East West understands that each client have different interests and preference. Listed below are tour and package selections that will help you in planning your itinerary. These items are grouped according to the type of experience you have selected.
Overland drive from Penang to Cameron Highlands taking guests on a road trip for 3 hours to 4 hours.
The program begins with an exploration of the historical Street of Harmony and the colorful Little India on trishaw (1 person in 1 trishaw basis). You will notice that the multiracial population of Penang has given rise to the Indian Muslim’s Kapitan Kling Mosque on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling, the oldest temple in Penang - the Temple of the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) and St. George’s Church, the region’s oldest church. Penang’s oldest Hindu temple, the Sri Mariamman Temple is also in the vicinity. (1 hour trishaw ride)
Admire the art of traditional Joss-sticks making (subject to availability).
Next, head to the Penang Peranakan Mansion (also known as Baby Nyonya Museum). Baba Nyonya Museum, the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago, which is recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions. (1 hour onsite tour)
Lunch will be taking place in heritage houses which have a well-maintained Nyonya style interior. It has an antique chest of drawers and a display cupboard with a proud collection of Nyonya antiques passed down from the owner’s Nyonya great grandmother. Learn the secret recipes of Nyonya cooking from the leading chef, whom has the experience of Nyonya cooking for more than 30 years. This has made their food to be more authentic.
In the afternoon, visit the renowned Reclining Buddha Temple in Penang. It is an exquisite Thai Buddhist temple that houses a 33m long reclining Buddha statue. Built in 1845, this temple represents the long standing relationship that the Thais have with Penang. Observe also how the temple is designed very much in accordance to the nuances of Thai religious architecture. (30-45 minutes onsite tour)
The tour ends with a walk to explore one of the UNESCO heritage site, the clan jetties. Having been a home on stilts on the shores for the Chew Clan community more than a century and is still now, the Chew Jetty has withstood the test of time and a strong testament of living heritage for Penang and the world to mesmerize. (30 minutes onsite tour)
Welcome to Tropical Spice Garden, the place where nature and culture meet. Tropical Spice Garden is a bio-diverse living museum of the spices and other tropical plants that have shaped our global history. The six landscaped acres of the garden is a treasure trove of more than 500 living specimens of lush and exotic flora from around the world. The school – the first of its kind in Penang – features Nyonya, Malay, Indian-Malay, Thai, Penang Street food and Asian Vegetarian cuisines. Our classes begin with a live guided tour, curated to offer a deeper insight into the use of herbs and spices through generations for healing, health and to create a myriad of rich flavours.
In morning light, we will across Penang Bridge which links the Penang Island to the Mainland and head to the world-renowned centre dedicated to the care of Malaysia’s ORANGUTAN. Upon arrival, the Lake Cruisers will ferry us to the Orang Utan Island via a 15-minute boat ride. (Journey from Penang Island takes about 1.5 hours’ drive)
Once on the island, your orangutan journey will begin on a 100-meter steel cage tunnel, which will lead you to their lush home. Here, you will get an up-close and personal look at how they live and interact with their surroundings and each other. (2 hours onsite tour incl. boat rides)
Next, we proceed to some local fishing villages for a fresh seafood feast.
After lunch, we can then explore the quaint rural coastal fishing village on foot. (30 minutes tour onsite)
Then, we may proceed to a traditional charcoal making brick kiln and photography the scenes of the local people at work. (30 minutes tour onsite)
Fort Cornwallis, first built in timber on this site by Captain Francis Light in 1786, is one of the most important structures in the region. The building seen today was commenced by Light in 1793 and upgraded in 1804, though with a surrounding moat. The fort represented British protection and stability in a region of uncertainty, enabling the growth of Penang’s uniquely rich and diverse population. Its military status was downgraded in 1897 and it became a base for police and volunteer forces. Japanese troops occupied Fort Cornwallis in WWII, utilising it and the Esplanade for warehouses.
In 2016, The Esplanade Park Sdn Bhd was awarded the contract to operate, manage and maintain Fort Cornwallis by the Penang State Government. The Fort is of immense historical significance to Penang and Malaysia as a whole, dating back to settlement by the British East India Company in 1786. Its importance played a major role in securing the 2008 listing of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Once you are in Little India Penang, you can hear traditional Indian music playing. Along Market Street (Jalan Pasar), there are many fashion Indian stores. They sell mostly saree, silk and cotton, almost anything that has the essence of India. Apart from the interesting shops with vibrant colors, there are multiple shops selling delicious Indian culinary. The food is affordable and tasty. There are roti canai, thosai, briyani rice, tandoori chicken and more. There, you can experience to taste the food on a banana leaf with your hand and no utensils. Of course, you can request for spoon and forks. They sell fresh coconut juice there too. This is definitely the must-visit place when you step foot in Penang.
Colonial Penang museum will bring visitors back to Penang's colonial past. Experience the unique lifestyle of both the British Administrators & the wealthy merchants, appreciate the intricate art form from the past and the influence of British to our Penangites. Visitors can find unique antiques such as: -Parchment handwritten document by Captain Francis Light, founder of Penang, - Francois Linke, the Belle Epoque of French furniture, - The white carrara marble statues by Atelier R.Bigazzi Florence, - Reverse painting by William Morris & Company (Westminster) Ltd., ( Ruskin House ), - Stained Glass window by Hubert McGoldrick / Alfred Ernest Child and Katherine O'Brien , - Roman pillars and tree house and many more.
Monkey beach or Teluk Duyung is broad bay protected by the Muka Head cape. It is the most popular beach among tourists. Teluk Duyung is also popularly known at Muka Head and is also being referred to as the Monkey Beach. It is a private land, at one time cultivated with coconuts and durians. A burial ground of at least 60 years old resembles that of Indonesian's Acheh, which could make interesting historical research.
Cycle around the idyllic countryside of Balik Pulau for the best way to discover the charms of Penang up close. Away from Balik Pulau town, there is a labyrinth of minor roads, pathways and alleys. Sprinkled around it are paddy fields, plantation, mangroves, fishing village and dozens of traditional villages, or "kampung". Exploring the town by bicycle is a great way to seek out the Balik Pulau hideaways and experience the Malaysian countryside at a personal level.
The journey begins with a one-hour trishaw ride to explore this UNESCO Heritage city in pleasant morning breeze. The ride starts from Esplanade after visiting Town Hall of George Town. Other renowned heritage sites to be seen along the journey include Fort Cornwallis, Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, the historical Street of Harmony and the colorful Little India. Admire the beautiful sights of the famous St. George?s Church, Goddess of Mercy Temple, Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Kapitan Keling Mosque which were all built in the 1800s.
En route, admire the art of traditional Chinese Joss-sticks making presented by one of The Living Heritage Treasures Awards winners, the 84 yrs old Mr. Lee & enjoy the fun of a hands-on experience (subject to joss-sticks craftman's availability).
Head to the Penang Peranakan Mansion for a guided tour. Baba Nyonya Museum, the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago, which is recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions.
Lunch will be taking place in a heritage shophouse which has a well-maintained Nyonya style interior. It has an antique chest of drawers and a display cupboard with a proud collection of Nyonya antiques passed down from the owner's Nyonya great grandmother. Learn the secret recipes of Nyonya cooking from the leading chef, whom has the experience of Nyonya cooking for more than 30 years. This has made their food to be more authentic.
Next, we head to one of the UNESCO heritage site, the clan jetties. Having been a home on stilts on the shores for the Chew Clan community for more than a century and is still now. The Chew Jetty has withstood the test of time and a strong testament of living heritage for Penang, it community and for the world to mesmerize.
Spend two weeks exploring Singapore and Malaysia. Start your adventure from Singapore and drive up to Penang stopping by all the must-see points of interests in Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands and finally Penang.
Discover the rustic charm of Penang with your loved one and the unique contrast of old and new as you stroll along the old stilt houses against a luxurious romantic stay. A fascinating culture, the Peranakan is a unique culture that has a rich history and distinctive character. The word ?Peranakan? goes hand-in-hand with Penang?s old charm. Also known as Nonya-baba, these are descendants of very early Chinese immigrants who have partially adopted Malay customs.
Explore the different cities of Beijing, Hong Kong, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Bali over a span of 2 weeks. This package is highly customizable for you to pick the activities you want to do.
Itinerary will include: 3 nights Beijing | 1 night Hong Kong | 3 nights Penang | 1 night Kuala Lumpur | 4 nights Bali
Visit iconic attractions like the great wall of China and see magnificent sights from all these countries and explore their culture and rich heritage.
MALAYSIA ? A MEDLEY OF WONDERS
Founded upon diversity with a landscape of mesmerizing natural wonders, unravel the beauty this vast land presents. Traverse through verdant rainforests, pristine islands, hidden tribes and assemblages of nature for that rare moment. Made up of East and West Malaysia, the country is brimming with excitement waiting to be discovered ? refreshing hills of luxurious retreats, ancient rainforests of endless treks and rare species of floral and fauna, pristine islands and amazing diving wrecks and sites, hidden tribes and villages waiting to be explored, this is where nature and adventure come alive and beckons those who dare.
A 2-week nature adventure trip to Malaysia covering Kuala Lumpur, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands, Penang and Langkawi
Discover Penang's heritage and culture - the Peranakan, a unique culture that has a rich history and distinctive character. The word ?Peranakan? goes hand-in-hand with Penang?s old charm. Also known as Nonya-baba, these are descendants of very early Chinese immigrants who have partially adopted Malay customs.
This package includes a standard car for all ground arrangments specified in the itinerary and an English speaking guide during the car disposal. Surcharge applies for arrival / departure transfer between 2300 - 0700 hrs
Day 1. Arrival in Penang
Day 2. 3 hrs car on disposal with English speaking guide assistance
Day 3. Departure transfer
Enjoy this package as we bring you the highlights of Peninsular Malaysia.
- Arrival and departure transfers ex Kuala Lumpur
- 2 nights at Novotel Kuala Lumpur with breakfast on twin-sharing basis
- 2 nights at Mahkota Melaka with breakfast on twin-sharing basis
- 2 nights at Strawberry Park Resort with breakfast on twin-sharing basis
- 3 nights at Parkroyal Penang with breakfast on twin-sharing basis
- All tour proposed in the itinerary
- Meals as specified
- Entrance fees
- All tours based on French speaking guide
- Other personal expense
- Other meals and beverage not mentioned at guest's own expense
* Rates are current and subject to change.
This service includes a standard car for the airport transfers.
Surcharge applies for arrival / departure transfer between 2300 - 0700 hrs