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Penang, Malaysia - A Gees Travel Guide and Adventure

It was Singapore National Day when we visited Penang and since it was a holiday we took the opportunity to travel to Penang. So last August 9 2013, we went on a journey to Malaysia’s UNESCO heritage site called George Town.

Penang is located in the northwest coast of the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur.  It is an island which is the home of its famous landmarks like Fort Cornwallis,  Chinese clan house of Khoo Kongsi and the Kapitan Kelingand.

how to enter penang

Foreign nationals visiting Malaysia must possess a valid national passport or internationally recognized Travel document. For Filipinos since we are a member of ASEAN countries we are not required to have visa-on-arrival, a passport with validity for at least 6 months will be required.  An equivalent of 30 days social visit will be given by Malaysian Immigration.

best time to travel penang

Considering its tropical climate, Penang weather consists of both hot and humid almost all year-round.  From May-October monsoon season is prevalent while during December–March occasional rain can also be experience. When we visited Penang, last August 2012 the weather was hot and humid all day. The George Town Festival (Jul/Aug) is a month-long celebration of culture with music, theater, and film. Butterworth Fringe Festival (Aug), it features art exhibitions, street performances, live music, and dancing. The 9 Emperor Gods Festival is celebrated at the temple of the same name in the 9th lunar month (Oct).

how to get there

We took an overnight bus/coach from Singapore to Penang and we booked it through Easibook.   It was at Golden Mile Complex when we rode the bus at around 9 pm leaving Singapore by bus carrier Sri Maju.  It was almost a 9 hours journey and arrived early morning the next day at Sungei Nibong Bus Terminal. We were sleeping on the coach for the whole travel and the cost was S$88 for two persons. On the other hand, we booked our return flight through Jetstar and paid for RM230 for two-persons on an evening flight around 9 pm at Penang International Airport.

transportation

The best way to explore Penang’s George Town is by bus and foot since most of the places of interest are just nearby. Other alternative options are taxis, private car, and Trishaw. When we arrived at Sungei Nibong Bus Terminal, we took a bus heading to the city proper because the terminal is located few kilometers from the main town.  It was a 20 minutes travel from the terminal and alighted at a nearby Penang Town Hall.

Places that we have eaten

Penang, Malaysia
tasty chicken rice for lunch
Penang, Malaysia
indulge to an afternoon sweet desserts

Places that we have been

Fort Cornwallis | Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah

Fort Cornwallis is the largest standing fort in Malaysia which was built by the British East India Company in the late 18th century. We passed by the fort and we are unable to enter the place because we came at around 7 am in the morning and gate will only open at 9 am.

Penang Town Hall | Jalan Padang Kota Lama

The City Hall of Penang local government headquarters which built by the British. It is a big building with unique design and architecture.

Sun Yat Sen Museum | 120 Lebuh Armenian

Is an exhibition showcasing, through dioramas, the life’s work of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, a leading 20th-century Asian nationalist figure who led the Chinese revolution.

Peranakan Mansion | 29, Church St, Georgetown

This is the Penang’s way of introducing people to the historical Peranakan culture. A recreation of a typical rich 19th century Baba home, the elegantly restored museum is a testament to the Baba-Nyonya cultural revival and displays over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles.

Kek Lok Si | Air Itam, Georgetown

It is the largest Malaysia’s Buddhist temple, comprising a series of monasteries, prayer halls, temples, and gardens. A national icon, built in 1890, which has turtle liberation pond, houses temples, gardens, a pagoda, and the four heavenly kings pavilion and enormous statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin.

Penang Hill
Is the first colonial hill station developed in Peninsular Malaysia, comprising Western Hill, Bukit Laksamana, Tiger Hill, Flagstaff Hill, and Government Hill, it is located six km away from Georgetown. The hilly and forested area is the state’s primary hill resort.
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Penang, Malaysia
Penang, Malaysia

Our trip to Penang was definitely good as we really enjoyed the places that we have been and also the local food. It was a place where culture is preserved and that people are warm as well. We loved the place because of its peace that we cannot feel we were in a city.  The environment is different as if we were frozen back in time.

One day might not be enough but at least we get to experience Penang as it embraces its modern city while retaining its old traditions which charms us as a tourist.  They have a mixtire of Chinese, an Indian and Malay culture which was well preserved as seen on heritage buildings and shopping centers.  The vibrant streets let you experience the British colonial history. 

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Please check below our 1 Day-Penang, Malaysia Tour Itinerary for reference.

1 Day Tour - PENANG ITINERARY

DAY 1

  • 09:00pm Depart Singapore
                      Bus Coach – EasyBook
                      Golden Mile
                      Ticket Fare: S$44/each
                      Head to Penang
                      Sleep on Bus
  • 05:30am  ETA Penang
                      Sungei, Nibong
                      Bus Terminal
  • 06:00am Ride Bus to Penang
                      Georgetown
  • 07:00am Breakfast
  • 08:00am Fort Cornwallis
                      Penang State Museum
                      Penang City Hall
                      St George Church
                      Penang Street Art
  • 10:30am  Cheong Fatt Tze-Blue Museum
  • 11:30am   Lunch
  • 12:30pm  Ride Bus
                      Head to Kek Lok Si Temple
  • 01:00pm  ETA Kek Lok Si Temple
  • 02:00pm Penang Hill
                      Ride Tram
                      ETA Penang Hill
                      Tram Fare: RM30
                      Overview of Penang
  • 03:30pm Head Back To Georgetown
                      Snack
  • 06:30pm Head to Airport
  • 07:00pm ETA Airport
                      Penang International Airport
  • 07:30pm Dinner
  • 09:00pm Depart Penang
                      Jetstar 3K 678
                      Ticket Fare: S$38/each
  • 10:15pm   ETA Singapore
  • 11:30pm   Home

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