Learning to fall in love again with those old familiar places

Sight to behold: Tourists posing with ‘Mural Kids on Bicycle’ at Lebuh Armenian in George Town.

GEORGE TOWN: With Covid-19 halting all overseas travel, more Malaysians are learning to explore their own turf.

Joining a RM15 tour package in Penang called Super Saver, businessman Lim Say Heen said he had visited most sites on the itinerary.

“The tour has been quite informative and I found out new things about my hometown. We have visited many of these places before but it was more to snap photos.

“This time, the guide shared with us insights on Fort Cornwallis and other places, ” he said when met at the Dharmikarama Burmese Temple in Pulau Tikus.

Lim, 57, said his children aged nine and 14 also enjoyed the tour.

“There were many children with us during the tour. Children are easily bored but the guide made it fun for them.

“Every trip for children is something new. We felt safe throughout the tour as all the spots kept to the SOP, ” he said.

Tour guide Choo Kok Leong said some of the tour packages covered Penang Hill while the others involved different areas, including on the mainland.

He said the participants would be picked at selected hotels or pick-up points for guided tours from 9am till 6pm.

“To ensure physical distancing, there will be a maximum of 25 tourists in the bus. I explain and share insights that many do not know about the attractions, ” he said.

Information officer Nor Akmar Samudin, 51, from Kuala Lumpur, was seen taking pictures with her three daughters at the scenic Armenian Street.

“I make it a point to visit Penang each year and this has been a family tradition for more than a decade.

“My hometown is Perak, so we make a day trip just to take photos. We also come here to enjoy the food, ” she added.

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