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    Penang Hill, Temple & Funicular

    Penang, Malasia

    Duración 4 hs.

    Ride a tram to the top of Penang Hill for a spectacular view of Georgetown and beyond, and then visit a Buddhist temple so famous that it has become an icon of Malaysia.


    Drive inland to the town of Air Itam, originally developed because of the ideal agricultural conditions in the area. Today Air Itam is more renowned for being the home of Malaysia’s largest Chinese Buddhist temple.


    As a scenic introduction to town, you will ascend Penang Hill on a railway tram. The views of Georgetown and the Straits of Malacca on the way to the top are outstanding, as the peak rises more than 2,700 feet above sea level. Penang Hill‘s summit offers a refreshing garden quality, with old colonial mansions, reminiscent of an old English Village.


    Perched atop the slopes of Crane Hill is Kek Lok Si Temple, otherwise known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss. This sprawling Buddhist complex was built in the early 20th-century. The highlight is its towering seven-story Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, whose stunning design is Chinese, Thai and Burmese. During your visit, take a moment to view the Tortoise Pond of Longevity, where devotees release these long-lived creatures into freedom.


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    Note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking or standing for extended periods of time on cobblestone, uneven or steep terrain, with over 200 steps to negotiate at the Kek Lok Si Temple. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are strongly cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, sturdy walking shoes are suggested. As tour visits places of worship, please wear non-revealing, conservative attire that covers knees and shoulders. Shoes must be removed before entering temples, socks are recommended.
    • Adult from: $1,123.81 MXN
    • Child from: $552.38 MXN
    DURACIÓN 4 horas
    ACTIVIDAD 3
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    Georgetown Heritage

    Penang, Malasia

    Duración 4 hs.

    Georgetown is a treasure trove of beautiful Heritage buildings and homes, and its cultures and heritage have been preserved through the years. Explore Georgetown's history and culture during this orientation tour of the city, and stop for a snack at a leading hotel.


    As you drive through the city, view colonial buildings, Chinese shop-houses and Little India, all of which make Georgetown a largely intact, heritage jewel. Stop at Wat Chaiyamangkalaram, the Thai Buddhist Temple, which houses a 108-foot-long figure of the reclining Buddha. Just across the road is the ornate Burmese Buddhist Temple, which you will also have a chance to admire.


    Visit the Penang Malay Gallery, where you will learn about the history of the Malay settlement of Penang Island. The exhibits showcase the way of life of the early inhabitants of Penang.


    Not to be missed, when visiting Georgetown, is the majestic Khoo Kongsi, one of the most beautiful Chinese Clan houses to be built outside China. The intricate wood and granite carvings, together with 24 stone carved classic examples of filial piety, make this place a ‘must-see’ for visitors to Penang.


    During your tour, you will stop for light refreshments at a leading hotel and stop at the Chew Jetty, and walk over the narrow wooden platforms of one of the several Chinese Clan Jetties to appreciate the humble beginnings of the immigrant Chinese.


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    Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking on relatively level terrain, some cobblestone, gravel and a few steps. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, sturdy walking shoes are suggested. As tour visits a place of worship, please wear non-revealing, conservative attire that covers knees and shoulders. Shoes must be removed before entering temples, socks are recommended.
    • Adult from: $1,504.76 MXN
    • Child from: $742.86 MXN
    DURACIÓN 4 horas
    ACTIVIDAD 1
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    Batik Creation Experience

    Penang, Malasia

    Duración 3 hs.

    Express your artistic side while learning the ancient art of Batik at the Penang Batik Factory.


    Here, unlike the usual one-sided print, each piece features patterns and colors on both sides of the fabric. Upon arrival, a local artisan will teach you the traditional way to make your own hand-drawn scarf.


    Malaysian Batik is created by four methods: block-printing, hand-drawn freestyle, silk-screening and tie-dyeing. Batik fabrics are typically cotton and silk. Block-printed Batik cloth is produced by dipping the copper mold design in wax, then stamping and dyeing the material. After the first dyed color has dried, a second wax design is stamped and the material is dyed again. After repeating this process two or three times, the wax is melted away by boiling the cloth; resulting in an intricate and beautifully-colored design.


    Should you want to keep your creation after the necessary treatment to set the colors, if the piece does dry on time, it will be packed and mailed to your residence at no extra cost.


    You will also have an opportunity to buy batik clothing at the Boutique, where batik-print men's dress shirts, sarongs, scarves and more (even haute couture gowns) can be found.


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    Note: This tour includes approximately 1.5 hour of walking or standing for extended periods of time on level terrain, some cobblestone, gravel and a few steps. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, sturdy walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $1,695.24 MXN
    • Child from: $1,695.24 MXN
    DURACIÓN 3 horas
    ACTIVIDAD 1
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    Grand Tour of Penang

    Penang, Malasia

    Duración 7 1/4 hs.

    This full day tour covers some of Penang's most notable attractions beginning with a scenic drive to Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest temple in Southeast Asia. Built in tiers and on a hilly slope for amazing views, this sprawling temple complex is dominated by the magnificent seven-story Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas and the enormous bronze statue of the Goddess Kuan Yin. Stop at the Baba Nyonya Museum also known as the Chung Keng Kooi Mansion, formerly a private home belonging to a Chinese Kapitan who was the head of the Hai San secret society.


    Enjoy a buffet lunch of international favorites at one of the area's leading restaurants.


    You’ll visit a butterfly farm with landscaped gardens, inviting ponds and waterfalls that are home to over 100 species of whimsical butterflies that roam freely within a natural habitat. A brief stop is made at one of the area's fruit stalls giving you a first-hand look at the vast variety of local fruits and spices grown on the island.


    See the other facade of Penang, the tranquil Malay Villages, called Kampung. Head south, along the coastal road to view the fifth largest bridge in the world, the Penang Bridge.


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    Note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking or standing for extended periods of time on cobblestone, uneven or steep terrain, with over 200 steps to negotiate. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are strongly cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, sturdy walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $2,457.14 MXN
    • Child from: $1,123.81 MXN
    DURACIÓN 7 1/4 hs.
    ACTIVIDAD 3
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    Highlights of Penang

    Penang, Malasia

    Duración 5 hs.

    Enjoy a scenic drive from Georgetown's bustling waterfront into the serene and unspoiled countryside. Arriving at a local batik factory, you'll tour the factory's workshop and observe the traditional art of printing the fabric with dyes and wax. Don’t forget to shop for your own unique batik piece to take home.


    Picturesque bays and stunning coves bring you to a charming butterfly farm where the landscaped gardens, ponds and waterfalls invite you to enjoy over 100 species of whimsical butterflies roaming free within a natural habitat. The farm also has a nature park that houses small reptiles, a museum of Asian artifacts, and souvenir shops where you can purchase a memento during your visit.


    A brief stop at one of the area's fruit stands gives a first-hand look at the vast variety of local fruits and spices grown on the island.


    On the way back to Georgetown, stop for photos at a charming kampung village, a fine example of a traditional Malay village. Your guide will explain their unique style of village life and point out the fruit trees that are raised in individual compounds and sustain many families.


    Lo que debes saber:

    Note: This tour includes approximately 3 hours of walking on relatively level terrain, some cobblestone, gravel and a few steps. It is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, can make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, sturdy walking shoes are suggested.
    • Adult from: $1,314.29 MXN
    • Child from: $666.67 MXN
    DURACIÓN 5 horas
    ACTIVIDAD 2

Please note: The information in this document was current at time of printing. Tour descriptions and prices vary by ship and sailing date and are subject to change without notice. Log into My NCL for the applicable information specific to your cruise.

Printed on Saturday, December 07, 2019 at 08:30pm