Hi again travellers and my loyal readers, this time I will try to share my travel experience in Penang Island. Basically, Penang has two different places, they are Penang Mainland and Penang Island, both of them connected by Penang Bridge. To explore Penang Island, you should know several cities which have the tourism attraction, in my trip namely George Town, Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bungah, Teluk Bahang, Air Itam, and Bayan Lepas. What we could see at there? Here they are a little brief about it 😉
1. George Town
They have a lot of fascinating heritage sites, mostly various religion place just like temple, church, or mosque. The famous example is Kapitan Keling mosque, Sri Maha Mariamman temple, St. Georges church (private property), Goddess of Mercy temple, church of Assumption (idk why they called assumption, anybody know? :p). We can also see the Penang Peranakan Mansion and the Cheong Fat Tze (the blue wall), they are so beautiful to see. In the morning, we can see the street market near Chinatown (between lebuh chulia and lebuh muntri). And you can explore it all by walk/tricycle/CAT shuttle bus by RapidPenang (it’s free public transport service from the government to attract the tourist, but only available for exploring George Town).
2. Air Itam and Tanjung Bungah
From George Town we can take bus RapidPenang from Lane 2 in Komtar (this is the place where we can find any bus route around Penang Island) to go Air Itam and Tanjung Bungah. In Tanjung Bungah, there are Botanic Garden and Youth Park. While in Air Itam is more interesting in my opinion, they have Penang Hill which we can try to go to the top of the hill by trem/railway. To use the trem, they charge us 30 RM for foreigners, but only 4 RM for students and locals, so if you are a student make sure you didn’t forget to show your student card to get the cheap price. I highly recommended to visit Penang Hill when you travelling in Penang. In addition, not far from Penang Hill we can take Rapid Penang bus to stop at Kek Lok Si and Kuan Yin temple, gorgeous views from there. Not far from there, we can try Laksa Penang (seems like streetfood soup with sour taste) and the Nutmeg Juice.
3. Batu Ferringhi, Teluk Bahang, and Bayan Lepas
Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang are located in the west side, but Bayan Lepas located in the south side near the airport and bus terminal to go to the other part of Malaysia, so Bayan Lepas will be compatible for the last destination in Penang. Batu Ferringhi is a well known tourism place because their beach mostly have a big stone and the night market around the beach which offering the cheap souvenir, shirt, and others. We can take Rapid Penang bus number 101 or 102 to reach there, the bus also through the Butterfly Farm, Tropical Fruit Farm, and the last will be stop at Penang National Park. If we want to go airport from Teluk Bahang there is bus number 102 which go to Komtar first and continue to go Penang International Airport through Bayan Lepas. In Bayan Lepas, we can visit the Snake Temple (but, I didn’t been there and never want to visit there because my phobia with snake :p)
Still curious about Penang? Visit there or you can ask me via email, martamatrioshka [at] gmail [dot] com