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clock-o4 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Half-day guided tour of Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple
  • Take the funicular railway to the summit of Penang Hill by
  • Enjoy sweeping views of Georgetown, Butterworth and mainland Malaysia from Penang Hill
  • Explore Southeast Asia's largest Buddhist temple, Kek Lok Si
  • Admire the towering statue of Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy
  • Snap photos of the tortoise-filled waters at the Pond of Longevity
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off
Meet your friendly and professional driver and guide at your hotel or cruise port and embark on this Peang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple afternoon tour, where you’ll learn about the history, traditions and practices of this incredible land.

Head off to Georgetown Station where you’ll experience the thrill of riding the Penang Hill Railway. This funicular train climbs to the nation’s oldest hill station and offers incredible views along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, birds and other wildlife on the 20-minute ride. 

Once you’ve taken in the epic panoramic views from atop Penang Hill—some 2,695 feet (821 meters) about the city—continue your adventure to Kek Lok Si. Known as the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, this impressive destination ranks tops among Southeast Asia’s most iconic temples. Stationed near Penang Hill and carved into the side of Air Itam, the seven-tiered architectural masterpiece showcases features from Thai, Chinese and Burmese cultures. 

Follow your guide through the temple complex, where you’ll see the bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy standing some 99 feet (30 meters) tall and the Pond of Longevity, where hundreds of turtles live. Your guide will explain how these hard-shelled amphibians represent strength and endurance in local culture.

Your tour concludes with a return trip to your hotel or cruise port in air-conditioned comfort.

Reviews

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s
, Jul 2018

some walking but very good tour of Penang. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

M
, May 2018

The Penang Hill portion of this tour was really superb. Got a change to take the funicular, which is a spectacular climb, and wander around the hilltop by electric cart. Our guide knew how to maneuver us into the right part of the car, so we could get some good photos on the way up. He also showed us around the hotel up there, which is neat and made us wish we'd booked a night's stay. The temperature on the hilltop was nice as well--it was great to be cool for a change!
The Kek Lok Si portion could use some work. Much of the temple is under construction, and there were many places at the top where we were not permitted to go. The turtle pond was nice, but our time at the temple was short and it kind of felt like an add-on. Our guide told us that the lights at night were spectacular perhaps that should be part of the tour?
Our guide was pleasant, informative, and spoke excellent English, He finished up the tour by driving us through the historic district on the way back to our hotel, and provided an informative running commentary about the various buildings we saw. All in all, a good day and worth the money. Thanks!

S
, Apr 2018

Good tour with a knowledgeable guide. Had some time to at the top to explore Penang Hill on our own. The air conditioning in the tour van could have been better.

P
, Feb 2018

Guide was excellent. Schedule worked well. The sites on this trip were extraordinary. On the hill, I even had some extra time to take tea and scones at the restaurant built into a beautiful British colonial building.

c
, Feb 2018

Excellent tour, just my husband and I, was picked up by our lovely guide from our cruise terminal and had a one to one tour of the city and the temple.On the penang hill railway he even made sure we had the best view as we traveled up the hill, would highly recommend afternoon tea in the gardens of the old colonial tea rooms.

J
, Dec 2017

This presentation was only slightly better than a high school play.
Whatever the ad says about this do not expect food nor pickup from hotel.

G
, Oct 2017

Excellent tour with very informative guide. He went out of his way to explain the sights seen along the way driving to and from and between the 2 main sites

V
, Sep 2017

Lawrence, our guide, was very knowledgeable in his craft. He knew which part of the Penang Hill would be best, upward and downward, and the good spots to take photos from. I am really impressed! He was also well-versed with explaining to us the backgrounds of the Temple. Again, he made a difference in this tour!

S
, Jul 2017

I was the only person on this tour not a bit deal, I've done many other tours that I have also been the only person, but generally that has enhanced the tour. The bus was not air-conditioned and Malaysia was experiencing an extreme heatwave and my driver/guide, although very nice was not really informative or knowledgeable about the history or any other aspect. It was kind of like having asked a taxi drive to take me around, where he just pointed at things and would indicate if it was a temple etc, they type of things I generally could figure out myself. He stayed downstairs and had a snooze on the plastic chair while I climbed the Kek Lok Si temple to be fair it WAS very hot and chatted to his friend on the cable car.
The best part of the tour to be honest, was when the driver talked to me about his life and family on the way home, at which time I think we were both feeling considerable relief that is was nearly over.
I chose this tour because it got such rave reviews and I suspect that perhaps the regular tour driver/guide was ill and I got a fill in, because there is simply no way this tour matches up with what I'd read online. It's the only explanation really. My guide though nice was clearly bored and desperate for it to be over and couldn't be described as informative by even the most generous person.

m
, Jul 2017

Excellent tour of Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely recommend this tour


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