Looks like tourism players and even bloggers of Penang are indeed eyeing the potential of Penang obtaining the 2nd spot for reader’s recommendation in the NYtimes 44 places to visit in 2009. A food blog have come up with a “Penang private tour and culinary tour services” at the Rate of RM250 per day.
The services include I quote “what you like to do in Penang, your budget and time available. Based on your hobbies, preferences and special requests, we will then customize the tour itinerary for you that will cover the sights, culture, nature, places of interest, plus culinary tour of the many eating places and markets in Penang. You will be eating like a local at eateries that locals frequent. You will get to visit places that only locals go to”
I have been a manager for a small start up tour agency some time back before coming back to the hotels. RM250 a day for a private tour frankly is a very good bargain. Especially if this tour includes the meals, use of a vehicle and the services of a guide. As a sample itinerary Implies, I qoute
“Day 1 Georgetown UNESCO World Heritage Tour
9:00 am Pick up at hotel
9:45 am Georgetown UNESCO Heritage Walking Tour
12:00 pm Lunch - sampling local cuisines
2:00 pm Penang floating village of Chew Jetty (a UNESCO site)
3:00 pm Car transfer to Cheong Fatt Tze mansion
4:00 pm Car transfer to Fort Cornwallis
4:15 pm Tea break at local street food stalls and Penang Road walking tour
5:00 pm Car transfer back to hotel”
A Licence Guide currently cost RM180 a day already, A Official car rental, is above RM180 to a, that is more then RM 360.
A word of caution to wanabe tour operators and guides, to operate a tour company in Malaysia you need to have a KKKP In bound licence which is not easy to get, further all tours must be accompanied by a Ministry of Tourism Licence Tour Guide.