In a nutshell
The quaint art in every alley of the town, the warmth and honesty of their locals, the ease of getting around, the clear blue skies and the affordable prices made us revisit Georgetown.
Malaysia is unique for its harmonious blend of Malay, Chinese and South Indian cultures. They all compliment one another in a beautiful manner. You would find a Chinese temple close to a mosque and a Hindu temple. You could start a perfect day with a cup of chai in the morning at Little India, followed by delicious dumplings, at Campbell Street and crab Laksa at Chulia Street.
Watch the city really come alive in the evenings at Nagore Square, Love Lane and Chulia Street with a number of night hawker markets, cafes and bars. Every street is scenic, every corner has a charm! You can’t help but fall in love with this gorgeous town.
If you want to be touristy, Penang has a lot to offer in terms of fun museums like Upside Down, world food museum, Peranakan museum, trick art museum and more. If you go towards Butterworth, you can see gorgeous Kek Lok Si. You can take a bus or cab ride a little further from Georgetown to visit their posh beaches: Tanjung Bungah and Batu Ferringhi. Penang Hill is another good touristy spot from where one can see the entire town.
For the adventure lovers, we recommend Pantai Kerachut Beach. We couldn’t go there but it looks absolutely gorgeous in photos.
How to get there?
There are multiple flights available from Delhi To Penang via Kuala Lumpur. Another great option is to take a bus from KLIA. It is convenient and cheap and the journey is beautiful.
This time we had the worst experience with Malindo Air. Read about it here
Where to Stay
In Georgetown, there are a number of hotels at various prices right next to one other. For a fancy experience, you can select E&O, for pocket-friendly yet luxury, Sunway hotel and Armenian Hotel.
We have stayed at Royal Penang and The Chambers on two visits. While Chambers is at a great location and the rooms are comfy, it is a bit too run down for our liking.
What to pack?
It is hot and humid so t-shirts and shorts and more t-shirts and shorts. Carry a pair of jeans or sarong for mosques and temples. An umbrella is a must as it can rain any time!
If you’re visiting Tanjung Bungah or Batu Ferringhi then you could carry a new dress for the fancy joints.
Food in Penang
Don’t completely go by what we say. We tend to bend more towards Chinese and Nyonya cuisine in Malaysia. Surprisingly they have some great Vietnamese food too. Here’s the list of our personal favourites food there
Cafes and Bars in Georgetown, Penang
While locals in Penang seldom visit bars, there have quite a few interesting underground bar culture for the expats and tourists.
There is also a growing coffee culture. Home to the smooth and delicious white coffee, Penang has a cute cafe at every corner with the hustle and bustle of friends catching up.
Click here to see the list of our favourite cafes in town
Top 10 Touristy things to do in Penang
1. Take a trip to the breathtaking Kek Lok Si.
2. Visit Clan Jetty at sunset for awesome touristy photos.
3. Visit the colourful and chaotic Little India.
4. Take a bus to National Penang Park (Taman Negara) and spend a day with nature.
5. Take pictures of all the quaint interactive street art in Georgetown.
6. Stroll around Padang Kota Lama for the amazing breeze.
7. Walk around Campbell street filled with old colourful buildings.
8. Go nuts taking funny photos at Upside Down Museum.Extra bites
9. Spend a lazy afternoon at Batu Ferringhi Beach.
10. Visit the largest standing fort in Penang called Fort Cornwallis
Cost for 2:
Flight tickets: 54,000
eNtri for Indians: 3000
Average Hotel stay cost: 3000 x 4 = 12000
Food, drinks, travel: 30000
Total: Rs. 1,00,000
Total: Rs. 1,00,000