The city of Georgetown is known for its colonial heritage and old-world architecture, but travelers to this Penang destination will find a unique mix of Indian, Chinese and Muslim cultures along its European streets. Call to prayer rings out daily and tasty dim sum stalls start selling their tasty snacks as the sun rises.

Some 600,000 people call the city of Georgetown home and travelers to this bustling center will find restaurants, shops and temples tucked among traditional colonial-style buildings, like the Municipal Council of Pulau Pinang Hall. While visitors would certainly do well to wander the streets, architecture along Armenian Street and the typical items in Little India are worth a visit. Fort Cornwallis, with its historical galleries and restored grounds is an ideal stop for history lovers and Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple proves one of the city’s most iconic religious structures.

Practical Info

Georgetown is the capital of Penang and located on the west coast of Malaysia. Because it’s the state’s transportation hub, travelers will find plenty of options for getting in and out of Penang. Ferries to and from Butterworth can be found at the Raja Tun Uda terminal. Boats to Langkawi and Pulau Payar leave from Swettenham Pier. Most of the town shuts down from Saturday afternoon through Sunday, so those looking to really experience the place should make a visit during the week. 

Tours & Tickets

See all

7-Day Best of Malaysia: Cameron Highlands, Penang, Kota Bharu and Terengganu Tour Round-Trip from Kuala Lumpur

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

See the best of Malaysia on a 7-day coach tour, traveling round-trip from Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy accommodations at popular resorts in five fantastic locations — ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights

From USD $872.96

Penang City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Penang has perhaps the largest and well preserved colonial-era old town, with excellent examples of Chinese clan houses, colonial homes, public buildings and ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.00

Penang Island Discovery Morning Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 61 Reviews

Explore Penang the 'Pearl of the Orient' from its sandy shores to the quaint countryside. Visit a traditional Batik Factory, Snake Temple, International ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.66

Eat Like A Local: Penang Night Street Food Tour

Brown-sugar biscuits. Spiced pork rolls. Fresh guava. Taste these Malaysian treats and more on this private 3.5-hour tour of Penang’s best street food. In the ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3.5 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.40
$66.00 Save $6.60

Best Private Georgetown Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Take a scenic drive by private car through historical Georgetown, the capital city of Penang, now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this private ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.73

3-Night Cameron Highlands and Penang Tour from Kuala Lumpur

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Experience the highlights of Malaysia on a 3-night coach tour from Kuala Lumpur to Penang! Overnight stays include luxury accommodation at the Strawberry Park ...  Read more

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $500.93

Penang Night Tour from Georgetown with Malacca Strait Ferry Ride

3 star rating: Worth doing 16 Reviews

Soak up the dynamic atmosphere of historical Georgetown and watch the Penang capital come to life in a blaze of light at night. With a local guide, savor ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.32

Private Tour: Penang Georgetown Heritage Tour

George Town, listed by UNESCO as a world heritage city with its diversified arts & cultures, it is definitely a place not to miss! Visit to the world ...  Read more

Location: George Town, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00

See all

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message