Pearl of the Orient -Penang
Penang, an island and mainland known as Seberang Perai ( Province Wellesley ) located up north of Peninsular Malaysia. It is the first British Settlement in Malaysia. It is known as the Straits Settlement alongside with Malacca & Singapore. Georgetown is the capital city of the State of Penang. The origin of the name came from the areca nut known in Malay as " Pinang" eventually corrupted to become "Penang" as in English Language. When Francis Light founded Penang, it was named "Prince Of Wales Island" in commemoration of the English mornarch. It was also known as Pulo Kesatu or "single island". The island initially was uninhabited, but since it's founding, it had been the busiest port in the region. The most prominent trade is spices. Penang is best known as a melting port for many ethnic groups, which mainly consist of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Javanese, Japanese, Arabs, English, Dutch, Germans, French, Thai, Armenians, Jews and many others. The Jewish Cemetery is the only one that is found in S. East Asia.
Fort Cornwallis / Esplanade / City Hall & Town Hall / Logan's Memorial
Visit the Peranakan Museum better known as Baba & Nyonya( A mixed culture of local & Chinese )better known as Straits Chinese culture. ( Entrance fees included)
Visit to Streets of Harmony ( St George Church, Goddess of Mercy Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque)
Lunch ( On own expenses- recommendation if requested e. g. Local Cuisine/ Asian Cuisine)
Sun Yat Sen base Centre.
Wat Chaiyamangalaram ( Reclining Buddha) & Wat Dhammikarama ( Burmese Temple) & Batik Factory ( to see how batik design is made)
Visit Kek Lok Si (Temple of Supreme Bliss)
Jewish and/or Protestant Cemetery
Chew Jetty/ Clan houses & heritage buildings.
4. 00 p. m. - Back to Pier ( Tour concluded )
Kindly take note that the suggested tours above may not be fully materialised in event of the following situation:
1. Ship docking late
2. Short tour duration( 4-5 hours)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will be waiting at the sea Terminal ( Port) , or Airport - bearing a placard of the guest's name.
End location: Penang Port Swettenham /Penang International Airport or hotel in special case where it applies
Duration: 5 hours
In event of rain and traffic congestion
A licensed SUV van of 12 seaters approved by MOTAC ( Ministry of Tourism And Culture) or car depending on the number of persons.
Entrance fees to Peranakan Museum ( a unique Straits Chinese Gallery), Sun Yat Sen base Museum, Teo Chew Puppet & Opera Museum are also included in the tour .
Complimentary drinking water will be provided for.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
250 MYR - Lunch expenses for a maximum of 4 persons . Prices of food varies from different cuisine.
You may need a hat, cap or umbrella. If you do have your own, please do bring along as the weather is hot and humid especially during beginning of the year .
I hold a Blue badge issued by the Ministry of Tourism of Malaysia, a City Guide.
I am unable to guide in National Park except Botanical Gardens, Penang.
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Gim Seng did a wonderful job leading us and having us experience the unique things, sights, food and culture. His knowledge of this location was complete, and had a wonderful personality. He was truly interested in our needs and feelings. Was a complete pleasure to work with him.