The city of George Town, Penang is the capital of one of the most urbanized and industrialized regions in Malaysia. Though Penang itself has prehistoric remnants dating back 5,000 years, Penang, as a strategic player on the world's economic stage, was founded in 1786 by Captain Francis Light, who worked for East India Company. He named it Prince of Wales Island, and its primary settlement, George Town, in honor of King George III. In later years, Penang became an export center for spices, betel nut, tin, and opium.
Even though British rule is an aspect of the past; its influence is still alive in Penang. and your tour will take you around in one of its most well-known modes of transportation: the double decker bus. This open top Hop On/Hop Off tour will provide an overview of Penang, allowing you to step off at any of its stops, only to be conveniently picked up again later when you wish to continue your tour.
Between two circle routes, the City Route and the Beach Route, there are a total of 22 potential stops that can be made. Intervals between buses at each of the designated stops are approximately 20-30 minutes (subject to traffic conditions).
The information and ticket counter will be at Gurney Drive (STOP 1). Along the route, there are more than 50 attractions where you can hop-on or hop-off at any of the 22 designated stops.
This Hop On/ Hop Off tour will provide the best way to visit a city and all you need to do is step on and off a double decker bus.
Reviewer: Rosalie Clark
Enjoyed the tour but would warn travellers that if they have shipping deadlines to be very careful with their timing as traffic problems can cause long delays in Penang
Cruise two or three times a year and always tell others to use Shore Excursions rather than the ships. Smaller group and much cheaper.