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George Town
George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts a unique mix of cultures. The beating heart of Penang, George Town offers visitors a heady combination of world-class street food, colorful colonial architecture, and street art. This historic enclave, which can be explored entirely on foot, is also famous for its novelty museums.
 
The Basics
Rather than navigate George Town’s maze-like streets alone, get your bearings by joining an introductory walking or bike tour. Guided tours usually cover Fort Cornwallis, Little India, and the Clan Jetties. Food-focused tours are also popular with first-time visitors who enjoy sampling Penang’s renowned street food representing a variety of Asian and European cultures. An evening food tour offers the chance to try the widest variety of food stalls.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • A must-visit for culture vultures and history lovers.
  • Be mindful when exploring George Town on foot, as sidewalks can be slippery, especially after rain.
  • Uneven surfaces make some parts of George Town difficult to access in a wheelchair.
  • Bring an umbrella: unexpected downpours are common throughout the year.
 
How to Get There
To get from Penang International Airport to  George Town takes about 30 minutes by car, depending on the traffic. If you’re staying in George Town, you can reach most attractions on foot or using a taxi mobile app. To avoid having to worry about navigating or taking public transport, explore with a guided tour.
 
When to Get There
In northern Malaysia, the dry season runs between August and November. During this time, rainfall decreases and temperatures are cooler, making it the best time to explore on foot. George Town provides a plethora of activities during both day and night, but Love Lane area is especially lively with music and street stalls after dusk.
 
The Best Museums in Penang
In stark contrast to its austere colonial heritage, Penang boasts several novelty museums that promise hilarious photos and provide a great way to escape a sudden downpour. Favorites include the Upside Down Museums, where you can take mind-bending photographs that make you appear to be standing upside down, and the Ghost Museum, which comes with family-friendly scares.
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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Ghost Tour - George Town Penang

Join our Ghost Host on a Tour of some of the most haunted locations in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Learn about the history of the location and hear true stories of murder, suicide, hangings, hauntings, ghosts and the paranormal.The locations we visit have had reports of sightings and strange phenomena.
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Literary, Art & Music Tours

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Penang Living Heritage Experience - Rattan Weaving

Sim (The Rattan Weaver) will teach you how to make a variety of different products with rattan in his historic family shop. You will get a feel for his daily life and rhythm, all while creating your own works to bring home.
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Penang Tour Georgetowns Hidden Gems via Bicycle

Many visitors to George Town, Penang’s most bustling and vibrant city, prefer taking in the sights while getting around by bike. This 3-hour cycle tour takes travelers to all of the city’s best attractions and is perfect for anyone looking for a more interesting alternative to a regular tour bus.
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  • 3 hours
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Day Trips

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Malaysia - Tour through Penang the Pearl of the Orient

Explore the local streets of Penang with your private guide. See some of the hidden gems of the city and try some delicious local food.• Penang• City highlight tour• 7 hours• Car• Private tour.Only you and Deffrey ChuahIncluding:Private guide•Driver•A/C Car•1 non alcoholic drinks
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Malaysia - Bargain Like a Malaysian at Flea Market

Try your hand at bargaining like a local in a popular Malaysian Flea Market, you will get to see an amazing rage of stalls and products and learn about local culture and customs.• George Town• Off the beaten track tours• 3 hours• Walking tour• Private tour.Only you and Intan
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  • 3 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Discovering the Nature Gem of Penang - The River Trail

There is another side of Penang that often go unnoticed, slowly unfurling with its pristine natural charm. Located at Seberang Perai, Tasek Gelugor on mainland Penang is filled with mangrove trees, fishing villages and river wildlife. Over the past few years, it has been marked for transformation into an agrotourism destination. Discovering the River Trail programmed is a not to be missed highlight of your trip to Penang!
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Cultural Tours

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Penang Heritage Experience Walking Tour

To experience the bus ride and ride to the Heritage Trails of the early cultures in Malaysia – an insight into Malaysia’s multi- cultural society.
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Day Trips

Penang City & Temple Tour With Penang Hill(Fast Lane)

Even if you have only a short time in Penang, soak up the key sights in just half a day on this action-packed door-to-door tour. Ride the funicular to the peak of Penang Hill; explore the streets of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site; watch pewter craftsmen; taste white coffee; and check off religious monuments from Kek Lok Si Temple to Wat Chaiyamangkalaram and Dhammikarama Burmese Temple.
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Penang City & Temple Tour Including Penang Hill Tickets (Fast Lane)

Explore the Penang city which is rich in history as it is in culture, tradition and diversity by Penang City Tour. Visit Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, Streets of George Town - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then proceed to Penang Hill and visit Kek Lok Si Temple, Guan Yin.- Harmonious temple bestowed with gifts from Chinese emperors- Picturesque funicular train ride to the top of Penang Hill- Spectacular views of Georgetown & roundtrip transportation- Relaxing environment at 2,700 feet (833 m) above sea level- Chance to view the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

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Penang: "Free and Easy" Full-Day Adventures

This tour is a flexible free and easy tour for 8 hours meaning you can customize your own tour in Penang from ship or hotel. You choose some 5-9 attractions to go from the list in "tour details" and dictate how much time to spend at each attraction. Either you may indulge in details in the attractions, or kind of "touch and go" or you simply snap pictures from the exterior without going in, you call the shot. If heat is a concern, go into more indoor attraction or go up the hill. If mobility is your concern, then go for a round island tour with the comfort of air-conditioned car. If you like shopping then your American dollars are stretch 4 X versus Ringgit Malaysia as everything is a bargain. If you do not have a clue where to go or to do, no problem, let our learned tour guide choose it for you. The tour guide cum driver, will accompany you into all attractions and give commentary on the go. You will be surprised what Penang has to offer.
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Cultural Tours

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Kuala Lumpur Travel Tour !Penang Island (Day Trip Tour)

Discover Malay, Chinese, Nyonya, and Indian cultures in the same day on a private 14-hour tour to Penang. With a well-rounded itinerary, air-conditioned transportation, and a delicious Malaysian lunch included, you get to skip the headache of planning. Tour highlights include the Snake Temple, Fort Cornwallis, and Kek Lok Si Temple. Your adventure concludes with a panoramic tour of the vibrant UNESCO listed George Town.
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Cultural Tours

Penang Full Day Tour including Penang Hill(Fast Lane) with Lunch

Experience the sights and sounds of Penang in one day on a 6-hour guided tour. The well-rounded itinerary is perfect for travelers who want to get an overview of the vibrant Malaysian city, but don’t want to fuss over taxis, public transit, and limiting guide books. Thanks to all-inclusive transportation from your hotel, you're able to comfortably visit the reclining Buddha, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, Penang Hill, and more.
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Full-day Tours

Penang: Mystical Temples and Nature Full-Day Wonders

Discover the culture, history, and natural beauty of Penang in a single day on a private 8-hour tour. Perfect for families and friend groups who can’t agree on what to do, the full-day excursion offers something for everyone. Historical highlights include Kek Lok Si Monastery, Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and the UNESCO listed city center. Take in the city's greenery at Penang Hill and the Botanical Garden.
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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

Penang: George Town City Half-Day Attractions

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of George Town on a private 4-hour tour. Highlights include visits to the Reclining Buddha, Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and Clan Jetty. You also enjoy a driving tour through vibrant Little India where Christians, Taoists, Hindus, and Muslims live in harmony. The comprehensive snapshot of the multicultural town is a great opportunity to orient yourself to the area for future exploring.
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Cultural Tours

Penang Island 4 Hours City Tour

Penang is considered the jewel in Malaysia’s crown, due to its culture-rich mix of food and history. Even if you’ve only got limited time in the city, see the best of Penang on a half-day tour that’s designed especially for first-time visitors on a time budget. You’ll explore the vibrant Little India and Chinatown, and delve deeper into the city’s history at Penang State Museum. Plus, a small group limited to eight ensures you receive personalized attention from a guide.
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Day Trips

Historical Penang Day Tour With Lunch

Delve deeper into the diverse cultural heritage of Penang than you would if exploring alone on an introductory tour. Rather than struggling to navigate unfamiliar roads on foot or by car, you’ll travel between dispersed sights in air-conditioned comfort and benefit from the insider knowledge of your guide, who reveals information that you won’t find in the guide books.
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

Half Day Penang City Tour From Penang Island (4 Hours)

Explore George Town highlights on a half-day tour combining historic sites with temples and colorful neighborhoods, with an optional visit to the Penang Time Tunnel 3D museum. Traveling in a climate-controlled vehicle means you’ll stay cool and comfortable while ticking off a long list of destinations that include Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, Fort Cornwallis, Little India, Chew Jetty, and more, finishing the day with a taste of Penang's classic white coffee.
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Cultural Tours

Penang Night Tour with Trishaw Ride & Dinner

It's said that Penang comes alive after the sun goes down. Experience the city in its illuminated splendor during a 5-hour night tour. Relax as your driver takes you through the UNESCO listed George Town, followed by a walk down Armenian Street. Then, enjoy a thrilling trishaw ride down the city’s bustling streets. After getting a good look at the city’s colorful sights by night, enjoy dinner at an Indian or Chinese restaurant.
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  • 4 hours
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Penang Night Tour Deluxe Package including Trishaw Ride & The Top Komtar

When the sun goes down, Penang  is a boisterous and active place. The Penang Night Tour is a great way to experience the island’s best-known after-dark attractions. Start out the evening with a visit to Esplanade or Fort Cornwallis (photo stop only) and  bypass Georgetown Little India, Streets of Racial Harmony, visit the Clan Jetties, stroll through Armenian Street (wall art)and also  short Trishaw Ride. Then make a visit to The Top, Komtar.
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  • 5 hours
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Day Trips

Penang Nature Tour including Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Botanical Garden

On the surface, Penang appears as a historical city but if you look deeper, you’ll find a whole host of natural wonders. Spend the day discovering the best of Penang’s nature during a tour that covers Penang Hill (Flagstaff Hill), Batu Ferringhi Beach, and Kek Lok Si Temple, and provides an easy way for first-time visitors to orient themselves. Plus, hotel pickup and drop-off mean that you don’t have to worry about finding a meeting point.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Cultural Tours

Penang City Tour with Fort Cornwallis Admission Tickets

There’s such a rich variety of things to see in Penang that it’d be hard to see it all without the help of a local guide. This convenient city tour will take you to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, colonial-era heritage buildings, temples, and more. Enjoy a fun-filled overview tour of Penang that’s great for first-time visitors, or those who want to learn more about Malaysian history and culture.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Half Day Penang City Tour With Time Tunnel 3D Museum From Penang Island-5 Hours

Explore George Town’s top attractions on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup on Penang Island, visit landmarks like Wat Chaiyamangalaram temple, enjoy a scenic drive through George Town’s historic, UNESCO-designated streets, visit Penang’s 3D history museum, learn about George Town’s multicultural history from an informative local guide, and sample delicious complimentary tea.
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  • 5 hours
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Penang Full Day Tour

Explore the Penang city which is  rich in history as it is in culture, tradition and diversity. Visit the many historical buildings and temples such as Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple. After that, take a scenic drive through the streets of George Town - UNESCO World Heritage Site and witness the remnant left by the British and local dwellers of the past. After that visit Batu Feringghi Beach and also Botanical Garden.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Cultural Tours

Penang Night Tour including Trishaw Ride & Dinner

Explore Penang when temperatures are cooler and crowds are dispersed on an evening tour by trishaw. A great way to orient yourself in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgetown, this tour means that you’ll benefit from the insider knowledge of your guide as you visit places that you may otherwise have missed out on. Included round-trip hotel transfers and make for a seamless experience.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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