Tour code: 5772PENTO1
Explore colonial history and heritage in Penang’s ancient capital city on this private 4-hour sightseeing tour in Georgetown. Take a scenic drive through downtown Georgetown with your private guide and admire the UNESCO–listed colonial architecture you find. Explore Fort Cornwallis’ mighty perimeter and learn of Captain Francis Light’s first landing in the 18th century. Admire ancient antiques and historic treasures from Penang's colorful past at Penang State Museum. Head into the bustling Chinatown and Little India districts by trishaw, and visit the Chinese clan house of Khoo Kongsi. 

Highlights

  • 4-hour private Georgetown sightseeing tour
  • View colonial buildings in historical Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Fort Cornwallis and the Penang State Museum
  • Ride a trishaw from the heart of Georgetown to Little India
  • Stop at Khoo Kongsi, a famous Chinese clan house in Penang’s Chinatown
  • Hear fascinating commentary about Penang’s culture from your private guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included

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What You Can Expect

Private Georgetown Sightseeing Tour

Private Georgetown Sightseeing Tour

Your private guide will pick you up at your Penang hotel and take you to the capital city, Georgetown. Enjoy a drive through the historical downtown, whose colonial buildings were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll visit several prominent sites on your private half-day tour with commentary from your professional guide.

Stop at Fort Cornwallis, which once belonged to the English East India Company, and learn about the first landing of Captain Francis Light in 1786. Take a 10-minute walk with your guide along the fort’s perimeter, protected by 10-foot (3-meter) high walls. Exploring the fort’s interior, you’ll see original, century-old structures like the chapel, prison cells, munitions storage, bronze canons and flagstaff.

Next, visit the Penang State Museum, built in 1821. The displays here showcase a fine collection of antiques as well as other historical relics that highlight Penang's cultural heritage. Meander through several galleries to see the collection of old photographs, maps, historical documents, Chinese furniture, embroidery and clothing.

Afterward, enjoy an authentic trishaw ride through the heart of Georgetown. You’ll be fascinated by its charming colonial architecture as well as the modern skyscrapers of bustling Chinatown and all the color of Little India.

During your ride, stop at one of the most magnificent clan houses, Khoo Kongsi — part of a closely-knit network of Chinese clan associations established in Malaysia since the mid-19th century. The traditional building, nestled amid a crowd of terrace houses and shops, features intricate carvings and woodwork bearing the mark of master craftsmen from China.

Your private tour ends with return transport to your Penang hotel.

Customer Reviews

Robert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

We spend a wonderful day. Places to visit were great. Thank you and next time.

Guy A

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

The guide just sokind and knowledgeable... Having a guide it is allowed you to visit and much more than by yoiurself. I recommend to everybody...

Pamela H

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2016

We were in port for the day from a cruise ship. It happened to be January 1st so there was lots of local activities. The streets were crowded with local parades, etc. and some of the sites to visit were closed. Our guide did her best to drive through the streets and show us what little we could see in the time we had considering the slow movement and crowds. It was hot!! Not a great day. I did not get a good impression of Penang and will not return. I can't blame our guide though. She did her best.

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