Penang Private Tour and Culinary Tour
January 18th, 2009 165 Comments

Penang Private Tour and Culinary Tour

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Send an email to today to inquire and join our award-winning Penang Private Tour and Culinary Tour.


Our tour has been featured on US, Singapore, Philippines, and other regional media.

Rasa Malaysia Penang Private Tour and Culinary Tour is catered specifically to foreign tourists and visitors, as well as local tourists from Singapore and Asian countries. Unlike other packaged tours with a van that loads and unloads visitors at various tourist traps, Penang Private Tour is the ONLY tour company that offers customized itinerary with a friendly driver,  in a licensed mini van (new and with air-condition) with proper insurance coverage. Send an email to now to learn more about our tour programs and rates. Our guide speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay/Indonesian, and our award-winning services have been featured on Singapore’s SilkAir magazine, Budget Travel Magazine, USA, Leisure + Adventure Travel, Philippines, Next Magazine, Singapore, and TODAYonline. For the glowing reviews from previous guests, scroll down to the comments section.


  1. Penang Private Tour—a 9-hour day tour to the best sights and places of interests in Penang.
  2. Penang Culinary Tour—a 9-hour culinary tour to local wet markets, spice mill, traditional soy sauce/belacan factory, plus the best local food experience (hawker centers, kopitiam/coffee shops, and private dining). Cooking classes can be arranged.
  3. Penang Day and Night Tour—a 12-hour tour that covers places of interests plus sunset tour, night market tour, and sampling famous Penang seafood dinner.
  4. Penang Firefly TourWatch ten of thousands of fireflies flickering and lighting up mangrove trees along a serene river bank. A must-visit excursion for nature lovers.
  5. Penang Peranakan Culture and Nyonya Food TourNyonya and Peranakan tour covers the unique and colorful Penang Baba-Nyonya and Peranakan culture, heritage, living traditions, museums, cuisine, and antiques.
  6. Penang Durian Tour (May 2013 – August 2013)—durian eating tour at a private durian orchard in Balik Pulau, tropical fruit orchards, and round-the-island tour.

PENANG PRIVATE TOUR (Sample Itinerary)

Day 1 Georgetown UNESCO World Heritage Tour

9:00 am—Pick up at hotel
9:30 am—Georgetown UNESCO Heritage Walking Tour
12:00 pm—Lunch (sampling local cuisine of Indian “nasi kandar” and “teh tarik“)
1:00 pm—Pinang Peranakan Mansion Tour
2:00 pm—Penang floating village of Chew Jetty (a UNESCO site)
3:00 pm—Cheong Fatt Tze mansion
4:00 pm—Fort Cornwallis and Esplanade
5:00 pm—Tea break at local street food stalls and Penang Road walking tour
6:00 pm—Car transfer back to hotel

Day 2 Nature and Heritage Temples

9:00 am—Pick up at hotel
9:30 am—Wet market tour
10:30 am—Reclining Buddha and Burmese Temple
11:30 am—Botanical Garden and Youth Park (Monkeys!)
12:30 pm—Lunch (sampling Nyonya cuisine or local Chinese food)
1:30 pm—Penang Hill
3:30 pm—Kek Lok Si Temple
5:00 pm—Penang street food (hawker food) experience
6:00 pm—Car transfer back to hotel

Day 3 Round-the-island Tour

9:00 am—Pick up at hotel
9:30 am—Penang Spice Garden
10:30 am—Butterfly Farm
11:30 pm—Tropical fruit farm and waterfall hike
1:00 pm—Sampling famous Balik Pulau Laksa
2:00 pm—Balik Pulau tour and various scenic view points
4:30 pm—Snake temple
5:00 pm—Fishing village plus sampling Malay “ikan bakar” (grilled fish wrapped with banana leaves)
6:00 pm—Car transfer back to hotel



Infused with wok hei and best stir-fried with lard
Infused with wok hei and best stir-fried with lard pictures (3 of 40)

Our award-winning Rasa Malaysia Penang Culinary Tour (as featured on SilkAir and Budget Travel USAtakes you to sample the best street food, traditional restaurants and hidden gems known only to the locals. You will get to sample the world famous Penang hawker food, visiting spice mill, soy sauce, and “belacan” (shrimp paste) factories, wet market, food culture tour, and more!  We also offer Nyonya Food Culinary Tour with the focus on Nyonya and Peranakan food, legacy, and heritage. Click the photo album above to view the delicious Penang food.



Penang Firefly Tour takes you on an excursion to a serene riverbank with mangrove trees—the natural habitat of firefly. Watch ten of thousands of fireflies flickering and dancing in front of your eyes, lighting up the mangrove trees like Christmas trees while you cruise along the river enjoying the peaceful and serene nature. You’ll be amazed—and mesmerized—by the synchronized flashes of light gently hovering over the mangrove trees. A must-see for nature lovers.



Our Penang Durian Tour will take you on an adventurous journey into private durian orchards in Balik Pulau. The tour is both educational and fun, where you get to sample the freshest and most delicious durians that have just fallen off the trees, try out the different award-winning Penang durians, and learn more about “the KING of fruits.” Penang Durian Tour also covers other exotic tropical fruit orchards such as nutmeg, ampla (ambula), and more. While in Balik Pulau, you will also take in the spectacular and serene nature, vistas, and scenary, with a stop-over to sample the famous Penang Assam Laksa. All in all, you will have a pleasant and enjoyable time with us.

If you wish to tour Penang with a knowledgeable and friendly local guide for sightseeing, food, nature, culture, or need someone to drive you around, please contact us at for our tour programs and rates. Rates depend on the number of people in your group or the size of  vehicle used. To check the glowing reviews and testimonials from our previous customers, scroll down to the comments section.

See you in Penang!


165 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Winnie Lo says:

    Sent via email

    CK and Alex,

    We are very happy with the tour, especially to Alex who is very good. Good care of my parents, our family would like to thank you for giving us a happy holiday. I will come again to Penang and will find you and introduce my friends to your service.

    Winnie Lo
    Hong Kong

  2. Kaasandra Chee says:

    My family and I had a wonderful all day tour with Mr. C K Low. We highly recommend a day trip with this friendly, informative and courteous tour guide. C K went out of his way to make us comfortable and took us to many wonderful Penang sites, where he knew a lot about the history and stories of the area. If you go to Penang then hire C K Low for the day, you won’t regret it!

  3. Rachel says:


    I am interested on the Firefly Tour. We will be staying at Paradise Sandy Beach Hotel on 9 or 10 Dec. How much does it cost for 2 adults and 3 children ? We have another family of 3 adults and 1 child. What’s the price like ?


  4. (Via email)

    I just wanted to say that the Penang Private Tour my in-laws had on the 10th of November 2011 was amazing!! CK, their tour guide was patient, kind and very knowledgeable on Penang history, culture and cuisine. The in-laws were raving about it at the wedding reception. :)

    Elaine Lim

  5. Juliana Gunardi says:

    (Sent via email)

    Just a note to say thank you and we had a good time in Penang!

    Our daughter, Naomi loves the butterfly farm, the Penang Hill – tram ride, all the yummy food that Alex brought us. After the tour with Alex ended, we spend most of our time at the Pool. We will be back and we will look for you guys again.

    Alex was also wonderful and patience, we are happy with all the food recommendation he took us, we wish we had more time in Penang.

    Thank you once again.

    Have a Merry Christmas & A happy New year in advance!

    Juliana Gunardi

  6. (Sent via email)

    Dear Mr Low,

    We would like to say thank you to you and your staffs for bringing us around in Penang. We enjoyed our trip very much.


  7. Eileen says:

    I had booking my flight and Hotel.
    Tour Packages:
    Penang Private Tour 9am-6pm at Sunday 5 Feb 2012
    A 9-hour day tour to the best sights and places of interests in Penang
    (for 2 adult)
    How much will be the cost?

    Looking forward to your reply.
    Thank you
    Best regards,

  8. Mona Pitasari Lim says:

    I am planning traveling with my family (5 Adults) to penang.
    Actualy I been to Penang a couple of time but this is for my family.
    Could you please inform how much does it cost for one day tour.

    we will arrive on 19 March, the tour we planning to take on 20 march. 21 in the moorning we are back to Jakarta.

    Thanks for your atention.


  9. Michelle says:

    Hi CK,

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing us such a great tour guides (Alex & James Tan). My family and myself really appreciate what they have done for us especially James Tan who keep my parent company when we do our shopping.

    Thank you all of you.

    • CK Low says:

      Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for joining our tour. Please recommend our services to your friends and family. See you in Penang again soon!

  10. Mark and Fiona Chapman says:

    Dear CK,
    Thank you so much for a wonderful personalised culinary tour of Penang yesterday. We enjoyed your tour immensely – the food and your local knowledge and recommendations made our experience so much better than exploring ourselves. We would highly recommend your tour as a must do if visiting Penang.
    Best regards,
    Fiona and Mark Chapman
    Brisbane, Australia

  11. Susan Loo says:


    Greetings from HK. would want to know if you do regular durian farm tour; if so, are there any dates/itinerary with approximate price for 1 day tour. Am thinking of going to Penang this year (June?) with mother and brother (3 pax at the moment, maybe more later) and would like to know the cost and logistics so that I may do planning.

    regards, Susan

  12. lai rhodes says:

    Hello Rasa Malaysia Great info keep up the great recipes coming Thx:)

  13. Frederick Lim says:

    Dear CK Low,

    On the 13t July 2102 with a group of 8 adults we were lead by Alex for a 9 hour food tour. We were very pleased with the service. The guide was very friendly AND patient throughout, very flexible arrangement and at the end of the day we extended to another 5 hours of tour the next day where he patiently brought us over to Butterworth through the Penang bridge and back by ferry.

    Strongly recommend this service for Penang tour.

    Frederick Lim

  14. Marina says:

    Dear CK,
    Thank you so much for a wonderful personalised culinary tour of Penang yesterday and today .We enjoyed your tour very much. Thanks so much :)
    Marina N

  15. sonasakhi says:

    My family and I absolutely loved our trip to penang. The private penang one day tour was really good. Totally worth it. We had Alex to take us around, he did a great job. Was really friendly and nice to hang out with through the day. Thank you rasamalaysia for this memorable experience.

  16. kitty says:

    Hello CK,

    Thank you so much for all the patience with me and my sister during our trip from April 9 to 10 2013. I do enjoy this trip. Thank you again.


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  18. Luar says:

    I plan to penang for private tour, could you help us to arrange place of interest to visit for abt 10 person

  19. Joyce Teo says:

    I planing to penang for private tour(4D3N), could you help us to arrange place of interest to visit.(3 person)

  20. Arie Nieuwenhuizen says:

    Dear Bee,

    I recently discovered this food site and enjoy it very much. Thank you for that. Married as european to a beautiful woman from Surinam (her grandparents came from Indonesia/Java) I am interested in good and delicious food. Especially the oriental food.

    Can you help me with the titles/authors/publishers/ISBN numbers of good cooking books about the Nyonya and Peranakan kitchen?

    I looked on the internet to buy some in the Netherlands or Belgium, but no results.

    I would be obliged to you.

    Yours sincerely,

    Arie Nieuwenhuizen
    Zoetermeer/The Netherlands

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  22. Lett Kin says:


    Thank you for your insider’s guide. It help us to find way around and we had a fanstastic experience in Penang.

    We even find one place for famous Hokkienmee, have you tried it?

  23. Dietmar Vogel says:

    Thanks for the very interesting day in Penang and for your well experienced Driver/guide in April this year.
    We will come back 21st of April 2015 !

  24. angeline says:

    hey,im interested with penang private tour. im just sent email to your inbox.. im waiting ur answer ^^ tq..

  25. Steve Lim says:

    Greetings Rasamalaysia,

    I’m Steve from Singapore and I have one group of friends of 8 to 12 person intending to explore Penang for a two day one night trip on 18 April 2014.

    Do you provide catered service direct transport from Singapore to Penang?

  26. Silvia. Soah says:

    Hi, I want to know whether this Sunday got day tour or not? I only got one person here.

  27. jackie says:

    Hi, I am planning to go to Penang this April or May. Just wondering how many days do you think we would need to explore Penang?

  28. Tan Shuling says:

    We have a very wonderful time with CK Low in year 2010. I will continue to engage them when I bring my family to Penang in Year 2014.

  29. Rita from HK says:

    謝謝CK, 剛過去的五天很細心地照顧我跟爸媽及姊姊, 特別是爸媽年紀大, 媽媽的腿不方便, 每次上下車你都小心翼翼地把小木箱放在車子旁,方便她走進走出, 真是十分感激。
    還有, 從沒有想過檳城可以這樣精彩, 美麗的舊建築, 充滿特色的美食, 特別是你帶我們去吃的娘惹菜, 真的一試難忘,超級美味, 原來只想帶爸媽隨便走走, 結果喜出望外, 再一次衷心謝謝你。

  30. Veronica says:

    Just send a request to your email for a full day private tour quote. Looking forward to your reply. Tks.

  31. Jann says:

    Hi RasaMalaysia. Can you please provide the price list for the firefly tour and Penang Durian tour for two adults? Thanks heaps.

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