Penang is an island located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the strait of Mallaca. It is a state in Malaysia and it is famous for they heterogeneous population which are highly diverse in ethnicity, culture, language, and religion. Penang Island is bordered by Kedah in the north and east, and Perak in the south as well as close to the Hat Yai, Thailand and Medan, Indonesia. Penang offer many tourist attractions such as:
1. Batu Ferringhi
Batu Ferringhi is a well known beach area in Penang, Malaysia. Located in adjacent of Teluk Bahang and Tanjung Bungah , Batu Ferringhi is popular for they white sandy beach, water sports (parasailing, windsurfing, jet ski and etc), accommodations ( 4-5 stars hotels), night markets and place for dinning. The night market is open start at 6 pm and it is the place where the visitors can purchase pirated DVD’s and CD’s, knock off copies of designers brand as well as local foods and western food like Italian Pasta or steaks.
How to get here: By Rapid Penang Bus from Komtar / pulau tikus ( Goergetown) or Taxi. Taxi is the best option as buses are infrequent.
2. Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram
Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram or reclining Buddha statue (Sleeping Buddha) is a Thai Buddhist Temple. The temple was built in 1845 and well known for they 33 meters of reclining Buddha statue, mural-painted walls, other mythical creatures and colored statues of Devas on the temple grounds. The temple is also as focal point for Buddhist festivals like Songkran and Loy Krathong.
Located right across of Wat Chaiya Mungkalaram there is Dharmikarama Burmese Temple. The temple was build in 1803 and the first Burmese Buddhist temple in Malaysia.
Price: The entrance fee is free. (Remember to take off your shoes when you step into the temple).
Open: 10:00 am – 17:30 Daily
Location : 24, Lorong Burma, pulau tikus, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia (20 – 30 minutes walk from Gurney)
How to get here: Taxi or Rapid Penang Bus no. U101 / U102 / U103 / U104 / U105.
3. Penang Hill ( Bukit Bendera)
Penang Hill ( Malay known Bukit Bendera) is a hill resort located in Air Itam, Penang. The Flagstaff Hill is 735 m (2,450 ft) above sea level. It is the place where you can see the view of Penang city and Penang Bridge. At the top there are mosque, temple, a restaurant, a Paris-esque love lock bridge,an owl museum, tattoo makers and etc. Penang hills is also home for many type of plant species, mammals and bird fauna. You can found wild boars, civets, flying lemurs, flying civets, bats, squirrels, monkeys, tree shrews and many more. In the evenings, the characteristic calls of the cicadas and crickets are also often heard.
Price train ticket:
Adult RM 30 for a return trip and RM 17 for one way ticket. (Less for Malaysians)
Children aged 3 – 12 years old is RM 15.
Open : Monday – Friday from 6.30 am – 20.00 pm (last train from top station)
Saturday – Sunday from 6.30 am – 22.00 pm (last train from top station)
The train is departure every 30 minutes.
Location : Perbadanan Bukit Bendera, Ayer Itam ,11500 Pulua Pinang.
How to get here : Taxi or Rapid Penang Bus no 204 Jetty or Komtar (bus transport hub).
4. Kek Lok Si
Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Air Itam, Penang. It is the largest and well known Buddhist Temple in Malaysia. The construction of the temple began in 1893 and opened on 1905. The temple is well known for their Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas and 30.2-metre (99 ft) bronze statue of the Kuan Yin. The temple is consists of several large halls for assembly and prayer, four heavenly kings, intricate woodwork, a plethora of lanterns, shops selling souvenirs and commodities, liberation pond (sacred turtle pond), pond filled with Koi, garden and many more.
Price: The entrance fee is free. The entrance fee for Pagoda is RM 2.00 per entry.
Incline Lift to see the statue of Kuan Yin is RM 2.00 each way.
Open: Everyday from 7am – 9pm.
Location: 11500 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
How to get here: Taxi or Rapid Penang Bus No 204 to Air Itam from Jetty or Komtar .
5. Butterfly Farm
Penang Butterfly Farm was opened in 1986 and the living museum of various exotic butterfly species.The farm is home for more than 4,000 butterflies, 300 plant species, other insects and reptiles. There is also tropical fruit farm with more than 250 types of fruit. Other than that, the place is also function as an education, entertainment and research center.
Price: Entrance Fee Adult RM 27.00 and Children 4 – 12 years old) RM 15.00.
Open : Monday to Sunday including public holiday from 9.00 am – 6 pm ( Last entry at 5pm)
*Half day on Chinese new years eve.
Location : No. 830, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang. Malaysia.
How to get here : Taxi or Rapid Penang Bus no. 101 ( Weld Quay – Teluk Bahang), 102 (Penang Airport – Teluk Bahang) and 501 (Balik Pulau – Teluk Bahang)
6. Penang Botanical Garden and Waterfall Hill Temple
The Penang Botanical Gardens (the waterfall Gardens) were established in 1884. It is public park and well known for their waterfall. The Gardens is also home of variety type of flora and fauna as well as a popular recreational spot and activities such as jogging, walking, jungle trekking and aerobics. In here you can found collections of rare plant species housed in the Fern House, Palm Collection, Orchidarium, Cactus House, Herb Garden and many more. As for the Fauna you can found macaques, Dusky Leaf Monkeys, Black Giant Squirrels, insects and butterflies. From Botanic Gardens there is various hiking paths which lead to Penang Hills.
The Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple or known as Waterfall Hill Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temple in Penang. It is located in hilltop near or exactly on the left side of Botanic Gardens. As for those who like to visit the temple, you need to climb more than 500 stair case. However, I think it is worthy as you can see beautiful view scenery include the skyscrapers of Gurney Drive and the rest of George Town. The temple is also as the main focus of the annual Thaipusam festival.
Open : Everyday from 05:00 am – 20:00 pm
Location : Pavilion Administrative Complex, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350, Penang
How to get here : Taxi or Transit Link bus 202 to Teluk Bahang, transit link bus no.10 from komtar
7. Shopping & Hawker Food
Penang is also famous for their shopping place. There’s shopping mall, street market, independent stores and traditional market. Here, list few shopping complex in Penang such as :
• Komtar it is the oldest mall in Penang. In this place you can find boutiques selling incredibly reasonably-priced apparel. The place also acts as a focal point of bus routes in penang.
Open: Everyday from 10:oo am – 22:00 pm
Location: South Georgetown (Next to Traders Hotel)
• Perangin Mall is located not far from komtar. Same like komtar, the place also offer affordable items to purchase. Besides local clothing boutiques, you also can find book store resturant from fast food chain to local cafes selling Malay food such as nasi lemak.
Open: Everyday from 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong (Prangin Road), Georgetown
• Gurney plaza is located in persiaraan gurney. It is shopping complex which sell branded things. As for those who looking for the food, exactly besides Gurney Plaza there is Hawker Food ( food Stalls).
Open: Everyday from 10.00 am – 22.00 pm
Location:Plaza Gurney 170-06-01 Persiaran Gurney, Georgetown
• Gurney Paragon Mall is seafront nine-storey mall located in Persiaran Gurney. The Mall offer collection of 40 high fashion stores and 30 restaurants.
Open : Everyday from 10:00 am – 22:00 pm.
Location: 163 C & D Persiaran Gurney, Penang
• Queensbay Mall is the largest and longest shopping mall in Penang. The mall provide services and product which definitely affordable.
Open : Everyday from 10:00 am – 22:00 pm.
Address: Queensbay Mall, 100 Persiaran Bayan Indah, Bayan Lepas
• 1st avenue mall is located beside Prangin Mall and Komtar. Opened in 2010, the mall offer range of high end to midle range international brands such as Coach, Victoria secret, H&M, Cotton on and etc. .
Open: Everyday from 10:00 am – 22:00 pm
Location: Jalan Magazine, Georgetown, 10300 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Beside shopping complex, Penang also offers street market and night market. Here’s the list of few Street market and night market in Penang:
– Little Penang Street Market is initially started in 2006 and the place where the budget shopper need to visit. The market have more than 70 stalls set up selling foods and items as well as offers cultural shows, visual art display and live music performances. In here, you can find homemade handicraft, vintage steals, jewellery, spices, wood carvings until hand embroidered kebaya.
Open: Every last Sunday of the month
Location: Upper Penang Road
– Chowrasta Bazaar is well-known as daily market in Penang. The market is selling fresh seafood, second hand books and local delicacies such as fresh nutmegs, preserved fruits and the classic Ghee Hiang biscuits.
Open : Everyday from 08:30 am – 20:00 pm
Location: Jalan Penang, George Town
– Batu Ferringhi Night Market is one the market you need to visit. There is more than 100 stalls which sell things and foods. The market sell everything from T shirt, pyjamas, batik prints, slipper, homeware items,accessories, handcrafted, DVD, until knock off copies of designers brand.
Open: Everyday from 18:00 am – 24:00 pm
Location: Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Penang
Open: Everyday from 19:00 pm – 23:00 pm
Location : Lintang Macallum 1, Pengkalan Weld, Georgetown
– Pulau Tikus Market is market located in pulau tikus. It is offer hawker food such as chai tow kway ( fried carrot cake), fried rice, laksa, char kway teow, chee cheong fun and many more. The night market also sell few goods such as cheap Chinese curios, clothes, fake handbag, DVD and etc.
Open: Thursday – Tuesday from 18:00 am – 24:00 pm
Location: Jalan Pasar, Pulau tikus Off to Jalan Burma
– And Many more.
Hawker Food is food stall which selling mostly local food such as laksa, penang keoy teaw, chicken rice, fried oyster and many more. Besides mention above, there is many more hawker foods in Penang such as new lane hawker centre and the famous one is Gurney Drive hawker centre ( beside gurney plaza). While you in penang, try also local vegetarian food which some shop located in Burma road, Pulau tikus, Penang.