Penang Suggested Itineraries

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Once known as Betel Nut Island, Penang has been a melting pot of traders and artisans since the British East India Company discovered the charms of this spice island back in 1786. A Malaysian state, Penang is on the north-west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, on the Malaccan Strait. The capital George Town is so unique it’s been made a World Heritage site. From straits architecture to food and shopping, our three-day itinerary shows there’s plenty to discover in Penang.

Day 1: Penang Temples

Buddhist temples, Christian churches, Hindu temples and mosques – Penang’s multicultural history is evident at every turn. The largest Buddhist complex of temples and pagodas in Southeast Asia is Kek Lok Si , while one of the world’s largest reclining Buddhas stretches out at the Thai Wat Chayamankalaram. A standing Buddha peers over the Burmese Dharmmikarama Temple nearby. Chinese traditions are preserved at Khoo Kongsi, and Kapitan Keling Mosque rubs shoulders with St George’s Anglican Church and the Sri Mariamman Hindu temple.

Day 2: Eat Street

Malaysian hawker food is a highlight of any visit to Penang. To discover the traditions of Nyonya (or Peranakan) cuisine, start with a spicy bowl of assam laksa soup, choosing from tangy tamarind or creamy coconut milk. A blend of Chinese ingredients and Malay spices, Nyonya cuisine features lemongrass, kaffir lime, shallots, rice and galangal. Char koay teow noodles are a popular street dish, wok-frying seafood and chicken, and hokkien mee combines noodles and prawns with memorable results. For the best choice, head to the Gurney Drive Hawker Center or Chew Jetty floating market.

Day 3: Marine Park Snorkel

Pulau Payar Marine Park protects the waters surrounding Peninsular Malaysia’s west coast, for perfect snorkeling in pristine conditions. Catch a speedy catamaran from Penang to dive into waters thronged with parrotfish and damselfish swimming amongst the coral. You can hire jet skis and canoes on Penang’s beaches, from Tanjung Bungah to Teluk Bahang, or take an offshore excursion to the white-sand Monkey Beach for fun, sea and sand.

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A Taste of Penang: Small Group Food Tour

Experience a world of Asian flavors on this 3-hour culinary walking tour in Penang. Visit local coffee shops, spice markets and food vendors with your guide. Admire stalls bursting with fresh fruit, seafood and vegetables, and sample delicious local delicacies such as prawn fritters and rice cooked in coconut milk. Listen as your guide sheds light on Penang’s street-food culture and visit the city’s oldest Indian Muslim restaurant. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 people on this small-group tour, to ensure a personalized experience with your guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$56.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Penang City Tour

Penang is a city that’s as rich in history as it is in culture, tradition and diversity. This city tour highlights all of the best—from colonial-era homes, to private mansions, famous museums and stunning temples. Follow an expert local guide through the famed Little India and Chinatown, wander the halls at Penang Museum and learn about the art of pewtersmithing at the Royal Selangor. Finish your tour at Wat Chayamankalaram, where you’ll be amazed by the giant reclining Buddha.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$28.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Penang National Park Half-Day Trek

Discover the wild landscape of Penang National Park, observing exotic wildlife and stopping to swim at gorgeous tropical beaches, during this 4-hour adventure. Take a hike along the park’s lush rainforest trails, keeping your eyes peeled for monkeys, monitor lizards and tropical birds. Then cool off in the turquoise waters of Telok Tukun Beach before heading to the sublime sands of Monkey Beach, where you’ll enjoy a box lunch before taking a boat back. This Penang National Park visit also includes round-trip transport from your hotel, bottled water and a guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Eat Like A Local: Penang Street Food Tour

Indulge your taste buds and eat like a local on this 3.5-hour street food tour in Penang. Step off the beaten track and mingle with the locals buying fresh snacks from food hawkers. Stop at four or five food carts with your guide and sample some of the tasty treats Malaysians love. Perhaps taste brown-sugar biscuits, spiced pork rolls or fresh guava, and gain insight into the herbs and spices used. Learn of the diverse Chinese and Indian influences Malaysian street food embraces, and sip refreshing tropical fruit juices.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple Afternoon Tour

Experience the best of Penang on this half-day hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple afternoon tour. Ride the Penang Hill Railway to gain access to scenic views and tour the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Follow your expert guide through the Kek Lok Si Temple and gain insight and understanding into the history and traditions of Penang’s landmarks. Enjoy the ease of round-trip hotel transportation to and from your Penang hotel or the cruise port as part of this popular excursion.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$54.00 USD
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Penang Island Discovery Morning Tour

Experience the beauty of the “Pearl of the Orient” on this Penang Island Discovery Morning Tour. Venture to the sandy shores and picturesque countryside as you make your way through some of the area’s most incredible sites. Visit a traditional batik factory, wander through the grounds of the famous Snake Temple, see handmade wonders at a local jewelry factory and interact with locals at Malay Kampung—an old-school Malaysian village. This four-hour morning tour hits all the highlights and insures you’ll leave Penang having seen the best of the best.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Pulau Payar Marine Park Snorkeling Tour from Penang

Explore the colorful underwater world of the Pulau Payar Marine Park on this great day trip from Penang. Spend the day snorkeling and swimming, plus enjoy a scenic ferry ride between Penang and Pulau Payar. All equipment, a savory buffet lunch of Dominican fare, and round-trip transport from your hotel is included in this fantastic tour!
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$130.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Orang Utan Island and Taiping from Penang

Get an up close look at the endangered orangutan on this incredible private tour of Orangutan Island, Taiping Zoo and Perak Museum from Penang. Experience some of the area’s most stunning natural highlights and learn more about local wildlife from your professional guide. You’ll walk through the Taiping Lake Gardens and wander the halls of Perak Museum, plus enjoy the air-conditioned comfort and convenience of your own private vehicle.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$81.25 USD
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Private Penang City Sightseeing Tour

Experience a taste of all that Penang has to offer on a grand tour of the island with a private guide. Travel in comfort by private vehicle to Penang’s top attractions, including Kek Lok Si Temple, Snake Temple, the funicular railway on Penang Hill and the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. You'll learn about Malaysian arts including pewter-making and batik, stop at a traditional fishing village and fruit plantation, and see Buddhist temples and other architectural gems, all while enjoying informative commentary from your expert guide.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$88.72 USD
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Monkey Beach Excursion including BBQ Lunch from Penang

Escape the urban landscapes and make your way to sandy shores on this Monkey Beach excursion including BBQ lunch from Penang. You’ll enjoy a quick boat ride over calm and clear waters to an uninhabited Malaysian island for a day of sun, sand and ultimate relaxation. Choose to fish, trek through the jungle or just lounge on the beach before tucking into a delicious BBQ lunch cooked on the beach.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$86.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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ESCAPE Adventureplay Theme Park Entrance Ticket with One-Way Transport

Get some fresh air and enjoy a fun-filled day of outdoor activities on this 9-hour trip to ESCAPE Adventureplay Theme Park, an award-winning eco-theme park near Penang. This full-day admission pass grants guests of all ages the chance to frolic among this unique park's range of 16 kid-friendly attractions. Zoom through the trees on the rope swing, fly through a ravine on a zipline, slide downhill in a tubby tube or grab a toy in the on-site playroom. Whatever your child's age or ability level there's a fun activity waiting to be explored. This excursion to ESCAPE also includes one-way transport by minivan from Penang.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$52.50 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Penang International Airport Plaza Premium Lounge

Kick back and relax before your flight with this access pass to the Airport Plaza Premium Lounge at Penang International Airport. No matter whether you're traveling near or far, this lounge offers the perfect combination of luxurious amenities. In addition to comfortable seating areas, you'll also have access to shower facilities, periodicals and magazines, complimentary buffet, drinks and high-speed Wi-Fi and global TV networks. Choose from one of three different time lengths to suit your needs.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$35.20 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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4-Day Penang Heritage Tour with Malaysian Cooking Class

Uncover Penang’s rich colonial heritage with a 4-day tour of UNESCO-listed Georgetown, including accommodation and hotel pick-up. Ride a trishaw around Georgetown’s colonial center; explore the vibrant shops and street food stalls of Little India and Chinatown; and admire architectural wonders like Khoo Kongsi, Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Fort Corwallis. Finally, discover the fragrant spices and unique Chinese and Peranakan influences of Malaysian cuisine with a cooking class at the Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School. This small-group tour is limited to six people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Experience Penang: Learn How to Make Malaysian Handicrafts

Indulge your creative side as you discover traditional Malaysian handicrafts and craft your own unique souvenirs on this family-friendly 4-hour tour. Enjoy a pewter-making workshop at the Royal Selangor Pewter Shop, where you’ll create a hand-made dish to take home. Then, discover the art of batik and let your imagination run wild as you experiment with colors and patterns to design a handkerchief.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Museums Tour: Pinaon Time Tunnel, Camera Museum and Made in Penang Interactive Museum

Combine three of Penang’s most unique museums into one great-value 3-hour tour and enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide. Walk through 400 years of Penang history at the Pinaon Time Tunnel, then be inspired at the Camera Museum, as you trace the history of photography from 19th-century antique cameras to modern-day digital models. Finally, get hands-on at the Penang Interactive Museum, where you can browse the fun Diorama gallery and have your photo taken with 3D recreations of city landmarks.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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