A new tourist and shopping spot in 2012. It is located by the sea on reclaimed land. The Straits Quay is a shopping mall with many franchaise eating outlets and branded products retail shops. It also has halls for exhibition, wedding function and an open area for street hawkers. By the seaside, it is the jetty for private yachts. There are ample parking lots in the multi storey car park. At the early operation stage, 1st hour parking is free while after that is it only RM1 per entry. The 2012 Travel and Tourism Fair was held here - The Straits Quay Exhibition Centre.
Another interesting place to visit - Penang Toy Museum - the museum exhibit a collection of toys and figurine collections, may be the biggest collection in the world.
Thanks for Suhardy again for the pictures.
Please read more on Penang Toy Museum.
Open daily from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm including weekends and Public Holidays.
To get there:
Penang Toy Museum is located at Jalan Tanjung Bungah in front of Copthorne
Admission fee :
Adult : RM10 ; Children : RM6
Last Admisson at 8:30 pm. H/P: 6012-460 2096
This War Museum is situated at Bukit Batu Maung in Penang. It is an old former British fort manning by soldiers of different races – English, Sikhs and Malays soldiers. Its incredible to know how this fort was build, where underground tunnels that leads all the way to the sea, thru walking, crawling through narrow tunnels and confined areas. The soldier kept guard the fort looking for the enemy to come from the sea but instead the enemy come from the land during the WWII in 1945.
So the fort fell to the Japanese hands and they turned the fort into torture chambers and areas where executions that place by chopping the head off of the prisoners. There are also room for sex slaves too, very eerie place.
After the WWII end, the fort was abandoned for many many years, no one dared to hike up to see the fort as folks staying near the place heard of people screamed being tortured and murdered there. Some call it Bukit Hantu (Devil hills)
So the fort was left abandoned for many years until it was discovered by one Johari Shafie, who was so braved to hike the hill. Later the fort turned into a war museum, the cannon looking over the sea are no longer there, but the underground tunnels, bunkers, soldiers quarters, cooks houses and many more to see.
I will not want to visit there, so my office friend Suhardy went there one day, thanks for the pictures. More pictures to put in Travelogue later, now Im going to sleep. 2am.
Please more pictures -
Opened seven days a week (including public holidays), from 9:00am to 7:00pm.
Entrance fee is RM15 for adults and RM7.50 for children.
On the number of churches is to see that different religions are practiced in Penang. The Kapitan Kling Mosque, in the street with the same name, was the early 19th century by Muslims from the south of India. On the same road is the temple of the goddess of mercy, built in 1800. Not much further is the Indian Sri Mariamman Temple, which was built in 1883 and is abundantly decorated with images of the Hindu pantheon. The statue of Subramaniam, which is used in the procession to the temple of the waterfall during Thaipusam, is richly decorated with jewels.
If You visit Lorong Selamat for its famous Char Koay Teow, Ice Kacang, Fried Oyster etc.. You will meet Aunty Bah Hu will promote her Bak Hu (Meat Floss) and Mini Meat floss springroll at every table and the best, she will rendered some pantun (poems) in a mixture of malay, chinese and english, its very comical and funny.. You may not understand what she is talking about but with her face expression, you will know its very funny and creative..
PENANG BIRD PARK (copied from the brochure)
- The first of its kind in Malaysia was opened to the public on 8.8.88. Many beautiful aviaries with imitated natural environment, including 2 huge "walk-in-aviaries", Geodesic domes and more than one hundred cages of various sizes, housed more than 300 species of colourful birds of Malaysia and other parts of the world. Swan, pelicans, storks, herons and other playful waterfowls, roam freely on and around the two natural ponds and the cascading waterfalls. Macaws, parrots, pheasants, hornbills, birds of prey, finches, sunbirds, soft-bills, kingfishers and many others, formed part of the vast varieties of birds being kept at the park for exhibition and breeding purposes. Penang Bird Park is being well-praised for its excellent collection of more than 150 Malaysian bird species.
Among other things of interest are the auditorium for bird show, beautiful wooden bridges...Penang Bird Park - is a place for bird lovers, nature-lovers; a place for relaxing family outing...
Make sure your camera have full load battery... My battery exhausted during the show....eeeeeeeee......felt so handicap without a camera.... anyway, i enjoyed my trip to
Penang Bird Park....
Admission Fee : Adult $20 (local $15)
Children : $10 (under 12 years)
Camera : $1
Awesome prewedding photos taken inside Penang Protestant Cemetery... I've never seen any wedding pictures of bride and bridegroom in cemetery. Just like paparazzi, my bil, sister and me busy clicking pictures of this happy couple...wow...
They want to take pictures along with the famous people like Sir Francis Light, Thomas Leonowens - husband to Anne Leonowens, the lady who was hired by King Mongkut to tutor his children, resulting in her romanticised account which was famous as The King and I..
This collection of water villages has been in existence since the 19th century. A clan jetty is actually a village built on stilts. Each jetty comprises of row houses linked by planked walkways over the water. Their ancestor’s came from small coastal communities in Fukien, China, and were mostly fisherman.
You can easily walk there if you stay anywhere near Lebuh Chulia, otherwise take a bus to Weld Quay the starting place of most city buses.
It's been a forest reserve since 1928 but it's only been a National Park since 2003. Entrance is free and "foreigners" need to sign in. There are other trails than the one described below. You could probably spend the good part of a day hiking them all. Overnight camping is not permitted. There is a store for water supplies and a few small roadside restaurants near the entrance. There are a couple of boat company counters offering transportation or tours to and from the various points of the park, which is a peninsula at the north-west corner of Penang Island.
My brother-in-law had been there before so he had told us what to do and what to arrange. We planned to walk west 90 minutes across the peninsula to Pantai Kerechut (beach), rest and see the supposed turtle hatchery there, and we arranged for a boat to pick us up and take us back around the peninsula to the Jetty and car park. One of the attached pictures is a map for orientation.
The walk was hot, humid, and tougher than expected; but fun with great rain forest scenery, and we managed it in the 90 minutes. I have a separate "Tourist Trap" tip concerning the turtle hatchery at Pantai Kerechut. The boat ride back was great fun, mostly paid for by a bunch of locals who decided they couldn't walk back again through the jungle and asked if they could pay their share for a ride back with us. It was a fast boat and the driver stopped a few times to show us rock formations.
This is an 8-acre garden with over 500 species of tropical flora and fauna. There are three well groomed pleasant trails going through and most plants and trees have labels. There is also good restaurant high up overlooking the Strait of Malacca with a large outdoor deck. We saw monkeys in the trees nearby. It's a good way to spend a couple of hours and there are some great photo opportunities.
Hi there, I have not heard there is any nice spot for snorkeling in Penang, but scubadivingplace and geographia travel recommend Pulau Payar Marine Park which is approx. 40 miles from Penang.
1. Any time is the best time to visit Penang.
2. For snorkeling please try the package tour from USD108.75 which includes:
a. High-speed catamaran between Penang and Pulau Payar
b. Buffet lunch
c. Use of snorkel equipment
d. Hotel pickup and drop off
3. For food lover, I'll suggest to stay near Gurney Drive which offers food courts and hawker stalls.
4. I need to get back to you for a nice clean budget hotel in Gurney Drive from my sister.
5. There are many interesting places to visit in Penang:
a. Penang Bridge
b. Penang Hill
c. Kek Lok Si Temple
d. Snake Temple
f. Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple
You can get a Penang Tourist Map from the Tourist Center in Penang International Airport.
These are quite large Botanic gardens, which were mainly greenery when we visited.
There was a creek running through them, with a little bridge crossing it. Monkeys were in the park, and after food! so once again, make sure you have a good grip on your possessions.
We did see a couple of interesting Trees, one being the "Cannonball Tree," it looked like it had Cannonballs, and I would not like one to drop on my head, I think you would end up with a lump! This was a very unusual tree and well worth a look at, I hope it is in flower if you visit. The other were "Mast Trees", tall and like a mast on a sailing ship.
Every year, the Penang International Floral Festival is held for about a week, with the garden being transformed into a floral wonderland.
OPEN..... Daily from 5.00am - 8.00pm
Pinang Peranakan Mansion recreates a glimpse of Peranakan opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions.
This 111yrs old mansion was owned by CHUNG KENG KWEE (A Hakka Triad Leader & Mandarin Officer), it was his residence and office. It was here that his clan - the Hai San Kongsi - ruled. CHUNG also bought the piece of land next door and built a historic ancestor temple, dedicated exclusively to himself. For some first time visitors, the sight of CHUNG's life size bronzed statue can be quite unnerving! I had some pretty bad vibes when I saw the statue.
CHUNG rags to riches story mirrors that of Cheong Fatt Tze. When he died, his descendants squandered away his fortune, pilfer whatever furniture and personal items left behind. In the end, all that was left was a shell of a home in a state of disrepair. Having survived the many decades of neglect and decay, the mansion has now been restored to its former grandeur.
Each current room in the Mansion is themed. There’s the Nyonya room, which is filled with vintage kebayas and jewellery worn by rich Peranakan women. There's a wedding room, for those who are interested in antiques will be delighted at the sight of these fine exquisite furniture. All throughout the house, you can see European influences. The Peranakans then, were quite Anglophiles in their taste of decorating or furnishing and even fashionable lifestyles. This Peranakan mansion features beautiful stained glass windows, fine antique furniture, & exquisite ceramic tiles. Solid iron pillars embellished with elaborate and striking Chinese carvings support part of the upper floor. For those of you who have been to Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, you will see some similarities in its history, legacy and restoration beauty. Not to be missed!
Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm
Closed on Sundays and all public holidays
Daily conducted tour at 11.30am and 3.30pm sharp
Adult (aged 12 and above): RM10.00
B) HISTORIC GEORGE TOWN TRAIL #2
1) Penang State Musuem, Lebuh Farquhar
2) Cathedral of the Assumption, Lebuh Farquhar
3) Saint Xavier's Institution, Lebuh Farquhar
4) Hainanese Mariners Lodge & Penang Heritage Trust Office, 26-A Stewart Lane
5) Carpenters Guild, 70 Love Lane
6) Goldsmith Guild, 41 Lebuh Muntri
7) Home of Batu Gantung, 75 Lebuh Muntri
8) King Wan Association, 86, Lebuh Muntri
9) Hainan Temple, Lebuh Muntri
10) Benggali Mosque, Lebuh Leith
11) Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, 14 Lebuh Leith
12) Leong Fee's Mansion, 7 Lebuh Leith
13) Residence of Ku Din Ku Meh, 20 Jalan Penang (Penang Road)
14) Christian Cemetry, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah
15) Saint Francis Xavier Church, Jalan Penang
C) TRADITIONAL TRADES TRAIL
1) Coffe Maker, 53 Lorong Stewart (8am-2pm)
2) Joss Stick Maker, 1 Lorong Muda (8am-10am)
3) Indian Goldsmith, 38 Lebuh Queen (9am-5pm)
4) Signboard Engraver, 41 Lebuh Queen (11am-5pm)
5) Ottu Kedai, opposite 75 Lebuh Market (8am-7pm)
6) "Songkok" Maker, 157 Lebuh King (10am-5pm)
7) Fortune Teller, 156 Lebuh Chulia (12noon - 6pm)
8) Rattan Weaver, 102 Lebuh Armenian (9am-5pm)
9) "Nyonya"Beaded Shoes, 4 Lebuh Armenian (9am-5pm)
10) Tombstone Engraver, 11 Lebuh Acheh (10am-12pm)
Have fun. Some of the above locations are near each other and so you can combine some of the trails.
Malaysia's National Park (bahasa maleya: Taman Negara) system covers an incredible number of acres, and also Penang has its own piece to show.
A walk in the jungle with a seasoned guide is enlightening in many senses. The smells, sounds and sights are inspiring, but also all the information about the plants and animals that live there. It is a fun way to educate yourself about the rain forest and its eco system. Great for children too!
Taman Negara on Penang island is big, so unless you are a seasoned trekker who knows their way around, you should be accompanied by an accredited park guide. It is possible to walk from Penang hill to Teluk Bahang along chartered paths, but it does require some physical stamina and should not be undertaken lightly.
We joined the trek arranged by our hotel, and got to see the rainforest and some of its inhabitants. It was informative and also made me aware of the responsibility we have in saving these forests for the future. I also gained an increasing respect for this environment; if you don't know what you are doing, you may get lost, dehydrated and sick.
Please respect this environment; move around carefully and take all your rubbish with you back to the nearest bin!
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