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…,

Cooking Class Penang 29 January 2019

Cooking Class Penang

Our lovely guests, husband and wife team from Taipei, Taiwan enjoying a great time with their host, Victor Khoo. They started their day with Victor picking them up at 8:45 am from their hotel – Muntri Mew – in George Town. From there, they made their way to his local wet market in Tanjung Bungah, which took 25 minutes to drive. Along the way, Victor explained his plan for the day and discussed the differences between each dishes to cook.

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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Cooking class 24 December 2018

Cooking class with our Czech Republic guests

Cooking class with our guests from Czech Republic

We had a wonderful time hosting our guests – Radka and Ondre – from Czech Republic on Christmas Eve.

It was a special occasion for them as they celebrate their Christmas far away from home and eating fish is a must in their tradition. So we included a red snapper dish cooked in a nyonya style. We played Christmas songs to create a festive ambiance for the occasion.