Garden Inn

41 Jalan, Anson Road, Georgetown, Penang, 10400, Malaysia
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Personal tour guide for 1

by juvelyn


Thinking of visiting Georgetown. Would like to get a personal tour guide cos' then I wouldn't have to worry about getting around (can't drive).

Most packages require a minimum of 2 people tho ...

any suggestions or anyone to recommend?


Re: Personal tour guide for 1

by vincentf

You can always hire a taxi w/driver. We did this for a really cheap price. We went around most of the major attractions in Pulau Penang. I stayed at the Crown Prince Hotel, which has transportation service desk right at the front. The price was around HK$300 ~ RM150 for 5 hours! You just tell the driver where you want to go and he'll get you there. Along the way, he'll give you a little background on the attraction itself. Georgetown itself is quite compact, and most of the attractions are very close.

Re: Personal tour guide for 1

by ogb4619

Taxi is good with air conditioner. However, a Trishaw is an alternative. Hundreds of them around and tho it's scary weaving in and out of the traffic, you have right of way all the time.!!?? Unique way of doing it. Most riders (peddlers) are fluent english, wised up to the attractions and cheaper than taxis. Not sure of the rate for a day but i'd ask the hotel porter who probably has a "brother" who has a trishaw.

Re: Personal tour guide for 1

by SleepyAngel

Take a bus. There's the shuttle bus around town. Free. Ask the Tourist Info Centre in Komtar.

Re: Personal tour guide for 1

by MichaelTWku

Personal tour guide. I will put it this way. We cordinate the trips. plan where to go. And how long. Mail me if u are interested.

Re: Re: Personal tour guide for 1

by alvi21

Yes, the trishaw is a fun option. Adds to the local flavor. You get to see George Town at a leisurely pace, and you get to get on and off the trishaw easily along the way. Excellent for phototaking.
Alvi, USA

Travel Tips for George Town

Lion dance ceremony

by phil_uk_net

I was in Georgetown just before the Chinese New Year and preparations for the festival were already under way. I wanted to see some traditional lion dancing and was fortunate enough to find it happening at one of the Chinese temples.
What I didn't realise was how important the ceremony before the actual dance is. The chap in the photo worked himself into a trance-like state as he blessed the danced and annointed them with some kind of paint.

Friendly people

by phil_uk_net

Away from the big cities it is noticeable how much friendlier people are. Wandering around, I noticed a young chap with 5 girls, who he was photographing. I stopped to chat and discovered he was an amateur photographer with some friends acting as models for the day. They were a pleasant bunch. I took some photos using his camera and gave him a few tips. His having five girls and me having none didn't seem entirely fair so I tried to convince him that I should have two and he could keep three (I'd already picked out which two). My cunning plan didn't work though and eventually I walked away empty-handed. As usual ....

George Town - Armenian Street

by SLLiew

Lebuh Armenia got its name because of the number of Armenians living here in George Town.

This narrow one way street has many heritage buildings including the former residence of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, the founder of Modern China when he was based in Penang as well as the famous Acehness Syed Alatas Mansion which is now turned into the Penang Islamic Museum.

Lebuh Armenia was turned into a street in Bangkok during the filming of Hollywood movie "Anna and the King" complete with elephants and Oscar Winner Jodie Foster and Hong Kong heart throb actor Chow Yuen Fatt.

The World Heritage Penang capital, Georgetown.

by Askla

"A brief history of Georgetown."

The history of modern Penang can be traced back to 1786 when Francis Light managed to persuade the Sultan of Kedah to cede Pulau Pinang ("the Island of betel nuts") to the British East India Company. Light landed at the site of the present Esplanade and the Fort Cornwallis. The island was originally named Prince of Wales Island and the settlement that soon grew up was named Georgetown after King George III.
In 1832, Penang formed part of the Straits Settlement with Malacca and Singapore. Penang, and most so Georgetown, flourished and grew to be a major trading spot for the lucrative trade in tea, fruits and spices, china and cloth. Later also in tin.
Penang remained under British controle until 1957 when Malaya got indepence and in 1963 formed the now existing Malaysia.

"Imposing temples dominate the scenery."

Georgetown has a lot of interesting and beautiful temples, as well as mosques and some churches. Among the temples you will find the only Burmese Buddhist temple outside of Burma (or Myanmar as it is nowadays).

"A World Heritage man."

Encounter this remarkable man, in my tips. At the age of 81 he is still making joss sticks by hand.


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Address: 41 Jalan, Anson Road, Georgetown, Penang, 10400, Malaysia