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Half Day Historical Tour of Georgetown, Penang

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Key Highlights

  • The Chinese, Indians, and the British have left their mark on Penang's capital city
  • Historic forts guarded by antique canons bespeak the colonial history of Georgetown
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    3½ hours

    Start time

    Private Tour: 9:00am / 2:00pm
    Coach Tour: 2:00pm

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Penang.
    (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Penang

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Named after King George III of England, Georgetown, the capital of the state of Penang, is a rich and interesting blend of the old and new. Central Georgetown is relatively compact and steeped in history. Chinese, Indian and colonial British reminders make Georgetown a fascinating place to visit.

    Penang is also the second smallest state in Malaysia. The place offers memorable sights and sounds and activities. It is the oldest British settlement in Malaysia.


    This tour is available in two options – coach and private. The private option offers you greater flexibility and convenience to do the tour at your own pace.

    You will be picked up from your hotel in an an air-conditioned vehicle for this tour which takes you to a selection of the major landmarks of Georgetown and is a great introduction to the rich history and diversity of the island.

    You will visit Fort Cornwallis originally a wooden structure built by the British East India Company around 1786. It was rebuilt with stone and brick in 1808. It is one of the most interesting historical landmarks in Georgetown. The fort has several antique canons. The most famous of the cannons is Seri Rambai, which dates back to 1613.

    Local belief has it that childless women can become fertile by placing flowers in the barrel of the cannon and offering special prayers.

    Drive through Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, Clan Jetty and Street of Harmony where mosque, kovil, temple and church.

    Located near Fort Cornwallis, the State Museum houses a fine collection of old photographs, maps, charts and other historical relics. Another point of interest is the Wat Chayamangkalaram temple. It is really colourful and interesting temple and houses the fourth largest reclining Buddha statue in the world. The statue is draped in a gold-leafed saffron robe. Later, explore some of the finest products of a local favourite chocolate shop.

    At the end of this tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • For less than 7 passengers, the group will be escorted by an English-speaking chauffer/ driver
    • For more than 7 passengers, the group will be escorted by an English-speaking guide
    • Entrance fee (wherever applicable) is included
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to reconfirm departure details.

    A surcharge of MYR50.00/person will be applicable for pick-up and drop-off at any hotel in Bayan Lepas and Balik Pulau area.

    Pick-up at 0900 hrs is only applicable for private basis.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

  • reviews
    • Informative tour

      Informative interesting tour. Tour guide helpful and informative....

      Jeffrey J Backen, Australia, 22/Jun/2014

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