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What to do in Penang in 3 days

  1. Introduction to Penang
  2. 3 days in Penang — My Penang itinerary to fun and food-filled trip to Penang.
  3. Day 1 — Art, Street food, and historical places to see in Penang
  4. Day 2 — Penang hill, Clan jetties, and a seafood dinner at hawker center with live music.
  5. Day 3 — Penang National Park for nature or Hin Bus Depot for street art and Batu Ferringhi beach to end the day with a golden sunset and good food.
  6. Have only two days in Penang?
  7. Important information – Planning your trip to Penang
  8. Where is Penang Island?
  9. Where to stay in Penang city?
  10. How to reach Penang, Malaysia?
  11. What is the best time to visit Penang Island?
  12. Where to exchange currency in Penang?
  13. What would be your Penang trip budget?
  14. Resources to help you visit some of the Penang famous places.
  15. Supplementary reads to this Penang Travel Blog

Introduction to Penang 

After a short walk under the bright sun from the bus stand to my guesthouse in Georgetown at Lebuh Carnarvon, I put my bags in my room and went out for a stroll. For those who don’t know, Georgetown is the capital of Penang state or the Penang island.

I was famished after a long bus drive from Taman Negara, and Carnarvon street seemed like the right place to be. Little did I know that soon I was to be lost in the labyrinth of the streets of Penang flaunting exquisite art and some delicious Penang food.

The streets seemed empty, and I wondered if there were any tourists. A friend had questioned my Malaysia trip by saying that the only thing to see in Malaysia was Penang.

I found many more reasons to travel to Malaysia during my month-long trip to the gorgeous country, and, soon, I discovered a crowd of tourists huddled around visceral murals that were stuck to Penang street walls. Some pointed their Nikons towards the art murals, some jumped into the mural scene making it seem even more alive, and some, like me, stood on the side and wondered how Penang became Asia’s most thriving art and food capital.

Penang was acquired from the sultanate of Kedah and established as a British East India company colony by Francis Light in 1786. Georgetown was set up as the modern center of the island. Penang soon became the trading hub of Asia and attracted wealthy traders from India and China along with laborers from both the countries.

While you will see the grand Chinese-Peranakan Blue Mansion, the Peranakan Museum, and the Khoo Kongsi temple aging in the streets of Penang, you will also stumble into old South-Indian temples and grand mosques towering above the Penang city.

The cultural hot pot of Penang merged with Malaysia just before Malaysia’s independence in 1957. Almost after 50 years of post-colonial development, Georgetown was declared as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008.

This declaration flipped the future of Georgetown as the government of Penang further marked Georgetown and eventually all of Penang with historical and cultural street signs and real-life inspired murals.

These vibrant murals and the delicious potpourri of Indian, Chinese, and Malay food in Penang drew travelers from all around the world.

I also joined the parade of the tourists walking from one street to another and discovered the most thought-provoking and hilarious pieces of art in narrow Penang streets. And when I got tired of getting lost in the Penang street art, I gulped down bowls of Asam Laksa (a tangy fish soup) and found excuses to rush to the nearest Nasi Kandar joint to indulge in spicy fish curry and rice adorned with some crispy okra.

Though I spent 6 days in Penang, I was writing for a freelance client for about three of those days. But when I wasn’t writing, I let the streets of Georgetown and Penang overwhelm me. While walking, overeating, looking up to ancient temples and skyscrapers, hiking hills, watching sunsets on a beach, and getting shocked by the Chinese new year celebrations, I found a Penang that tempted me to visit her again.

And why wouldn’t I go? Batik painting shops and abandoned graffiti centers, ghost museums and surreal portraits on streets, live music bars and Chinese tea shops, high-end restaurants and rushed hawker stalls, organic spas and nature hikes, Hindu temples and protestant churches — Penang seems to be the sum up of an ideal travel brochure.

But for the moment I was happy to indulge in the ever-evolving art and food courtyard that Penang island is. So though I prefer slow travel, I tried to make peace with a 3 day visit to Penang.

In this Penang travel guide, I have put together the best things to do on your 3 day Penang itinerary. Let’s go.

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3 days in Penang — My Penang itinerary to fun and a food-filled trip to Penang.

Day 1 — Art, Street food, and historical places to see in Penang

Day 2 — Penang hill, Clan jetties, and a seafood dinner at hawker center with live music.

Day 3 — Penang National Park for nature or Hin Bus Depot for street art and Batu Ferringhi beach to end the day with a golden sunset and good food.

Day 1 of your Penang trip

Start your first day in Penang with eating and discovering the street art. The best place to overeat and stumble into art in Penang is Georgetown.

Though my detailed Penang food guide and Penang street art guide will take you through the street food and the art pieces in detail, I would suggest start walking towards Lebuh Chulia or Lebuh Armenian for these two have the most of the street art and murals in Georgetown.

Lebuh Keng Kwee has some of the must-try street food. Try the asam laksa and the world-famous chendol which is a sweet-coconuty soup made with green-glass noddles and ice shavings at the world-famous shops on Keng Kwee Street.

Insider Tip: If you love Asian food and are on a Southeast Asia trip, I suggest you visit the Inle Lake in Burma that has some amazing Shan food full of lemon, fish, and soupy noodles. 

Don’t forget to get into some side streets for hidden murals and delicious food.

With some food in your belly you can now see some Hindu and Chinese temples, mosques, and other historical places in Penang.

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Some of the major historical and cultural places to go in Penang —

  1. Cheong Fatt Tze or the Blue Mansion — Named after a rich Chinese merchant who built the mansion as a home and office in the 19th century. 38-room minions with brilliant architectural design. Head off on a sunny afternoon to spend some time in the shade watching engraved furniture and old Chinese living style. You can check out their rooms and other services and timings here
  2. Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling — Build in 1801 by Penang’s first Indian Muslim settlers, the mosque stands tall and bright white.
  3. Kuan Yin Teng or the Temple of the Goddess of Mercy — Originally a temple devoted to the gods of the sea, now this ancient temple is dedicated to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.
  4. Sri Mahamariamman Temple — One of the rainbow-colored and figurine-engraved South-Indian temple in Little India. The temple was made by the Tamilians when they migrated to Penang in the 1800s to trade or work as laborers.
  5. Khoo Kongsi Temple – Build in 1906, Khoo Kongsi is another clan temple in the center of Georgetown in Cannon Square. I recommend just walking past by this temple as I wasn’t very inspired by this one. But you can check out the events held at the temple here

Choose amongst these places as per your time and preference. I was more interested in staying outdoors and searching the street art or indulging with food and saw most of these above historical and religious attractions from outside.

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You can also get an audio 4-hour Penang city tour that takes you through the popular Penang temples, Jetties, and mosques — GetYourGuide tour of Penang.

End your day with some spicy street food at Chulia night market or the Nasi Kandar Line Clear restaurant for some Nasi Kandar. Have drinks at Love Lane if you like. I just grabbed some beer at a local hawker center and watched the avalanche of tourists pour-over food stalls.

Just behind the Goddess of Mercy temple, Antarabangsa Enterprise is a good spot for some affordable drinks.

Another possible pit-stop — Chowrasta street market where Indian immigrants came during the British era and named the area Chowrasta — adapted from the word Chowk(junction) and rasta(way). But Chinese took over the Indians in 1860 and since then mostly Chinese house shops and street vendors run the place. Head here to see some live shopping and Penang food action.

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An assortment of Nasi Kandar from my Penang trip.

Day 2 of your trip to Penang — Get out of Georgetown to get a panoramic view of Penang, hit the clan jetties, and watch a spectacular sunset with some great seafood and music.

Hike up or take the steepest train to Penang Hill, Penang

I highly recommend Penang hill for when I hiked up the hill, I could see Penang from a height and make some sense out of the modern-vintage fusion of Penang island. Grey-glassy skyscrapers towered over the city while from that height the real hustle-bustle of the Penang streets was missing.

Amongst the many routes that you can take to climb the Penang hill, I took the one that starts from the Penang hill gate near the train station. You can also get to the top of the hill from various paths that fork out from the Botanical gardens.

For doing the Penang hill hike or taking the train to the top of the hill, take a Grab or a bus to Air Itam or directly to Penang hill which is the last stop of bus number 203 or 204 running from the Komtar Bus Terminal.

Head towards the Penang hill gate, find a gravel road to the left of the train station and walk on. The guard might dissuade you from doing the hike claiming that the walk is steep, but the climb was safe and fun.

Depending on your speed, you would take about 2-3-4 hours to reach the top whilst going through a gravel road, staircases, and a jungle trail. The number of squirrels you spot on the trail would also determine how much time you take to complete the trek. If at any point you want to give up the hike, you can get to the nearest stop of the train that goes up the hill and take the train from there.

While coming down the Penang hill, I took the train as it had already rained much and the walks weren’t dry and fun to walk anymore.

Check out the official Penang hill website to see if any festival is going up at the hill.

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Penang Hill hike, a must if you are thinking about what to do in Penang in 3 days.

After getting down the hill (or even before climbing up) you can eat either the curry mee at Sister Curry Mee or the asam laksa at the Air Itam Asam Laksa (in the Air Itam market) as I described in my food guide to Penang also.

I skipped the Laksa but I ate a fabulous Ice Kachang at the top of Penang Hill in the Cliff cafe. The Peranakan couple with whom I did the trek told me that was the best place to have Ice Kachang.

You can also visit the Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple that was built in1891 and is close to Penang hill. As I trekked to the top of Penang Hill, I didn’t have enough time to visit the temple.

After watching the golden sunset from the Penang Hill, I took the return bus to Georgetown and walked towards the clan jetties.

The clan jetties are Chinese villages on the eastern coast of George Town. In the 1800s when the Chinese migrated to Penang to get their chunk of sea trade and work as laborers, many Chinese clans settled at the shore in stilt houses to avoid paying land taxes and to stay close to the coast to work.

Visiting the clan jetties was one of the many fun things to do in Penang. For not only you can see old Chinese stilt houses standing in the ocean, but you can also explore the by lanes of the jetties to find some great seafood being freshly sizzled out of lucky woks. The decoration of the balconies of the houses was particularly Chinese and gave great insight into the Chinese living style. Small almost-antique dusted-rusted cars lined the streets near the Jetties.

As a bonus, you will see some sea folklore murals painted on the walls near the jetties.

Clan Jetties of Penang
Care for some fresh seafood snacks? In the back lanes of Penang jetties.

And to end the day, just hang out at the jetty food court for some live music, great seafood, and lovely banter with the locals.

From the Clan Jetties, you can go to Fort Cornwallis, which is what I did on another day, but I don’t feel like recommending it for there was nothing spectacular about the fort.

Day 3 in Penang — Fill the last day of your 3 day Penang trip itinerary with some nature, beach, and food or more street art, beach, and food.

You can choose to either go for more food or you can head for some nature.

For nature, either visit the Botanical gardens or go to the Penang national park. In the National Park, choose between many short and long trails depending on your time and mood.

From the Komtar bus terminal, take bus number 101 or 103 to get to the Park. A hike in the national park would only leave enough time for dinner which you can either have at Gurney Drive or Batu Ferringhi beach.

If you are not in the mood of a national park, spend your day discovering the street art outside of Georgetown in and around the Hin Bus depot area. If the day is a Sunday, find the Sunday market there and eat away. You can also head back to the clan jetties to see them during the day and get lost around to find more murals and street art there.

There is always more street art waiting to be discovered in Penang.

Now about Gurney Drive and Batu Ferringhi beach.

Gurney Drive is the North Eastern shore of the island. Though Gurney Drive is a cluster of imposing shopping malls, five-star hotels, and expensive homes, remember you are in Penang.

In the middle of all the luxurious hotch-potch, you will find the Gurney Drive hawker center that is said to have the best Rojak, amongst other things.

But I would prefer Batu Ferringhi beach to Gurney Drive any day.

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A glimpse of the Batu Feringgi beach.

Sea shacks on the beach, colorful parasails floating overhead, an option to eat from an assortment of seafood at the Batu Ferringhi night market — what more can you ask for?

Sit by the beach, watch the golden sunset while sipping a beer, and order that sweet and sour grilled fish you thought about all day long.

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Sunsets by the Batu Feringgi beach!

Have only two days in Penang? What can you do on a 2-day Penang Tour?

If you only have two days and thinking about what to do in Penang in two days, here are my best places in Penang to cut short this three-day itinerary to two days. 

  1. Follow the Day One itinerary for your first day in Penang. 
  2. For your second day in Penang
    • Penang hill should be on your Penang to do list for you will get amazing bird’s eye view of Penang city from the top of the hill. 
    • From Penang hill get to the Clan jetties or go to the Batu Ferringhi beach for sunset and seafood dinner.
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Views from the top of the Penang hill.

If you are on a really short Penang one day trip, then just follow the Day 1 itinerary from above and you will get the essence of Penang. But one day isn’t enough to explore Penang, so if you can, do take out at least one more day for this gorgeous island.

Insider Penang travel tips #2 – Penang’s best Ice Kachang at the top of Penang hill in Cliff Cafe is another reason to visit Penang Hill.

Important information – Planning your trip to Penang

Where is Penang Island?

Penang island is off the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Penang comprises two parts — Penang Island and Seberang Perai, a small part on the mainland Peninsula.

Where to stay in Penang city?

On my Penang trip, I stayed in Georgetown and loved the area.

Georgetown is a cultural mix of Chinese, Malaysians, and Indians. If you are visiting Penang at a Chinese/Malay/Indian festival, you would definitely get to see a procession passing from Georgetown or Deepawali celebrations.

Georgetown is dense with street art, and you can always find some great hotels close to the colorful wall murals. From Georgetown, I could explore most of Penang by walking or the free shuttle buses that run frequently from there.

As per me, the best place to stay in Penang is Georgetown for it has all kinds of food, lively street art, culture, hip cafes and bars, and add anything else if you like.

When I went to Penang, I didn’t know about the many vintage and heritage hotels of Penang that has been constructed out of restored buildings that once housed a lineage of Chinese or Indian and Malay families. A lot of such heritage buildings now serve as hotels. I have picked the best of some of these cultural properties and have listed them here as per their price range.

Affordable stay options in Georgetown:

Just Inn, GeorgetownI stayed at Just Inn in Georgetown which is at the junction of Lorong Carnarvon and Lebuh(street) Carnarvon, a very happening street of Georgetown. When I visited Penang, the Chinese new year celebrations were going on and the entire procession walked past by us on Carnarvon street. What a sight! 

Just Inn has affordable dorms and private rooms. It is 5 minutes walking to Khoo Kong Si Temple and KOMTAR. I remember walking from Just Inn to all important locations of Penang either by foot or with the free buses that run throughout Penang. While some of the rooms were fan-cooled and some air-conditioned, I chose a fan room to save money. The ventilation of the room was so good that I never felt hot even during the month of November when temperatures were soaring in Malaysia.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. Just Inn also has a cafe that serves breakfast and is a great place to hang out.

I wouldn’t think twice before booking Just Inn again.

See the prices and book Just Inn here on Booking for your Penang trip.

Other affordable options in Georgetown that I would definitely consider for Penang.

My Guesthouse 109 – My Guesthouse 109 is an earthy-toned family-run hotel in Georgetown. The property offers air-conditioned double and queen rooms with shared and private bathrooms.

Known for its helpful owners, lovely cats, and an in-house washing machine to use, My Guesthouse gets booked weeks in advance. Oh, you can also help yourselves with free coffee and tea in the kitchen.

Find out the prices and book My Guesthouse on Booking.

Le Dream Boutique Hotel, Georgetown (Heritage Property)- La Dream is a modern Boutique hotel that comes with a rooftop spa and bar and free shuttle service around town. The property has double, quadruple, and king rooms furnished with all the amenities you might need.

The hotel provides a breakfast buffet, afternoon tea and snacks, and even free happy hours with complimentary wine.

You can have a look at the availability and prices of La Dream here.

WeLuv Travel Guesthouse, Georgetown – WeLuv is a very affordable property in Georgetown near the famous Laksa and Cendol stalls. The hostel offers double and family rooms with shared and private bathrooms.

WeLuv is recognized for its friendly staff who help out travelers in navigating Penang the local way.

Browse through the availability and prices of WeLuv Travel here.

Mid-range properties in Georgetown:

Ren I Tang Heritage Inn (Heritage Property) – Ren I Tang is another stunning vintage property that has been constructed out of a restored building. Equipped with timber flooring, wooden staircases, and Chinese roof tiles, the property offers courtyard, china, tub rooms, and lofts.

Ren I Tang is popular for its beautiful architecture, good breakfast, and the in-house museum. The hotel is at the borderline of affordable and mid-range.

Look at the availability and book Ren I Tang Heritage Inn here.

Jawi Peranakan Mansion, Georgetown (Heritage Property) – Well, the pictures of this restored Anglo-Indian mansion are enough to convince anyone to stay here. Jawi Peranakan offers double rooms, villas, and suites in the heart of Georgetown.

The property has an outdoor pool and is known for its friendly 24-hour desk. The hotel also provides a buffet breakfast.

Look at the pictures and availability of Jawi Peranakan here.

Note: I am putting this property under mid-range for the suites and villas are huge and can accommodate as many as 4-5 people.

Luxury stay options in Georgetown

Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Georgetown (Heritage Property) – If you are looking for a colonial-style luxurious place, then Eastern & Oriental is the place. Known for its seaside pool and a bar, this hotel has fancy suites and in house restaurant with local and international food.

If you want to be at a cultural yet comfortable place close to the sea, then Eastern & Oriental seems like a really good choice.

See the prices and book Eastern & Oriental Hotel here on

Areca Hotel, Georgetown, Penang Areca Hotel Penang is a restored heritage building that now serves as a luxurious hotel that comes along with a decorated lobby and a green courtyard. The decorations and furniture seem like from an old era and have antique looks.

Areca Hotel offers heritage rooms and family suites.

Check out the prices and availability of Areca on Booking.

Noordin Mews, Georgetown Penang (Heritage Property) – Noordin Mews is a boutique hotel that is also made out of a restored heritage building. Noordin Mews offers double rooms and suites with or without breakfast.

Known for the friendly staff and its quiet location, Noordin definitely seems like a place to relax and read in between Penang sightseeing.

See the prices and book Noording Mews here.

Just stumbled into some street music performance in Georgetown

Stay options in Batu Ferringhi

Batu Ferringhi or Feringgi is a seaside locality of Penang. Needless to say, the Batu Feringgi beach is popular amongst locals and tourists to relax with ocean views.

If you are looking for some vibrant beach life after a few days of visiting temples and museums, get a seaside place in Batu Feringgi to watch the sun setting over an azure horizon along with some Ikan Bakar (grilled fish) and a Malaysian beer.

Some of the Batu Ferringi stay options

Rasa Motel – Rasa Motel is an affordable property and is just about 3 mins walk from the Batu Feringghi beach. The hotel offers air-conditioned single, double, triple, and family rooms.

The property is known for its cleanliness, location, friendly owner, and budget prices.

Check for the availability and book Rasa Motel here on Booking.

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang – Shangri-La is Batu Feringgi’s luxurious resort at the beach that is set amidst a lush tropical forest. Equipped with swimming pools, a gym, and yoga Pavillion, the hotel offers all kinds of rooms with landscaped garden or ocean views.

Shangri-La has very friendly staff and even some beach chairs in its lush garden.

Book Shangri-La here for your next Penang trip.

If you don’t like these options, then click here to see some other stay options in Batu Feringgi.

Accommodation options in Gurney Drive, Penang

Gurney Drive is a high-class suburb of Penang dotted with tall buildings, luxurious malls, and skyscraper hotels.

If you would love to stay at Gurney Drive to experience the locality and the exquisite seafood at Gurney Drive hawker center, here are some luxury options to stay there:

G Hotel Gurney – G Hotel overlooks Gurney Drive, a popular seafront promenade featuring delicious local street food. Equipped with an outdoor pool and an in-house restaurant and bar, the property offers double rooms and suites.

Known for its friendly staff and a relaxing spa, G Hotel is a great choice for those looking for a comfortable stay in with an ocean view and abundant street food a stone’s throw away.

Check the prices and book G Hotel here.

G Hotel Kelawai – G Hotel is a luxurious hotel with a rooftop bar and is about 500 m from Gurney Drive. The hotel offers deluxe double, twin, and premium rooms with panoramic city views.

Known for its contemporary decor and friendly staff, G Hotel also has an in-house restaurant with local and international food choices.

Look at the availability and prices of G Hotel Kelawai here.

Accommodation options in Tanjung Bungah, Penang

I stayed at Tanjung Bungah for a day and didn’t appreciate the area much. Far away from both Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bungah was a quiet and expensive residential area by the beach. With minimal nightlife and no cultural insights, I think you should only go to this area if you have some work there.

If you are heading to Tanjung Bungah, check out Sea Lion by the beach which was a comfortable place to stay.

Sea Lion by the Beach – Sea Lion by the beach is an ancient bungalow that is just 2 minutes away from the beach. The property has single and double rooms with shared and private bathrooms.

Some of the rooms also come with a patio, and guests can use the kitchen, too. I loved the ancient bungalow and the property manager was friendly and offered me toast and tea when I arrived really late at night and had nothing to eat.

Also, the large garden of the house is visited by many birds and cats.

Browse through Sea Lion’s pictures and book your stay here on Booking.

Penang accommodations are of various kinds. From homestays to hotels to hostels to resorts to boutique stays to villas, you can opt for any kind of place. Now it is up to you to choose your Penang stay as per your budget, your preferred activities, and your comfort.

How to travel to Penang, Malaysia?

By Air – You can fly to Penang from many international or domestic airports. Getting to Penang is especially easy from Thailand or Singapore as you have direct flights to Penang from these destinations. Kuala Lumpur is also a good stop to take a flight to Penang.

By Train – Kuala Lumpur Central station to Butterworth station in Penang (mainland) is connected by a direct train which takes about 4-5 hours. In Butterworth, get a ferry or take a bus to reach the Penang island. Taking a train to Penang seems like a fun option if you have some time on hand. I couldn’t get the train for I was first going to Cameron Highlands (CH) but changed my mind on the CH bus stand to continue traveling to Penang.

By Bus – A convenient option to reach Penang is by bus. Buses are comfortable in Malaysia and run on time. My travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang by bus took me about 6 hours.

What is the best time to visit Penang Island?

Though I can imagine how travel in Penang can be always fun, visiting Malaysia in monsoon should be avoided.  

November to January: This is the best time to go to Penang as the weather is pleasant and dry.

February to April: Travel to Penang during these months for dry but warmer weather.

May to October: Wettest months of Penang. I traveled to Penang at the peak monsoon season in October. While I was hiking Penang hill, the rain beat down hard on us hikers. I did a lot of random treks even in the rain, but I was limited due to the slippery terrains. But I must admit that I enjoy rains, and I was happy to be in Penang during the monsoon. 

Even though it was raining on most days when I was in Penang, I could see Penangites were always going about their day.

Where to exchange currency in Penang?

You should get a small amount of money exchanged into local Ringgits at the airport. This small money will help you get into the city by taxi or bus. Later on, go to one of the street shops in Georgetown to exchange more. I always exchange at local licensed shops instead of banks or bigger money changers as the smaller shops give better rates.

I always use my ATM cards to withdraw cash. Though I need to write a detailed guide on how to manage money on international travel, I take out enough money that I will survive for a week, at least, to avoid paying the bank charges on international withdrawals frequently.

What would be your Penang trip budget?

You can explore Penang for as cheap as you like. But you can also splurge easily in Penang. Your budget would depend on your choices. 

Accommodation — Look at the accommodation options that I have mentioned above, and choose a place as per your budget. 

Meals — My biggest expense in Penang. Though food is generally cheap in Penang, I spent around 5-10 ringgits on each meal. Damn you fried fish.

Transportation — I took Rapid Penang buses or walked to most of the places to visit in Penang. The buses were cheap or free, and, of course, walking is free. If you take taxis, you would have to pay more. Don’t expect a transportation cost of more than 10 ringgits per day even if you take short taxi rides coupled with rolling on legs or wheels.

Tickets to attractions of Penang— Some of the things to see in Penang such as the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, the temples, and the train ride to Penang hill would cost you a little bit. So keep those costs in mind while planning your budget.

You can also see a lot of cultural activities on the streets of Penang without having to go anywhere.

Resources to help you visit some of the Penang famous places

Georgetown Penang street art map— Get the map here. A Penang tourist map by Penang government that lists the main Georgetown Murals and the street signs. The map doesn’t describe all the street art in Penang, like the next one, but this map talks about the history of Georgetown coming up as a tourist and art hub amongst other things.

Street art map Penang by Penang tourism board — This one is my favorite as it is a detailed map to Penang art. This map tells the story behind all the major murals (by major I mean the popular ones as a lot of murals in Penang are good) and the description of all the 52 street signs in Georgetown Penang. You can get a hard copy this at the Penang airport and also at your hotel.

Georgetown Penang map covering the traditions and heritage of the Peranakan Chinese – and how they migrated to Malaysia. You must have heard of the Nyonya cuisine that is basically the food of Peranakan Chinese influenced by the local Malaysian food. Download or see this map here to read more about the Peranakan Chinese and their migration to Malaysia.

Supplementary reads to this Penang Travel Blog

If you plan to spend some time in Malaysia, you should definitely check out Kinabatangan river, one of the two places to see Orangutans in the wild – Kinabatangan River Cruise Guide.

If you are still wondering whether to visit Malaysia — read some amazing things about Malaysia that would make you travel to Malaysia. 

Process of the Malaysia eVisa for Indians — Online visa to Malaysia 

Heading off to Bali after Malaysia? Check out my My Bali Travel Guide  – Best Things To Do in Bali and Beyond.


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