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Penang Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple

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George Town, Malaysia
Penang Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Your private tour of Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple, the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, is guaranteed to be a memorable one. Take a trip on the funicular railway up Penang Hill and experience the beauty that surrounds you on this half-day tour. Your local guide will share insight and history about the stunning hill country, the city of Georgetown and distant mainland Malaysia, as well as background on one of Southeast Asia’s most incredible Buddhist temples—known for its seven-tiered pagoda.
  • Half-day private tour of Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill
  • Tour the exquisite Buddhist temple, Kek Lok Si
  • View the bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy—Guanyin
  • See tortoises set free at the Pond of Longevity
  • Ride the funicular railway to the summit of Penang Hill for spectacular views
  • Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional English-speaking driver cum guide
Penang Hill Furnicular Train (standard ticket)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Transfer surcharge for pick-up/drop-off from Penang mainland (Penang mainland: Butterworth, Seberang Jaya, etc)

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Traveler pickup is offered

Your private tour of Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple kicks off with hotel pick up at your Penang hotel. Meet your friendly guide and professional driver before traveling by private vehicle to Kek Lok Si Temple. This stunning Buddhist structure is home to thousands of statues of Buddha and is widely recognized as one of the most important—and most beautiful—in all of Southeast Asia. Tour the seven-tiered pagoda with your guide and learn how this stunning temple blends Thai, Burmese and Chinese elements into its architecture. Your guide will highlight the 99-foot (30-meter) tall bronze Guanyin statue, which pays homage to the Goddess of Mercy, as well as the Pong of Longevity—home to hundreds of turtles that symbolize strength, endurance and longevity in Chinese culture. 

From the temple, make your way to Georgetown Station where you’ll board the Penang Hill Funicular Railway and travel some 2,625 feet (800- meters) above sea level to the hill’s peak. Your guide will point out the indigenous plants and animals along the way. Once you reach the top, enjoy spectacular views of Malaysia’s oldest hill station and far off views of the mainland. Your journey ends with hotel drop off in Penang.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • In the event Penang Hill Funicular Train is not operating, Penang Hill visit will be replaced with visit to replace with Penang Colonial Museum
  • Please advise that to avoid delays and the heavy traffic on weekends and public holidays, it is preferred to book this tour on weekdays
  • Please be ready to go at least 15 minutes prior to departure time
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Asian Overland Services

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What is the maximum group size during Penang Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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I didn't get what the Viator...
, Jul 2018
I didn't get what the Viator promised. Firstly, the guide called Ben didn't talk much. I had to initiate the conversation on many occasions. As he didn't say much, I was forced to ask a question. Then in most cases he answered that he was sorry that he didn't know. He was very polite to say sorry he doesn't know. It was rather weird as I have been to many Viator tours with a guide who is usually knowledgeable. This was my first time that the guide had to say that he didn't know many times. He also let me go on my own twice - once at the bottom of the stairs of the Temple not sure the name of it as he didn't explain, he asked me to wonder around the area and climb the stairs but as I saw a few beggars near the stairs, I got scared so I stayed in the souvenir shop. I saw him chatting with some other local people in the distance. Second time was when I had to go on the mountain train again on my own to the top of the Penang Hill. He said he would wait at the bottom and asked me to wonder around on the hill top myself. The Viator site says that the guide will point out this and that together with a client... But I had to walk around alone on top of the hill. I felt lost and deserted. He was more like a 'taxi driver' but not a 'tourist guide'. Very bitter experience as I expected to learn a lot.
Private tour with a guide who didn't...
Bruce B
, Mar 2018
Private tour with a guide who didn't get out of the car. We were not advised that to get to the top of Lok Si Temple you have to hire a jeep at a 40.00 charge. I have discovered that these vendor's low ball the rate on Viator then charge additional fees once you have booked. Be aware!
Our Guide was excellent apologies...
Adrian W
, Jan 2018
Our Guide was excellent apologies cannot remember his name we were a party of 4. The views from Penang Hill where spectacular. The temple was a must. Would recommend for anyone with limited time in Penang.
Our guide met us at the port and in...
Richard H
, Mar 2017
Our guide met us at the port and in an air conditioned car with a driver we toured Penang. We rode the Penang Hill Funicular Railway and enjoyed spectacular views of the mainland. The Kek Lok Temple is quite interesting and you need to know that there are a lot of steps to get to the top. A very enjoyable tour.
A very enjoyable and informative way...
Graeme W
, Jan 2017
A very enjoyable and informative way to spend a morning.Our guide really knew his subject and and had a nice easy way of putting it across. We went to the hill first as ,I suspect, it gets very busy later on. The temple was amazing and was easy to move around in. Learned a lot about the various religions on the island and their customs. Would highly recommend this tour.
The local tour company in Penang...
, Dec 2016
The local tour company in Penang brought forward the start time to 8.00am for this tour. They emailed us and contacted our hotel to be sure we got the message. Glad they did as it gets very busy at Penang Hill by mid morning. Driver was on time at the hotel and for pick-up at the base of Penang Hill after we has finished our self tour of the top. Temple was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and patient, allowing us to stop at whatever particularly interested us and gave us heaps of time to see what we wanted to see.
I was in Penang for work and I had...
Tracey H
, Sep 2015
I was in Penang for work and I had only a day to see the sights. The tour was exactly what I needed to get a flavor of the area. The guide was very accommodating and helpful.

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