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Travel Tour Guide

Welcome to My Island Penang, the loveliest destination for vacations in Malaysia. The Gateway to the Orient, Asia.

My Island Penang Travel Tour Guide will share with our wonderful state in Malaysia. If you look in the map of the world, you probably will not find it, maybe just a tiny little dot between big brother Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand in the north. Still, we are a BIG part of the Malaysian islands.

Make sure you arm yourself with a good map of Penang and scroll with me. The island where one can find evidence of rich colonial life right in the middle of Georgetown. We locals knows it as our living heritage city and a place of cultural fusion.

We may be one of the many Malaysian islands but we are simply THE BEST one! My Island Penang Travel tour guide is prepared for you by a REAL local lady, who is passionate about her island Penang.

That is why this travel tour guide covers a lot more then the usual tourist attraction in Penang or Malaysia. It contains everything I know, experienced, learned and revisited over the years.

If you want a holiday that is more than just memorable, or a place you want to consider your second home one that will stay with you forever, then My Island Penang Travel Tour Guide will take you there and guide you from first hand experience.

  Pavilion Goddess of Mercy in Kek Lok Si Temple
Pavilion Goddess of Mercy, Kek Lok Si Penang
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Penang cooking class in Tropical Spice Garden with Pearly Kee
Cooking class in Penang, Tropical Spice Garden. Time: 10am to 1pm
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Getting in and around my island Penang is not difficult. Consider taking a bus or a trishaw, sit in our latest Penang buses, The Rapid and you can enjoy the air-con in the bus.

If not, just hop into the local buses stretch your legs and enjoy the breeze as it takes you to the furthest point in Teluk Bahang or Balik Pulau. Cars are easily rented if you have an international driving license.

Easy Penang Travels

There are several ways of coming into my island Penang.

You either fly in where you will land in Bayan Lepas, then take a cab to the nearest hotels. Or alternatively, you can come by land.

You can drive to Penang through the Penang Bridge or coming from the North or South of Malaysia, by rail or bus.

You need to take the ferry from Butterworth if you coming by rail or in-bound buses. My island Penang warmly welcomes you to this part of the world!

We are modernized in many ways yet you can see quaint little buildings, streets and alley ways mushrooming around you as you walk by the streets of harmony in the heart of Georgetown.

Little Indian man bending down hard at work in the goldsmith shop next to Chinese kopi tiam (coffee shops) is a common sight in my island Penang. The temple looms over visitors with its prominent red roof, snarling dragons and lions.

The incense, smoke in the Chinese temples will make your eyes watery as you observed the devout or god fearing locals praying away on the 1st or 15th of the Chinese lunar month.

We have among us Buddhist, Thai, Burmese, Taoist and Hindu temples all over my island Penang. You might even hear the calling of the five times prayers from the nearby mosque if you lived in the heart of Georgetown.


Booking a boat Discover the bays and shorelines of Pantai Kerachut, in Teluk Bahang with our boat tour, or a fishing trip?

Just tell us.

Churches sounding the bells can be heard if someone passed on in the neighborhood. Walk and tour our island's places of worship here. Then there is a snake temple or Admiral Zheng He's place where you will see his gigantic footprint. Georgetown in my island Penang was also listed by the World Monuments Watch as one of the World's Hundred Most Endangered Sites. My Island Penang is quickly losing its heritage character through modern renovations and defacement but it has not lost its charm.

Penang Festivals

The number of festivals we have here are a talk of the town.

Some even felt it was a "once in the lifetime" experience. Some were spiritual awakened.
Of course some shook their head at the sacrifices they think the devotees made.
The Thaipusam festival will give you something to think about, some new meaning to body piercing and body sacrifices.

Well, the other aspect is, do come and learn about our culture too. We have the Nyonyas like me and Eurasians beside the major three races Chinese, Malays and Indians who lived in almost perfect harmony.

Pavilion Goddess of Mercy, Kek Lok Si Penang
Pavilion Goddess of Mercy, Kek Lok Si Penang

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If you are in Penang in January or February, that will be during Chinese New Year for the Chinese. 60% of Penang population consist of the 19th century immigrants from China.

The Chinese New Year festival surely puts you on a new track for the new year, all on My Paradise Island Penang.

The rituals in the Chinese temples will keep you in awe what these people are doing. We even have a unique snake temple where you get to curl the neck all over your body if you dare! Our Founder, Captain Francis Light memorial can be found in one of the oldest church in Penang

Boy, would you be surprised when you hear us cross speaking each other languages. Most Penangite or Malaysians speak a minimum of 3 languages. It is not surprising to hear the guest in our country exclaiming Penang or Malaysia is not what the world think.

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But hey, take a scroll when you are in my island Penang. You are going to experience a spiritual life changing journey, as you round our street of harmony with the multiple facade of temples, churches, mosques.

We are modernized in many ways yet you can see quaint little buildings, streets and alley ways mushrooming around you as you walk by the streets of harmony in the heart of Georgetown

Jade Emperor Temple, Penang Hill
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Arriving by plane in our Penang International Airport and looking for a taxi or a car rental? Or you are on a business visit and need a private car to take you to your destination in style.

No worries, booked before you get here and have them greet you at our airport. You like that? Talk to Richard, my car rental man of beautiful Penang.

Hotel Equatorial, Bukit Jambul Penang

Backpackers have choices along the Chulia Street in Georgetown or Batu Ferringhi. Well, there are even some great accommodation packages which comes with a car. Hotels along Batu Ferringhi is most popular with tourist and can be packed during the peaked seasons.

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So be sure to book your Penang hotel online at least months ahead. There are hotels in the heart of Georgetown city owned by the famous Sarkies brothers, The Eastern and Oriental Hotel.

And in Bayan Lepas for the working professionals. Sometimes the traffic jams during peaked hours can be a challenge if you are catching a plane to your next destination.

Without leaving out, guesthouse and lodges for the easy or backpackers, you find many along the heart of our heritage city. Segara Ninda, A heritage homestay right in the middle of Georgetown will make you stay a truly interesting one.

"Holiday Insurance"

Before you go anywhere, it’s very important to make sure you’ve insured your holiday first. Travel insurance is usually quite cheap and can sometimes be picked up for the price of a bottle of sunscreen, but it can make all the difference."

Penang Food

Try taking a cooking course while you are here. Most of us are taught the finest point of cooking from young. Well, remember be involved even to go to our fresh wet market. The abundant and varieties of vegetables, locals herbs is really a feast to your eyes.

The Chowrasta is as close as it gets to a well-stocked bazaar boasting of prices that even the locals will call cheap. The market trip to acquire ingredients and tips on authentic dishes will charm you to the simplicity of our locals lifestyle.

Eat cheap, delicious food only locals know where to find. The authentic Indian Spicy Curry, Malay Nasi Lemak, the Mamak Nasi Kandar stalls, the Chinese Hawker or Street Food with Hokkien mee, Curry mee, Chee Cheong Fun will make you burst your belts and seams. But it will not make a hole in your pocket.

Heritage Homestay in Georgetown

Experience staying in our very old heritage house over 100 years old.

Segara Ninda, a place like no other.

Nyonya Assam Tumis Fish
Fish Curry Tumis, A sweet Sour Nyonya Curry

Malaysian food cuisine fuses traditional Malay ingredients with Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Nyonya and Portuguese Eurasian styles. We now are diverse with our mixed marriages to make things even more confusing. It has been said that you talk of food, you think of Penang.

The Penang Nyonyas rich cooking heritage is now left in the hands of the last few. Don't leave Penang without eating Nyonya Food.

Some exclaimed "It's divine or "die-for" food ! The traditional dessert for our festive season Nyonya cookies are big time favorite during Chinese New Year.

After that, go for a jog or walk in our lovely trails in Penang Hills or the seven hills surrounding Penang. My Island Penang is more beautiful than you can ever imagined. I must agree though our laid back attitude towards life does gives you a sense of space and freedom you never though possible.

You can jog in Botanical Garden and observed a nursery for the planting of tropical plants. The 72-acre garden has bloomed with cool tropical plants, lakes and greenery, becoming a venue for joggers, family outings.

Penang stands out a better choice is because her history and nostalgia sentiment. She is not too developed to get rid of all the heritage or cultural identity in the communities. Yet, she is not that too rural to be depraved of all the necessities.

All you need is enough information, and a reasonable measure of common sense. I like to think that I can offer you plenty of both, so lets get started. Just remember, I am not a qualified tourist guide or a paid guide. so you might say, why must you listened to me? Well this is why, and I write from my heart of the Penang Island I love. Is that good enough for you?

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Hard Rock Hotel

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Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa

The grand dame of Batu Ferringhi is Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa which has catapulted Penang to fame as the first beach resort in the region with a five star hotel status. Top notch with a spacious living room, dressing area, large marble bathroom, separate bath-shower and soaking bathtub on balcony, feel like a king and queen during your stay!

Golden Sands Resorts

Shangri-La's Golden Sands Resort, Penang brings together the magic of the east and the comforts of the west, with its rooms and suites offering all the amenities you would expect from a deluxe resort. Recreational activities include exciting water-sports, jungle trekking, or simply lounging at one of its many pools.

Hydro Majestic Hotel

Hydro Majestic Hotel is situated along the famed Batu Ferringhi beach, a perfect hideaway for holiday makers and the businessperson. It is 25 minutes by car to Georgetown and 45 minutes to Bayan Lepas.

Bayview Beach Resort

The Bayview Beach Resort is the perfect retreat for holiday-makers, conference and business travelers. Lay back and enjoy the sun-drenched beaches and swaying palm trees from the hotel's award-winning landscaped gardens.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

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Tg Bungah Hotel

Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel is the ideal venue for your banquet or corporate event. Whether its a wedding, group convention, theme party or a business meeting, the team of special event specialists will ensure that everything is arranged without a hitch.

The Copthorne

Everything you made need or want to spend your tourist dollar on is within 20 minutes of The Copthorne. Now, what about the hotel. The most important part, the management and staff that initially started the improvements are still there and worked hard on making our Copthorne Orchid in Penang stay a fantastic one."

Paradise Sandy Bay

Staying at Paradise Sandy Bay for the fact that it is situated near the beach and the room rates are really value for money, considered the 5-star looked a liked room.

Flamingo by the Beach

Formerly known as Penang Crown Jewel Penang hotel, it is now the Flamingo by the Beach hotel. It is one of Penang's hotel with good reputation for facilitating very well trained employees. Being situated in this vibrant area has many advantages such as good access to nearby points of interest.

Northam All Suite

The Northam All Suite is the first all suite Business Hotel in a resort setting in Gurney Drive Beach Hotels, Penang.

G Hotel

A bold, beautiful creation in homage to modern, contemporary design, G Hotel fuses cool modernity with stylish comfort. The stunning atrium lobby, washed in sumptuous lighting is accented with an imaginative and carefully selected collection of designer furniture.

Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences

The newest Hotel in Penang is The Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences. The Gurney Drive Beach Hotels is a sea-front resort cum business and entertainment hotel, highly regarded as one of the most prominent deluxe hotels in the city of Penang or Pulau Penang.

Evergreen Laurel Hotel

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Berjaya Georgetown Hotel

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