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Georgetown City & Temple Tour: Penang Hill(FastLane) & Kek Lok Si

4.5 (39)
George Town, MY
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Georgetown City & Temple Tour: Penang Hill(FastLane) & Kek Lok Si

4.5 (39)
George Town, MY
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Experience the rich history, culture, and diversity of Penang with the Penang City & Temple Tour. Begin your journey by visiting the Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple and the Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, immersing yourself in the vibrant Thai and Burmese traditions. Explore the beautiful streets of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and witness the multicultural influences that have shaped the city. As you ascend Penang Hill on a picturesque funicular train, marvel at the breathtaking views of Georgetown and the surrounding areas. Finally, visit the magnificent Kek Lok Si Temple, where you can admire the stunning Chinese, Thai, and Burmese architectural elements that make it a unique masterpiece. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia and soak in the tranquil atmosphere of Penang Hill. Book your tour now and create memories that will last a lifetime.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 6 hours
  • Suitable for 1-14 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Harmonious temple bestowed with gifts from Chinese emperors
  • Picturesque funicular train ride to the top of Penang Hill
  • Spectacular views of Georgetown & roundtrip transportation
  • Relaxing environment at 2,700 feet (833 m) above sea level
  • Chance to view the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Ticket for Penang Hill Train (Fast Lane), Kek Lok Si Temple, Inclined Lift
  • Hotel or cruise terminal pickup and drop-off (city center 1km radius)
  • English speaking Driver
  • Gratuities
  • Additional hour will be charged if exceed tour hours (USD 25 per person per hour)
  • Surcharge of USD 10 per person for pickup outside 1km radius from the city center is applicable
  • Surcharge 30% to be applied during super peak / festive season & must be paid on the day of travel

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Introduction

Immerse yourself in the rich history, culture, and diversity of Penang with the Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si. This captivating tour takes you on a journey through the bustling streets of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and allows you to explore iconic landmarks such as Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple and Dhammikarama Burmese Temple. But that's not all, as you'll also get to experience the breathtaking views of Georgetown from the top of Penang Hill and visit the magnificent Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.

What to expect?

On this tour, you can anticipate a total duration of 360 minutes filled with awe-inspiring sights and cultural experiences. The itinerary starts with a convenient hotel pickup from George Town City Centre, ensuring a hassle-free start to your day of exploration. From there, you'll embark on a journey that includes visits to renowned temples like Wat Chayamangkalaram and Dhammikarama Burmese Temple. You'll also have the opportunity to wander through the streets of George Town, admiring its UNESCO World Heritage architecture and immersing yourself in the city's vibrant atmosphere. The highlight of the tour is undoubtedly the visit to Penang Hill, where a leisurely funicular train ride will take you to the top, offering panoramic views of Georgetown and mainland Butterworth. Finally, you'll end the tour at Kek Lok Si Temple, marveling at its stunning architecture and enjoying free samplings of Penang's famous White Coffee/Tea.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for both history enthusiasts and cultural explorers who want to delve into the heart of Penang. Travelers who appreciate the fusion of different cultures, traditions, and religions will find this tour particularly enriching. Whether you are a solo adventurer, a couple seeking a romantic getaway, or a family looking for an educational and fun experience, this tour caters to all. It offers a comprehensive overview of Penang's cultural heritage, making it equally appealing to first-time visitors and returning travelers who want to discover more of the city's hidden gems.

Why book this?

Booking this tour guarantees an unforgettable experience that encapsulates the essence of Penang. Besides exploring iconic landmarks like Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple, this tour provides an opportunity to gain insight into the local culture and traditions through visits to Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple and Dhammikarama Burmese Temple. The inclusion of a knowledgeable local guide ensures that you'll learn fascinating stories about each location and have all your questions answered. Additionally, the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off within George Town City Centre further enhances the overall experience. So, if you're looking for a captivating journey filled with history, spirituality, and breathtaking panoramic views, the Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si is the perfect choice.

Good to know

It's important to note that the total duration of the tour is 360 minutes, during which transportation is provided in an air-conditioned vehicle. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included for hotels located within a 1km radius of the George Town City Centre. If your hotel is located outside this radius, an additional surcharge of USD 10 per person is applicable. The itinerary is carefully crafted to ensure that you have ample time at each location to explore and appreciate the sights at a relaxed pace. Whether you're interested in history, architecture, or simply want to indulge in Penang's famous White Coffee or Tea, this tour has something for everyone.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

George Town

Your tour begins with pickup from your hotel at Georgetown on time for a 10am departure. Meet and greets our friendly driver at the hotel lobby and proceeds for your tour.

Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram

Your driver will pick you up from your respective hotel to proceed with the City Tour where you will visit Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple Wat Chayamangkalaram (Thai: วัดไชยมังคลาราม; RTGS: Wat Chaiyamangkhalaram) (also called as the Chayamangkalaram Buddhist Temple) is a Thai temple in Pulau Tikus suburb of George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Situated in Kelawei Road, the temple located close to the Dhammikarama Burmese Temple. It is the oldest Malaysian Siamese temple in the state. The temple became a focal point for the annual Siamese Songkran and Loi Krathong festivals within the city suburb and for the city yearly Buddha Day procession.

Dhammikarama Burmese Temple

Dhammikarama Burmese Temple Dhammikarama Burmese Temple (Burmese: ဓမ္မိကာရာမမြန်မာကျောင်း) is a Burmese temple in Pulau Tikus suburb of George Town of Penang in Malaysia. Situated in Burmah Road, the temple located close to the Wat Chayamangkalaram. It is the sole and oldest Malaysian Burmese temple in the state. The temple also became a focal point for the annual Water, Thingyan and Mid-Autumn festivals as well for Buddhist Lent and Candle Lighting Days within the city suburb

George Town

Streets of George Town - UNESCO World Heritage Site. The George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site features Malaysia’s best restored and re-adaptive traditional architecture as well as a multitude of heritage trades and arts. The world-renowned ‘Street of Harmony’ reflects the influence of the diverse communities that have made Penang their home. At only 2.5sq km, the George Town World Heritage Site is compact enough to be explored on foot, bicycle or trishaw. According to UNESCO, the city represents an exceptional example of a multicultural trading town in Southeast Asia, forged from the mercantile and civilisation exchanges of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences.

Penang Hill

Then you will also visit Penang Hill where you will ride a funicular train to its peak at 833m above sea level to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of Georgetown and mainland Butterworth. Colonial bungalows can be found around this hill due to the British preferring to stay in a cooler climate compared to the hot and humid environment in the city.

Admission Included

Kek Lok Si Temple

After that, you will visit Kek Lok Si Temple. Built in 1891 as a small shrine, it has since expanded to become one of the most majestic and largest temples in South-East Asia. Since its founding in 1930, the “Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas” is considered one of Penang’s most beautiful architectural wonders as it is able to incorporate 3 cultures into one structure – Chinese octagonal base, Thai middle tier and Burmese Crown. A 30.2m Guan Yin – Goddess of Mercy bronze statue was erected in 2002 on the highest point of the temple. It can be reached via an Inclined lift at the middle. On the way, we will stop for some free sampling of Penang’s famous White Coffee/ Tea at Coffee Tree and also at Crown Pewter  for demonstration – Witness how Malaysian handicraft is made. End of the tour return to your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Admission Included

Reviews

(39)

4.5 (39)

Martin_D

Ronnie Ranjit was a fantastic tour guide and we managed to fit in so many things to see around Penang without it feeling to rushed. Ronnie was also exceptionally knowledgeable about Penang and extremely passionate about Penang.

WarrenC_G

Penang is a wonderful place especially the Penang Hill but most importantly is the tour guide Te who is so knowledgeable and friendly and that makes the difference.

Lalida_K

Asni Tour confirmed me that the guide and driver is same person. Once that met that guy he said he has no assignment as a tour guide only drive us around. Another point was kept me following up the guide details, that was not nice at all. Disappointed!!! at least the driver was nice enough to say something about Penang.

Melvyn_S

Our guide Mr Lee was prompt and very informative. Wonderful tour of the main sites of Penang, highly recommend. Flexible timings at each landmark to suit the customer. Great experience and keenly priced. Trip organised direct with Viator, rather than use the expensive trips off the cruise ship.

Happiness243017

The tour operator Asni Travels did not show up or respond after repeated messages and phone calls. Wasted a lot of precious time as I had to make alternative at the last minute.

Jason_B

Our guide Mr. Ong was knowledgeable and helpful. He knew his way around, knew a lot of history, and made sure we made the beat use of our time on the island.

Cesar_R

Driver/guide Rajev is the best. First he helped my wife replace her glasses she lost. He has very personable; he shared a lot of information, answered all our questions. I will definetelly recommend him and the tour.

Karen_L

KT was an excellent driver and guide. His knowledge of people, places and cultures was much more than we expected. Excellent tour !!

IAN_C

A great Guide. Aircon. Comfy car. Covered alot in a few hours. Very happy with the day. Thanks Ronnie

Jane_D

Thankfully we had the fast lane pass! It still took quite a while… secret is to get there early! Our guide was very knowledgeable and pretty good English. Overall an excellent tour!
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-17 09:17