Penang is one of our favourite places in the world. Afterall, we did live here for over a year!
There is so much to love from the pretty buildings in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in George Town to the numerous cultural influences around the island, and of course, the world-renowned food!
The best way to experience all this is with a Penang guided tour. Tours and sightseeing in Penang are just so easy and affordable. There are many Penang day tours to choose from, whether you want to stay in George Town or explore further afield.
Below, we’ve listed our top holiday tour Penang recommendations that will have you experiencing the best of this awesome island!
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Why Book A Penang Tour?
Penang is easy to get around, but as with all places, planning can be a drag. It can also be hard to know if you’re really seeing the best of that destination.
This is where day tours Penang come in handy. You can simply read about what the tour offers and see if its right for you. Tours usually focus on areas like culture, food, nature etc., so it’s easy to find one for your interests.
Plus, there are many tour agencies in Penang and you will be shown around by a local. Local knowledge is super handy when it comes to something like a Penang heritage walking tour.
We often get much more value out of tours than by visiting alone.
Compare All The Best Travel Tour Penang Package Options
Here’s a quick comparison of all your Penang tours package options. They are all day or half-day tours.
|Penang Street Food Tour
|Experiencing Penang’s daytime street food scene
|Eat Drink George Town Tour
|Exploring Penang’s night food scene
|Explore George Town Half Day City Tour
|Seeing the top attractions around George Town
|George Town Heritage Tour
|Immersing yourself into George Town’s cultures
|Heritage Tour And Trishaw Ride
|Experiencing a 1-hour trishaw ride
|Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Tour
|Seeing the historic Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
|Hiking Trail And Food Tasting Farm Tour
|Tasting tropical fruit and experiencing Penang’s rural life
|Pose, Share & Connect Instagram Tour
|The best photo opportunities around Penang
|Penang Hill And Temple Sightseeing
|Connecting with nature and seeing temples
You can read more about each of these options below.
Penang Food Tours
As Malaysia’s food capital, food tours are among the best tours in Penang! These Penang walking tours are as much about food as they are about culture and history. This is because Penang’s food really is a story of its cultures.
We recommend booking your Penang walking tours with Simply Enak Food Tours. Not only are they a super reputable tour agent in Penang, with a 5-star TripAdvisor rating, but they are also a family run, local business that know Penang’s streets and food culture better than anyone. I have taken their tours myself but alone and with my kids and had a fantastic time.
With a Penang local tour guide, plenty of food is included in both day and night options. They offer the best Penang guided tour options for foodies!
Plus, you can get an RM30 discount if you book using the coupon code DIVE30!
Penang Street Food Tour – Best Penang Tour Guide
Whether you’re an early riser or breakfast lover, this Penang Street Food Tour is the best Penang George Town walking tour to sample popular street food available during the day.
This Penang tour itinerary starts at 9am with a light (or heavy) breakfast, and walks you through the eclectic city streets where you can experience Penang’s vibrant and rich food scene.
You’ll quickly see that Penang, as a melting pot of cultures, offers a diverse range of dishes from roti canai to Penang laksa, and, of course, nasi lemak. Indian, Chinese and Malaysian culture are most evident in Penang, bringing with them a rich history that is best showcased through its street food.
This is also a Penang sightseeing tour and a Penang street art tour. You’ll walk past important monuments signifying Penang’s history, like the five major Chinese built Clan Houses, the Indian temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, and you’ll also see some of Penang’s unique street art. The tour concludes at 12:30pm.
Families are welcome on this tour. Book with the link below and use the coupon code DIVE30 and you’ll get a RM30 discount!
Like many Asian cities, Penang comes alive at night. However, this can be overwhelming when you’re trying to experience the best fare in that region. This Eat Drink George Town tour is the answer!
This 4 hour George Town walking tour in Penang lets you experience the culture of eclectic George Town through its food. This really is the best way to immerse yourself into the history and multitude of cultures that have shaped this vibrant city.
This walking tour starts in the afternoon at 4pm, where you’ll meet your local Penang tour agent and make your way through the city streets, stopping at street food stalls and hawkers centres, and learning about the role different cultures have played in shaping today’s Penang. You’ll sample the super popular Char Kway Teow – one of Penang’s finest noodle dishes on the Clan Jetty. Egg tarts, Indian roti and delicious laksa are also possibilities on the menu.
This Penang food tour package concludes with a cocktail (included in your tour) at 8pm.
This tour is only suitable for adults 21+. Book with the link below and use the coupon code DIVE30 and you’ll get a RM30 discount!
You can also watch my video walk-through of this tour below from when I did it. Warning: It’ll make you hungry!
Best Penang City Tours
Explore George Town Half Day City Tour – Best Penang Half Day Tour Itinerary
This 4 hour tour is the perfect Penang city half day tour. It takes you to all of George Town’s most historic and cultural spots. Included in this city tour in Penang is a visit to the British built Fort Cornwallis – the largest British fort still standing in Malaysia.
You’ll also see the Streets of Harmony on this Penang half day city tour which are among the oldest streets in Penang and a melting pot of cultures, as well as the huge Reclining Buddha Statue, Little India, Chinatown, the clock tower and nearby religious sites (if you wish). This is also a good option as a street art tour Penang.
This is a small and affordable tour, with some information on Penang’s history. There are two tour times offered – 9am to 1pm or 2pm to 6pm. This tour also includes hotel pick up and drop off.
George Town Heritage Tour – Best Penang Heritage Tour
Another great Penang tour Malaysia is this George Town Heritage Tour. This tour has the best Penang city tour itinerary to learn about its diverse cultural roots.
This is a 4 hour tour with the Penang tour agency offering two tour times – 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm. It also includes return hotel pickup and drop off.
The most impressive Penang tour place on this itinerary is the Peranakan Mansion, a large museum filled with artifacts from the southern Chinese Peranakan, and previously among the buildings used by the Chinese secret society.
Chinatown, Little India and the Chinese temples Hock Teik Cheng Sin and Cheah Kongs are also on this Penang day tour itinerary. This is one of the tour operators in Penang that also takes you to some of the towns vibrant artwork along the way.
Heritage Tour And Trishaw Ride – Best Penang City Tour Package
A both affordable and authentic city tour of Penang Malaysia is this Penang trishaw tour! On this tour, you will ride in a traditional trishaw, a 3-wheeled taxi, which offers a unique and traditional way to experience Penang.
This is a quick 2.5 hour tour of Malaysia Penang to immerse you in the culture of George Town. There are two tour times – from 9:30am to 12pm or from 2:30pm to 5pm. The trishaw tour Penang takes one hour, after which your tour guide in Penang will drive you to other places on the itinerary.
As part of this Penang day trip tour you’ll visit Fort Cornwallis, the British built fort; Penang Town Hall, a stunning British built administrative building dating from the 1880s and adorned in pastel colours; Beach Street, one of the major thoroughfares; and Khoo Kongsi, an elaborately adorned, Chinese built clan house, among other spots.
This tour also includes convenient hotel pickup and drop off.
Best Package Tour To Penang Malaysia
Below are the best Penang holiday packages. These are great for mixing and matching for a complete experience!
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Tour – Penang Blue Mansion Tour
The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is a must see attraction, and this tour is one to add to your Penang island tour package. It is a super affordable way to see this impressive mansion, and can easily fit into a Penang full day tour.
Two Blue Mansion Penang tour times are offered – 11am and 2pm. Take a taxi or your own transport to the meeting spot – you can see a Penang tour map when you click on the link. From here, the tour agency in Penang will meet you and your guide will take you through the mansion.
The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is one of the most impressive architectural sites in Penang, and you’ll get to see much of it throughout this 45 minute long tour. Your tour guide Penang will share the history of this impressive site which was built in the 19th century and owned by the merchant Cheong Fatt Tze. It is now a hotel.
There’s also a restaurant and bar where you can have a drink and bite to eat after the tour.
This 5 hour Penang package tour lets you escape the busy city centre and experience Penang’s natural beauty.
Departing at 8:30am, the tour starts at the meeting spots of either Green Acres farm or Balik Pulau bus terminal. This one day tour in Penang includes a hike to Green Acres, the 16-acre orchard where you can opt to swim and see wildlife like monkeys, butterflies, birds and lizards.
You’ll also visit the impressive Air Itam Dam which is surrounded by the scenic park. Your hike also includes the opportunity to see the best panoramic views of George Town.
A highlight of this tour is trying the delicious tropical fruit grown in Penang. Mangosteens, jackfruit, pineapples and the unique langsat are all available to sample. A fresh lunch is also served, as well as fresh juice.
Concluding at 1:30pm, this is among the best day tours in Penang Malaysia to experience Penang’s rural side.
If you’re looking for a full Penang one day tour package, this 8 hour tour is a great option. With both hotel pickup and drop off, the tour starts at 9am and takes you to some of Penang’s most scenic spots.
This tour includes a Penang street art walking tour and the Butterworth Art Walk where you’ll see some of Penang’s finest street art.
Visit the village of Kampung Agong beside the paddy fields for a Penang cycling tour. You can relax in the hanging birds nests, see the impressive coconut farms and tour the kampung houses.
You’ll also visit Frog Hill, a 45 minute drive away from George Town and one of the most scenic spots on the island. You’ll enjoy a short hike to this former quarry and enjoy views of lush greenery and numerous water pools.
The tour concludes at around 5pm with hotel drop off. With some excellent photo opportunities, this is one of the Penang tour packages that will make others jealous!
Penang Hill And Temple Sightseeing – Best Penang Hill Tour Package
This is another Penang 1 day tour package with two options – either a 9am morning tour or a 2pm afternoon tour.
The tour commences with hotel pickup and takes you to two of the best attractions around Penang, including the impressive Kek Lok Si Temple, where you’ll see its numerous sculptures, and Penang Hill, which includes a ride on the funicular train.
There is plenty to do at the top of Penang Hill like taking a walk on the Langur Way Canopy Walk, seeing colonial buildings and enjoying the stunning views of George Town below.
This four hour, half day tour is among the best holiday tours Penang offers for those looking for a Penang outer city tour package.
We hope this article has been helpful for you.
Penang is a wonderful place to visit and we recommend you do as much as possible (or as much as time permits). Whether you choose to just tour George Town, or explore further afield, we’re sure a tour will make it all the more enjoyable!
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