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

George Town (Penang Georgetown)

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82 Reviews
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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Penang: George Town City Half-Day Attractions

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Penang: George Town City Half-Day Attractions
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$55.00 per adult
Couldn’t be better
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.
eokeefe059, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Penang

star-5
Couldn’t be better
eokeefe059, 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.
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Penang City Half-Day
tsherberg, 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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Penang city trip
tmy6682, 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.
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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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