Tips and tricks to travel in Penang island, Malaysia.
How to go?
From Hanoi, travelers must transit in Kuala Lumpur before arriving at Penang Airport. From Saigon, there is a direct flight to Penang, the return fare is about 1.5 million dong. From the airport, there are many ways to travel to the city, the most economical one is still the bus with the highest price of 2,7 RM:401, 401E and AT car straight to George town, the last station is Jetti beach bus station. Bus 101 runs through Batu Ferringhi beach. Bus 204 runs to Penang hill. Bus 203 runs to Kek Lok Si.
Renting a bike (about 10RM/day) to travel around George Town. If you want to go further, use a taxi, bus or Grab, Uber is also convenient. Also, with a Vietnamese motorcycle license, you can rent a motorbike here for 25 RM/day. However, you must deposit a minimum of 100 RM.
In particular, George Town has a C.A.T bus – Central Area Transit (hub service in the city center), which runs toward most of George Town’s famous attractions, and of course free of charge for guests. The car is equipped with air conditioner and very clean and comfortable. In front of and behind the car, there are electronic boards for easy identification.
Where to stay?
Hotels in Penang are quite cheap, for only about 15 RM/night, you can rent a neat, clean room in the center of George Town. The hotel is conveniently located on Lebuh Chulia Road, with many eateries and coffee shops close by. Most of the hotel offers car rental and some tours of the day if required.
Where to play?
Penang – George Town is recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site that can not be missed here. The Old Quarter is clean with many lovely souvenirs or old style cafes that always attract visitors.
Visit the Peranakan The Green Mansion (29 Church Street) is a TripAdvisor page that evaluates the standing of 1/134 things to do when arriving in Penang. Ticket price is 2 RM/person with English and Chinese guide. The ticket is free for children under 6 years old. Cheong Fatt Tze the blue mansion (14 Leith street) is cheaper, about 17 RM/person, but the sightseeing area is limited to avoid staying overnight. In addition, visitors looking to experience the lunch and dinner in Peranakan style can refer to prices on the main page of The blue mansion. These two architectures most clearly show the culture of the Peranakan people in Malaysia. For those who love culture, history here is a quite interesting destination.
Street painting is a feature of George Town. The cute, lively mural makes visitors so lively.
What to eat?
It is famous for its diverse street food in small markets. At night, just walk around a few streets, visitors easily see the food market is both good and cheap, affordable with backpackers.
A few small notes
Malaysian driver on the left. You should keep this in mind when renting a car. There are very few taxis, you have to ask the price before boarding the car. Prepare some sunscreen because Penang weather is very hot at noon. However, because of clean air and many trees should not make you too uncomfortable.
Hope you enjoy your stay in Penang, Malaysia!
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