Cruise Ship Penang stopover

Cruise Ship guests from America

Penang Insights offers an exclusive private local experience for passengers arriving on a cruise ship at Penang’s Swettenham Pier.  Depending on how much time you have in Penang, we will work with you to tailor your own itinerary to suit your needs and interest of our beautiful island.

If you are after a private and personal host, not a standard tour guide or a taxi driver, and want to do your own thing rather than following a fixed schedule and itinerary in a large group stuck in a tour bus or van, we would like to hear from you as your alternate choice.

On a recent arrival of the premium mid-size 1,220 passengers cruise ship Vasco da Gama on 26th April 2019, we hosted an American couple – Cindy and Brian from Colorado, based on their travel interest. Cindy started enquiring and working with us to tailor her program before their arrival. She wanted to see and do more in the 8-hours stopover, than what the cruise ship has provided them, with a list of standard tour programs on a tour bus.

Our local host met and welcomed our guests at the Swettenham Pier’s arrival hall at 8:00 am. Our tailored program began with a short visit to a couple of Unesco cultural and heritage sites in George Town before driving to the largest Buddhist complex in Malaysia. We then made our way to the rural side of the island, visiting fishing village and cottage industries, while driving through hillsides, finishing our program with a stopover at a butterfly and insect farm and a batik printing factory.


Cycling tour

Cycling tour Penang

If you’re wondering what else you could do in Penang after indulging yourself with the food and walking the streets of George Town discovering street arts, exploring the Unesco cultural and heritage sites with wonderful architectures from eighteenth to nineteenth century maritime seafaring era…,

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Penang garden of lights

Penang garden of lights

I have heard about this place a couple of years back. But, it never occur to me as a place that I would be interested to visit or take my guests, especially when visitors are making a comparison to the “tree of life” in the movie, Avatar. The first thing that came into my mind is “artificial and tacky”. I was wrong.

Penang countryside

Balik Pulau

Experience the other side of Penang local life away from the city. Imagine surrounded by lush green sceneries and “kampung” lifestyle with the hills on one side and the ocean on the other side. This is the side of Penang that most tourists do not know and have not experience, which is interesting and different from its famed street food, street arts and Unesco sites of Penang.