About Penang

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Penang is situated in the Northwest of Peninsular Malaysia, along the Straits of Melaka. Similar to Melaka, Penang is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Malaysia’s most popular states, due to the numerous tourist sites within its borders. Penang is divided into two parts, one is connected to the mainland of Peninsular Malaysia and the other is an island off the coastlines of the mainland.

It is also widely regarded as the food capital of Malaysia. Whenever in Penang, never miss the opportunity to try Penang’s very own Fried Kuey Teow.  It is highly regarded and definitely lives up to its standards. Other honourable mentions include apom manis, oyster omelette (oh chien) and asam laksa.

Rapid Penang has one of the most extensive routes in around, stretching from the mainland to the far corners for the island. Fares range from RM1 – RM4 depending on the distance traveled. There are also Uber and GrabCar around, but for a more tourist feel, there are trishaws and bicycles up for rentals. Trishaw can range within RM15 – RM30 although prices can be negotiated whereas bicycles can cost around RM20 with a deposit of RM100. Some bicycle rentals offer packages as well.

Like Kuala Lumpur, Penang also has its own Hop-On Hop-Off tour, cruising across 2 different routes, City and Beach route, with 13 and 9 stops respectively covering over 50 attractions. Among the many stops include Penang Hill, Fort Cornwallis and more. They sell 3 types of tickets, the 24 hours ticket which allows travelers to board and disembark anywhere for 24 hours, 46 hours ticket allowing travelers to board and disembark anywhere within 48 hours and the single trip which only allows travelers to board and disembark only once.

Important Details

  • Accessible by bus, train and plane
  • Has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Possesses many historical sites and diverse in culture
  • Various local delicacies
  • 30 minutes drive from Seberang Perai to Penang International Airport

Sights and Activities

Gurney Drive :

Situated on the island itself, Gurney Drive has a good mix of road side cuisines along with high rise buildings, shopping malls and more, making it a diverse tourist destination. Gurney Drive is also known for its nightlife as well, catering to the party animals.

Street Art :

These street art can be found in Georgetown which is situated on Penang island. These street arts depict the traditional lifestyle in Penang. These unique and eye catching paintings capture the attention of many tourist and locals alike to stop by these street art sites to grab a few photos.

Penang Hill :

Penang Hill is a hill resort with a series of peaks on Penang island. Atop the hill are breathtaking views of the island and the sea, making the exhausting hike worthwhile. To skip the hikes down, travelers could always board the funicular train which has been operating since 1906 and has been modernised over the years.

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Penang Bus Booking

Bus travels to and from Penang to many other cities has never been easier. There are several bus services at convenient timings from Penang that are available for booking online on CatchThatBus or via mobile app which can be downloaded for free on Google Play or App Store.