a bicycle is parked next to a body of water: Bike stop overlooking the Wawasan Bridge. Pictures by Loong Wai Ting


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Bike stop overlooking the Wawasan Bridge. Pictures by Loong Wai Ting

YOU may never have set foot in Putrajaya, assuming it’s not worth your time and effort to visit the administrative capital of the country.

But with its sprawling driveways and a superb collection of buildings surrounded by lush greenery, Putrajaya is worth braving the traffic for.

In fact, you’ll be surprised how tourist-friendly it can be. A 40-minute drive from the Kuala Lumpur city centre via the MEX Highway, finding your way in and around Putrajaya is quite easy.

There are a number of ways to see the surroundings and one of them is a combination of land and water – on a bike tour followed by a cruise run by Cruise Tasik Putrajaya. All in two days!

WHEELING ON THE DRIVEWAYS

Bike with Elena is the brainchild of an avid hiker and cyclist, Elena Mei Yun. The not only takes tourists to hidden gems of the city, it also goes as far as Jenjarom, on the outskirts of Selangor, famous for its quiet villages and cheap eats.

From Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, commonly known as Masjid Besi, the city’s second principal mosque (after Masjid Putra), the three-hour tour heads to Putrajaya Millenium Monument, located on a 25-hectare park inPrecinct Two.

Next, the tour cycles along Perdana Putra, the office complex of the Prime Minister, to make a detour to Masjid Putra, located on the right of Perdana Putra.

From Masjid Putra, the tour makes its way back to Masjid Besi to record a distance of 30km.

There are plenty of designated bike lanes and paved walkways, making it a bike-and-pedestrian-friendly city.

Throughout the cycling tour, guests are welcome to take as many stops as they wish. Priced at RM60 per person, it is inclusive of bike rental, a safety helmet and a bottle of water.

CRUISING ON THE LAKE

One of the cool features of Putrajaya Lake is the design of the labyrinth spillway, which helps to regulate the water level in the lake.

Eager to see more of the city from a different perspective, the comfortable air-conditioned boat operated by Cruise Tasik Putrajaya is the best choice.

The 45-minute journey cruises through various sectors of Putrajaya Lake and past banks dotted by magnificent buildings, passing underneath intricately designed bridges.

For fresh air, guests always head up to the upper deck for some fresh air. And they will get better photo opportunities too. Like the iconic Seri Wawasan Bridge which held the world record for the single largest concrete pour during its development stages.

From afar, the bridge looks like a sailboat at full steam. Those coming into Putrajaya will hardly miss the bridge but it’s a different sensation going underneath it.

Apart from the air-conditioned boats, there are also traditional handcrafted perahu (Perahu Dondang Sayang) from Terengganu which can accommodate up to six people.

NOTE: This story was originally written by Loong Wai Ting and published on Oct 2, 2018. Read the full story here.

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