Things to do in Penang Island, Penang: The Best Walking Tours

August 23, 2021 Major Galusha

Penang Island, the most populous island city in Malaysia, is situated in the State of Penang. With a population of 738,500, it also forms Malaysia's second largest city by population, while Greater Penang, with 2.5 million inhabitants, is the nation's second most populous metropolis. Its capital, George Town, has also been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.
Restaurants in Penang Island

1. Street of Harmony Walking Tour from Penang

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Where else in the world can you find a street lined with so many places of worship of different faith, all within a perimeter of one kilometre. The walking tour begins from St. George’s Church, oldest in Malaysia, to Taoist Goddess of Mercy Temple which survived the last two world wars. Across the street is Little India with its colourful Sri Mahamariamman Temple decorated with 40 statuettes of Hindu Gods. Further down is Khoo Kongsi, a Chinese ancestral clan house cum museum. Then view the nearby Kapitan Keling Mosque, the first Arab-Indian Muslim mosque built in Penang. ​

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop off, English speaking driver cum guide, Entrance fee

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Gratuities

Reviewed By NikoCherry

The famous street in Penang and most of the travelers will visit it in George Town. i enjoyed taking pictures there.

2. 3-Hour Heritage on a Plate Lunch Hop in George Town Penang

Ren I Tang Heritage Inn, 82 A, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Heritage on a Plate
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5.0 based on 25 reviews

The best way to eat and see Penang. Enjoy a 3-hour walking food tour full of delicious dishes, storied history and eclectic culture. Immerse yourself in the story of George Town's inception - a story of migrants and sailors, trade and war, peace and strife. Explore the streets and landmarks, eat great food and gain new insight into this amazing city.

Inclusions: Professional English speaking tour/host, Lunch and beverages, Local taxes

Exclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase), Personal expenses

Reviewed By siobhanf662

It has taken me far too long to write this review, but in a way, it means more that my partner and I still remember this food tour as a stand out highlight of our time in Malaysia and Penang. (NOTE we went in Nov 2019 but I can't pick that option!) From the moment we met Danny, his passion and knowledge about Penang stood out. Such varied cultures allow Danny to craft a wonderful tour, taking in the sights, smells and tastes of the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia, whilst reminding you of its humble origins. It gave us new eyes on the town and we went back to many of the stops in the following days. Thank you Danny for loving the city in a way that you were so willing to share with us. We hope you are keeping safe in the difficult times 2020 has brought and we will be back soon! Siobhan and Stefano x

3. History Walk Around George Town

Penang City Hall, Jalan Padang Kota Lama, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia TEOH SHAN TATT TIGER
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5.0 based on 3 reviews

The Harmony Street, is a short street about 300meter, but you can find different religious structures such as Anglican Church, Buddhist Temple, Hindu Temple and Mosque next to each other. I grown up in this wonderful city experience the harmony of different religion and culture come with tolerance and respect. Some of the culture have even blended and create an uniqueness to George Town. Is my passion to bring friends around during my free time.

Inclusions: LIGHT BREAKFAST, 500ML MINERAL WATER, Snacks

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Reviewed By steoh83

I should said, before the tour i have not much expectation. With the thought of it might be just the same eating tour. However i was wrong.. the food experience provide by tiger was excellent, i learned so much on the culture and the history of the penang street food. This is penang is known as the food paradise. The whole tour was exceptional with breaks in between and we got to visit a few sites as well. This make us to have breaks of eating in between so that we could treasure the food more. So if u all are coming to penang, make sure book this food experience with tiger..

4. Street Arts of George Town from Penang

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Travel to inner George Town for an exploratory walking tour in search of the unique murals or wall paintings mimicking the life in the city. Many have become enamoured of the newly transformed streetscape of George Town. Discover the wrought-iron caricatures with anecdotal descriptions of the streets that they adorn. Blending humour and historical facts, sufficient time will be given for photo-shooting. ​

Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop off, English speaking driver cum guide

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Gratuities

Reviewed By JasMineQSK

Amazing experience for the 8 of us!! We really enjoy our time here. Customers service from the staff is beyond expectations! Especially Lengzai Ali, Helmi, Naza & the cute photographer Ida! They really elevated our experience to the best we could have! Escape Adventure play is a must go when u visit penang! 5.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐????

5. Food Tour at George Town 5 hours - Eat Like a Local, Feel Like a Local

Penang City Hall, Jalan Padang Kota Lama, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia TEOH SHAN TATT TIGER
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Penang is the food capital of Asia, the cultural diversity here have contributed to a wide variety of food option. Chinese, Malay, Indian and Even Western Cuisine just popping out every where around the whole island. Either you looking for a High Class fine Dining option to Heritage Culture Vibe Cafe, you will be amaze with the amount of option you will be flooded with. However, the best food of Penang came from the street side. Street Hawker that being operating for tenth of years and some inheriting from the cooking skill from their fore parents. These Stalls on the street side might look simple, it may not provide you the comfort of seats but the taste of food might be comparable or better to those Michelin Star Restaurant. Lets join me to explore the wonders of this street food and learn on how to be a local foodies.

Inclusions: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Coffee and/or Tea, Air-conditioned vehicle

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Reviewed By cynthiawZ5860OD

The tour guide tiger was well informed and made the tour interesting and memorable Would highly recommend him

6. Air Itam Secret Hiking Spot with Scenic Views

NAT'S SCENIC HIKES
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This hike is very well hidden that only farmers and locals of that area know the route. Also, you will be one of the very few tourists and locals that knows this off the beaten path route. A magical way to get to know the other side of Penang. If you love nature and outdoors, this definitely suits you! Check my reviews to know their perspective on this activity. Click on the picture above to see more picture and this hike has to offer. Update : The Covid 19 has postpone the night market to be open so it's close until further notice.

Inclusions: Dinner or breakfast depending on the option customer chooses, Homemade local soya beancurd (sunset option). fried curry puffs and green bean/sesame bun (sunrise option)

Exclusions: Transportation outside of town will be charge according to Uber estimation fare(rm15-20 return trip)

7. 3-Hour Heritage on a Plate Dinner Hop in George Town Penang

Ren I Tang Heritage Inn, 82 A, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Heritage on a Plate
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Immerse yourself in the experience of George Town's evenings - full of bubbling pans, flaming woks and resting streets waiting to whisper their history. Enjoy delicious food, discover the hidden history of the city and experience an evening of George Town's quiet magic.

Inclusions: Professional English speaking host, Dinner and beverages (non-alcoholic), Local taxes

Exclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase), Personal expenses

Reviewed By jenbopops20

Do yourself a big foodie favour and make time to do this walking tour around the streets of Penang with Danny. We went at night but day tours are also available. Our personal recommendation would be to do it early in your stay so then you get the chance to go back and revisit places and it also gives you the chance to search out other places that might appeal to you. Really worthwhile and cost friendly. Jennie & Chris

8. 4-Hour Georgetown Food Tour

St. George's Anglican Church, Penang, Malaysia, 1, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Simply Enak - Food Experiences
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Be a part of an exclusive group as you venture through Malaysia's Georgetown Heritage area. Be hungry for food and knowledge as your local Penang-born tourist and food guide walks you through each step of the way on this food trail. Savor delicious local cuisine which the forefathers of Georgetown has kept alive as we unveil the history and heritage of this area. End the food trail with an optional drink at a local bar.

Inclusions: Beverages, Food tasting, Dinner, Professional guide

Exclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off, Personal expenses, Gratuities

Reviewed By Lovethyextra

We had a fantastic time exploring the streets of Penang. We ate along the way and learned about the history of Penang and It’s food. The culture of the area Is amazing, especially the clan houses. I would definitely book again.

9. Experience Malaysia: Authentic Malaysia Cooking Tour

Penang, Penang Asian Overland Services Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd
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Learn to cook authentic Malaysian dishes in a natural garden setting in Penang! Your 6-hour class takes place in the Tropical Spice Garden with expert chefs. You’ll visit Penang Popular Wet Market in the fishing village of Teluk Bahang. After preparing a delicious meal from scratch, sit down for a scrumptious lunch and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Numbers are limited to 8 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group of fellow food lovers.

Inclusions: All taxes, fees and handling charges, Lunch, All ingredients for cooking, Professional English-speaking guide, Pick-up and Drop-off (hotels in Georgetown, Batu Ferringhi, Tg Bungah, Tg Tokong)

Exclusions: Food and drinks, unless specified, Gratuities, Transfer surcharge for pick-up from Butterworth/ Seberang Jaya

Reviewed By OYK0902

Got a lot of water activity can play at there. There also got animal park. Is very fun when play at ther and very happy.

10. Guided Tour of Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion in George Town

Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion, Lot 22, 14, Lebuh Leith, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Cheong Fatt Tze - The Blue Mansion
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Take a walk and discover the story of Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion. What is it like to go back in time, to live an illustrious life in the grandeur of 19th-century Penang? As you immerse yourself in the history of the Blue Mansion, our trained guides will provide detailed and comprehensive insight into the heritage and eclectic form of architecture of the mansion. You will also get a peek into the lavish lifestyle of Cheong Fatt Tze. A must see if you are visiting George Town.

Inclusions: Guided Tour

Exclusions: Food and drinks, Gratuities, Souvenir photos (available to purchase), Hotel pickup and drop-off, Transportation to/from attractions

Reviewed By Manuel V

This place is not a museum, is a house with inspiring history, it has nice decorations that represent mystical, cultural, and economic concepts and includes a hotel and restaurant that are worth visiting. Do not forget to tip the Tour guide!!!

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