- Learn about George Town history and culture through its heritage buildings and roads
- Visit all the main buildings and landmarks on a guided tour
- Taste the local food with locals
- Round trip from Georgetown airport or jetty to hotel
- Accommodation with breakfast
- Meals and activities
- Entrance fees and permits
- Any amount of people can join.
The island of Penang, located North West from the Malaysian Peninsula, has been largely uninhabited until the arrival of the British in the second half of the 18th century. It belonged to the sultanate of Kedah. The British obtained the territory of Penang as a concession from the sultan in exchange of aid against the neighbouring kingdom of Siam (Thailand). Hence Penang became the first British settlement in Malaysia, with George Town (named so in honour of King George) as its main outpost, founded on 11 August 1786 by Captain Francis Light, a trader for the British East India Company. Commerce began soon to flourish and the newly founded British colony attracted large communities of Chinese, Arab, Thai, Burmese and Indonesian traders and immigrants, altogether with Indians coming from British India colonies. The flocking of different communities into the growing city shaped Penang into what is still today: a diverse melting pot of Asian ethnicities, cultures, religions, traditions and food, nested in a tropical colonial urban architecture marked by a British tone but rich in Asian features, such as Chinese temples, housings, Hindu temples, mosques of mixed style and more. The unique architectonic heritage of George Town is very well preserved and given its unicity and meaning in history, it has been declared in recent times a UNESCO World Heritage site.
This all inclusive tour idea of Penang will bring you for a dive in this historical melting pot and let you discover Penang from a heritage and cultural perspectives.
The trip assumes you’ll be arriving at the airport, but even if you arrive from the jetty (ie. you are on a cruise or inbound from mainland), it includes private transportation to your hotel in town in either case. On the way back the driver can send you to airport, mainland (e.g. Butterworth bus or train station) or Penang jetty, according to your plans. We recommend to have with you sunscreen protection, a hat, a raincoat in case of rain, as well as a canteen to keep you hydrated in the island’s tropical heat.