Tips Traveling Ke Penang – PENANG GUIDE 2020 (with DIY itinerary, budget, tourist spots, best things to do, where to stay and how to get there)
Summary: This blog describes a comprehensive budget travel guide to Penang, Malaysia that includes a DIY 3 to 5 day itinerary. It shares some of Penang’s best tourist attractions that are FREE, options on how to get to each tourist spot by public transport, travel tips and a list of recommended budget accommodation. Furthermore, this Penang blog is aimed at first-time travellers, whether solo, with family or in a group.
Tips Traveling Ke Penang
Located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, some 5 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur – PENANG has been steadily teetering on the brink of tourist peak over the years, giving other major destinations in Malaysia a run for their money as it is remarkably capable of doing so for not only its tapestry long interesting history and a unique culture that bridges east and west, it also enjoys a food scene that serves its ever-dynamic market, an impressive display of attractive tourist attractions, a vibrant neighborhood and an economy that will support and sustain them!
Ashtalakshmi Temple, Chennai (madras)
Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia by land area, but prides itself on having one of the highest population densities in the country. It is divided into two parts: Penang Island, which is connected to the mainland by the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, the longest in Southeast Asia; and Seberang Perai which occupies most of Penang’s land area.
Of the two, tourists flock more to Penang Island, specifically to George Town, its capital, where you can find a vibrant neighborhood that celebrates cultural diversity as evidenced in its well-anchored historic districts. Not to mention, George Town is the very place that made Penang the food and street art mecca it is known for today.
Read on and get excited about the things big and small that make Penang such a wide range of tourist delights!
How to get to Penang by air: The state of Penang has an international airport located 20 kilometers south of George Town which provides an extensive list of domestic and international destinations across Asia, via the following carriers:
Tips To Explore Penang By Public Transport
From Penang International Airport, you can get to Georgetown in about 30 minutes or to nearby areas by taxi, Uber, Grab or express bus 102 which stops at Teluk Bahang and KOMTAR and routes 401 and 401E at Weld Quay. .
Direct access to Penang by land and water is possible from major destinations in Malaysia, and some provinces and cities in Thailand and Singapore, as shown below, either by bus, train, taxi or ferry.
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Most of these journeys disembark at Butterworth Terminal. To get to George Town, you can take a ferry which is just walking distance from the terminal, the journey time is about 15 minutes; or hire a taxi which comes with a high price considering the distance difference and the traffic situation, especially during peak hours.
Serunya Jalan Jalan Ke Penang Dari Naik Kereta Cepat Hingga Kapal Ferry
Buses are the most efficient form of transport for getting around Penang and its main tourist attractions, including Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si Temple and the Botanical Gardens. A 10-minute bus travel time costs around RM2.
If you are in a hurry and don’t want to wait for the bus, getting into a taxi would be a good alternative. However, you should know that most taxis around Penang do not use a meter and may charge a higher price than usual.
If you only plan to travel around George Town, a bicycle rental or a human-powered trishaw would serve as a better option as they are a cool and fun way to explore the city. Renting a bike for the day would cost around RM10 to RM20, while trishaws can be rented as a tour for at least RM50 an hour, from any rental shop around Georgetown.
The most important tourist spots in Penang are grouped into two: those within Georgetown and others located outside the city.
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Here are the top tourist spots in GeorgeTown, Penang that can be covered in a full day by bike or trishaw:
Penang’s Old Town street art has been a major attraction for tourists when visiting the vibrant city center of George Town. Not only does it add color to the grimy walls, it also evokes a strong message about the history and life of each street – in Jalan Penang, Muntri Street, Weld Quay, Lebuh Leith, Armenian Street and Ah Quee Street, among others.
The murals were commissioned by London-trained Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic, local artist Desmond Yeo and other well-known artists in Penang. Among the highly praised artworks are “Little Girl in Blue”, “Children in a Boat”, “Boy on a Bicycle” and “Little Boy with a Pet Dinosaur”.
To tour Penang street art on a busy schedule, it is recommended to take a trishaw tour which costs around RM50 to RM80 per hour. It is more efficient than cycling because drivers know the streets well and can easily identify which of the murals tourists are likely to visit.
Penang Travel Itinerary: Where History And Culture Meet
The floating village on the stilts of the seven Clan Jetties at the Penang Ferry Terminal is one of Georgetown’s most sought-after landmarks for its historical and cultural value. The settlement, which gives an insight into the way of life of Chinese clans in the early 1900s, is recognized as one of the last bastions and contains some of the well-preserved customs of the ancient Chinese.
The long promenade along with the old floating houses are the most important sights to visit in this area. The Clan Piers are part of the Penang Heritage Trail that stretches from the coastal area to Lebuh Chulia near the Kapitan Keling Mosque, down to Pengkalan Weld Quay where the Chinese and Indian temples sit together, side by side.
Jetty Clan can be found along Pengkalan Weld which can be reached by foot when you are near the city center. more precisely, about 10 minutes from Komtar. RapidPG buses that stop above the ferry terminal are 307 and 401E.
The Kapitan Keling Mosque in Jalan Buckingham, spread over an area of 18 hectares, was the center of Muslim devotion around GeorgeTown. It consists of arches that surround its outer passage. At its center is a dazzling chandelier that complements the already glamorous prayer hall.
Penang Travel Guide
Visitors need permission from a mosque official to enter; and are required to wear clothing that covers the body well. Kapitan Keling Mosque is open every day from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. After you visit, check out the nearby St. George’s Church, the oldest Anglican-built church in Southeast Asia.
Built in the 1880s, Cheong Fatt Tze or Blue Mansion is home to “the last mandarin and first capitalist of China”, Cheong Fatt Tze. The mansion located on Leith Street has 38 rooms, 5 courtyards, 220 window frames and a building built in the traditional Hakka-Teochew style.
Cheong Fatt Tze is highly recognized as one of the three UNESCO heritage buildings. Guests are allowed one-hour guided tours at these times from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Entrance fee is 16RM per person.
The “crown jewel” of Georgetown, Khoo Khongsi, is home to one of the first five major Chinese clan associations that ruled the Hokkein community in 1906, whose lineage can be traced back as far as 600 years.
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The clan house was commissioned at the height of Khoo by prominent craftsmen from China. It stands on granite carved with decorations depicting a birthday, wedding and some important life events. Its interior is decorated with massive paper lamps that glow red-orange, especially at night.
Khoo Khongsi is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and collects RM10 for entry. Located in Cannon Square, Georgetown.
The oldest temple in Penang, the Kuan Yin Temple which was built in the 1700s for religious and social functions, is considered the most magnificent Chinese temple in all of Georgetown.
The temple was built at an estimated cost of 4,000 Spanish dollars, a princely price at the time. It was built in honor of the Chinese goddess of mercy Kuan Yin and the patron saint of sailors, Ma Chor Poh.
Travelling Rempong Penang
The old temple is located in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, not far from the mosque and St. George’s Church. Working hours are from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Entrance to the temple is free.
The Teochew-style Han Jiang Temple was built in 1885 to honor the Taoist God of the North. It was designed with a small central courtyard in a square gable roof. Its inner temple, which serves as a place to keep some of the ancestral tables of the deceased Theochews, is accessed through three doors with a dragon statue on the arch.
Among the important attractions