Penang Travel Guide

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Penang Highlights

  • Pro
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     People, Food and Diverse Culture 

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     Questionable Hygiene and even more questionable road signs 

  • In a nutshell
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     Colourful blend of the Malay, Chinese and Indian people ,culture,religion and yummiest food in beautiful and peaceful city .... 

Penang Things to Do

  • Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)

    Penang Hill is located in Air Itam which is 6 kilometres from city of Georgetown.The hill stands out prominently from the lowland as a hilly and forested area,That's why we are hot up there. Adult RM 30.00 Senior RM 30.00 Child ( Aged 4 -12 years ) RM 15.00 School/College/University Student RM 15.00

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  • Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple

    Once a Year celebration of the Chinese New Year, Keh Lok Si Temple make it a special occasion by lighten up with more than 10,000 lights not only for decoration but also with a special ritual for those whom like to pledge or donate to a noble cause. It may cost you a few hundred to a few thousand Ringgit to light up a light from 1st to 15th day of...

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  • Beaches in Penang

    There are many type of motorise water sport activities at Penang beaches. To name them are water scooter, banana boat pull by the other boat, the parasut sailing. The operators would always give the safety briefing before a tourist actually start the game. Those who are healthy and brave can play the games.

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Penang Hotels

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Penang Restaurants

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  • The Ship

    The Ship Restaurant on the main road of Batu Ferringhi is very popular. You can't miss it as you can see from my photo :o) After eating the local food for a few days, we were hanging out for a big steak. We could not have picked a better place! I had a steak with pepper sauce, baked potato, corn cob and veggies and it was fantastic! Our happy...

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  • Sweet Home Cafe

    Located at the northern end of King Street, to the south of the Padang, I popped in here for something to eat for lunch. I was the only foreigner and so was looked at a bit by office workers whilst I sat and ate a very good honey chicken (RM5) and rice. The food is very good and cheap with a simple menu with dishes such as curry fish (RM6),...

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  • Breakfast!!!!

    Brother Sheng is owner of this stalls,he is nice.When i order a drink call ''Teh Tarik'' ,Brother Sheng is very funny to show a bit acrobatics to making ''Teh Tarik''. Brother Sheng love to use his old stove,he said old stove making drinks and bread is more yummy.Early morning in 5 am,Brother Sheng need take 30 min to start his fire inside the...

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Penang Nightlife

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  • Pub/night club

    Batu Ferringhi was a good choice to stay at in Penang as this place comes alive at night and our hotel was close to the action. The night markets were fun to wander around. But after a big of walking, we built up a thirst ;o) So we found ourselves at the pub right next to my favourite restaurant Magic 1. The Wooden Pub is well known for it's...

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  • Night market (Pasar Malam)

    Night Market or some refer as 'Sidewalk Bazaar' is one of the most popular activities at Batu Ferringhi. They operate right after sunset, as early as 6pm until past midnight. selling an assortment of goods ranging from souvenirs to fake goods.

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  • Cinema

    Almost all of Penang stand-alone cinema halls of yesteryears have fast disappeared. Instead there are several state-of-the-art modern cineplexes at shopping malls of Gurney Plaza, Queensbay Mall, Bukit Jambul Complex and Prangin Mall with 5-8 different movies available at a time. Check the local Star (Einglish) newspaper for latest movie and...

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Penang Transportation

  • Public Transport in Penang

    Penang provides free shuttle service to historical sites and the service runs in a loop. You can hop-on or off the shuttle at any point where the bus-stop signs shows the free shuttle service. We boarded the shuttle bus from within Komtar (see picture). Frequency, isn't great but it is free and stops are near historical sites.

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  • Ferry Terminal to Butterworth

    I do not know since when the passengers' deck on a ferry has been fenced to a smaller area in the middle of the upper deck. It may because the passengers has become less compare to last time. On this trip to Butterworth, they are less motor vehicles crossing the Strait of Malacca, other wise, some cars are to be parked surrounding the passengers;...

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  • Penang International Airport

    Penang International Airport is situated at Bayan Lepas. Seems to be the third busiest airport in Malaysia after KLIA and Kota Kinabalu International Airport. The Airport was under expansion for the past two years and now, its almost completed with some minor renovation work around the departure lounge.

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Penang Shopping

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  • Souvenirs , Arts & Handicrafts

    There are many places to shop for souvenirs in Penang. The Snake Temple has its space for the traders, there are two rows of shops at the left and right and a few shops in front of the street. You can buy the thing you like here, if you want more choices and better bargain margin, then Batu Feringhi hawker centre is a better place for Penang...

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  • Shopping mall

    In shopping Malls, there are no special things to purchase other than the usual shopping items. This shopping complex are most frequent by those who looks for new & hot items, be it clothing, shoe, bag, belt etc...etc. Beside these shops, there are many eateries....cafes...and during the evening there are a numbers of lounges. After shopping into...

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  • Night Market

    Batu Ferringhi’s night market is not to be missed when visiting the northern part of Penang. Comprising hundreds of stalls offering everything from fake designer bags to cheap pirated DVDs and home deco items to souvenirs. If you like something, don’t buy it first. Have a look around, as chances are, there are other stalls offering the same goods...

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Penang Local Customs

  • chinese religious practices

    This year 2014 I make a date for the purpose for visiting the famous Chiew Jetty, Weld Quay offerings and prayers to the annual Emperor Jade of Haven for the first time. This traditional Chinese, especially the Hockkien from Fujian province in South China, still practice the annual offering during the 8 day, 1st month of the Chinese lunar...

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  • Food Culture

    Those who travel around Penang, you should try out Penang Local food like Hokkien Mee, Laksa, Char Koay Teoh. This 3 is the top famous local food for penang. One of the restaurant had been operate for more then 30 years located at Island Glades, Genting Restaurant have all those 3 mentioned dish yet pretty delicious. On top of that, you can also...

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  • Traditional costumes

    In Malaysia many of the women wear head dresses because a large part of the country is muslim. They have to be worn when out in public. These do not have to be worn by women who are not muslim that are in the country.

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Penang Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't temper with the wild monkeys

    I can't really say that I like monkeys too much. Yes, they're cute and everything but they're also very unpredictable and can attack even if not intimidated. When you exit the funicular at the hills summit, be warned that monkeys are around and, of course, they'll be on the look out for any food.

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  • How safe is the seawater

    Honestly speaking, the beach at Batu Ferringhi, Penang isn't quite what the tourist literature makes it up to be. The sandy portion is narrow, there are rocky outcrops everywhere and there's jellyfish within those waters. How did I know that? I got stung in the butt here once when I was stayed here at Golden Sands Resort once. Needless to say, I...

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  • Mosquitoe bites

    Penang is in the tropics so mossies are commonplace. And yes, what you heard is true, they don't bite the locals, only the tourists;p If you're thinking of escaping the mossies, going to the 850m-above-sea-level-Penang Hill might be a good idea. But be warned, there are other tropical delights there! I caught sight of a little green fella when I...

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Penang Tourist Traps

  • Snake-less Temple

    I read everyone's comments about the snake temple but i still decided to go. Yes there really arent many free reigning snakes around however for a small price the temple has a mini zoo enclosure of snakes and this was very interesting! We even had the opportunity to go into a cage with one which i obviously declined!

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  • Eateries w food at cut-throat price

    no doubt you can find varies of penang hawker food here nonetheless, ask for the price before you order. there is no price listed on the food. hee.. if you speak in hokkien (local dialet), you get the local price. anyway, dun take things for granted, local people like me got cheated too :( as long as you open ur mouth to ask for the price, well.....

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  • Trishaw Shopping

    For those using trishaw for shopping, please be careful if you are travelling around with trishaw. There are cases of those whose purchases and even luggage that were left in the trishaws been carted away by the trishaw-man. Never....Never leave your purchases unattended. It is advisable to note down the trishaw number which is at the back of the...

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Penang What to Pack

  • Power supply plugs

    All the mains plugs that I have found in Peninsular Malaysia (and Singapore) are 3-pin square UK-style. Great for those of us from the UK. Everyone else needs a UK travel adapter from their 'native' type.

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  • Sunscreen

    We found that although sunscreen was available in most of the mini marts and chemists the range was limited and the prices were fairly high compared to what we pay in Australia, even after you consider the exchange rate.Also the SPF ratings were a bit dubious. So if you plan on lazing by the pool siping Mai Tais and working on your tan i advise...

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  • Leave room for souvenirs

    Pack very light and leave plenty of room for everything that you will want to buy. Lightweight cotton clothing is best because it gets quite hot. Shorts, t-shirts, and comfy walking shoes are fine for sightseeing but take along some capris for when you visit a mosque.

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Penang Off The Beaten Path

  • University Sains Malaysia

    Established as the second university in the country in 1969, University Sains Malaysia (USM) was first known as the University of Penang, before the University’s Act came into effect on 4th October 1971. The university has been developing and expanding since its inception, which started with 57 science students. Now USM offers at undergraduate and...

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  • Keh Lok Si Temple Penang

    Many people know this famous land mark called 'Kek Lok Si' Temple in Ayer Itam which was created in 1890. The name depict as "Temple of Supreme Bliss". The famous pagoda was built in 1920s and completed in 1930 with seven storey and 10,000 small Buddha in Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier of Thai design, and a Burmese crown; reflecting the...

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  • A House With a Myth

    Birch House is a heritage building along Dato Kramat Road in George Town, Penang. It was built to serve as a office of smelting plant of Escoy Smelting (Formally known as Eastern Smelting Co), known in the late 20th century as Eastern Smelting. The 5.3 hectare site of the tin smelting plant is now developed Times Square Complex and Birch House is...

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Penang Sports & Outdoors

  • Cycling in Countryside

    Talking about Penang one will usually talks about it's beach, heritage, food and etc...Cycling in Balik Pulau is one totally different experience i have in Penang. A cycling tour run by 'explore balik pulau' is an surprising trip for me after so many times to the small island.The guide shows us the beautiful faces of Penang countryside, along the...

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  • Hiking to Muka Head Light House

    This Light House was built in 1883 and about 14m high. It's a very beautiful light house and worth the pain you endured the knee pain hiking about 1.5hours from the starting point at Penang Natural park to Monkey Beach and another 30minutes hiking up to the Light house. Haha..I didn't go, my colleagues went there on Saturday morning. The monkey...

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  • Cycling around Penang

    For Claus, if you read this tip.Biking or cycling, a popular sport in Penang.Picture 3, I saw this elderly caucasion stopping at the Fisherman Jetty, I can't stop admiring, cycling can really helped to keep the body trim and fit, but the winkles on the face, Aiya, that one cannot help lah..(lah - another special Malaysian word to add at the end a...

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Penang Favorites

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  • Where to find cheap tasty food ?

    am a food lover and really love local penang delight like asam laksa, nasi lemak, kuih talam and of course desserts such as burbur cha cha and many many more. ... and recently i have tried the food in yummy tummy delight located at gelugor. They serve homemade food and i believe they are healthy and without MSG. I am a health profession student and...

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  • Heritage

    While I was roaming around the city, I found these antique Vases on the altar in one of the oldest associations in Penang. It is the Carpenter's Temple called "LOO PUN HONG" built in 1856 situated at LOVE LANE..... From picture 2 to 5, you can see how our local developers and government handle old historical buildings in new developments. We ask,...

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  • Penang Bridge

    The contruction of 2nd Penang Bridge is targeted to complete in November 2013. In December 2012, I took the pictures of 2nd Penang Bridge on my flight from Penang to Singapore. It is beautiful. The centre part of the bridge was not joined yet at that time.

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Top 10 Street Food Cities: Penang

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One of the surprising aspects in researching this article was our member's overwhelming enthusiasm for Penang, a small state and island on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, as one of the best street food spots in Asia. Members credited the three large ethnic groups in Penang (Malay, Chinese, and Indian) as creating both a great variety in the street food, but also a multicultural influence on the cuisine as a whole. One member even stated he had better Indian food in Malaysia than he had in India! The Little India and Chinatown areas of Georgetown, on Penang Island, are noted for their hawkers and cuisine. Char koay teow (stir-fried rice noodles), assam laksa (a tart, hot and sour fish soup), roti (Indian-influenced flatbread), and satays of beef, chicken, or even pork are all suggested.

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