Penang Travel Guide

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Penang Things to Do

  • Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera), Penang

    Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)

    There's a cable car to take you up Penang hill. I went on the first dry Saturday in a few weeks, after a very wet week, during the school holiday, just after Christmas, at about 11am. I therefore ended up queuing for nearly 2 hours (and 30 mins on the way back). Was it worth it? Probably not quite. I did enjoy the views, the temples and some of the...

  • Beaches in Penang, Penang

    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.

  • Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang

    Kek Lok Si Temple

    At the main temple, in the hall, all visitor are invite to make a new year wish. One have to pay RM1 or at your wish ( to pay more ) to get a wish ribbon, write down the name and additional wish ( some wish are printed ) on the ribbon then hang it higher. Pray for your wish to come true to the Buddha.


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  • Street Food & Hawkers, Penang

    Street Food & Hawkers

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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...

  • Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Penang

    Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

    4 out of 5 stars

    Gurney Drive in Penang is world famous and, so, the food prices there are much higher then elsewhere in Penang Island. It is in an open air environment and may be affected by weather. When I was there, it started to drizzle and many customers rush to go under the umbrella. If you do not have to time to go around Penang to look for the best food,...

  • Eden Seafood Village, Penang

    Eden Seafood Village

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    We had been in Penang, George town for a few days now and wanted to venture out to the night markets at Batu Ferringhi - 20 min taxi ride. So we decided to find a seafood restaurant for dinner first! Eden is a large open air restaurant right on the beach with live seafood tanks to choose your delictable dinner. We were early so we scored a table...


Penang Nightlife

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  • Pub/night club, Penang

    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...

  • Night market (Pasar Malam), Penang

    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.

  • Cinema, Penang


    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...


Penang Transportation

  • Public Transport in Penang, Penang

    Public Transport in Penang

    This service started on 18 Nov 2014, while introduction period, it gave free service for a few days to all passengers and tourists. Started 24 November 2014, all passengers need to pay for a ride, the ticket is either valid for 24hours or 48hours ride. They are at least 7 buses run on the road at a time, the frequency is about 30 minutes. Plan for...

  • Ferry Terminal to Butterworth, Penang

    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;...

  • Rent a Car in Penang, Penang

    Rent a Car in Penang

    Penang is one of the best attractions in Malaysia. Tourists can experience diversified culture and various cultural foods. However, the best way to get to and around Penang is by having transportation such as a rented vehicle. If you are on budget and wouldn't want to compromise on the quality and ease of renting a car, please visit


Penang Shopping

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  • Souvenirs , Arts & Handicrafts, Penang

    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...

  • Shopping mall, Penang

    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...

  • Yummy local snacks, Penang

    Yummy local snacks

    Well, you're here in Penang and you need to buy something for the relatives back home. Instead of buying that lousy T-shirt, why don't you buy the best biscuits in town? Penang is famed for her tau sar peah ( a flaky biscuit with green bean filling) and hneoh pneah ( an equally flaky biscuit with caramel). Both biscuits are easily available...


Penang Local Customs

  • chinese religious practices, Penang

    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...

  • Traditional costumes, Penang

    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.

  • Food Culture, Penang

    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...


Penang Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't temper with the wild monkeys, Penang

    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.

  • How safe is the seawater, Penang

    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...

  • Mosquitoe bites, Penang

    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...


Penang Tourist Traps

  • Snake-less Temple, Penang

    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!

  • Eateries w food at cut-throat price, Penang

    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.....

  • Trishaw Shopping, Penang

    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...


Penang What to Pack

  • Power supply plugs, Penang

    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.

  • Sunscreen, Penang


    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...

  • Leave room for souvenirs, Penang

    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.


Penang Off The Beaten Path

  • University Sains Malaysia, Penang

    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...

  • Keh Lok Si Temple Penang, Penang

    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...

  • A House With a Myth, Penang

    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...


Penang Sports & Outdoors

  • Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival, Penang

    Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival

    Penang government has successfully held the 2nd Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Penang Polo Field on 9 and 10 Feb 2016. Penang has no big enough open site suitable for safe landing, so public who paid for RM50 ticket can only enjoy a short distance flying, the whole process of departure and landing take only less than 10 minutes. Due to heavy wind,...

  • Water sports in Tanjung Bungah Beach, Penang

    Water sports in Tanjung Bungah Beach

    The price of water sport in Penang range from RM 50 to RM 150 depend the type of sport.According to the freelance promoter, Penang beaches water sport operate at Tanjung Bungah, Batu Ferrimghi and Kerachut Beach. The operation of the sport are strictly adhere to the players' safety, they only operate under safety weather condition. Speed boat...

  • Cycling in Countryside, Penang

    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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  • Where to find cheap tasty food ?, Penang

    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...

  • Penang Bridge, Penang

    Penang Bridge

    The 2nd Penang Bridge opened for vehicles since 1 March 2014 started to collect toll from 1 April 2014. For a sedan car, the toll is RM8.50, a rate RM 1.50 higher than the 1st bridge. When driving through the bridge at night, I found the toll house is beautiful with its shape is clearly seen from apart when approahing it. I took a few of its...

  • Tourist information centre, Penang

    Tourist information centre

    I wish to share my little knowledge of Penang to all those who are interested. One can only find this little cemetery especially for the Jewish and the name of the street (Jahudi Road) is the Malay word for Jews but now had been changed to Jalan Zainal Abidin. Just inside the town at the junction of Burma Road. Although Malaysia has no diplomatic...


Top 10 Street Food Cities: Penang

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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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