Explore the relentless beauty and splendor of George Town, Penang's capital and largest city. This George Town tour is ideal for those looking to experience a wonderful array of cultural venues for a low price.
Discover the natural beauty of the island and learn about the traditional art of fabric making using wax and dyes. Then drive through the hills where you will enjoy the lush greenery of tropical rainforest, dotted with fruit orchards and spices. Stop at a street stall and be introduced the many varieties of fruits and spices produced from the local farmers, and learn how the rubber tree is tapped. Drive to a valley with clusters of traditional Malay villages and paddy fields, and feel the tranquility of this beautiful area. Head to a centuries old temple called the Snake Temple, which is home to several pit vipers. Worshippers believe the vipers are drawn to the temple and that the sacred smoke that permeates the temple calms the snakes, but as a safety precaution, the snakes are de-venomed.
After leaving the Snake Temple, head to George Town, labeled a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique architectural and cultural townscape unparalleled in East Asia. Your guided city tour begins with a visit to a Burmese and Thai temple, where you'll want to take photographs of the incredibly decorative and colorful entrances. Inside the Thai temple, witness the grandeur of a gold-plated reclining Buddha measuring over one-hundred feet in length.
Your tour continues to Penang's State Museum. A bevy of information about the local cultures and ethnicities and their historical impact on Penang is shared. Then, your guide will take you to Fort Cornwallis, a British-built fortification from the late 1700's with cannons decorating the grounds.
Another highlight of your tour is the Clan Jetty, a gorgeous waterfront society where small homes rest on wooden stilts over water. This century-old water village provides captivating views of the Penang Bridge, the second largest bridge in Malaysia.
Your guide will then take you on a slow scenic drive through various popular cultural spots. See Little India, home to the oldest Hindu temple in Penang, and Chinatown, a bustling street full of distinctive stalls and shops.
Then, arrive at one of the most beautiful places in Malaysia, The Street of Harmony. This picturesque street draws together the town's four main religions and provides quick insight into the island's different communities. You'll see the First Anglican church built in Southeast Asia. Right down the street is the Goddess of Mercy Temple, a Hindu temple, one of Penang's oldest surviving buildings showcasing a decorative tower with thirty-eight impressive statues. You'll also see the Kapitan Keling Mosque, a strikingly elegant building mixing Colonial and Moorish architecture.
Book this George Tour for a comprehensive cultural experience at a low price.
Please Note: A ship card and photo identification is required to participate.
Reviewer: Cheri Mae Berti
Had an enjoyable small group tour on a hot day. Made several stops to tour the city. Included a couple of shopping stops--high quality. Thought I got my money's worth and a nice overview of Penang.
The tour and the tour guide were both fantastic. Very knowledgeable, flexible, professional. Outstanding!
Reviewer: world traveler
individual tour of the town with a driver assigned to me. awesome guide, knowledgeable, and ready to do whatever i wanted to do. i would do this again in a minute.
Reviewer: Kathy Savate
I had a guide that took me where I wanted to go; there was another couple in another taxi, so we went together and enjoyed all the sights. My guide had more experience, was more knowledgeable about the area and spoke English better, so it worked out well for all of us. We had to take both taxis because that was how the tour was booked. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and highly recommend it and Asia to other travelers.