Excursions in Penang
Penang or Pulau Pinang means "Island of Betelnut Palms" - was once a pirates' hideout. It came under British control in 1786. History has it that Capt Francis Light fired gold coins into the air and the people around scrambled to recover them, thus clearing the area for settlement. Born as a crossroads for traders from Arab to Europe, India to China, an nearby islanders, Penang is today a mini Asia in a nutshell! The island still retains its natural charm with quiet sun kissed beaches along the
Georgetown, named after King George III, is a window to the sights, sounds and scents of this fascinating town. Penang, formerly named The Prince of Wales Island was the capital of the Straits Settlement. Situated in the heart of South East Asia, it was an important port of call during the spice trade. The people, the food, the architectural heritage and cultures bear witness to the transformation of Penang to what it is today... A Heritage Jewel. Highlights: * Thai Buddhist Temple - which houses the 108 ft long Reclining Buddha. Sitting across the road is the Burmese Buddhist Temple. * Royal Selangor Pewter Showroom for a brief demonstration on pewter finishing. The bustling waterfront - homes on stilts, which forms a water village dating back to the early Chinese immigrants, give clue to Penangs yesteryears. * Photo-stop at the Khoo Kongsi - one of the most beautiful Chinese clan houses with intricate wood and stone carvings. Winner of the UNESCO Asia-Pacfic Heritage Conservation Award. * Drive along the Street of Harmony, which is bordered by religious landmarks such as Kapitan Keling Mosque (the first Indian-Muslim mosque in Penang) with its domes and minarets; the Sri Mahamariaman Temple devoted to a popular Hindu Goddess; Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) Temple, built in 1800; St. GeorgeÂ´s Church, oldest Anglican Church (1818) in the Region. * Penang State Museum - which houses a collection of historical items (Note: State Museum is closed on Fridays). * Drive pass Chinatown, an old cherished charm of Georgetown. Note: SIC & PVT tour rates INCLUDE entrance fee at the Penang State Museum and Khoo Kongsi. All SIC and PRIVATE tours exclude drinks during meals, unless specifically indicated
Nightlife - Penang Style! See Penang by night at a leisurely pace. The phrase we live to eat cannot be more profound than when applied to Penang. Having a rich mix of many races living in Malaysia, we are blessed with a variety of exotic foods. Join us and we will show you why Penang is known as a Gourmets Paradise. Enjoy freshly prepared food, dining alfresco style. Some of the many favorites include Mee Goreng (Malay fried noodle dish), Satay (skewered meat marinated with honey and barbecued over an open charcoal flame), Fried Rice and Fried Koay Teow (flat noodles stir fried with shrimps, cockles and egg). After dinner, visit the Eastern & Oriental Hotel. The oldest foreign hotel built in 1885. Hop on a trishaw for a slow ride through the colourful streets of Georgetown as we head for Chew Jetty. This three wheel rickshaw, unique to this part of the world is locally known as the King of the Road. From Chew Jetty, you will get the opportunity to have a full view of the Penang Bridge on a clear day, so get your camera ready for some beautiful shots of the ferry as it leaves the terminal. Return to your transport for the journey back to the hotel. Highlights: * Hawker food - taste a variety of local dishes in open air cafes * Eastern & Oriental Hotel - visit the oldest foreign hotel built in 1885 * Trishaw ride - A 3-wheeled pedicab that used to be a popular mode of transportation for the locals * Homes on Stilts - A village built on stilts over the sea and populated by members of the same clan Note: SIC & PVT tour rates INCLUDE dinner and trishaw ride. All SIC and PRIVATE tours exclude drinks during meals, unless specifically indicated
Visit the Kek Lok Si Temple or Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas - infinitely intriguing from the start. It is one of the largest Chinese temples in Malaysia and the biggest Buddhist temple in South East Asia. Among the other features is the Tortoises' Pond of longevity where devotees release the creatures to earn blessings in life and Seven Tier Pagoda that incorporates Chinese, Thai & Burmese architecture. The Hall of Devas where the four Kings (guardians of mankind) are encased in glass and at their feet are the wicked, writhing in agony. In 2002, a 30.2m bronze statue of the Kuan Yin was built on the hillside above the pagoda and upon completion was opened to the public. Penang Hill, a cool resort accessible by comfortable Swiss-made coaches which takes 10 minutes to reach the peak. It offers a refreshing garden quality, with old colonial mansions that are reminiscent of an old English village. The early evening offers a cool respite as you head for the Bellevue Hotel with its flower gardens and well tended lawns which provide a panoramic view of Penang with its twinkling city lights during the evening (on a clear day). Note: SIC & PVT tour rates INCLUDE the NEW Funicular Train ticket. All SIC and PRIVATE tours exclude drinks during meals, unless specifically indicated
A tailor-made excursion to discover Penang through the back door. A tour that grants you an experience that is truly Malaysian! The highlights include a walk through one of our oldest wet markets in Georgetown. You will be fascinated by the hive of activities, all the produce, food, spices and vegetables on sale in this morning market. Hear the shouts of the locals as they drive a hard bargain. This is how marketing is done for as long as one can remember and this is still a reality today. Next, enjoy an unhurried ride on a trishaw which is a three-wheeled pedicab. The trishaw man who speaks a smattering of English, pedals you through the oldest parts of Georgetown where spices, textiles, handicrafts and jeweleries are the main trade. Next, we take you to a flea market also known as Thieves Market. Wander about the 100 odd stalls with an immense variety of goods ranging from household items, clothes, antiques to the latest electronic gadgets. The incredible prices add to the fun...you may end up with an antique for as low as RM10! Highlights: * Wet Market and Thieves Market. * Trishaw ride - A 3-wheeled pedicap that used to be a popular mode of transportation for the locals. Note: SIC & PVT tour rates INCLUDE trishaw ride. All SIC and PRIVATE tours exclude drinks during meals, unless specifically indicated
A tour designed to give you the most in a day! Visit the sleepy fishing village at Teluk Bahang; then the Batik Factory to witness how patterns are printed onto silk. From here on its the tropical countryside with paddy fields and Malay villages that make up the scenery as we journey through several hills where occasional stretches give way to a panoramic view of the West Coast. Pause awhile at the local fruit and spice stalls and get a firsthand look at the many local fruits and spices grown on this island. Next is the Snake Temple, where venomous pit vipers adorn the altars. Visit the Kek Lok Si Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas, one of the largest Chinese temples in Malaysia. Next stop at the Khoo Kongsi; one of the most beautiful Chinese clan houses to be built outside China. Continue to the bustling waterfront where Chinese clan villages constructed on stilts protrude out to sea. As you journey back, you will pass the bastions of the colonial era and mansions that reflect the grandeur of the past. Highlights: * Malay Fishing Village * Batik Factory - witness how intricate patterns are printed on silk and cotton * Tropical Countryside - panaromic view of fruit orchards and Malay villages * Lunch - An interlude to enjoy a sumptuos meal * Snake Temple - Watch venomous pit vipers adorn the altars * Penang Hill - Ascend with the funicular train to catch a birds eye view of Georgetown * Kek Lok Si Temple - Temple of the Ten Thousand Buddhas. Largest Chinese temple in Malaysia * Houses on Stilts - Chinese clan villages on Georgetowns water front Note: SIC & PVT tour rates INCLUDE the new Funicular Train ticket and lunch. All SIC and PRIVATE tours exclude drinks during meals, unless specifically indicated
Enjoy the exhilarating ferry ride as you cross the Penang Straits to the mainland and observe the busy shipping activities around the Butterworth Wharf. Drive through Butterworth, the main town on the mainland side of Penang state which is also the gateway to west Malaysia.
The Baba Nyonya Museum is also known as the Chung Keng Kooi Mansion. This was formally a private home belonging to a Chinese Kapitan who was the head of the Hai San secret society. Be amazed at how well this house has been restored. The antique furniture and woodwork is simply awesome.
Pulau Payar (Payar Island) has been gazetted as a Marine Park to protect this wonderful location. It is an underwater haven for your diving and snorkelling pleasure and ideal for underwater activities in this region. Take the scheduled ferry from Penang to Pulau Payar, West Malaysias only Marine Park and discover the beautiful marine life and corals. Enjoy activities like snorkelling and scuba diving.
Once a secret destination among backpackers looking for a place in the sun, Pulau Langkawi, the largest island in its namesake archipelago of 104 islands, is no longer a classified location. Langkawi is a picture of what the rest of Malaysia was in her infancy. Paddy fields, buffaloes having a mud bath against the backdrop of majestic mountains and lovely beaches makes her a tropical island in every sense of the word.
Enter the countrys premier War Museum, located right here in Penang. It is here to tell stories covering all aspects of life in wartime. Take a trip back in time and get a first hand account of the war with the impressive exhibits, including a glimpse into the daily lives of soldiers during WWII. Next, visit The Protestant Cemetery shaded by Frangipani trees; it is the final resting place of Penangs European pioneers such as Francis Light and several Governors. Thomas Leonowens, whose widow Anna Leonowens became a schoolmistress in Siam and gave inspiration to the story of The King and I, is also buried here. Note: SIC & PVT tour rates INCLUDE entrance fees to the War Museum. All SIC and PRIVATE tours exclude drinks during meals, unless specifically indicated
The Butterfly Farm in Teluk Bahang houses more than 130 species of rare and exotic breeds of Tropical butterflies. The farm displays other rare varieties common in this region. To add to these wonders are other exotic species of insects common in tropical vegetation. Tropical Spice Garden, come uncover this treasure trove of more than 500 living specimens of lush and exotic flora from all over the Tropics, including the faintly aromatic torch ginger from Indonesia, useful indigenous spices from Malaysia, colorful Amazonian bromeliads, strange palm from the Seychelles, heliconias from Ecuador and exotic ferns from Tropical America. Note: SIC & PVT tour rates INCLUDE entrance fees to Butterfly Farm and Spice Garden. All SIC and PRIVATE tours exclude drinks during meals, unless specifically indicated