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George Town: Half-Day UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

1. George Town: Half-Day UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

Discover George Town's heritage sites on a half-day tour with included hotel pickup and drop-off in George Town or Batu Ferringhi. Get the most out of your exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a private, English-speaking guide.  Begin your tour with hotel pickup, then head to the Khoo Kongsi, a Chinese clan house with stunning architecture, with your guide. Continue to be amazed as you visit Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple and the oldest clan temple in town, Cheah Kongsi. Hear all the background stories and insights from your expert guide. Don't miss a visit to the Taoist Chinese temple, Yap Kongsi, and Ciji Temple. Enjoy the last highlight with a visit to Pinang Peranakan Mansion, a house museum dedicated to Penang's Peranakan heritage which once served as the residence and office of a 19th-century Chinese tycoon, Chung Keng Quee. After 4 hours full of history and cultural insights, you will be dropped off back at your hotel in George Town or Batu Ferringhi.

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Penang: 3-Hour Heritage Tour with Trishaw Ride

2. Penang: 3-Hour Heritage Tour with Trishaw Ride

Begin your tour by meeting your informative, English-speaking guide at your hotel lobby. Then, discover the city of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for the next 3 hours. Ride for 1 hour in a traditional trishaw, a 3-wheeled taxi, and enjoy the great sights of the city's streets in comfort. Learn the background stories as you ride past the town's historical attractions such as Fort Cornwallis, Penang Town Hall, Beach Street, Khoo Kongsi, and Acheh Street. Visit Kapitan Keling Mosque and the Goddess of Mercy Temple. After your last stop at Little India, you will be dropped off at your hotel in George Town or Batu Ferringhi.

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Penang: Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. 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.

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Penang: Private Airport Transfer by Car or Van

4. Penang: Private Airport Transfer by Car or Van

Experience complete convenience on your visit to Penang with this private airport transfer service. Save time searching for a local taxi and enjoy a hassle-free transfer from the airport to your accommodation on the island of Penang, or vice versa. Choose between an air-conditioned car for up to 3 people or an air-conditioned van for up to 7 people. For arrival transfers, your personal driver will monitor your flight and pick you up straight after you land in the airport arrivals area. Look out for a sign with your name on it. After meeting your driver, get assistance with your luggage, be escorted to your vehicle, then drive directly to your hotel or condo in Penang. For departure transfers, meet your driver at the lobby of your hotel or condo in Penang. Sit back and relax in complete comfort before leaving the island.

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What people are saying about Penang Island

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Very friendly and attentive guide. Details of the visit at our pleasant pace. Accessible trishaw.

Very nice day with an excellent driver with good knowledge about the areas he took us

The museum visit was very good. We enjoyed the guide.