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Why Penang Culinary Tour is special ?
Penang Culinary Tour takes you on a culinary trail to local wet market, sampling famous Penang hawker food (street food), Nyonya food private dining, visiting heritage coffee shops, traditional soy sauce factory, belacan (shrimp paste) factory, and more. Our culinary tour embraces and celebrates Penang legendary and rich culinary culture and has been featured in Budget Travel magazine (USA) and SilkAir's inflight magazine SILKWIND (Singapore). Our itinerary is unique and completely customized to your liking. Send an email to [email protected] now to inquire further.
Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia
Our tour guide picked us up at 9am on the dot, but unfortunately it was all downhill from there. Throughout the entire day, our supposed "guide" did not explain the land marks as we drove past them nor provide any explanation about the landmarks when we were simply "dropped off" at them. Our driver was very aggressive on the roads as well. This is NOT a guided tour service; you're better off hiring a taxi rather than wasting your money with this service.
At first I was expecting Mr. Low as our guide but Mr. Teoh was sent to us instead. I am glad that it happened. Mr. Teoh was very knowledgeable about Penang and there was no language difficulties whatsoever. His command of several languages was quite impressive. He took us to the wet market as well as the places that aren't in the tour guides.The hawkers he took us to had wonderful food and cheap prices. Mr. Teoh was very particular in the tastes of the food and understands what is original or not.If you are in need of a tour guide, send an e-mail to [email protected] it was a pleasant experience and will do again!
Please allow me to clarify that I had not gone on this tour. I felt compelled to write a review simply because of the botched booking process. So, please take it for what it is.I sent my initial inquiry and got a response back 1 day later from CK Low. He confirmed they are available and gave me further info via template response. I sent him another e mail regarding a convenient place to stay to follow the itinerary and 1 day later got the response. I wrote back to confirm the booking, and again, he waited 1 more day only to tell me that they are not available. Please keep in mind, I'm an expat living in Singapore and we are in the same time zone. It is somewhat hard to plan things when you have to wait one day to close the loop. It certainly is a shame to say you are available on those dates only to retract after 4 days or so.No big loss as people in Penang speak English and getting around would be fine. I am sort of glad this happened before payment was made. This would not have been my first culinary tour and, in contrast to my last one with Lotus Culinary Tours, this customer service is a joke.
As I was visiting penang on my own, i decided I would book a half day private tour through the Rasa malysia website as they were advertsing a Foodie tour which sounded perfect for me. CK answered all my questions over email and was very efficient in emailing over an itinerary well in advance of my arrival. He picked me up bang on time form my hotel as well andwe discussed the specific interests I had and what I wanted to do on teh trip. As i was staying in Chinatown and coudl easily navigate that myself on foot, we started at the amazing market at Pulau tikos where i tried curry mee (outstanding) and a Ying yang Kopi (tea/coffee mixed together) and was introduced to the market stall holders and made a few small purchases. From here we drove to a soya sauce boutique factory where i saw the sauce being made 9amazing!) and then onto teh south of teh island, with CK giving me local information on all matter of things enroute. Here we stopped to see durians growing, as well as a nutmeg farm before we stopped off for an amazing lucnh of nutmeg juice and assam/coconut laksaa speciality of the hakka village we were in. Before heading home we still had time see production of sambal belacan as well as a huge buddhist temple where i made a small donation to add wishing ribbons to the wishing tree, again with CK explaining everything. I coudl not have asked fro a better guide. he was charming, courteous, well informed and friendly - he really made my stay and left em witha load of places to eat over teh rest of my stay. I cannot recommend this tour higly enough, unmissable for anyone visiting penang.