Orang Utan Island + Tour in George Town, UNESCO World Heritage Site. CAR included.
The Orang Utans are the three (Borneon, Sumatran & Tapanuli) exclusively Asian species of extant great apes. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, Orang Utans are found only in the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra.
The Bornean Orang Utans population declined by 50% in the past 60 years. The Sumatran Orang Utans populations declined by 80% in 75 years. Their habitat has decreased rapidly due to logging and forest fires, fragmentation by roads as well as the conversion of vast areas of tropical forest to palm oil plantations in response to international demand.
The trip involves crossing of the NEW Penang Bridge (24km) to Bukit Merah's Orang Utan Foundation and the OLD Penang Bridge (13. 5km) on the way back to Penang Island.
This tour also include a short cultural tour (Art Street & Khoo Kongsi) in George Town - UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tour recommended to passengers of:
-- Star Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Silversea, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Millennium etc.
Please AMEND if needed:
9:00am - Cross the NEW Penang Bridge (24km) and travel to the mainland.
10:30am - Board the ferry (US$9) at Bukit Merah Resort's jetty.
11:00am - Arrive at Orang Utan Island. Tour commentary to be conducted by the staff of the sanctuary.
12:15pm - Cross the OLD Penang Bridge (13. 5km) back to Penang Island.
12:45pm - Lunch (on own expenses).
Choose EITHER OPTION A, B or C:
2:30pm - Visit Khoo Kongsi (US$3), a Chinese clan house built by the Khoo community in 1904.
3:30pm - A short walk to the "Art Street" where the famous "Children On Bicycle" mural is located.
4:00pm - Continue walking to Chew Jetty (a waterfront society with various Chinese clans).
3:00pm Go up to Penang Hill via funicular train (US$8).
3:00pm Kek Lok Si temple.
4:00pm Thai Temple (Reclining Buddha).
4:30pm - Back to the port/hotel.
### REMEMBER: Please watch the one-minute movie clip.
* All prices of entrance/train tickets indicated in bracket
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: For passengers of cruise ship stop-over: Pickup @ Penang Cruise Centre (Swettenham Port).
Please see the 2nd photo of this tour package (after the "Honda Civic" photo) for the exact MEETING POINT.
For free travelers: Pickup @ hotel lobby.
Or pickup at any location as agreed.
End location: For passengers of cruise ship stop-over: Send off @ Penang Cruise Centre (Swettenham Port)
For free travelers: Send off @ hotel lobby.
Duration: 8 hours
By car (Honda Civic 1800cc) for up to 4 tourists.
> 8-hour full-day tour *INCLUDING* tour guide fee.
> Petrol, toll and parking fee included.
> Car (Honda Civic 1800cc) for 1 ~ 4 travelers **
> 1 bottle drinking water per person.
> Free WIFI internet connection up to 4 devices at the same time.
** 1~4 travelers + 1 tour guide (driver)
+ Once booking is done, I can also be easily reached 24X7 via Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger using my mobile number shown on booking confirmation.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
80 RM$ - This tour package EXCLUDES all meals and entrance/train/trishaw/ferry tickets (if any). All prices of possible tickets involved are indicated in the itinerary on this page. You may pay by yourself at the ticket counters. The tour guide can also pay for you in advance and you may later pay back in USD.
You are also advised to prepare some small cash in Ringgit Malaysia for drinks or souvenirs. For small amount, you may exchange with the tour guide.
* All meals (on own expenses).
* The based price EXCLUDES all entrance/train/trishaw/ferry tickets (if any).
* Please pay for the tickets yourself at the ticket counters.
* DIFFERENT VEHICLE OPTION: A luxury MPV (Hyundai Starex) for 6 VIPs is also available at US$690. Please contact me if you need to UPGRADE the vehicle.
I am a licensed city guide. Although I do not conduct forest trekking tours, I am also specialized in tours at Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island and night firefly-watching river cruises at Nibong Tebal (Penang).
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We did not have a fixed plan of travel, so getting Lawrence as our guide was the best surprise. He is very knowledgable and extremely accomodating. As a residence of Penang, he knew all the nooks and cranies of this beautiful town. As we had a limited time, he just took as straight to the good local spot. On the visit to Khoo mansion, his commentary was invaluable, not the rush-in and out type but in-depth with his own personal tidbit.