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A Taste of Penang: Small Group Food Tour
Penang showcases some of the best street food with Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine. On this 3-hour walking tour you get to sample more than a dozen delightful snacks, drinks and desserts. With as many as 10 stops, you’re able to savor tasty bites while exploring the city’s historical streets, markets and hidden back lanes with a local foodie guide. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 to ensure a personalized experience with a small group.Meet your guide and small group at Soho Free House on Penang Road, and begin your 3-hour food tour of Penang with a traditional Malay breakfast. Walk to one of the city’s oldest Malaysian-Chinese coffee shops, known locally as a kopitiam, where you’ll sample nasilemak (rice cooked in coconut milk) with chili paste and a boiled egg. While visiting one of Penang’s most popular vendors, sink your teeth into prawn fritters and lobak, a deep-fried, spiced pork roll that’s a delicacy in Nonya cuisine. Then stroll to one of Penang’s oldest markets, overflowing with seafood, fruits, vegetables and dried goods. Sample a variety of preserved fruits and taste seasonal produce such as rambutan, mangosteen, dukong and — if you’re daring enough — durian (known for its strong odor).Explore historical streets with preserved heritage buildings and hidden back lanes, listening as your foodie guide describes Penang’s diverse street food culture along the way. You’ll have the opportunity to taste specialties like assam laksa (rice noodles in sour fish soup), char kuey teow (fried flat rice noodles) and murtabak (bread with meat fillings) in Penang’s oldest Indian Muslim restaurant, dating back to 1907. Watch how crullers (fried pastry), called yutiao, are made, and feast your eyes on the array of salted fish at a local vendor in one of Penang’s earliest low-income housing estates. When it comes time for dessert, dig into a cool bowl of cendol, a serving of ice shavings with green doughy strips and red beans covered with coconut milk. Make sure to try one of the local non-alcoholic drinks: hot tehtarik (pulled tea), lime juice with sour plum, nutmeg juice and more.Your tour ends at a market, where you can purchase items to take home with you. (Check your country’s import laws to confirm what food products are permitted for travelers.) Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.
Penang City Tour
Penang has perhaps the largest and well preserved colonial-era old town, with excellent examples of Chinese clan houses, colonial homes, public buildings and private mansions. Visit Little India and exciting Chinatown, and make a stop at the world famous Royal Selangor and the Penang Museum. Before the day is over stop at Wat Chayamankalaram to see the big reclining Buddha.Take a drive through colonial Georgetown to Fort Cornwallis, the most prominent historical remains of Penang. Learn about the strait settlement history and rich heritage of Penang at the State Museum. Visit the colorful Little India and the bustling Chinatown before stopping at Royal Selangor to witness the unique art of Pewter craftsmanship. Then, head to Wat Chayamankalaram, which houses one of the world's largest reclining Buddha. Finally, visit the Penang State Museum, a colonial era-building housing both a museum and an art gallery, showcasing exhibits about the history and heritage of Malaysia, China and Inda. Option to drop off for shopping at Gurney Plaza.
High Tea on Penang Hill with Private Transfers
Take your afternoon tea at the colonial-inspired David Brown's Restaurant and Tea Terrace, tucked away on Penang Hill. A private guide accompanies you on this 3-hour tour, including a ride on the world’s oldest funicular railway to the summit of Penang Hill. Enjoy English high tea in the cool, refreshing air above Georgetown and take in the magnificent bird’s-eye-view of the city below. Round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle is included.Begin your private tour in Penang at 2pm with hotel pickup by air-conditioned private vehicle. Your guide will take you straight to the Georgetown station, where you’ll board the Penang Hill Funicular Railway, in operation since 1922. The ride up Penang Hill takes approximately 10 to 20 minutes, with the lush natural landscape on display en route to the top. When you reach the summit, 2,625 feet (800 meters) above sea level, you’ll appreciate the exhilarating views of Georgetown and mainland Malaysia beyond. Step foot inside David Brown's Restaurant, where your private party will be served English high tea in the cool, refreshing climate. Marvel at the old-world furnishings and British-style colonial charm of the restaurant, surrounded by greenery, well-manicured gardens and a beautiful lily pond. Enjoy a delightful selection of scones, crumpets, jam and clotted cream with your tea while you are served by the friendly and professional staff. After tea, take a stroll around the summit with your guide before descending on the funicular train and returning to your Penang hotel.
Penang Night Tour from Georgetown with Malacca Strait Ferry Ride
Soak up the dynamic atmosphere of historical Georgetown and watch the Penang capital come to life in a blaze of light at night. With a local guide, savor world-renowned Malaysian dishes (own expense) as you stroll among the many open-air food stalls at a hawker center. You’ll take a ferry ride across the Malacca Strait to the mainland for fantastic views of Penang’s illuminated skyline and return by coach across the Penang Bridge.Upon pickup from your Penang hotel, head to an open-air hawker center in historical Georgetown, accompanied by your knowledgeable local guide. Stop at numerous food carts and smell the aromas of exotic spices, sampling world-renowned Penang cuisine as you go (own expense). You’ll taste a variety of Malaysian dishes – from popular satay sticks of barbecued meat to local seafood delicacies.Relax after dinner as you embark on a 15-minute ferry ride across the Malacca Strait to the mainland. In operation since the 1920s, the nostalgic ferry will take you back to what it was like to travel along the Malay Peninsula in the past. From both sides of the ferry’s open deck, admire incredible views of Penang’s illuminated skyline at night. Along with a panoramic vista of Penang from the water, you’ll see Penang Bridge in the distance.After you disembark, board a sightseeing coach for your return trip to Penang Island and its nightlife. Travel across Penang Bridge, which spans eight miles (13.5 km) across, making it one of the longest bridges in the world!