Food lovers from all over the world flock here to sample the island’s delicacies too and it has been a while since the “Pearl of the Orient” had become one of Malaysia’s premier holiday destinations for not only locals but also travellers from all around the world. The close-knit community of diverse ethnicities and cultures are reflected in many areas with a mixture of mosques, Buddhist and Hindu temples and churches located along one street. First time to Penang? Perhaps my 3D2N itinerary might be useful for you.
Day 1 – The Street Art of Georgetown & Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls
My family and I began our journey from around 6 in the morning and it took us around 4 hours to get from Subang to Butterworth by car. We decided to use the ferry as our mode of transportation to get to the island of Penang or more specifically, Georgetown. An adult ticket fare would only cost you RM 1.20 per person (as of January 2020) and the rate for taking a car onto the ferry would be RM 7.70 (as of January 2020). The main reason we used the ferry is to avoid the traffic at Penang bridge as we are told by friends and family that it would usually be time-consuming and personally I found it to be a relaxing way to travel and very convenient for my hotel which was located just metres away from the ferry terminal.
Before checking in to our hotel, we decided to spend a bit of time for lunch at the infamous Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul – the perfect remedy to counter the heat. Located just around 10 minutes away from the ferry terminal, the old-school restaurant has actually opened since more than 50 years ago and passed down through generations of family legacy. As expected, we could not pass the chance to experience the taste of the original Chendul or Cendol some may call them and I dare to say it is one of the tastiest one I ever had in my life. The price back when I dine in also is actually cheaper than expected, around RM 3.00 for a bowl of the Chendul and you can get it for the same price for Ice Kacang or ABC. We also add on Penang Curry Mee, and Penang Fruit Rojak. The total of 5 of us, which for your information all are adults, is a mere RM 50.00. We also heard that the assam laksa here is also delicious, but it’s too early for our stomachs to take so much food.
Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul Details
Address: 4 2, Lebuh Keng Kwee, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 7.00pm daily.
After check in at our hotel and having a scrumptious lunch spread, it’s time to burn some calories away. You can either take a leisure stroll around Georgetown to check out the interesting street art. We recommend renting a bicycle as it costs as cheap as 8RM for 5 hours, and you get to cover more within a shorter time. For my trip, my family and I rented our bicycles from one of the shops around Lebuh Cannon, hence, we used Penang Tourist Guides Association as our starting point. You should obtain the “Street Art Map” and you’ll see each street art marked by either alphabets or numbers on the map.
You’ll first come across “Boy on Chair” along Lebuh Cannon. If you go further down, you’ll be able to spot the “Cannon Hole” caricature. It depicts a cannon shot fired during the 1867 Penang Riots that made a large hole in the area, hence the name.
Do be careful of cars as it can get quite jammed up in the narrow streets sometimes. Put lots of sunblock and drink plenty of water as it can get extremely hot in Georgetown. Whenever you stop for photos or for a rest somewhere, please lock your bicycles and always carry your valuables and belongings with you. Do not put anything in the baskets of your bicycles if you’re going to walk away from your bicycle!
When the sun goes down, head to Chulia Street’s Night Hawker Stalls. It’s better to go with a bunch of family and friends so you can share different varieties of local eats, ranging from char kway teow, to wanton mee, spring rolls, and chee cheong fun, just to name a few!
Day 2 – Batu Ferringhi & Penang’s Heritage Trail
Roti Bakar Hutton Lane is our chosen outlet for breakfast on the second day. Just like the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, so when visiting Penang, follow the customs and habits of the locals. Start the day with traditional kaya toast, soft-boiled eggs, and a cup of kopi (coffee), teh (tea) or my favourite which is teh tarik (milk tea)! Roti Bakar Hutton Lane is conveniently located at the centre of Georgetown. It exudes a nostalgic atmosphere. The servers still toast bread the traditional way, over charcoal. It’s crispy on the outside, yet remaining slightly fluffy within.
Roti Bakar Hutton Lane Details
Address: 300, Jalan Phee Choon, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Opening Hours: 5.30am to 2pm daily. Friday until 12.45pm.
After breakfast, me and my family drove to Batu Ferringhi area. Located on the Northern coast of Penang, Batu Ferringhi features many natural wonders. Georgetown is an extremely popular area for tourists but in recent years, Batu Ferringhi has caught up and is now, the second most visited destination in Penang.
A hidden gem with the name of Tropical Spice Garden can charm you with more than 500 kinds of exotic fauna and flora from all over the world. You can take your time exploring with the help of an Audio Guide that comes in languages such as English, Chinese, Malay, German, French, Japanese and Arabic. There are a total of 69 exhibits in the garden. If you’re on a tight schedule, I recommend the Express Audio Tour which takes roughly 45 minutes. It will take you to the 8 most important exhibits. It’s a family friendly garden as children will be excited to discover giant swings and 3D slides and ladders within the garden. Take a short break at the Bamboo Garden and drink the herbal tea.
Entrance fees cost RM26 (adult) and RM15 (child between age 4 and 12) for Garden Audio Tour while RM35 (adult) and RM20 (child between age 4 and 12) for Live Guided Tours that take place only at 9am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm daily. Elderly of 60 years and above, as well as, students with valid student IDs get special rates at RM20 (garden audio tour) and RM28 (live guided tours).
Before leaving, drop by The Tree Monkey outdoor café for lunch. Treat your tastebuds to an array of Thai food while admiring the picturesque Teluk Bahang shoreline.
Tropical Spice Garden Details
Address: Lot 595 Mukim 2, Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia
Telephone Number: +604 881 1797 / +6012 590 8797
Opening Hours: 9am to 6pm daily. Last admission at 5.15pm. Note that The Tree Monkey café is open from 9am to 10pm daily while the gift shop is open from 9am to 4.30pm daily.
As our dad is not in a very good condition, we decided to cancel our plan to trek at the Penang National Park or go up to the Penang Hill to stay there till sundown, just to watch the island lighting up. I promise I’ll be back to experience these activities one day I swear! So we decided to go back to Georgetown and just chill, do a bit of free & easy activities by visiting the temples, mosques, and churches in Georgetown. Don’t forget to visit the most impressive Kapitan Keling Mosque and the most popular temple which is the Goddess of Mercy Temple, dedicated to Kuan Yin.
You must be famished after a full day of adventure hence Farlim Night Market is an ideal place for dinner. It’s the largest night market in Penang, and you can find local dishes like Thai-styled Fried Chicken, Char Koay Kak (Fried Radish Cake), Fresh Sugar Cane Juice, Tau Fu Fa, Lok Lok, Grilled Chicken Bun and many more!
Farlim Night Market Details
Address: 7-75, Medan Angsana, Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Every Wednesday, 18:00 – 23:30
Day 3 – Home Sweet Home!
After breakfast at the same restaurant as yesterday, we decided to check out of the hotel and start our 5-hour journey back home!
Hope this 3D2N itinerary helps you in planning your desired Penang trip! Have fun!
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