Butterworth Travel Guide

  • Butterworth
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Butterworth Things to Do

  • The Merdeka Bridge

    The Merdeka Bridge also known as Jambatan Merdeka in Malay language. It was built in 1955 and the bridge spans across the Sungai Muda River ( the longest river in Kedah) and also as a border between Kedah and Penang. During the 70s, 80s and early 90s before the North-South Highway was built, we used to travel to Penang using this trunk road. I...

  • Visit the temple - Oops, I don't know...

    Nearby to the Bagan Ajam Beach, you could pay a visit to this beautiful chinese temple, near to a few seafood restaurants. First time visit with my friend, hmmm...nice craving of stone, nice statues and one look..oh dear..like my papa.

  • Cinema - Lotus Five Star

    The one and only Cinema in Butterworth.I could have thought, the cinema only shows Bollywood movies but also Hollywood movies.

  • Visit the Beach

    There is nothing much to see or do in Butterworth, just visit the beach at Bagan Ajam, Pantai Bersih or Rubina Park. It is a nice place for relaxing and enjoy the breeze plus watching the sunset. :-)

  • Chai Leng Park Hawker Centre

    It is at the last street, a one way street where all the hawkers are located together at your left side. If you want to try hawker food, come to this place at night, you will enjoy yourself with all type of Malaysian favourite cooks offer by the hawkers.

  • Chai Leng Park - Lok Lok

    Day time, Chai Leng Park is a business centre with many wholesales and retail outlets busy on their daily activities. By night times, there are a few hawker centres here. The famous Lok Lok, is a kind of skewer foods in raw, that you can pick them up from the display rack and cook them in a pot in the middle of your table, just like the steamboat...


Butterworth Hotels

  • Travel Lodge

    1 Lorong Bagan Luar Satu, Butterworth, Penang, 12000, Malaysia

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Business

Butterworth Restaurants

  • How Chiak Kay

    Next visit to Chai Leng Park, you can find a while row of eating stalls. Emmm..so much of food, very tempting but I am already fulled after having a few stick of yummy bites of Lok=lok.Pick your food, find a table, make sure the water is boiling in the pot and You just dip your food in the boiling water and eat it with the many sauces in the bowl,...

  • Briyani Rice, Tosai, Capati, Naan.....

    My friend loves Indian food a lot, while he travels in Penang alone, he had the most Indian food there..Spicy!! Nothing can stop him from having more Briyani Rice and I have my all time favourite Tosai with mixed curries. Briyani Rice, Tosai, Capati, Roti Naan with Tandoori Chicken and many moreAnd don't forget TEH TARIK!!!

  • Traditional coffee shop food

    This coffee shop was once beside Cathay cinema in Bagan town but moved to its new site about 5 years ago. It still continues to serve excellent traditional Chinese coffee shop breakfast food. The prices are reasonable, the kitchen clean and service quick.Muslims patronise this shop although it has no halal license because it doesn't sell anything...


Butterworth Transportation

  • Ferry Butterworth to George Town

    The quickest way to/from Penang is using the ferry. A taxi ride over the bridge can take up to 1 hour during rush hour when the queues are endless.

  • Local bus service

    Most buses in the Butterworth area travel to the ferry along the one main road. Learn the Malay word for Ferry 'feri" and look for that on the front of the bus above the window.If you're getting a bus back from the ferry, get someone to write down the name of the town you want to go to. Show the driver the name. Most times it's easier to show him...

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Butterworth Local Customs

  • Hokkien Festival

    The Chinese in Penang are mainly of Fukkienese dialect. We call ourselves "Hokkien lang" ie. 'Hokkien people" and speak a distinct variation of the Fukkien dialect - the Penang Hokkien that has absorbed many local Malay words but always pronounced them in our own way. For example, the Malay word for stone is 'batu', two syllables and each...

  • Triple Joy

    The 15th day of the 4th Lunar month is always Wesak Day, a Buddhist celebration world wide. Wesak Day is the day of Triple Joy because Sakyamuni Buddha was born, attained enlightment and entered Nirvana on this day (in different years).In Butterworth and on Penang island, the celebration is a mixture of Chinese and Siamese customs. You will see...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Butterworth Warnings and Dangers

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    Snatch thieves

    by anoum Updated May 14, 2006

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    Actually snatch thieves are a danger in most major towns and cities in Malaysia.

    Never, never carry your handbag/lap top/brief case on the outer side when you are walking on any road. Switch it to the inner side when you have crossed the road.

    If you use a handbag, choose one with a short handle that you can clamp on with your upper arm. Or use a waist pouch.

    These thieves are now bold enough to snatch handbags left on laps of customers who are eating at hawker stalls and coffee shops.

    If you should ride a motor bike, never leave your handbag or any bag unexposed in the carrier. Pile on some magazines to cover your bag.

    Snatch thieves have been known to pull away handbags from bike carriers and then kick the motor bike so that the motor cyclist falls and cannot give chase.

    Lastly be aware these thieves do not hesitate to hurt. Some Malaysians have suffered bad head injuries in their fall and a few have died from their injuries.

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Butterworth Off The Beaten Path

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    Love coffee? Check this family home/...

    by Dxenion Updated Oct 8, 2004

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    Literally stumbled across this little gem while I was wandering down the main road from the Penang Ferry towards Butterworth.

    It's a family owned coffee store where they roast the beans and package the product themselves.

    The whole place smells like when you open a pack of ground coffee beans for the first time - absolutely gorgeous.

    If you show an interest, you may get an impromptu tour of the 'factory' so you can see for yourself how it's done without all the fancy machinery.

    Show your thanks for the tour by buying some of the produce as you'll find that this factory is also the family's home.

    A family home and coffee store.

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Butterworth Favorites

  • Butterworth - Ambassadress Coffe Shop

    Used to be very popular coffee shop with many different food stalls. In the morning, office staff of the Municipal Council will come for their breakfast and later for lunch. In the eveining, patrons to the cinema next door will come for dinner before the movie or supper after the late show. There is a hotel upstairs for outstation visitors or a...

  • Butterworth - Padang (Town Field)

    Like all typical towns in Malaysia, the British town layout has a Padang (Town field) where important events were held like band marching as well as cricket games. Around the Butterworth Padang were important buildings like hospital, post office, police station and town council. The field also become an important sports arena for soccer, field...

  • Butterworth - ugly duckling into a ....

    Butterworth, known as "Bagan" in Malay or "Pak Hai" in Chinese Hokkien dialect has often been dubbed the ugly step sister of George Town. The old prewar houses looked squalid and the tin smelting factory in downtown Butterworth is finally gone. There is a loop highway called PORR but it is still not open to public. But things are improving as more...


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