Private Grand Tour of Penang
Your excursion will take you around the island to see typical Malay villages and get a first-hand look at the lifestyle and culture of the people.
Visit a Batik factory and witness the traditional handicraft of batik painting in true cottage industry fashion. Batik is a technique for decorating textiles, by which parts of the textile that are not to be colored are covered in molten wax. The wax prevents the textile from absorbing the dye during the decorating process. Wax resist dyeing technique in fabric is an ancient art form. Discoveries show it already existed in Egypt in the 4th century BCE, where it was used to wrap mummies; linen was soaked in wax, and scratched using a sharp tool.
Head to the famous Snake Temple and view the altars adorned with several varieties of pit vipers. Probably the only one of its kind in the world, the temple honors a resident named Chor Soo Kong who had healing powers. He was a Buddhist monk who moved to Penang and the story tells about great myths and legends of this deity's power as a healer. Some devotees from as far away as Singapore and Taiwan come to pray in the temple on Chor Soo Kong's birthday (the sixth day of the first lunar month). The Snake Temple was built around 1875 in memory of Chor Soo Kong. In 1873 David Brown, a British resident, found out about Chor Soo Kong and prayed to him and he was apparently cured of an illness. In return for his cure, Brown donated a tract of his land so a temple could be built to pay the monk homage.
See Penang Bridge and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Your lunch includes a mix of Chinese and Malay dishes. The Penang Bridge is a 13.5km (8.4-mile) dual carriageway toll bridge and controlled-access highway in the state of Penang, Malaysia. The bridge connects Butterworth on the mainland side of the state with Gelugor on the island, crossing the Selatan Strait. The bridge was inaugurated on 14 September 1985 and it is the first road connection between the peninsula and the island. The bridge is well known as the second-longest bridge in Malaysia and the fifth-longest in Southeast Asia by total length, with a length over water of 8.4 kilometers (5.2 miles).
Continue on and visit Kek Lok Si, Southeast Asia's largest Buddhist temple and the century old, 72-acre Penang Botanical Gardens. Stroll through the main gardens and learn about the rare species of flora and fauna while monkeys roam freely in their natural habitats.
Before your tour concludes enjoy a freshly brewed Penang white coffee before returning to pier.
Reviewer: larry ginsberg
enjoyed our tour of penang. baxter(incentive tours) was knowledgeable, informative, and quite personable-well suited to the job. would take another complete shore excursion if the occasion arose. thanks again for a nice day with perfect timing to return to the ship. larry