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1 day in Penang - Cruise ship

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1 day in Penang - Cruise ship

Does anyone know what part of Penang a cruise ship will anchor? It says it is a tender port so it will not dock. We arrive at 8am and depart at 6pm. We won't do ship tours, so what is available by ourselves? Thanking you in advance

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1. Re: 1 day in Penang - Cruise ship


check out this recent thread which I think will answer your questions. The title might seem it won't but read on . .


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2. Re: 1 day in Penang - Cruise ship

Most cruise ships stop at Swettenham Pier(Penang island) which is directly in front of Fort Cornwallis/Esplanade.

You'll have approximately 8.30am-5.15pm

Here's a map from a website Malaxi which will give you an overview of proximity within Georgetown.


If you want to go sight-seeing, it's best that you hire a car (inclusive of a driver) from a travel agent.

8.30am -11am

a) go to Ayer Itam Pagoda/Temple(Kek Lok Si) or Botanical Gardens or Snake Temple.

11 to 3pm

a) drive along Batu Ferringhi and do a lunch in one of the hotels or restaurants & then go back to the historical/heritage areas ( eg. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion or Khoo Kongsi or Clan Jetty), which is a 5-7 mins ride to your docking place.

Or, spend a full day until 5.15pm in the historical & heritage sites and Little India.


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3. Re: 1 day in Penang - Cruise ship

It is only small cruise ships that can dock @ Swettenham Pier - and then only at high tide.

Most ships will dock on the Butterworth side of the straits and a tender is used to bring visitors ashore for Georgetown sight seeing.

very large ships MUST stay out in the straits (at anchor) where the deep water channels are dredged on a regular basis.

It is likely to be about 9am when you get ashore in Georgetown.

Have a look on the left side of this page (Things to do) and decide on what you would like to visit.

You might walk from the pier to Fort Cornwallis and the old light house. From here you can follow the Padang and look at the old colonial buildings.

Then wander into Chinatown and on to Little India.... great places to stop for lunch.

After, you could hire a taxi for the afternoon (you can expect to pay around rm30 per hour) to take you out to the temples - Wat Chayamangkalaram and Dharmikarama Burmese Temple. Then move on to Kek Lok Si. (pay off the taxi as you need about 1.5 - 2 hours at Kek Lok Si. You can easily get a taxi back into Georgetown from the market area below Kek Lok Si - should cost rm15 - rm20 to KOMTAR)

By the time you finish Kek Lok Si it will be about 4.30pm. Take a taxi to KOMTAR - head up to the viewing deck (floor 56 I think).... great views of Penang.

Head back to the port.

Other places like Batu Ferringhi, Teluk Bahang, The Spice Gardens, Tropical Fruit farm,Butterfly Farm and Snake Temple are a taxi ride away and you don't really have enough time.

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4. Re: 1 day in Penang - Cruise ship

A taxi to Kek Lok Si temple would be my advice as well and then maybe Little India for lunch and Fort Cornwall.

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5. Re: 1 day in Penang - Cruise ship

If your coming in with Star Cruises you may well dock off shore on the Butterworth side, some of the ships will run launches to Georgetown, others lay on coaches.

Its not a problem which way they do it, you still get time to see some of Penang.

You can get a taxi, keep the guy for the day, agree a price in advance.

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