What is so wonderful about Georgetown is the mix of cultures. Along the "Road of Harmony" you will see Christian churches, Chinese temples, and Muslim mosques, a demonstration of the fusion of backgrounds that is the basis for the country yet today. A visit to the Penang Museum will be very informative and your guide will point out the photographs and charts it houses.
A stop at Wat Chayamangkalaram is a must. Most popularly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, this is the largest Buddhist temple in Penang. Its name means auspicious victory and the building, which dates back to 1845, houses a 108 ft. Buddha in a reclining position that is covered in gold leaf. Magnificent is the only word to describe this. A day in Georgetown must include Gurney Drive, otherwise known as Persiaran Gurney. This is perhaps one of the most well-known places in Penang. Often referred to as ‘The New Esplanade’ (to differentiate it from the original Esplanade in Georgetown), Gurney Drive is a deluge of hawker delights and exciting restaurants that come alive at nighttime, giving the unique experience of dining by the sea. Gurney Drive was named after Sir Henry Gurney, a Malayan High Commissioner who was assassinated by the guerrillas of the Malayan Communist Party during the Emergency period in the early 1950s. Your walk down the promenade will be less crowded than it would during the evening hours but still expect some vendors showing their wares.
Finally, two more important highlights in Georgetown will complete the excursion. Founded by the British in 1884, the Penang Botanic Gardens remain a lush preserve of floral and fauna. Known particularly for its waterfall, it is a lovely stop. And as you return to your starting point, you will receive the history of the E & O Hotel, the grande dame of Penang's hotel properties. The Eastern and Oriental is still the premier property but also one of historic background. This is THE place to stay when you return.
Before returning, you we will have the opportunity to experience the typical local Indian Banana leaf set lunch.
Departures: 08:30 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - All entrance fees mentioned in the tour are included.
- Tour is part driving and part walking. Please dress comfortably.
- Lunch is included in the tour.