Half Day Round Island Discovery: Penang or “Pulau Pinang” which means "Island of Betelnut Palms" - was once a pirates' hideout. It came under British control in 1786. History has it that Captain Francis Light loaded the cannons with silver coins and fired into the thick undergrowth and the locals scrambled to recover them - thus clearing the area for settlement. Born as a crossroads for traders from Arab to Europe, India to China and nearby islanders, Penang is today a mini Asia in a nutshell! The island still retains its natural charm with quiet sunkissed beaches along the famed Batu Ferringhi strip.
Visit a Batik Factory (a local cottage industry) - a stop to learn about the traditional art of fabric making by using wax and dyes. Then drive through the hills where one will enjoy the lush greenery of tropical rainforest dotted with fruit orchards and spices. Stop at a street stall to be introduced to the many varieties of fruits and spices produced by the local farmers. Drive to the valley where clusters of traditional Malay villages and paddy fields where one can feel the tranquility.
Head to the centuries old Snake Temple or the Temple of Azure Cloud and discover the pit viper snakes. End your tour with a visit to a local product shop where you can try out varieties of the popular Penang white coffee.
Meeting/ pick-up point: Hotel Lobby. pick up at 9am.
Duration: Approx. Four hours.
Start/opening time: 9.30am.
Others: Pick-up from hotels on Penang Island only (Georgetown, Batu Ferringhi beach area etc). Additional charge will be imposed for pick-up from hotels located on Penang Mainland (Butterworth, Taman Terbilang, Raja Uda, Seberang Jaya, Perai, Bukit Mertajam).
Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.