Referring to Penang (Malaysia), visitors will image an island not only carry the basically beautiful landscape, this island also hides the characteristics of traditional culture inside.
Taking pictures at Street Art, eating out at the food market, taking the tram to Penang Hill,… are the experiences you cannot miss on this wonderful island.
Take pictures at Street Art
For young travelers, especially those who love photography, this is probably the most awaited destination. In the early 2000s, the municipality invited artists to make the mural paintings here.
It will not be hard to see the visitors holding the map or the phone to follow the prefabricated mural paintings, there are some famous paintings visitors will have to queue for a long time to take their commemorative pictures. The best time to take pictures here is 16h -17h when the sun is shining.
Climb into the 7-storey tower at Keh Lok Si temple
This is the largest temple in Penang, Keh Lok Si is also the largest Buddhism construction in Southeast Asia. The temple is located on the top of the mountain, facing the sea, including many imposing items such as 10,000 statues which is stately carved, Bodhisattva statue is over 30m high, along with 7-floor tower. Visitors have to walk quite tired but when you see the panoramic view from this position, you will find it is really worth.
Visitors can take a taxi or Rapid Penang bus to the foot of the temple, then buy a ticket for wooden tram to go directly to the temple.
Take the train up to Penang Hill
With the height of more than 800 meters above sea level, from the hilltop observatory, you can enjoy panoramic views of Penang, especially at dawn, sunset or nightfall.
To get here, you will have to take a wooden tram, moving along the slope of the hill. The amount of summer visitors is very high so it takes much time for you to queue to buy tickets.
The climate in Penang Hill is cool all year, and the temperature is around 21 degrees Celsius, so it is also a popular resort in Malaysia, with very reasonable room rates, about 25 USD per night. Notable items: observatory, organism garden, ancient train station, The Guard House, bridge of love, etc.
Eat freely at Gurney Drive market
Penang is considered as one of Asia’s most attractive culinary cities, so it may not be surprising that the main reason why visitors come to Penang is not due to the beautiful coast but the street foods. The restaurants are always lights up late with the attractive aroma. Near the center of the city is the Gurney Drive market with grilled squids, fried noodles which always invite visitors to enjoy.
Swim in Batu Ferringhi
The sea in Penang is not as beautiful as other tourist islands, but there are clear waterways like Batu Ferringhi, located in the north of the island. Swimming the sea, eating seafood and watching the late sunset are really the memorable experiences during the trip. In summer, you can still see the sunset even when it’s 19h.
Try x-treme games at Escape park
Located in the west of the island, quite far from the center, the popular Escape Theme park is well known for the people who love adventuring, exploring. You can take part in thrilling games, such as: riding on high wire, climbing columns, walking on stilts, bungee jumping, etc.
Go to shop at Gurney Plaza, Komtar
Being the busiest area on the island, Gurney Drive is the focus of some commercial centers. Although it is not too crowded, but you still find the favorite brands, such as: H & M, Zara, Mango, Uniqlo, Chanel, etc. Komtar is the tallest building on the island, with 65 floors, with many shops, restaurants, entertainment centers and government offices.
Discover spice trees
Spice Garden is one of the most exciting destinations, although it cannot be very attractive at first. After buying tickets, you will be instructed by a very knowledgeable guide about the spices and flavors that lead to the rainforest with a myriad of plants used in processing and cooking. You will learn the uses of each type, learn more interesting knowledge and sometimes startling to realize that you have misunderstand the principles of cooking.
There are so many things you can try in Penang, Malaysia. This island is actually a fantastic destination in Asia. Try once, and you would not be disappointed.