My Island Penang,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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