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Private Island Discovery

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Privately explore the best Penang has to offer on this comprehensive and intimate tour of the city.

Private Island Discovery

Experience the comfort and convenience of a private guided tour while sightseeing in Penang. On this premier shore excursion, a professional guide will take you on a personalized journey to notable and popular Penang attractions. This private guided tour is ideal for families, small groups, or individuals looking for an intimate experience while seeing Penang's best destinations.

Your Penang private tour begins with an exclusive air-conditioned ride provided by your personal guide to Air Itam, a scenic town at the center of the island. Walk through a wet market for a close look at where local residents shop for fresh vegetables, meats, and seafood. Next on your tour is the gorgeous Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Chinese Buddhist Temple in Malaysia. Admire the striking seven-story Pagoda of Rama, showcasing ten-thousand stunning alabaster and bronze statues of Buddha, and delight in the picturesque Chinese, Thai, and Burmese architectural elements of the sanctuary.

Continue your Penang private tour to Wat Chayamankalaram, a beautiful Thai temple. Photograph the incredibly decorative and colorful entrance before heading inside, where you'll witness the grandeur of a gold-plated reclining Buddha measuring over 100 feet in length. The adjacent Dharmikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple is also worth a visit before your tour's next stop. If you're feeling hungry, your private guide will stop for you to enjoy a lunch break at Gurney Plaza, Penang's premier shopping and dining destination. Lunch is an additional cost.

Your professional tour guide then takes you to Fort Cornwallis, a British-built fortification from the late-1700s, where historic canons decorate the grounds. Afterward, you'll drive past the Queen of Victoria Memorial Clock Tower and the "Street of Harmony" while observing Penang's various places of worship. St.George's Anglican Church, the Chinese Goddess of Mercy Temple, the Kapitan Keling Mosque, and the Hindu Sri Mariamman Temple will dazzle your eyes with their unique proximity and attractive architecture. Arriving at the majestic and ornate Khoo Clan Ancestral House, you'll marvel at the intricate carvings and woodwork inside.

Your amazing Penang private tour includes two more notable experiences. First, explore "Little India" to see bustling shops and colorful stalls selling spices, elegant cloths, brassware, and jewelry. Then, visit Chew Jetty, a gorgeous waterfront society. Small homes rest on wooden stilts over water in this this century-old village, which provides a captivating view of the Penang Bridge, the second largest bridge in Malaysia.

Your private guide will return you to your port at the end of the tour. Book this shore excursion now for a personal, private adventure into Penang's wonderful culture.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $74.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
7.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Special Instructions
Comfortable seasonal clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat. Religious places require long sleeves and long pants/dresses to enter.
Must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. This tour can accommodate one (1) folding wheelchair / folding walker per vehicle. Guests with mobility issues must travel with a companion to provide assistance. This tour is not suitable for people with great mobility restriction as it involves climbing 250 steps at Kek Lok Si Temple.