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George Town (Penang Georgetown)
George Town (Penang Georgetown)

George Town (Penang Georgetown)

Free admission
Penang

The Basics

Rather than navigate George Town’s maze-like streets alone, get your bearings by joining an introductory walking or bike tour. Guided tours usually cover Fort Cornwallis, Little India, and the Clan Jetties. Food-focused tours are also popular with first-time visitors who enjoy sampling Penang’s renowned street food representing a variety of Asian and European cultures. An evening food tour offers the chance to try the widest variety of food stalls.

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3-Hour Heritage on a Plate Dinner Hop in George Town Penang
3-Hour Heritage on a Plate Dinner Hop in George Town Penang
$62.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Food tour
Enjoyed this tour with Danny his talks re the history of George Town and the food was fascinating. Would highly recommend.
Ian_G, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Penang

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Second visit
LeeAnne_T, Mar 2020
Guided Tour of Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion in George Town
This is the second time that I have taken this tour. More of the mansion was open to the public the last time I was here and the tour was longer. The current tour is still interesting and informative even if there is less to see.
star-5
A great introduction to George Town.
Joanne_P, Mar 2020
3-Hour Heritage on a Plate Dinner Hop in George Town Penang
We absolutely loved the tour. Our guide Danny was great and tailored the tour to suit our needs perfectly. All the food was wonderful and the historical information was a brilliant addition. I would recommend this activity as a good start to a George Town visit. It really helped us to get our bearings and discover some excellent food.
star-5
Couldn’t be better
Robert_V, Feb 2020
Penang: George Town City Half-Day Attractions
We had a wonderful tour in Penang. Our driver, Mr Gan, was very knowledgeable and personable. When we wanted to change the itinerary he was very accommodating. He also was very willing to answer our questions about living in Penang.
star-5
Excellent Insider’s Food guide
Carolnomad, Dec 2019
Private Half-Day Hawker Trails Food Tour in George Town
Our tour guide Lam was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Took us to where the locals would eat for the famous dishes and indeed the food we sampled were delicious and we wouldn’t have found these places if we searched on our own. He was also telling us stories of local areas and sights while he drove us. Highly recommended!
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Penang City Half-Day
Thomas_S, Dec 2019
Penang: George Town City Half-Day Attractions
David was superb. He guided us through George Town, gave us so much information, explained everything. A-One tour guide and driver.
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Heritage Food Street Tour in George Town, Penang
Justine_F, Nov 2019
3-Hour Heritage on a Plate Dinner Hop in George Town Penang
An amazing evening where Danny brought the history of George Town to life...very entertaining stories based on a deep knowledge with excellent and different food choices too.
star-5
Historic and iconic
WALTER_L, Nov 2019
Guided Tour of Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion in George Town
Beautifully and authentically restored.. Our guide Sally was both entertaining and educational. Worthwhile for anyone with interests in historical and architectural details
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Penang city trip
Meiyin_T, Oct 2019
Penang: George Town City Half-Day Attractions
Our guide is very friendly and well versed in the history of the attractions. We had a fun time and phototaking too.
star-5
Excellent
Jen_A, Oct 2019
Guided Tour of Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion in George Town
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Blue Mansion, our guide was Terry andxshe was extremely informative and entertaining..truly a beautiful building and not to be missed!
star-5
I learned a lot, I ate a lot, and I left HAPPY
Howard_L, Feb 2020
3-Hour Heritage on a Plate Dinner Hop in George Town Penang
And educational and fun filled culinary evening. I could not think of a better way to have spent my time then walking the streets with my tour guide sampling the best that the city has to offer. We had the opportunity to sample some of the finest street food available. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to find that our guide was so knowledgeable about the food, the culture and traditions of the people who make and enjoy the creations. I can’t believe I ate as much as I did. Not only did we sample various recipes but we learned a lot about the food, the complexity of ingredients, and how Malays use food as a form of celebration.
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Must Do For First Timers
Grace_H, May 2019
Penang: George Town City Half-Day Attractions
This was our first trip to Penang, and this was the perfect introduction tour to Georgetown. Our guide Maxwell was extremely knowledgeable about Penang and is super friendly. The tour company was very flexible with the destination spots that we wanted to hit or bypass. Our tour was customized and tailor-made exactly the way we wanted!! The guide really makes a difference in your first impression of the city. We liked Maxwell so much that we booked another tour with him.
star-5
The Best in Penang
stephendobbs56, Feb 2020
Penang: George Town City Half-Day Attractions
We had a super tour with our guide Sam and driver Kris. To be honest when we met them it was like meeting two old friends that were showing us round their town. Sam introduced us to his friends as we went round Penang, people he went to church with and people whom he had worked with, like the doorman at the E & O Hotel where we breezed in to look round as easily as we would had we been staying there. Sam bought us little bits of street food, which we probably wouldn't have tried otherwise. At the end of the tour he showed us where we could get a typical Malaysian lunch and helped us to change sufficient money in order to buy lunch. And, of course he was an excellent guide and very knowlegable. Kris was a very experienced driver adding his own little bits of humour into the tour too and I never had to open the car door once as he was on it like a shot the minute we pulled up anywhere. I would highly recommend this tour. I know we had a better time doing this tour with Sam and Kris than the people on our ship who bought the ship's excursion. It was a pleasure. Thank you.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A must-visit for culture vultures and history lovers.

  • Be mindful when exploring George Town on foot, as sidewalks can be slippery, especially after rain.

  • Uneven surfaces make some parts of George Town difficult to access in a wheelchair.

  • Bring an umbrella: unexpected downpours are common throughout the year.

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How to Get There

To get from Penang International Airport to George Town takes about 30 minutes by car, depending on the traffic. If you’re staying in George Town, you can reach most attractions on foot or using a taxi mobile app. To avoid having to worry about navigating or taking public transport, explore with a guided tour.

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When to Get There

In northern Malaysia, the dry season runs between August and November. During this time, rainfall decreases and temperatures are cooler, making it the best time to explore on foot. George Town provides a plethora of activities during both day and night, but Love Lane area is especially lively with music and street stalls after dusk.

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The Best Museums in Penang

In stark contrast to its austere colonial heritage, Penang boasts several novelty museums that promise hilarious photos and provide a great way to escape a sudden downpour. Favorites include the Upside Down Museums, where you can take mind-bending photographs that make you appear to be standing upside down, and the Ghost Museum, which comes with family-friendly scares.

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