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Penang Food Tour Tips: 3 Eco Friendly Ways to Enjoy Your Food Tour in George Town

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Hello, friends! You might have heard of popular beaches closing because of plastic pollution. Travel is a enlightening and fun thing to do and thinking about how we impact the places we visit can keep it that way. We’ve been working on some ways to be more environmentally friendly during our tours. Here’s how you can help:

Help Reduce Plastic Waste During Your Tour

  1. Bring a reusable water bottle

    Our goal is to be 100% Single Use Plastic Free during our tours. Plastic bottles are probably the number one SUP that can be easily reduced with minimum effort. Over the last two years, we’ve avoided thousands of plastic bottles with a few simple choices.

    Most of our food stops have juice, beverages and other drinks to enjoy, without the use of SUPs. We have a water refill stop at the beginning of the tour and can arrange to stop at another near the end. We are also speaking to our vendors about not including plastic straws unless specifically requested (some people require them due to illness/disability/etc)

    We still provide bottled water upon request, but bringing a reusable plastic bottle will help us in our effort to minimise the amount of plastic waste in the environment. Plus its really convenient too!

  2. Bring an umbrella

    Sometimes you get caught in an unexpected shower. It happens, especially in a tropical place like Penang. Unfortunately, plastic ponchos have a huge environmental impact even when disposed in the recycle bin. Solution? A small umbrella!

    You can get a compact one for about RM10 - RM30 depending on the quality, and it will fit nicely in your carry bag or luggage. They’re usable and create much less plastic waste than ponchos/single-use plastic raincoats. The umbrella will also be useful during the rest of your stay here and you can pass it on to someone else if you’re not carrying it along for the rest of your journey.

    Many hotels also provide umbrellas for free and you can return them when you’re done. Of course, if you’re a fan of dancing in the rain, that is also an option. Just bring the right soundtrack!

The city view is a lot nicer without plastic waste. Picture credit Jeremy B.

The city view is a lot nicer without plastic waste. Picture credit Jeremy B.

Help Reduce Food Waste During Your Food Tour

  1. Pace Yourself and Communicate with Your Host

    Our goal is to help you enjoy some of the amazing food in George Town, introduce you to the wonderful stories and show you some more awesome things you can do on your trip to Penang.

    Our hosts will check in with your throughout the tour and order food based on how much more tummy space you have. What if there’s more you want to try but you’re full? Don’t worry, we’ll provide you the locations we visited so you can come back for more. We’ll even give you some extra recommendations! You will have plenty of amazing food places to try while you’re here.

    By enjoying our food responsibly we can prevent unnecessary food waste, and that’s a great sustainable way to see the world.

  2. Extra Tip: Bring a small food container

    Here’s a tip we got from an expert on reducing waste (thanks, mom.) Bring along a small food container if you can. Pick a size that’s easy to carry and will fit into a bag or handbag.

    During our tours, we’ll try to order enough so you’re full and satisfied, but also try to avoid creating food waste. Admittedly, it’s a fine line. So if there is any extra food, the container will come in handy!

Got some more tips to help? Tell us in the comments! Find more tips for your trip to George Town and food tour in our previous post: 3 Must Know Tips for Your Tour in George Town

That’s right, Coco. We are canceling the apocalypse. Picture credit Jeremy B

That’s right, Coco. We are canceling the apocalypse. Picture credit Jeremy B

Penang Food Tour Tips: 3 Must Know Tips For Your Food Tour In George Town

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Hello, everyone! Penang food is a big reason people visit the island. A food tour in George Town can help you get the most from your trip and show you some of the rich history and culture of this World Heritage site. Here’s a few common questions we get on our tour and tips to help you prepare!

How do I get around George Town?

We prefer walking in the core heritage site of George Town (hence why we do a walking tour). This gives you a better vantage of the details of the city, from it’s colonial mansions to its everyday traditions and delicious food. The city has pedestrian walkways but many of them are damaged and/or not wheelchair accessible, so you might be walking on the roads for a fair bit. However, the traffic here is less daunting than most other Southeast Asian cities.

You can also take the RapidPenang bus (the schedules are up on the website) as well as the local rideshare option, Grab. We’ll be honest, George Town has a bit of a traffic problem. With a high density of road traffic, it is best to plan your travel during non-peak hours. If you have to travel during peak hours (7.30am - 9.30am/4.30pm - 7.30pm) it’s best to allocate some extra time for your transit.

Walking is how you find gems like this. Picture by J.

Walking is how you find gems like this. Picture by J.

What should I wear to the tour?

We’re going to be walking quite a bit so comfortable shoes are advised. We prefer shoes over flip flops simply because they provide more comfort and protection, so if you’ve got a pair of walking/running shoes have them on for your tour.

Casual clothes are just fine for either the lunch or dinner tour, but do bring sunscreen if you’re doing the lunch tour. Please note that although we’re an island, swimwear is best kept for the beach rather than the city. There are no laws against wearing bikini tops or being shirtless (for men), but people will treat you as if you’re wearing a bathrobe to a cocktail party.

Please be aware that some cultural and religious landmarks will refuse access if you’re not appropriately dressed.

Should I eat before my food tour?

Yes, you should definitely eat before your tour. This sounds counter-intuitive but will actually help you get more out of your tour.

When empty for a long period, it’s easy for the stomach to fill with gas. This might cause discomfort or acid reflux once you do start eating during the tour. You might find that you actually end up eating less and feel more lethargic because you’ve missed meals.

If you’re taking our lunch tour, eat a simple but nutritious breakfast. If you’re taking the dinner tour, eat your regular lunch meal and depending on whether you’re accustomed to it, you can snack during tea time. Because of the physical nature of the walking tour, you’ll have a healthy appetite for all of the delicious food on offer during the tours.

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That’s all for now, folks! Let us know if you have any questions about taking tours, or anything you’d like to know that would make your food tour in Penang even better. Safe travels and good eating!