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.


Penang Thaipusam

Penang festival - Thaipusam

Penang is rich in culture and tradition. One of most celebrated festival in Penang with over a million devotees descending into this tiny island of Penang state, Malaysia is the Tamil festival – Thaipusam. The word derives from the Tamil month of “Thai”, whereas “pusam” is the name of the star being observed at its highest point during the festival.

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.

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Dhammikarama Burmese Temple

Dhammikarama Burmese Temple

One of the most beautiful and peaceful Buddhist temple in Penang. Inside the vast temple ground is an oasis of carefully manicured gardens, water features and fish ponds with mythical statues, guilded gold stupas, an ancient well and Buddha images.

Dhammikarama is a Burmese temple and the oldest Buddhist temple in Penang. Built in 1803, the land was purchased by Nonya Betong for $390 spanish dollar from George Layton, and donated to the temple.

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Chaiya Mangalaram Buddhist Temple

Chaiya Mangalaram Buddhist Temple

Chaiya Mangalaram is a Thai buddhist temple, built in 1845, on a land granted by the East India Company on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Victoria to the Siamese community. The land was presented by the then Governor of the Straits Settlement, William John Butterworth, to four female Siamese trustees. Since then, the land has remained in trust to this present day.