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Penang Hill Funicular Railway Tours

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Penang Hill Funicular Railway
A colonial-era hill station, Penang Hill sits behind George Town, about 2,733 feet (833 meters) above sea level. Visit in style on the Penang Hill Funicular Railway, a cliff-side railway dating back to 1924. The trains and tracks are modern, and the sheer ascents through the jungle and over bridges make for a spectacular journey.

The Basics
Penang Hill Funicular Railway runs from Penang Hill Lower Station, in George Town’s Air Itam suburb, to Penang Hill Upper Station, which is the jumpoff point for exploring temples, food stalls, restaurants, and nature trails and enjoying city views. There is also a Penang Hill Middle Station, in between, but it is rarely used. 

The funicular is one of Asia’s longest, at around 1.25 miles (2 kilometers), and waiting in line for the 5-minute ride can take an hour or more in high season. Book online and opt for fast lane tickets to avoid the wait.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The term “Penang Hill” refers to a number of hills. Wear good walking shoes.
  • Aim to sit at the lower end of the train for the best views.
  • Train carriages are air-conditioned.
  • Temperatures on Penang Hill can be 9°F (5°C) cooler than in George Town; you may want to bring a light layer if heading up the hill in the evening.
  • Travelers with disabilities travel free on the Penang Hill railway. There are wheelchair-friendly gates and ramps, and staff can assist with boarding.

How to Get There
Many travelers visit Penang Hill by funicular as part of a day tour that includes other Penang Island attractions. Shuttles run to Penang Hill Lower Station from Chowrasta Market in downtown George Town. Alternatively, you can reach the area on a 204 bus from Jetty (Weld Quay) or Komtar.

When to Get There
The funicular operates from early in the morning (before sunrise) until quite late at night but closes for maintenance a couple of times a year. Sunset from Penang Hill is particularly popular, so if you’re heading up in the late afternoon, leave plenty of time to wait in line.

What to Do Around Penang Hill
Besides the funicular, there’s lots to see in Penang Hill and Air Itam. The vast Kek Lok Si Temple, one of Malaysia’s most important Buddhist sites, is a popular stop en route to the railway. Penang Hill proper offers nature trails, including Monkey Cup, which is known for carnivorous pitcher plants, and Habitat, which includes canopy walkways. There is also a temple, a mosque, an aviary, some small museums, and lots of shops and eateries.
Address: Perbadanan Bukit Bendera Pulau Pinang, Pulau Pinang 11500, Malaysia
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Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si

Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si

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Even if you have only a short time in Penang, soak up the key sights in just half a day on this action-packed door-to-door tour. Ride the funicular to the peak of Penang Hill; explore the streets of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site; watch pewter craftsmen; taste white coffee; and check off religious monuments from Kek Lok Si Temple to Wat Chaiyamangkalaram and Dhammikarama Burmese Temple.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.26
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$70.26
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Penang: Flexible 6-Hours Highlights

Penang: Flexible 6-Hours Highlights

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This tour let you go to all the attractions that you like, not like the can approach of a predetermined itinerary tour. For a 6 hours visit from ship or hotel or airport, you choose some 4-7 attractions to go from the list in "tour details". You choose the places and dictate how much time to spend at each attraction. Either you explore every nooks and corners, or you simply take pictures from the outside without entering the attraction, you call the shot. If mobility is a concern, go for a round island tour and take in the view from the comfort of air-conditioned car. If you do not have a clue where to go or to do, let our learned tour guide choose it for you. The tour guide cum driver, will accompany you into all attractions and give commentary on the go. You will be not be disappointed. Penang is a truly surprising hidden gem!
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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Penang City & Temple Tour Including Penang Hill Tickets (Fast Lane)

Penang City & Temple Tour Including Penang Hill Tickets (Fast Lane)

Explore the Penang city which is rich in history as it is in culture, tradition and diversity by Penang City Tour. Visit Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, Streets of George Town - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then proceed to Penang Hill and visit Kek Lok Si Temple, Guan Yin. - Harmonious temple bestowed with gifts from Chinese emperors - Picturesque funicular train ride to the top of Penang Hill - Spectacular views of Georgetown & roundtrip transportation - Relaxing environment at 2,700 feet (833 m) above sea level - Chance to view the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$62.04
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$62.04
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Shore Excursion from Penang Port : Penang City Tour with Penang Hill (Fast Lane)

Shore Excursion from Penang Port : Penang City Tour with Penang Hill (Fast Lane)

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Explore George Town’s colonial heritage, colorful neighborhoods and craftsmanship on a half day tour to some famous attractions in Penang. Learn about local traditions and cultural, we make sure you see the best of Penang.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.49
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$54.49
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Private Tour: Full Day Center Penang Island Tour

Private Tour: Full Day Center Penang Island Tour

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Make sure you see the best of Penang on a private tour of the island. Departing from George Town, this personalized tour covers religious sights such as Kek Lok Si Temple, Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram, Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple and Pinang Peranakan Mansion. Plus, explore Penang Botanical Garden and take the funicular to Penang Hill, from which panoramic city views are enjoyed. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.57
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$102.57
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 Penang: Flexible Half-Day Escapes

Penang: Flexible Half-Day Escapes

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This is a guided tour and it let you have the flexibility to pick and choose attractions that you like. You will be spoilt for choices. For a 4 hours visit from port or hotel or airport, you may select to go to some 2-4 attractions from the list below. You choose the places and dictate the time to spend at each attraction. Either visit the attraction to your heart fills, or simply take picture from the outside without entering, you call the shot. If mobility is a concern, go for a round island tour and take the comfort of viewing from the car. If you do not have a clue where to go, let our learned tour guide choose it for you. The tour guide cum driver, will accompany you into all attractions and give commentary on the go. You pick some 2-4 attractions/activities from the list in tour details. Penang is a land of charm and you will be surprised what it got to offer and you wish you stop by here longer!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.00
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$55.00
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Half-Day Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple Private Tour

Half-Day Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple Private Tour

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Look down at George Town from a colonial-era hill station then explore fascinating Buddhist temples on a half-day, private tour to Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple. With the personal service of a private guide throughout the tour, you’ll ride a funicular to the scenic hilltop, see a colorful blend of Buddhist architectural styles, and make good-luck wishes at the Fountain of Life. This 3.5-hour private tour includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in the George Town area, with all transport in a climate-controlled vehicle. Both morning and afternoon departures are available.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.24
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$69.24
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Penang Shore Excursion Day Trip with City Tour and Penang Hill (Fast Lane)

Penang Shore Excursion Day Trip with City Tour and Penang Hill (Fast Lane)

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Located in the northwest of Malaysia, Penang shore excursions bring you to a beautiful island which is known as the “Pearl of the Orient”. It is a place of meeting and exchange between East and West, creating a charm that is unique. Penang is recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO. The island is formerly one of the important islands in the seaway through the Straits of Malacca, occupied early by the British colonial powers. Today, Penang shore excursions are charmed with unique architecture and culture as well as being known as a multi-ethnic city of Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and Thai influences. We offer for visitors many things to do and see in Penang shore excursions, such as: • Explore Penang Hill • Visiting Reclining Buddha • Discover Fort Cornwellis • Shopping in Little India • Experience Chew Jetty
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.27
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$61.27
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Private Nature Walks at Penang Hill

Private Nature Walks at Penang Hill

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Visitors to Penang Hill are often surprised by the biodiversity on offer just two-and-a-half miles (four kilometers) out of bustling George Town. Discover some of the 2,500 plant species and 500 animal species that inhabit this hilly region of Penang Island during this private nature walk. Your English or Chinese speaking guide explains the history of the Penang Island hill station and points out interesting flora and fauna.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.06
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$32.06
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Earthquake and Typhoon Pavillion Experience at Penang Hill

Earthquake and Typhoon Pavillion Experience at Penang Hill

Find out what it’s like to experience two natural disasters at the Earthquake and Typhoon Pavilion on Penang Hill. Real water and odor effects, plus 3D glasses create a realistic atmosphere for both simulations. (Raincoats are provided.) The family-friendly attraction also teaches you necessary survival techniques should you ever find yourself in an earthquake or typhoon.
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  • 18 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.00
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$83.00

Sunset View at Penang Hill

Sunset View at Penang Hill

At The Habitat, you will get a chance to explore their Virgin Rainforest, Nature Walk and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of the world's largest squirrel species - the Giant Black Squirrel (Ratufa bicolour). You will also get to chance to walk at Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk whereby you will enjoy and witness the sunset view from here. It is 100m in length and is the highest viewing platform in Penang offering 360-degree panoramic views of the island and the mainland, including Gunung Jerai (Kedah Peak), the paddy fields of Kedah, the ‘rice bowl of Malaysia,’ and on a clear day all the way north to Langkawi.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.59
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$122.59
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Penang Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple

Penang Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple

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Your private tour of Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple, the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, is guaranteed to be a memorable one. Take a trip on the funicular railway up Penang Hill and experience the beauty that surrounds you on this half-day tour. Your local guide will share insight and history about the stunning hill country, the city of Georgetown and distant mainland Malaysia, as well as background on one of Southeast Asia’s most incredible Buddhist temples—known for its seven-tiered pagoda.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$67.12
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$67.12

Private Arrival Transfer : Penang International Airport

Private Arrival Transfer : Penang International Airport

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• Sit back and relax as you enjoy a transfer from Penang International Airport to Penang Island City Hotel • Enjoy Penang scenery without having to worry about traffic or maps • Travel to Penang knowing that a punctual and safe trip to your destination awaits you Enjoy a private transfer from Penang International Airport to Penang Island City Hotel. Begin your trip in a safe, convenient, and easy way in a private vehicle. Skip the long cab lines and head straight toward your destination in Penang.The transfer length is around 30-40 minutes and is available year-round, 24-hours a day.
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  • 30 to 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$11.34
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$11.34
Price varies by group size
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Penang: Flexible Full-Day Adventures

Penang: Flexible Full-Day Adventures

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This guided tour is flexible tour for 8 hours meaning you can customize your own tour in Penang from ship or hotel or airport. You choose some 5-9 attractions to go from the list in "tour details" and dictate how much time to spend at each attraction. Either you may indulge in details in the attractions, or kind of "touch and go" or you simply snap pictures from the exterior without going in, you call the shot. If heat is a concern, go into more indoor attraction or go up the hill. If mobility is your concern, then go for a round island tour with the comfort of air-conditioned car. If you like shopping then your American dollars are stretch 4 X versus Ringgit Malaysia as everything is a bargain. If you do not have a clue where to go or to do, no problem, let our learned tour guide choose it for you. The tour guide cum driver, will accompany you into all attractions and give commentary on the go. You will be surprised what Penang has to offer.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
From
$100.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Penang Shore Excursion Day Trip with Temple and Penang Hill Tickets (Fast Lane)

Penang Shore Excursion Day Trip with Temple and Penang Hill Tickets (Fast Lane)

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Located in the northwest of Malaysia, Penang shore excursions bring you to a beautiful island which is known as the “Pearl of the Orient”. It is a place of meeting and exchange between East and West, creating a charm that is unique. Penang is recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO. The island is formerly one of the important islands in the seaway through the Straits of Malacca, occupied early by the British colonial powers. Today, Penang shore excursions are charmed with unique architecture and culture as well as being known as a multi-ethnic city of Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and Thai influences. We offer for visitors many things to do and see in Penang shore excursions, such as: Take a city tour around Georgetown • Explore Penang Hill • Visiting Kek Lok Si Pagoda • Coffee taste at Coffee Tree
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.52
Price varies by group size
From
$60.52
Price varies by group size
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Penang Tour Including Penang Hill Tickets (Fast Lane) & Lunch

Penang Tour Including Penang Hill Tickets (Fast Lane) & Lunch

Explore the Penang city which is rich in history as it is in culture, tradition and diversity. Visit the many historical buildings and temples such as Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple. After that, take a scenic drive through the streets of George Town - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop at Fort Cornwallis for the photostop. Then, visit Penang Hill and also Kek Lok Si Temple.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.06
Price varies by group size
From
$96.06
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Nature Walk at Penang Hill

Nature Walk at Penang Hill

At The Habitat, you will get a chance to explore their Virgin Rainforest, Nature Walk and you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of the world's largest squirrel species - the Giant Black Squirrel (Ratufa bicolour). The Habitat Canopy Walk will surely grab your attention. With multiple viewing platforms and ribbon bridges spanning approximately 230m in length, it stands at 40m above the forest floor at its highest points. The Habitat Canopy Walk is designed to bring you out into the forest and give you spectacular views of the rolling hills of Penang island towards the Andaman Sea.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$91.54
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$91.54
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Penang Temple with Penang Hill & The Habitat Tour

Penang Temple with Penang Hill & The Habitat Tour

Penang is not only well known for its rich cultural heritage. It also has no shortage of and natural scenery; the island is a fusion of forests, lakes and beaches. Penang Hill is a hill resort comprising a group of peaks on Penang Island, Malaysia. A world away from bustling Georgetown, The Habitat Penang Hill is a fascinating introduction to the Malaysian rainforest, with walking trails, a canopy walk, tree top walk, and an entire garden devoted to fragrant plants. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic sunset view.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$112.25
Price varies by group size
From
$112.25
Price varies by group size
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Penang City Tour & Temple Including Penang Hill Tickets (Fast Lane)

Penang City Tour & Temple Including Penang Hill Tickets (Fast Lane)

Explore the Penang city which is rich in history as it is in culture, tradition and diversity by Penang City Tour. Visit Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, Streets of George Town - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then proceed to Penang Hill and visit Kek Lok Si Temple, Guan Yin. - Harmonious temple bestowed with gifts from Chinese emperors - Picturesque funicular train ride to the top of Penang Hill - Spectacular views of Georgetown & roundtrip transportation - Relaxing environment at 2,700 feet (833 m) above sea level - Chance to view the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$62.04
Price varies by group size
From
$62.04
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Penang Temple Tour with Penang Hill (Fast Lane)

Penang Temple Tour with Penang Hill (Fast Lane)

Whether you want to get quickly acquainted with Malaysia’s historic Penang or you only have a limited amount of time to explore, this half-day tour is a great way to see the sights. Savor the freedom of a private vehicle and driver as you visit Kek Lok Si Temple, a grand and significant site for Buddhists across South East Asia, and Penang Hill, with views of the entire state.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.38
Price varies by group size
From
$59.38
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Penang City Tour with Penang Hill (Fast Lane)

Penang City Tour with Penang Hill (Fast Lane)

Explore Penang’s colonial heritage, colorful neighborhoods and craftsmanship on a half day tour to some famous attractions in Penang. Learn about local traditions and cultural, we make sure you see the best of Penang.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$52.50
Price varies by group size
From
$52.50
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Penang Full Day Tour including Penang Hill(Fast Lane) with Lunch

Penang Full Day Tour including Penang Hill(Fast Lane) with Lunch

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Experience the sights and sounds of Penang in one day on a 6-hour guided tour. The well-rounded itinerary is perfect for travelers who want to get an overview of the vibrant Malaysian city, but don’t want to fuss over taxis, public transit, and limiting guide books. Thanks to all-inclusive transportation from your hotel, you're able to comfortably visit the reclining Buddha, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, Penang Hill, and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$94.88
Price varies by group size
From
$94.88
Price varies by group size
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Full Day - Penang Tour Including Penang Hill Tickets (Fast Lane) & Lunch

Full Day - Penang Tour Including Penang Hill Tickets (Fast Lane) & Lunch

See several sides of George Town in a single day with this small-group tour of Penang. Join your guide for a journey that showcases the city's Buddhist temples, its old streets (which have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the world-class ecological reserve on Penang Hill. This tour is ideal for time-poor travelers and makes it possible to see the highlights of George Town in a single day.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.06
Price varies by group size
From
$96.06
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Panoramic Penang Hill & The Habitat Nature Discovery

Panoramic Penang Hill & The Habitat Nature Discovery

Discover a different side of Penang Hill on the fringes of a 130-million year old rainforest. Enter the natural kingdom of genuine beauty with its forgotten views, lush flora natural wildlife that call The Habitat home. The Habitat Penang Hill features a guided nature trail, the highest panoramic platform offering a 360 degree view and Canopy Bridges at 40 meters above the forest floor.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.44
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$107.44

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