretches of sand.
Finally, before returning to the pier, you will stop in the city garden, a tranquil retreat of exotic tropical plants that offers scenic views across the harbor.
Please note: This tour includes just over 2 hours of easy to moderate walking, mainly at the guests’ discretion during the stops. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility challenges. Lightweight, neat, conservative dress (arms and legs should be covered); sun cap; sunglasses with head strap; sunscreen; insect repellant; rain poncho; a bottle of water from the ship; leech-proof socks; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Those wishing to swim should bring a swimsuit and a towel from the ship. Guests who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.