1. POKE AROUND GEORGE TOWN’S ART STREET:
Location: around Georgetown (Jalan Penang, Muntri Street, Weld Quay, Lebuh Leith, Armenian Street, Ah Quee Street and more).
Exploring Georgetown by bicycle or on foot are recommended because you can slowly travel through old buildings and can easy find these hidden art pictures as well as sometimes catch amazing street performs of tourists by accident.
As what I have read the Art Street was drawn and completed by a young Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic. He became popular after the project of a series of mural entitled “Mirrors George Town”in the Festival of 2012.
The paintings represent characters and scenes of people and their life in the town. However, a lot of them were already fading when I visited Penang in October, 2017; then if you don’t want to miss them, hurry come and visit because soon they will disappear or be replaced by the new art pictures.
2. DISCOVERING JETTY CHEW (Clan Jetties)
Jetty Chew is the biggest and mostly renowned jetty in six clan jetties in existence in Penang nowadays( the Lim, Chew, Tan, Yeoh, Koay, Lee Jetty). There are 75 floating houses on the Jetty which have been converted into souvenirs shops, food restaurant and home-stay.
Jetty Chew is like a village at the seaside which is a great spot for tourists especially photographers.I highly recommend to visit this attraction in the early morning or evening as you can take a lot of nice photo of sunrise or sunset during two period.
You can catch a CAT free bus to Bus station and walk to Chew Jetty from the Weld Quay Ferry& Bus Terminal, a distance of 250 meters. My first day, I chose bicycle to travel around Georgetown, I stopped my bike in front of Jetty Chew and walk inside.
3. TAKE A TRAIN RIDER UP TO PENANG HILL
How to get to Penang Hill: Rapid Penang 204 bus with RM2 ticket fare is the only bus that takes you all the way from Georgetown to Penang hill. The 204 bus passes Kek Lok Si temple before reaching the Penang Hill train station, so you can combine a visiting tour of Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si. The most convenient way up to Penang Hill is by means of Penang Hill Railway which allows non-stop ride to the top in five to ten minutes.
Opening hours of train ride: from 6:30am- 23:00 pm when the last train leaves the top of the hill. The tickets office closes at 22:30 pm
For Malaysians, the fare for a return ticket is RM10/ adult and RM4/ child. If you are expats having been working in Malaysia for more than 6 months will be considered with this fare as well, RM10. For foreigners, the return fare would be RM30/adult and RM15/child (updated in 2017). You shouldn’t travel to the hill at the weekend to avoid the crowded and crazy long queue. You can pay double for the “fast lane” if the queue is too long.
You can visit the official website of Penang hill to update new information and tickets price here.
You can pay around RM10-RM30 for a buggy ride to bring you to view all the spots in the hill and give you a briefing of the surroundings. Try to bargain the price if the driver has got more customers in 1 ride.
Both the train ride and the view at the top are amazing. There is much to do at the top of the hill: Have a coffee, eating, shopping, taking photos, enjoying the view visiting Hindu temple, visiting the Love lock street.
4. TREKKING NATIONAL PARK.
If you only have a few days in Penang, make sure that the National Park is on your itinerary.
How to get to the National Park: By 101 bus you can easily get to the Park with the RM4 ticket.
This is a nice place for photographers to capture the wildlife, particularly monkeys and lizards. The trekking paths are easy and a bit of hiking up and down the hill. There are some resting areas where you can sit down and enjoy the fabulous nature with cool atmosphere. I love it so much, I took most of my time taking photos and relaxing and enjoying the nature. You can also opt for water taxi to the beach or other spots of the National Park.
Penang National Park is definitely an option for those who want to run away from the busy city for a while to enjoy the fresh air.
5. VISITING KEK LOK SI TEMPLE
Opening hours: 9am-5:30pm
How to get to Kek Lok Si: the Penang Rapid 204 bus (RM2). Besides, you can also catch 201,203,206,306,U502 bus around Penang to reach the temple.
There are many stalls selling souvenirs, local products on boths sides of the street in front of the temple.
Kek Lok Si is one of Southeast Asia’s largest Chinese Buddhist temples with millions of magnificent images of Buddha and hundreds of beautiful carvings and sculptures.
The seven-storey main pagoda combining a Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier of Thai design and a Burmese crown was completed in 1930. You can climb to the top of the pagoda and enjoy the great view of Penang city. The entrance fee is RM2.
6. ENJOY A TRISHAW TOUR OF GEORGE TOWN.
Travelling around the heritage town by trishaw ride is relaxing and something different, but before you get on one, make sure that you work out the price with the driver. Most of trishaw drivers are knowledgeable and well English spoken. Take a tour around the heart of the old town by trishaw is a great way to see the city.
7. SHOOTING AROUND CENTRAL GEORGE TOWN
If you are into shooting pictures, Georgetown is a right place for you. Getting lost around the old town and taking photos of old buildings, street art, town people and their life are my hobbies. Just capture whatever I like, old or new, dark or bright, busy or simple, colorful or black and white, all the things give me a set of photos unique to me. I’m not really good at photograph, but I always try to chase the better photos, Penang gave me a chance to practice my skill. Got some lovely photos which I am really happy with and will be great to look back on.
8. HOP ON FREE CAT BUS FOR A FREEZING TOUR
Rapid Penang CAT is a free shuttle bus which travel around the George town with 19 stops at the strategic points of interest. The bus runs from 6:00 am until 12:00 am midnight. With CAT, visitors can explore the town in comfort without even paying a sen and without missing any nice spots of the old town.
You can download the George town brochure here
And the CAT route here
9. ENJOY THE COZY NIGHTLIFE IN PENANG
There are many fun places and activities to stroll around in the evening, such as: bars, pubs, nightclubs, shopping, night market, food street. I am not a fan of clubs, so night markets and street food are my best choices. It is easy for you to find a local market where sells souvenir, T-Shirts, shoes as well as many cheap delicious food street food.
Georgetown night streets are cozy with many colorful lanterns in front of each buildings and restaurants.
10. COMPLETE YOUR DAY IN A LANTERN RESTAURANT
Ending my last night by enjoying traditional food in a very special restaurant with many colorful lanterns. The food there to me is more delicious and cheaper than in Kuala Lumpur.