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Our guide was smart, polite and very friendly, happy to answer any questions. Really looked forward to the railway trip to Penang Hill but hated being packed in like sardines. Felt very claustrophobic and couldn't see the view as we ascended or descended, which was disappointing. Very enjoyable and made more so by the guide's input.
The train ride was amazing. The hills had a panoramic 360 degree view of George town. The temple was located in a foothill of dirty market. Seemed not to be a tourist attraction in comparison to Thai and Burmese Buddhist temple we visited in Penang.
Enjoyed the tour. Unfortunately, we were expecting to also visit the Penang Botanical Gardens on this tour as was mentioned in the tour description ("Stroll through the beautiful Penang Botanical Gardens"). Our tour guide said it wasn't part of this tour. Viator should update their website if this is the case!
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Worth the money,met some lovely people. Fenicular was great try and get the front carriage. Take plenty of water.
I enjoyed the tour although it was shorter than I had expected at 2hours15mins. Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si were both worth the visit and the guide was well informed.
Our tour was confirmed for hotel pick up @ 2PM but no one turned up !!!! After some upsetting, stressful time and many phone calls we were finally sent a (private) bus and driver/guide @ 4PM. :o) There were 2 highlights listed on the tour that we did not get to see at all : #1-Stroll through the beautiful Penang Botanical Gardens with the free roaming monkeys. #2- See hundreds of tortoises at the "Pond of Longevity"
Apart from all that, Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si were beautiful. Wish we had more time there instead of rushing through.
Good tour but too bad the penang hill part wasnt included due to works on the funicular train.
Well this Penang Hill tour that was booked was actually closed till Nov 2010 but I was still able to book it on the website. I didn't find out it was closed until the day we were geting picked up. They didn't show up. Then the hotel rang the company and they were an hour late, only to let us know that the attraction is being renovated! We were still taken to the temple and the botanical gardens, the gardens are a waste of time all you see is a park, a tram and a few monkeys. The temple is a must see. Make sure you cover your shoulders for the temple tour and allow the whole day to walk the temple, make sure you wear good shoes, I walked nearly 10KM - it's huge!!
Misleading as there was no Penang Hill tour. Kek Lo Si Temple tour was refreshing and a nice walk at the Botanical Gardens
It is actually quite disappointing. First, we were only able to go to one section of the the Kek Lok Si . The other section had a sign that said it is closed. Our Penang Hill was replaced by the Botanica Garden which I would rate it as average. The guide was more of a driver than a guide. He does not provide us with any information of the places even during the drive. He just simply drop us at the place and said this is it and we see you at xxx time. I had the impression we are having a guide not a driver??
Hotel pick-up on time. Tour guide was very good. The temple is certainly worth a visit and enough time provided here for a good look around. We knew that Penang Hill was closed for renovations and so were aware of the Botanic Gardens substitution. Unfortunately this was a waste - run down, poorly tended. The tram ride option at an extra, though nominal, cost only serves to highlight the Garden's poor condition. Although not stated in the intenerary, we also stopped at a CoffeeTea Honey operation outlet. Really little more than a sales opportunity, product is pricey and is not going to get through Australian customs anyway. But, tastings offered were an appreciated refreshment on a hot afternoon!
Good tour but not enough time to to see Kek Lok Si or Penang Hill. Kek Lok Si needs at least twice the time, not the hour provided since only mounting to the temple takes a lot of time. Same for the Penang Hill, a good part of time on the top of this hill spent to wait for the cable car otherwise you might not find a place in it.
It didn't feel like we were on a tour per se, it was more like we'd hired someone to drive us to the places and then we did our own thing once there. The sites were both worth visiting, though. Maybe the botanical gardens can be added to the tour to make it more interesting.
KAI LEUNG T
Penang Hill Tour, not many good views on the peak deserving sightseeing, and the Kek Lok Si Temple isn't the biggest one in E. Asia as the tour guide said. The trams running to the other end every 30 minutes were just wasting the travellers' time.
Contrary to the advice on your website, the railway is closed until March. We only chose this trip for the railway. The Botanical Gardens was not a satisfactory substitute.
Of the many tours I have been on in different cities, this was the most disappointing. For reasons I still don't understand, I was picked up by a private driver and driven many miles to a resort hotel to wait for the coach which, when it arrived, was completely full. I was basically driven all the way back to where I'd been picked up to join the tour! I left this tour half way through as there was so much downtime and wasted time--not due to the company itself but due to the crowds and queues for the train trip. Being one in a group of more than 40 is no way to see a new city.
It was crowded with very low class people. The management was very bad. They put people more than the allowed capacity.