I’ve been to Penang about 3 times in the past eight months. Actually, at first, I didn’t plan to write about my Penang trip. That’s why this post is coming a bit late. Thanks to one of my blog readers, she reminded me that every trip I take matters. So, here I am, sharing about my Penang trip, and I hope this post can help you plan your itinerary to Penang.
Now, let’s dive into the places I explored during my visits there:
Bukit Bendera / Penang Hill
This is a must-visit place when you’re in Penang. It’s incredibly fascinating with plenty of recreational activities, and the views from here are absolutely stunning. You can check the ticket prices here.
Kek Lok Si Temple
Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. It’s also a must-visit place when you come to Penang. To reach the top, you’ll need to purchase a ticket. The tickets are available in different levels (there are 4 levels). I highly recommend getting tickets for all levels. Besides, the ticket prices are quite affordable. For more information, you can visit their website here.
Padang Kota Lama
My favorite place to eat ‘Pasembur’. It’s really delicious! This place can get quite crowded, but it depends on the time as well. I’ve been there during lunchtime, and it was fine. It was easy to find a table to sit and eat. However, during dinner, it gets extremely crowded, to the point where you have to wait in long queues just to buy food. For those who love to eat, you can truly indulge yourself here because there are plenty of food stalls open.
In Penang, there are many interesting museums to visit. Wonderfood Museum was my choice because it’s highly Instagrammable. Hehe.
Another museum that caught my interest is the Ghost Museum. Why? Because I’m a big fan of horror. This museum may not be very big, but it’s quite interesting to visit. The museum showcases various types of ghosts from different cultural beliefs. Oh, they even have zombies and vampires!
Tropical Spice Garden
For those who love nature and want to learn about plants, spices, and more, I highly recommend visiting this place. Every visitor will be provided with a map of the garden and an audio guide that explains the different types of plants found here.
Batu Ferringhi is a popular destination among tourists from abroad. It’s the second most popular destination after Georgetown. You can relax at the beach here, and if you’re up for some adventure, you can also enjoy various water sports activities.
Penang Street Art, Georgetown
When visiting Penang, taking a stroll and admiring the street art is a must-do activity. Sometimes, you may even have to wait for your turn to take a photo – tapi i sanggup. haha
I visited Monkey Beach to relax and enjoy the beach. There’s an option to hike to the lighthouse, but I was feeling too lazy for that. The boat transfer costs RM50.00 per person (round trip). I read online that this place is worth a visit because of its beauty. However, I wouldn’t personally recommend it unless you have a strong desire to see it for yourself. Unfortunately, the beach was littered with rubbish, which made it quite unappealing.
Deens Maju Nasi Kandar
I’ve never stood in a long queue just for food. Haha. But this time, to fulfill my good friend’s request, I reluctantly stood in line with her. We queued for more than an hour. It was worth it, though. The food was so delicious that I couldn’t resist licking my fingers.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of Nasi Kandar. So, no matter where I go for Nasi Kandar, they all taste the same to me.
Nasi Kandar Line Clear
One of the most popular Nasi Kandar spots in Penang is Line Clear. If you ask me to differentiate between Deens Maju and Line Clear in terms of taste, I can’t distinguish them. As I mentioned earlier, all Nasi Kandar tastes are the same to me.
Roti Bakar Hutton Lane
Originally, our plan was to have breakfast at Roti Canai Transfer Road. However, when we arrived, it was extremely crowded and we didn’t want to wait as we were feeling hungry. After some Googling, many people recommended this place. Well, I must say, those recommendations were spot on! We were highly satisfied with our breakfast here – the roti bakar (toasted bread), teh tarik (pulled tea), and the half-boiled eggs were absolutely delicious! If you happen to be in Penang, I highly recommend stopping by this place!
Out Of Nowhere
Out Of Nowhere is a hidden bar located behind Hold-Up Cafe. Inside the cafe, there’s a bright orange refrigerator. To enter the bar, you have to go inside this refrigerator. It was quite dark inside, so I had to use the flashlight on my phone to find the door to the bar. Honestly, I was a bit hesitant at first to go inside the refrigerator. I thought my friend was playing a prank on me. Turns out, it was real! Haha.
Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant And Rooftop Bar
This place is located at Bayview Hotel, Penang. First and only 360-revolving restaurant in Penang. For more info can visit their website here.