Hi beautiful friends!
Towards the end of May, after spending over 3 weeks exploring the city of Kuala Lumpur, I took a short 1 hour flight to a small island in the north of Malaysia called Penang.
This is a place I didn’t know much about prior to arriving- I had only heard of it once, but when I was planning my travel journey a few months ago, the name suddenly downloaded in me again and I became drawn to this island. Something was telling me to visit, so I followed my intuition, and sure enough I truly had an incredible time exploring this beautiful place.
It literally took 20 minutes to drive from one end of the island to the other; from the airport to Georgetown, which is the main town of Penang Island and also a World UNESCO Heritage Site. Upon driving into the town, you immediately understand why, and it’s the reason I decided to stay in the centre of Georgetown too. The streets are lined with peranakan, or chinese colonial, housing, and it felt like I stepped into the 1900s of China. Blended with the modern world, it was so fascinating, and I took this opportunity to stay in a peranakan house too, which was a very interesting experience.
Although small, there is so much to do and see on Penang Island, from exploring historical buildings and museums, to walking on piers and riding trains up the tallest hill. I had been told that it has some of the best Malaysian street food (I can agree on that), and while my itinerary was quite full for the 4 days I spent there, another week would still be ample to see more places I didn’t get to this time. Overall, this is a place I would recommend for anyone to add on to their Malaysia trip. The first word that came to mind when describing Penang, is “happy”, and I think the colourful architecture and friendly locals really attribute to that♡.
I hope you find this itinerary helpful, and you can watch my vlog here too.
Sending my love,
When: 22nd May – 26th May 2019
I used Grab via the app (south east asia version of Uber) to get around, as it was really affordable and convenient. Aside from other taxis and rickshaws, it really is the only way to get around here.
As Penang is part of Malaysia, MYR is used and there are many ATMs around town. I highly recommend carrying cash as most places don’t accept card.
I highly recommend that no matter where you travel to, to purchase a SIM card when you arrive at the airport so you can travel with more ease, safety and convenience. I found the connection very strong at all times.
As Penang is located in the tropics, near the equator, it was very hot and humid. It only rained once while I was there and the other days were filled with sunny skies. I would still recommend that you carry an umbrella around.
Due to the hot weather, it’s best to wear thin and light clothing, but if you enter temples you will need to cover your shoulders and knees (which you can do with a scarf too).
Where I Ate
Ee Beng Vegetarian
The Urban Daybreak
Chulia Street Night Market
Tim Choi Sam Dessert
Where I went
Campbell Street- Chinatown
Masjid Kapitan Keling
Yap Kong Si Temple
Khoo Kong Si Temple
Chulia Street Night Market
Kek Lok Si Temple
Wat Chaya Mangalaram