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Penang City Tour

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George Town, Malaysia
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

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.
  • Explore Penang's history and culture on this tour ideal for those short on time
  • Expert local guide ensures you don't miss any highlights
  • Small-group of no more than 15 people ensures a more personal experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included for an added convenience
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Hotel pickup and drop off
English speaking driver and guide
Entrance fees
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from selected beach and city hotels in Penang Island

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Join your expert guide and a small group of fellow travelers on this Penang City Bus & Minivan Tour. Journey through colonial Georgetown, where you’ll pay a stop to the famous Fort Cornwallis. Listen as your guide shares insights and stories about most famous historical remains in the city.

Next, make your way to colorful Little India and eclectic Chinatown before paying a visit to the Royal Selangor, where you’ll see local craftsmen fashioning works from pewter. After marveling at this age-old art, head to Wat Chayamankalaram, where you’ll find the world’s largest reclining Buddha—one of the tour’s most memorable sights!

Your final stop is the Penang State Museum, where your guide will take you through halls of this colonial-ear building and point out artifacts from Malaysia, China and India’s unique past. Choose to return to your hotel, or enjoy shopping at your leisure at Gurney Plaza.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chew Jetty
The largest and most intact of the clan jetties, Chew Jetty consists of 75 elevated houses, several Chinese temples, a community hall and lots of tourist facilities, all linked by elevated wooden walkways. It's a fun place to wander around admiring docked fishing boats while the scent of frying fish wafts across the walkways. There are numerous places to browse souvenirs and nibble snack food.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Khoo Kongsi
One of the clan houses still standing in George Town, the Khoo Kongsi clan house takes on a remarkable resemblance to a mini clan village. It features tall thin columns supporting a gently sloping, red tiled roof, topped with carvings of dragons, phoenixes, mythical animals and various scenes from popular Chinese legends. The clan house also has a grand hall adorned with resplendent and intricate carvings and richly ornamented pillars which are said to have been crafted by master craftsmen from China.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Little India - Penang
Drive through the colorful Little India. Along market street, there are many fashion Indian stores. They sell mostly saree, silk and cotton, almost anything that has the essence of India. Apart from the interesting shops with vibrant colors, there are multiple shops selling delicious Indian culinary.
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Chinatown - Penang
Drive through the bustling Chinatown. Various shop houses, clan houses, restaurants and temples are strewn along the Chinatown streets, offering a wide variety of Chinese goods, cuisine and religious trinkets.
Stop At:  
Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram
Wat Chaiyamangalaram is a Thai temple in George Town and famous for its large gold plated Reclining Buddha, which at 33 meters and is one of the largest in the world. The temple dates back to 1845 and is built on land given to the Thai people by Queen Victoria of Great Britain during their rule of the island.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Coffee Tree
Quick stop at Coffee Tree for sampling of local white coffee. Coffee Tree is one of the pioneer as well as the leading coffee beans and drinks manufacturers in the north Malaysia.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
Stop at Royal Selangor Pewter to appreciate the Malaysian pewter arts.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour & Incentive Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Penang City Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Penang City Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Penang City Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Penang City Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Penang City Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Penang City Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Penang City Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Penang City Tour.

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  • "It is good for no FAQ questions to have more human control." See review
  • "I wouldn't have chosen a private tour, but actually it was very enjoyable." See review
  • "We were so fortunate as there were only two of us in a car, so were able to stop when we wished and see things that otherwise we may have missed." See review

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Penang City Tour
kathyrichm0nd
, Nov 2019
John our driver was excellent. This ended up being a tour just for my husband and me. He gave us lots of info, took us to all the sites. We were really interested in the street art and he took us to see all the art. Five star treatment. Would recommend this tour
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Penang City Tour Review - Oct 2018
Navigate19221398381
, Nov 2018
My tour ended up being a private one because no one else booked during the time slot that I chose. Mr. Philip was my tour guide. He was prompt, accommodating and very knowledgeable about the different places of interest that were included in the tour. As an added bonus (and because I was the only one in his morning tour), Mr. Philip even stopped at several of the more well known and hard to find murals around Georgetown.Towards the end of the tour we passed by a few shops selling pewter, local batik fabric, local chocolates as well as coffee. While I enjoyed the free chocolate and coffee samples I felt like that this part of the tour was really not necessary.Overall, I very much enjoyed my Penang City Tour with Mr. Philip and would recommend to solo travellers as well as those visiting Penang for the first time.
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As another recent reviewer has said...
Martin B
, Apr 2018
As another recent reviewer has said, mine also ended up being a private tour because no-one else had booked for that morning. I wouldn't have chosen a private tour, but actually it was very enjoyable. I also had Philip as my guide. He was great.
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This needed up being s private...
Clive N
, Apr 2018
This needed up being s private tour.our guide Philip was very accomodating, knowledge and very entertaining. Very nice man. We enjoyed our tour and We would recommend it.
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We paid for extra 4 hours tour to...
arieh55
, Feb 2018
We paid for extra 4 hours tour to cover more sites on the island. Our guide/driver spoke excellent English and was very eager to please us.However,it felt uncomfortable when he almost forcefully took us the shops where he expected us to buy thingsit was clear that he has a personal deal with those places.Still, that was the best way to tour Penang when your time is limited.
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The tour was excellent organize and...
Josef B
, Feb 2018
The tour was excellent organize and the guide was perfect. I have only one remark. During the booking my feeling was that I correspond with AI which need more learning. I repeatedly received repetitive messages that were unrelated to the issues of refinement. It is good for no FAQ questions to have more human control. I wish you success in your business. Iossif
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It was a wonderful tour of...
Esther B
, Feb 2018
It was a wonderful tour of Georgetown hitting the highlights with plenty of time to wander and great commentary from my guide John. Thank you.
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We were picked up late from our...
Elizabeth G
, Jan 2018
We were picked up late from our hotel, not a problem, a communication break down somewhere, however Philip our driver was so enthusiastic and apologetic about the delay he more than made up for it in our half day tour of Penang. We covered a lot of the tourist attractions, along with a wonderful, knowledgeable and detailed history of the area and sights. We had a great morning, a few laughs and now know a lot more about the wonderful history of Penang. Well done Philip.
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Everything went like clockwork...
Susan R
, Jan 2018
Everything went like clockwork, right from the booking and confirmation stage, and then the actual trip was very good. We were so fortunate as there were only two of us in a car, so were able to stop when we wished and see things that otherwise we may have missed. The guide was very knowledgeable, knew his history very well, was easy to understand and had great empathy. Our only issue was the pre Christmas traffic. Absolute chaos. The poor guide had to manage this by changing the route and showing us some sights that were not on the itinerary. We were very happy with that and the traffic did not deter us from completing the trip. Well done to our fantastic guide. We did try to book him again, but as a cruise ship was in port were unable to get further bookings.
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Fabulous tour with Lawrence - very...
Sophie S
, Nov 2017
Fabulous tour with Lawrence - very informative and excellent knowledge of local history
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