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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Covered what we wanted to see. Unfortunately the visibility from Penang Hill was disappointing because of the haze. Hot Hot Hot Georgtown but an enjoyable day
Covered what we wanted to see. Unfortunately the visibility from Penang Hill was disappointing because of the haze. Hot Hot Hot Georgtown but an enjoyable day Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
Got on a hop on hop off bus we were going to get off a couple of stops before the port and see some more on the way back but unfortunately the heavens opened so we went back to the ship.
Got on a hop on hop off bus we were going to get off a couple of stops before the port and see some more on the way back but unfortunately the heavens opened so we went back to the ship. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
unfortunately arrives at 5 pm, still got a hirecar to try out famous Penang food char kway teow, chengdol and visited the street art
unfortunately arrives at 5 pm, still got a hirecar to try out famous Penang food char kway teow, chengdol and visited the street art Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
In Penang we just walked off the ship, dodged past the hundreds of taxi drivers clamoring to take us for "Island tour" " Taxi tour" and used downloaded google maps to walk down Beach St (or Lebuh Pantai) to Little India ... Read More
In Penang we just walked off the ship, dodged past the hundreds of taxi drivers clamoring to take us for "Island tour" " Taxi tour" and used downloaded google maps to walk down Beach St (or Lebuh Pantai) to Little India ( about 15 minute walk). Fascinating place to stroll around , then we made our way to Armenian St where a lot of the street art is located - very interesting. We walked along Armenian st towards the water to the Clan Jetties and explored Chew Jetty at the end of Armenian St. The Clan jetties are floating villages where Chinese immigrants lived so they would not have to pay land tax, and continue to live. Then it was getting dark as we docked at 5 pm so we walked back up Pengkalan Weld to the ship. We were able to see the ship lit up as we were walking so it was quite easy to find our way. We got back on board around 8 pm. We felt like we got a good taste of Georgetown, and it cost us nothing , and best thing was we were free to do as we wished. There are a couple of currency exchanges in the port as you exit the ship. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Taxi driver took us to some shops, chocolate, sarong/shirts and coffee/tea. Went to Penang Hill , had to go up windy roads in jeep as the funicular was closed for maintenance, but amazing at the top! Visited a couple of temples, Sleeping ... Read More
Taxi driver took us to some shops, chocolate, sarong/shirts and coffee/tea. Went to Penang Hill , had to go up windy roads in jeep as the funicular was closed for maintenance, but amazing at the top! Visited a couple of temples, Sleeping Buddha and an amazing house where the owner greeted us and had a photo with us! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Ship docked near town. Easy walk to a hip and interesting town
Ship docked near town. Easy walk to a hip and interesting town Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
A great port of call. Lots of variety of things to do and see and convenient to the ship
A great port of call. Lots of variety of things to do and see and convenient to the ship Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Botanical Gardens fabulous, temples nice, batik factory and butterfly farm a must. Lunch on the beach. One of my favorite days. Very clean Island.
Botanical Gardens fabulous, temples nice, batik factory and butterfly farm a must. Lunch on the beach. One of my favorite days. Very clean Island. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
We took a hop on/off bus here. It was very slow because of the traffic and, because we couldn't fit upstairs, we spent half of the trip facing backwards. When we finally got upstairs the view was better, but they don't have a ... Read More
We took a hop on/off bus here. It was very slow because of the traffic and, because we couldn't fit upstairs, we spent half of the trip facing backwards. When we finally got upstairs the view was better, but they don't have a running commentary, so we didn't get a lot out of it. Penang has some interesting architecture, but it's not a place I'd rush back to. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We took the free local bus to Komtar as our time in Penang was very short due to the long queue getting off the ship as the port officials only opened one gangway for 2000 passengers.
We took the free local bus to Komtar as our time in Penang was very short due to the long queue getting off the ship as the port officials only opened one gangway for 2000 passengers. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
I loved Penang. We had teamed up with some people who had arranged for a taxi driver to take us around for the day. We went up Penang Hill first thing. We booked VIP tickets which were definitely worth the few extra Ringits. It meant we ... Read More
I loved Penang. We had teamed up with some people who had arranged for a taxi driver to take us around for the day. We went up Penang Hill first thing. We booked VIP tickets which were definitely worth the few extra Ringits. It meant we didnt have to queue in the heat and also meant we were in the front car which gave us the best views of the funicular railway and the mountain. The facilities at the top of the hill are a bit chaotic and very busy so make sure you leave plenty of time if you want to have a coffee or a snack while you are up there. The views are awesome so dont forget your camera. We then went on a tour of the local area, which included some brilliant pieces of street art, and some great street food. Our driver was very knowledgeable and made sure we saw most of the main attractions. Again, I would love to go back and have more time to explore the back streets and experience some more food treats. Taxis are fairly cheap in Penang but the streets are very busy so don't underestimate the time that you will spend getting from A to B. Its also commonsense to get away from the port area before you start to haggle with the local drivers regarding tours. 100 Ringits is about the most you should pay for a full day tour including stops at the local park and the driver should arrange to wait for you at Penang Hill. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Caught the public bus to Penang Hill cost 60 cents then went up the funicular for a really nice view. Came back and walked to the clan jetties which was interesting but smelly.
Caught the public bus to Penang Hill cost 60 cents then went up the funicular for a really nice view. Came back and walked to the clan jetties which was interesting but smelly. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Cruise port is right near the action. Hop-on, hop-off is nearby, but do your research and just find the nearest circuit transit free bus service (it goes in a loop, so you'll eventually end up back where you started). Plenty to see ... Read More
Cruise port is right near the action. Hop-on, hop-off is nearby, but do your research and just find the nearest circuit transit free bus service (it goes in a loop, so you'll eventually end up back where you started). Plenty to see and do for a days visit even if you just stay in the city. Read Less

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