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Penang: "Free and Easy" Full-Day Adventures

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Stop At: Penang Hill, Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera Air Itam, George Town, Penang Island 11500 Malaysia

Since the British first settled here, they had always yearn for respite from the depressing heat, thus they set sight on the highest peak in Penang i.e. Penang Hill or locally known as Bukit Bendera. They built a railway up the hill and bungalows for retreat during weekend. Here we can see the legacy of the bungalows left behind by the British beside experiencing a colder climate compared to lowland. See 360 degree view of George Town, Love Lock, Ginger Garden and monkeys!

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Kek Lok Si Temple, 1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, Air Itam, Penang Island 11500 Malaysia

During the British era the Chinese flourished and thrived. They practiced their religion steadfastly and built many temples that rivaled those in China, if not better! One of the better one is Kek Lok Si, better described as the largest Buddhist's theme park in South East Asia. Learn all about Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism at the temple. There is a saying here in Penang - "you have not been to Penang if you have not been to Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si".

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Penang Botanical Gardens, Jalan Air Terjun, George Town, Penang Island Malaysia

Penang Botanic Gardens are the Pride of Penang. This beautifully manicured lush 50 hectare park of tropical forest, also known as Waterfall Gardens. Penang Botanical Garden has been a feature of George Town life since it was established way back in 1884. One advantage that Penang Botanical Garden has over the others is its wonderful setting with Penang Hill as a backdrop and a cascading stream running through it to provide some welcome cooling breezes. Here see cannonball trees, agar wood, poisonous Ipoh tree, mahogany and long tail macaque monkeys.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: George Town, Malaysia

See the legacy buildings built during the British colonial era from 1800 to 1942. Here listen to stories about Fort Cornwallis and its virgin cannon, Penang war of WW1 at the War Cenotaph. Take a picture or two of City Hall and Town Hall, and take in the breeze at the Straits of Malacca, the longest straits in the world..

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Pinang Peranakan Mansion, 29 Church Street, George Town, Penang Island 10200 Malaysia

See the former house built by a Chinese Captain, Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee, called the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. This elite house full of antiques and collectibles from east and west, featured many recollection memories when the Chinese immigrants inter-marriage with the locals and created a fusion of east meets locals, hence a new tradition was borne. It is also a popular shooting location of choice for Malaysian, Singaporean and Chinese movies.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Street Art in George Town, Street Art in, Penang Island 10300 Malaysia

Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic is leaving his mark with beautiful wall painting of children all across historical Georgetown. The artworks are funny, fascinating, and very much open to everyone’s interpretations. See magical street arts created by Ernest like “Children on Bicycle”, “Boy on Motorcycle”, “Dinosaur” and “Climbing Wall”.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Batu Ferringhi Beach, Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island Malaysia

Have a stroll in the beach for the best sunset or sunrise experience. Take a picture or two, and then in the evening bargain for bargain in night markets.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram, 17, Lorong Burma, George Town, Penang Island Malaysia

Wat Chaiyamangkalaram is a Thai Buddhist temple that contains one of the world's longest reclining Buddha statues, as well as several coloured statues of Dragon (nagas) and other mythical creatures. See the beautiful and serene world 3rd longest reclining Buddha. Walk around the statue for more trivias like "Weekdays" Buddha, 12 Chinese animals zodiac Buddhas, and pay homage to the "Future Buddha" (Matreya).

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, 24 Lorong Burmah, George Town, Penang Island Malaysia

Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, built in 1803, is the sole and oldest Burmese Buddhist temple in Penang. The temple is situated directly across Thai Temple Wat Chaiyamangkalaram. See the great marbled Standing Buddha. Walk around it to see what are the Buddhist nations. At the back of the temple, count the number of animal's parts that make up the magical animal called Panca Rupa. Throw a few coins for good luck at the "Wheel of Life" fountain.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Penang Ferry Service, Weld Quay, Penang Island Malaysia

Take a 15 minutes ferry journey across the harbor and experience the breeze blowing on your hair as the ferry approaching Butterworth. On the return leg, experience first hand how the early Indian traders first set eyes on Penang Island and then later the English established their first fort and port in South East Asia.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Pengkalan Weld 59A, Chew Jetty, George Town, Penang Island 10300 Malaysia

Busy, scenic destination featuring a traditional village of rustic houses on stilts over the water. Stroll on the plank walkway to see locals go about their daily life on the jetty, take nice pictures of harbor view, iconic Penang Ferry and Penang Bridge and buy a trinket or two.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Khoo Kongsi, 18 Lebuh Cannon, George Town, Penang Island 10200 Malaysia

The Khoo Kongsi is a large Chinese clan-house with elaborate and highly ornamented architecture, a mark of the dominant presence of the Chinese in Penang, Hidden in an enclave, the magnificent family house became a get together for festivals.


Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tropical Spice Garden, Lot 595 Mukim 2 Jalan Teluk Bahang Teluk Bahang, Penang Island 11050 Malaysia

*. See Green Gold as it ws weigh their weight in gold in Europe once upon a time. See trees of Pepper, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove; and herbs like Coriander, Pandan, Curry leaves, Citronella, Lemongrass, and other palms, poisonous plant. Learn about the Tsunami Memorial and how there is one in Penang.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Entopia, 830 Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, Penang Island 11050 Malaysia

Over 150 species of fauna and more than 200 species of flora are being showcased throughout Entopia’s entire exhibition, it is the world largest tropical butterfly park with 15,000 butterflies in a free flying enclosure. Check out Rajah Brooke – the world's costliest butterfly!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Penang Batik Factory, 651 Jalan Teluk Bahang, Penang Island 11000 Malaysia

A real factory where you can see a master craftsmen transformed plain fabric into high quality hand painted or block-printed batik. Showrooms sells varieties of genuine Malaysian male and female batik of all designs, colours and sizes. A great souvenir from Malaysia to the world.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Snake Temple, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, 11900 Malaysia

One of the few places where you can get up close to a bunch of venomous snakes and live to tell the tale. See live Pit Viper snakes coiled up at temple. Beware - they are poisonous! Learn how the snakes come to this temple and count the snakes in the backyard as they play hide and seek!.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Wonderfood Museum Penang, 49 Lebuh Pantai Near to Jettynext to CIMB Bank, George Town, Penang Island 10300 Malaysia

Taste charcoal- fried savory fire dancing fried flat noodle (Char Koay Teow), the tamarind and flake fish meat soupy sour Assam Laksa or the aromatic prawn soup base Hokkien Mee.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Gurney Drive, 10250 Malaysia

Dinner at the hawker center for Penang Famous Hawker Foods

Duration: 1 hour
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trip was easy to book. We had a question that was quickly answered to our satisfaction prior to arriving in Penang. It was not considered necessary to pay extra to take the "fast track" up Penang Hill. Our guide was Max. He began by...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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LoveTravel826107, Manager at Active Dynamics, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for buying Georgetown City full-day tour with Active Dynamic with our licensed professional tour guide. We wish you and Bev well, and we will be more than glad to welcome you, family, friends and relatives to Penang! Cheers.

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