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Posted by on Apr 14th, 2012
Filed Under: Penang

Plan at least three days in Penang, There’s so much to see and do in Penang, good food everywhere, beautiful beaches to relax your mind, excellent & well maintained hotels, and fascinating shopping malls and pasar malam (night market). Here are some Penang itineraries …
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Here are maps of Penang, and here’s information on Penang Bayan Lepas International Airport and how to get to Georgetown from there. If you are taking an express bus, you will probably arrive at the new bus terminal Sungai Nibong and the Railway Station is on the mainland, located at Butterworth, Seberang Prai, if you took the KTM train. Ferry services are also available from Langkawi daily.

Most of Penang’s fancier accommodation is in the form of beach resorts on the main tourist beach of Batu Ferringhi. More backpacker-friendly options, as well as a few classical luxury hotels, can be found in Georgetown, Other areas to stay in Penang Island include: Tanjung Bungah, Gurney Drive, and Bayan Lepas. Seberang Perai (Mainland) offers several other accommodation alternatives.

Many of Penang’s top sights such as Georgetown, Penang Hill, Weld Quay Clan Jetties, Kek Lok Si Temple, and the Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, are in Penang Island. For beach lovers, Penang’s best beaches are on the northern side, particularly Batu Ferringhi, but do be prepared for the heavy tourist crowd especially during peak seasons.

Eating is almost considered a national past time here, so dine on authentic Malaysian cuisine in an excellent restaurant, or simply grab a chair by the countless food stalls. Consume a Char Kway Teow along Penang street, and you’ll realize why it’s my favourite dish in Malaysia.

You can see Penang’s top sights in a rush on an overnight stay, but you’ll need at least two days to do them justice, and three or four days to really get a sense of the island. In a week, you can get a good look at most of what Penang has to offer.

Welcome to Penang, The Pearl of the Orient.

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  1. I think Malaysia is a fantastic country and wherever you go, your never far from something amazing, whether the coastlines of Penang to the metropolis of Kuala Lumpur. You represent a truly fantastic country, and I’m even considering applying for the MM2H (Malaysia My Second Home) Program. I can’t wait to learn your wonderful language, and I hope to see you very soon! ^ _ ^
    Greetings from the United Kingdom

  2. I always enjoy my Penang stay… a less polluted place as compared to other cities like KL and JB, and lot of great food too! It’s a great getaway.

  3. After a recent visit to Penang I fell in love with Georgetowns architecture, the food, the general ambience of the place & of course the wonderful Malaysian people who must rank as some of the friendliest in the world.

    I was fortunate enough to stumble upon one of Georgetowns hidden gems that rarely gets mentioned on tourist websites & that is the Peranakan Mansion, I think this is a must see on any visit.

    The other tourist site that really caught my eye was the Kek Lok Si Temple & the giant buddha surrounded by a pagoda, this place is simply stunning.

    The nightlife was good too & I ventured out of Georgetown to the Queensbay area where I discovered a fantastic bar called Queens Bistro. The welcome I received was very warm & friendly & the live band were awesome, it had a large crowd in for a Wednesday night & I was informed if you want a seat at the weekends you have to enter before midnight! Another place I’d highly recommend.

    Penang truly is The Pearl Of The Orient.

  4. For beach lovers ??? no way, let me laugh!