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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.

Highlights

  • Penang city sightseeing tour with private guide
  • Enjoy sweeping views on a scenic drive and from Penang Hill by funicular railway
  • Watch batik artisans at work and make a pewter bowl in a hands-on workshop
  • See live pit vipers coiled at the Snake Temple (Temple of the Azure Cloud)
  • View a statue of Guanyin at Kek Lok Si Temple (Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle

What You Can Expect

Private Penang City Sightseeing Tour

Private Penang City Sightseeing Tour

After morning hotel pickup in Penang, travel with your private guide in a climate-controlled vehicle along a famous stretch of the Batu Ferringhi beaches.

Stop at a traditional fishing village, then visit a batik factory. There, watch artisans shape designs from wax and dye to create this classic Malaysian textile art. Then drive by fruit plantations and learn about commonly grown fruits and spices such as clove and nutmeg.

Continue to the famous Snake Temple (aka Temple of the Azure Cloud), which was built in 1850 in memory of a Chinese monk who sheltered jungle snakes. Inside Snake Temple, venomous pit vipers coil around temple altars, the reptiles supposedly made drowsy and harmless by incense smoke, but their venom removed for safety.

Next up, head to one of the largest Chinese Buddhist temple complexes in Southeast Asia, Kek Lok Si Temple. The temple complex contains many pagodas, prayer halls and bell towers built in varying styles—from Chinese to Burmese to Thai. A bronze statue of the goddess of mercy, Guanyin, looks down from the hill above the pagoda.

Your final destination is the funicular railway that ascends Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)—a 2,625-foot (800-meter) peak and Malaysia's oldest hill station. Disembark at the top for sweeping views of the island and mainland. When descending the hill, visit the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre and enjoy a 30-minute lesson about crafting pewter. Learn 19th-century techniques for manipulating the versatile metal into a simple pewter bowl using basic hand tools. 

Your tour includes a stop for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) and ends when your guide returns you to your hotel. Alternatively, you can opt to be dropped off at the Straits Quay Mall for some shopping on your own.

Customer Reviews

sirius

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wasn't obvious where to meet the driver at the port but eventually found our driver Dave amongst the many taxi drivers milling around. With that adventure over, we began our tour. Have to say that in summary, the day was excellent with a wide variety of culture experiences. Our two teenage boys didn't find it as interesting and exciting as my wife and I initially but they too enjoyed the latter half of the tour, which included a behind the scenes experince with pewter, making your own dish.

From the Durien we tried and wont try again to the spices and fishing village experience,and the Batik factory were great culturally.

This tour was done at our pace with a very friendly and local driver in Dave in a comfortable mini bus.

Highly recommend. Can be customised. May have done the butterfly farm on review.

Highly rcommend - ask,for Dave too.

Terry C Thailand

4 star rating: Recommended November 2014

Guide was on time, had a good knowledge of Penang and tour was impecable

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