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Private Half Day Penang Tasty Local Street Food Tour

1. Private Half Day Penang Tasty Local Street Food Tour

This 4-hour tour will start from your hotel lobby at your chosen time slot of 9:00AM or 2:30PM. Meet and greet your professional English-speaking driver or guide and start your tour in a clean air-conditioned vehicle. Explore the back lanes of Penang off the beaten track, where you’ll make four or five stops to taste delightful snacks, drinks, and desserts. Along the way, listen to your foodie guide describe the street-food phenomenon in Penang. Infused with a variety of spices, Malaysian food showcases Malay, Chinese, and Indian flavors. Try traditional fritters such as prawn, tofu or yam; bite into Penang lobak, a spiced deep-fried pork roll; slurp signature noodles; and sample delicious seafood among other savory snacks. When it’s time for dessert, sink your teeth into a sweet Indian pancake called an apom — deliciously crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Or, try a bite-sized kuih, a traditional sweet treat made of sticky glutinous rice. Other delectables available are heow piah (brown-sugar biscuits), coconut tarts and a variety of tropical fruits: jackfruit, assorted guava, coconut, dragon fruit, rambutan, and mangosteen. Drink it all down with a local favorite, choosing from a variety of non-alcoholic options including lime juice with sour plum, nutmeg juice, Chinese herbal tea, grass jelly, chrysanthemum, winter melon, fresh calamansi lime juice with plain or rose syrup, and more.

FullDay Pulau Penang Exploration with English Speaking Guide

2. FullDay Pulau Penang Exploration with English Speaking Guide

The Batik factory, for starters, is a highlight of this Full Day Penang tour (SIC). Meet a professional local batik painter working at one of the island's first batik factories. Aside from Durian, Original Nutmeg juice is a hallmark of Penang fruit. Then, at Saanen Dairy Goat Farm, sample exquisite handcrafted goat's milk produced by a friendly Penang local family. Not only that, but tour four significant religious buildings in Malaysia that stand strongly on the same street line, as well as a display of more than 50 amazing murals of Old Penang Street Art. Then, Visit Floating Village on stills above the water, Clan of Jetties of Chinese settlement since 19th century and enjoy a visit at The Top Komtar, Rainbow Skywalk offers fabulous seamless views of Georgetown and incredible sunset spots.

Private Penang City Tour with Kek Lok Si Temple

3. Private Penang City Tour with Kek Lok Si Temple

Your tour begins with pickup from your hotel at Georgetown on time. Meet and greet your friendly driver at the hotel lobby and proceed for your tour. Your driver will pick you up from your respective hotel then you will head out to visit Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, and the streets of George Town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After that, you will visit Kek Lok Si Temple. Built in 1891 as a small shrine, it has since expanded to become one of the most majestic and largest temples in South-East Asia. Since its founding in 1930, the “Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas” is considered one of Penang’s most beautiful architectural wonders as it is able to incorporate 3 cultures into one structure – with its Chinese octagonal base, Thai middle tier, and Burmese Crown. A 30.2m Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) bronze statue was erected in 2002 on the highest point of the temple. It can be reached via an Inclined lift at the middle. On the way, you will stop for some free sampling of Penang’s famous White Coffee/Tea at Coffee Tree.

Malaysia: eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

4. Malaysia: eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Malaysia hassle-free with a convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Malaysia and other countries. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Upgrade to coverage in 8 Countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, South Korea. All iPhone models launched after iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after installing this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): internet Malaysia: Celcom/Digi The rest of the countries will be available in the voucher info in your GetYourGuide app after purchase.

Private Tour: Top Seven Wonders Of Penang Exploration Tour

5. Private Tour: Top Seven Wonders Of Penang Exploration Tour

Begin your tour after a 9:00am pickup by visiting Clan jetty, a small floating village filled with souvenir shops and food stores. Move on to Kuan Yin, Penang’s oldest temple, built in 1728 by early immigrant settlers from China. Head to Masjid Kapitan Keling to see a 200 year-old masjid. Head out to Sri Maha Mariamman, a beautiful south-Indian style temple covered with carvings of gods and goddesses. Move on to St. George Church, a fine example of Georgian-style architecture with displays of its history. Proceed to Pinang Peranakan Mansion and experience what it feels like to be one of the richest Malaysians. Full of old world charms and collections, this is a great place for photography. Your next stop is Fort Cornwallis, an example of British Colonial architecture from this period. Finally, end the tour with some mouthwatering local dishes, before your hotel drop-off.

Penang: Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Penang: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Through this fascinating audio tour you will see the how this once British colonized city evolved to its present day mecca of culture and multiculturalism. While moving forward with time, Penang has also retained some of the old historic charm with its beautiful colonial buildings and elaborate Chinese and Indian temples, each having its own unique hand carved characteristics. You will meander through the narrow streets to visit some of the most historical and intricate temples in the world. For a different view of the city, wander through Little India where you have the opportunity to try delicious Indian cuisine such as roti canai, thosai, briyani rice and tandoori chicken. The food is affordable and tasty, and you can also experience tasting food on a banana leaf with your hands and no utensils if you wish. There is also a unique chance to visit The Clan Jetties, which are a collection of water villages at Weld Quay where the Indian community built many elaborate temples such as the Mahamariamman Temple. While the Muslim influence can be seen at the Kapitan Keling Mosque, the Acheh Mosque, and the Penang Islamic Museum. The Clan Jetties form part of the Penang Heritage Trail. It is considered as one of the last bastions of old Chinese settlements on the island, and this waterfront society is home to houses on stilts of various Chinese clans. Each of these water villages are over a century old, and are named after a Chinese clan (with the Chew Jetty being most tourist-friendly). This guided audio tour will help you discover that Penang is indeed the Pearl of the Orient in Malaysia.

George Town: Dark Mansion 3D Glow in the Dark Museum Ticket

7. George Town: Dark Mansion 3D Glow in the Dark Museum Ticket

Expereince the wonder of the 'Dark Mansion - 3D Glow In The Dark Museum' in George Town with this attraction ticket. Capture pictures of yourself interacting with the otherworldly art in this modern museum.  Enter a space of glowing forests, fantasy landscapes, and creative art. See how art, science, and technology combine in this unique space. The artists apply special painting materials and light settings to produce brilliant glowing effect and astonishing “day-to-night” transitions. Go a step beyond the existing 3D art painting techniques, as Dark Mansion presents a new dimension of 3D art by incorporating the amazing glow-in-the-dark effect into 3D paintings and artwork. Share pictures of you becoming part of the art in this trendy museum. 

George Town: 'The Habitat Penang Hill' Admission Ticket

8. George Town: 'The Habitat Penang Hill' Admission Ticket

Enjoy the 'The Habitat Penang Hill' with this day pass to an authentic, diverse and educational Malaysian rainforest experience. Follow a naturalist guide along a nature trail to uncover a myriad of flora and fauna that occupy this unique area.  Starting at the forest floor, naturalist guides take you on a journey along a nature trail to see the plants, trees, insects, birds, reptiles, and mammals that call 'The Habitat' home. Explore the biodiversity of the rainforest canopy on a 230-meter Langur Way Canopy Walk. Visit the Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk at the top of Penang Hill and embrace the 360-degree panoramic views of Penang Island from the highest viewpoint in Penang. Head to the Shop on the Hill to buy educational and ethically produced, nature-themed merchandise  Stay late and watch the nocturnal creatures wake with a night and sunset walk. Purchase something to eat at the Habitat Café with refreshments ranging from artisanal coffee, gourmet cakes, and Malaysian culinary delights, to Penang-themed craft beer.

George Town: Private Half-Day Historical City Tour

9. George Town: Private Half-Day Historical City Tour

Our Tour Guide picks you up from your hotel in the George Town area to start your George Town half-day tour that takes in the main attractions and picturesque sights. You will visit the Clan Jetties along the waterfront of George Town. Get a first-hand view of a house stilt by the coast of the living heritage of the Chew Clan to go about their daily life. Continue to visit the former house of the Chinese Captain, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and marvel at their collections not found elsewhere. This elite house featured many memories of when the Chinese immigrants inter-marriage with the locals and created a fusion of east meets locals; hence a new tradition was borne. Take a tour to Khoo Kongsi, one of the grandest temples or clan houses of the Khoo family, and marvel at the splendid architecture, one of the best outside China. Learn about the history, rituals, Fengshui, and trivia stuff in Khoo Kongsi. Next, We round up the tour with a visit to Pulau Tikus and visit Reclining Buddha Temple. Be amazed at the world's 3rd longest Reclining Buddha statue and see the differences between Chinese and Siamese dragons in the Reclining Buddha temple. See the standing Buddha and check out the Guardian of the World (Panca Rupa). Throw a few coins for luck in the Fountain of Life and learn about the journey of Buddha in the Burmese temple. After finish this tour you will be transferred back to your hotel safely.

Private Pulau Penang Tour: Trails to Racial Harmony

10. Private Pulau Penang Tour: Trails to Racial Harmony

Explore Penang Island on this private 4-hour guided tour and visit the iconic sites that will interest you most.  This completely customizable tour is all about you. Start your day by visiting Kuan Yin Temple. It is one of the oldest temple in Penang built in 1728. The temple set on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (previously known as Pitt Street) and was constructed by early immigrant settlers from China. The temple recently underwent extensive renovations to give it a much-needed facelift. The architecture and decorations are impressive. You can learn how the Malaysian chinese do their worship ritual to their deities/god. The second stop is Kapitan Keling,  Penang landmark. Apart from the Mosque there are cultural centers there that showcase the culture and history of the Indian Muslim Community as they play a big part of Penangites lifestyles overall. It is a very well maintained place of worship and definitely worth a visit even for non muslims. Visit The Sri Mahamariamman Temple. One of the oldest Hindu temples standing in Penang, Malaysia. The temple has been standing there, at the same spot, for 200 years ago. Amazing sculptures of gods and goddess are to be seen in the main entrance of the temple.  Good attraction to visit with family and friends to learn Hindu culture, rituals and religion.  Taste Indian tea and sweets and itself makes memorable selfie. You will then move to St Georges Church which is the oldest Anglican Church in South East Asia built in 1816. It is located along Farquhar Street,  one of the loveliest British colonial heritage buildings in Penang. The most striking feature of the church is without a doubt the huge Grecian columns lined outside the front entrance. The pavilion which sits in the lawn also lends a Grecian air to the ambience.  St George Church is a must-see on your list of places to visit. Pass by Little India street, step into a bit of Malaysian Indian culture in this place, From the tourist trinket shops to the Indian street food vendors and cafes.  It will be a treat to the senses with lots of beautiful things to hear, smell and taste! Your next stop will be in The Reclining Buddha Temple. It is located at Burma Road. The temple can be seen on the road from Georgetown to Batu Feringghi. It is a quiet and peaceful place. Here, you can see and learn about different religions that you have not been exposed to.  Lastly, Dharmikarama Burmese Temple is the only Burmese Buddhist temple outside Myanmar. It stands opposite Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, with a pair of large stone elephants flanking the front gates. It is a very lovely and huge Buddhist temple with a large reclining Statue of Buddha. Those who loves to learn cultural diversities and harmony can't miss a visit to this temple for a touch of blessing and a shot of colors. After finishing your tour you will be dropped off back at your hotel.   

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What people are saying about Penang

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 65 reviews

Aldrin picked us up for the tour from our hotel. The car was clean, comfortable and cool. Aldrin was very polite and shared lots of useful details about Penang as a whole as well as specific details about George Town. We visited many temples of different denominations, all of which were decorated in bright colours and with intricate carvings, all very interesting. We had a quick stroll around the botanical gardens on Penang Hill. Lovely views and such a variety of different trees and plants. We also went up the Rainbow skywalk to enjoy the views of the whole area. He also took us to see a lovely beach popular with the locals that was very peaceful. Overall we are so pleased we did this tour and saw so much more of the island.

First time using esim in jb, got it on the day itself just before entering customs and activation was immediate. Instructions were pretty straightforward and easy to understand. Price was reasonable and 1GB was more than enough for my 3d2n trip in jb. I did not experience any intermittent connection or poor connection. Likely to use this again next time!

Had a very nice day with my guide Ronnie. He took me to the most famous places in Penan (George Town) and told me a lot. Unfortunately the goat farm was closed...apparently it's only open seasonally.

Perfect way to see all the sights without having to walk too much in the heat. Muhammad, our guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable about the history of the city. Highly recommend

Have used twice without problems. A little expensive