Penang attractions on Penang culture
Old Town Penang

There’s so much to see and do in Penang it can be difficult for a first-time visitor to know where to start. From exploring majestic Buddhist temples such as the majestic Kek Lok Si temple in Air Itam to the Thai Wat Chayamangkalaram temple (famous for its large gold plated reclining Buddha), to dazzling your senses with Penang’s world famous street food, you’ll never run out of things to do.

Your only challenge will be deciding what you’d like to do most during your stay and how to plan your day so that you can make the best use of of your time.

At Penang Insights, we understand that your time here is limited. Our aim is to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. We are 100% focused on you by immersing our guests with local experiences beyond typical tours or classes.

Create your own itinerary or choose one of ours

You may choose from one of our carefully crafted activities offering a unique insight into Penang’s diverse background and culture. Alternatively, let your inspiring local host Victor Khoo, customise a program that’s designed especially for you. Simply inform us in advance about your likes and desires and we’ll put together a bespoke program for you. We’re more than happy to adjust the itinerary so that you can look forward to a wonderful day of activities before or during your program.

Every program is private

When you choose Penang Insights you will be our only customer for the day. Your trip is operated with just your party and your local host/driver. We can accommodate a maximum of four guests of small size built in our small and comfortable car.

We believe that a private trip is the best way to enjoy all that Penang has to offer at your own leisure and in your own time. If you wish to linger longer at a particular landmark for sightseeing or photography, or make an ad-hoc stop along your journey we’ll accommodate your wishes accordingly.

What to expect

Your host will meet you at your hotel or cruise ship terminal and drop you off afterwards. Transport is a late model and comfortable air conditioned vehicle. During your trip your host will share his local knowledge and experiences on the cultural, religious and historical significance of key landmarks. We’ll take the time to stop for refreshments along the way so you can experience Penang’s renowned street food.

Born and raised in Penang, Victor is fluent in Hokkien (Chinese), Bahasa Malaysia and English.

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Kek Lok Si Temple Private Tour

Kek Lok Si Temple

Explore the architectural wonder of the majestic Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple perched on the hillside of Air Itam. Originally constructed in the 1980’s with significant ongoing enhancements since that time, Kek Lok Si has become one of the most significant and largest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia.

Penang Botanic Gardens

Local Morning Trail

Begin your day with a relaxing walk around the Penang Botanic Gardens, established by the British in 1884 from an old granite quarry site. Its unique heritage and history on a sprawling 50 hectares of beautiful parklands is the only kind in Malaysia.  Spot the occasional native wildlife; such as, the long tailed macaque monkeys native to this tropical rainforests.

Penang nightlife

Evening Food Safari

Penang is never short of things to do. As night falls and office workers head home after a busy day, Penang readies itself for its evening crowd by transforming into a whole new streetscape, from “pasar malam” (night market) in local neighbourhood to push-cart smorgasbord of street food choices and live musics in hidden joints.

Cooking Class

Begin your day with a visit to a traditional fresh produce or ‘wet’ market where we will meet local traders selling their wares of exotic fruit, spices, freshly caught seafood and other fresh produce.  We will enjoy a traditional Penang style breakfast with refreshments from the local traders.

Explore Penang Island

Explore the hidden charms of Penang island on this round the island trip traversing through traditional local and fishing villages, idyllic beaches, lush green rainforests, ocean scenic views, rolling hills, private cottage industry, family-own garden and agricultural lands.