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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple Afternoon Tour. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Lovely tour with Lawrence as our guide he was great and very informative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

I lived in Penang in the late 70's so it was great to be able to see some of the old sites again. However I must say the hi light of this tour was our tour director Phillip, he was outstanding.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Top tour. Excellent guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

We were EXTREMELY happy with this tour! We had Moy (sorry if I butchered your name), and he was a very excellent tour guide. We paid for the group tour but there were only 2 of us. He said the rest were still sleeping (even though it was 2 pm) :). He was very informative, pointing out landmarks and buildings on the way to the Temple and Penang Hill. As we stopped at these places, he always greeted one or 2 locals, which was nice to see. You can tell his friendliness wasn't an act. Also, he was very prepared with 2 umbrellas when he saw the rain clouds come in. Luckily, it didn't rain (just a light drizzle) but still it was nice to see that he took care of his guests. At one point, he chatted up with the train conductor and we actually got to see his switchboard. Pretty neat. Definitely would do another tour with Moy again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Thoroughly enjoyable trip. Helpful and informative guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2013

Our tour Guide was Fantastic, In fact it was the best tour we did while aboard Diamond Princess Cruise and you are to be highly recommended, you are A great company to deal with, it's not the first time I have made a booking through VIATOR and I was not disappointed, simply the best Thank you for making our cruise cheers Michael Hemingway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

This tour was excellent. Pickup from hotel on time. Tour guide was fantastic (also had the same guide for the Island Discovery Tour, and previously last year). He was very knowledgeable, accommodating and humorous. View from the top of Penang Hill was spectacular.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

extremely informative and a pleasant afternoon in penang.laurence was very good guide and explained many things to his group.also did the island discovery with laurence , top marks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

The guide was brilliant, such a nice man and very knowledgeable. The temple was just amazing. We were let down by the weather whilst up Penang Hill but you could appreciate what the views would be like during good weather. Guide also made sure we had the best seats going up and down the hill which was a real plus. I would highly recommend this tour and the guide.

I also did the Island half day tour in the morning. This tour again was really good (amazing scenary) although Snake Temple was a bit of a let down. Despite this the trip is still very much worth doing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2012

Our driver arrived on time and was pleasant, courteous and careful; the car was clean and comfortable. Particularly enjoyed Kek Lok Si. Since our driver was Buddhist he was able to explain everything which really enhanced our enjoyment of the visit. Only negative was that the local company insisted we hand over our entrance tickets. My daughter wanted to keep hers as a souvenir and I had to email the company to confirm that we had both visited the temple so that our driver would not have to pay some 30 RM. I thought this was petty. But, other than that, a very enjoyable afternoon.

Brenda O
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2011

This was an excellent tour, the temple was amazing and the guide was brilliant.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2011

A most enjoyable afternoon. Both driver and guide were excellent.

J C
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2011

great tour, Philip our guide was excellent, and made it very entertaining and answered every question, we done Botanic gardens instead of Penang hill, but guide was very well up to date with everything. Very recomended

David S
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2010

This is an excellent tour - and the guide is very good - he knows all the cultural history and where to take the best photos. Great value.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

Value for money and the trip was enjoyable!

Malcolm B
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2009

A most enjoyable and informative tour. Penang Hill and the funicular railway were very busy, but we had great views of Georgetown and across to Butterworth. Kek Lok Si temple was beautiful. We have seen a lot of temples, but this was by far the biggest and most beautiful. Our guide was very helpful, ensuring we had the best positions on the funicular and showing us the best spots for photographs. Thoroughly recommended.

Esther T
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2009

Really a good day, lots of info given to us.

Esther T
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2009

This was excellent and we had a really good driver who turned out to be an excellent tour guide as well.

Kerri B
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2009

I loved this tour. It was almost like travelling independently with our own personal chauffeur and just someone there to ask questions when needed. You are left on your own to explore the temple for over an hour and the same at Penang Hill. The views are very impressive. If you want to, you can combine this tour with the Penang Island Discovery Morning Tour as the same guide does both one after the other and you can stay on the bus.

Mark V
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2009

Kek Lok Si Temple is amazing. Great views from Penang Hill. Our guide was the best! This tour is a must do when in Penang.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2008

A must tour when in Penang.

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2014

Some confusion initially about when our tour was (we had booked for afternoon but we were reported as no-show for the morning), we had an excellent time. Our guide, Philip, was a local who was very friendly and willing to add in some extra sightseeing when we got through the temple and hill early. We could take our own time, the vehicle was spotless and ran very smoothly, and we had no concerns for our safety despite Penang traffic.

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2014

I have done thhis tour previously and had the same tour guide again - Lawrence, he is a very good tour guide, his knowledge of the sights on the way to the temple and railway are excellent and he shares lots of information with you.

Only downer this time was we didn't go to the top at Kek Lok Si, not sure if it was a time thing or that last time it was only my wife and I on the tour, so unfortunately my son still hasn't been to the top to see the godess of mercy......I would recommend this tour to people visiting Penang for sure...

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2014

This was my fav of the 6 tours that I took with this company. Our guide stayed with our group and pointed out different sites. He made sure that we were in the 1st seats of the 1st car on the trip down. It would not have been as much fun without our guide.

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2014

Great tour with a Pleasant guilde

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