3 Days, Penang – Day 2: Penang Private Guided Tour with TravelBuddee
We booked a Penang private guided tour using TravelBuddee before visiting Penang. King Bee Max’s heritage tour around George Town. Booking was a breeze and the messaging system on travelbuddee.com gave us an opportunity to communicate with Max and customising our tour before it started. He picked us from our hotel lobby in a comfortable and spacious car.
Fort Cornwallis, Penang
Our Penang private guided tour begins. Bringing us around several attractions, Max shared with us his passion for history about his home. We understood the rich history of Pulau Pinang from the Penang State Museum and Fort Cornwallis. Located in the hustling and bustling straits settlement, Penang was a strategic port where immigrants from China, India and Europe ply their trade in the 17th and 18th Century. Most made Penang their homes, and despite being from diverse heritage, people from different cultures were able to live cordially. A huge part of downtown Penang is gazetted a UNESCO heritage site in 2008. We visited different places of worships and the artistic murals around Armenian St and Chulia St which made Penang a tourist attraction since then. Max was full of zest in explaining to us the uniqueness of Penang. He has access to interesting facts about the places we visited, most of which we would be unaware if not for his presence.
In the afternoon we visited the Chew Clan Jetty. This water settlement houses families with Chew origins. We were amazed by their simple way of life, living by the sea, fishing and making handicrafts. We bought several pristine souvenirs, capturing our favourite memories in Penang.
We headed to the Penang Hill to catch the sunset in the evening. The oldest geographical landmark in Penang is accessible by road or tram. We took a tram to the summit of this 800 metres odd Highland, where one can enjoy a paranoic view of Penang. As day transcended to night, the city of Penang lit up in front of our eyes. It was a breathtaking sight to behold.