Enjoying Penang, Malaysia in the easy way

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Penang, Malaysia is a good destination to visit this time of the year.

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Suggested itinerary

Day 1: In the afternoon, fly to Penang Island (Malaysia). Arrive Penang International Airport in the afternoon. Transfer to central George Town by bus or taxi. Check hotel. Explore the street dining area.

Day 2: Discover every corner of the old town of George Town. Take pictures with street artworks. Visiting the old Pinang Peranakan, Khoo Kongsi, the floating village of Clan Jetties.

Day 3: Morning scene near Penang Bridge – the longest cable-stayed bridge in Southeast Asia. Visit the ancient religious buildings such as Kek Lok Si temple, the Temple of the Burmese Buddhas, Burmese Buddhists (Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram).

Day 4: Return to hometown

Air ticket

Air Asia regularly offers low-cost fares for the return flight from Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi to Penang. Recently, the airline opened more direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City. Passengers from Hanoi to Penang will transit in the capital Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). Round trip ticket includes tax, luggage handbags 7 kg on holidays from 2.6 million or more.

How to get from the airport to George Town

George Town @ Culture Trip

George Town is the capital of Penang Island, recognized by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage in 2008. Arrival Penang Airport in the afternoon, you move from 2nd floor to 1st floor (in Malaysia call ground floor is 1st floor ) get the map type. You can choose one of two vehicles to go to George Town (about 20 km): the bus costs 2.70 RM (15,000 VND) or taxi for 50 RM (260,000 VND).

Place of residence

Penang travel, if you want to conveniently explore every corner of the old town as well as walk to the famous dining area, you can choose the hotel in the heart of the old town. As this is a World Heritage Site, when you stay, a 3-star hotel or less has a heritage fee of RM2 per night. A 4-star hotel costs RM3 per night.

Double room rates at the 3-star hotel will range from VND1.5 million per night, including breakfast. To save money, you can choose bunk beds in the alley in the old town for $ 250,000 a night.

If you want to enjoy private and airy space, you can choose resorts on the beach, prices from 1.5 million or more, about 30 minutes from the center of George Town. However, in the evening, you will hardly find the cafeteria around the hotel.

Famous attractions

Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling @ Wikimedia Commons

George Town: A collection of the most famous 3D graffiti wall in Southeast Asia, located in the corner of the street, very interesting to take pictures. Street Art in George Town has two basic forms: 3D paintings and steel-framed paintings. They all talk about customs and culture from ancient to present of the old town.

Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling: This place has four long-standing spiritual sites in Southeast Asia: St George’s Cathedral, Bodh Gaya, Sri Mah Mariamman Indian Temple and Islamic mosque. says Kapitan Keling.

The Pinang Peranakan (or Baba Nyonya Museum) is a symbol of the rich and prosperous lifestyle of the owner of the Chinese roots over a century ago.

Khoo Kongsi Ancient House – a strikingly impressive architectural ensemble of artisans from China, featuring a magnificent grand hall, elaborately decorated with elaborate carvings and beams. Beautifully decorated with the finest wood.

The floating village of Clan Jetties was built in the 19th century by migrants from Fujian (China) and was once the busiest port in Malaysia at that time. You walk on wooden bridges, go inside the village, observe the everyday life of people.

Kek Lok Si Temple is the largest temple in Penang, and the largest Buddhist monument in Southeast Asia, playing an important role in the religious life of the Chinese community in Malaysia. The pagoda is located on the top of the mountain, facing the sea, including many monumental items such as 10,000 stately sculptured carvings, Quan Am statue higher than 30 m with 7-storey tower, flower garden brilliant year round.

The Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple was built in the early 19th century by the Burmese community, the oldest Buddhist temple in Penang. The roof of the statue and giant Buddha statue is splendidly gilded, attracting visitors on the holidays.

Thai Chaiya Mangkalaram is a famous Thai Buddhist temple on Penang Island, with the third largest Buddha statue in the world, 33 meters long. Although the name is long and hard to remember, most visitors find it interesting to hear local people call the temple is the Buddha sleep.

Sunrise around the Penang area: Penang Island is famous for two bridges called Penang. The first bridge of Penang is 13.5 km long. The second Penang Bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Southeast Asia with 24 km, linking Penang Island with the Malay Peninsula, saving time traveling between islands and the mainland.

Diverse cuisine

Penang is dubbed the “world cuisine,” with a variety of street food from diverse ethnic communities. Come here, you will enjoy tasting specialties of the original Malay, Malay Chinese, Indian.

Every evening, you just stroll around the street food area like Kimberley, Chulia, can experience the full Malay national spirit. The dishes worth to try are Assam Laksa – fish noodles with sweet taste of brown fish meal, sour taste of tamarind, spicy chili, the fragrance of basil leaves; chicken rice of the Chinese – boiled chicken, roasted chicken with soy sauce sauce sauce; Char Kway Teow – fried noodles with eggs, seafood, prices; Fujian Noodles – Yellow Noodles, Tofu Sliced, Delicious Noodles with Coconut Water, Curry.

Also to mention is Satay includes beef, chicken skewers are spiced with seasoning, grilled and eaten with peanut sauce sweetened salted peanuts. In addition, you will find strollers selling meat skewers, fresh seafood at affordable prices. After picking up and charging, you dip your own skewers into a hot pot or grilled on a charcoal stove, enjoying the spot in a very interesting way. If you visit Little India, you can try Nasi Dalca – rice with spicy curry sauce, combined with beef, chicken, shrimp, eggs …

Hope you enjoy your time at Malaysia!

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