3 days in Penang, Malaysia

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Penang is an island off the northwest side of Malaysia.  I visited because the biggest tourist attraction they have is all of their delicious cheap food! 😀

Day 1

We arrived at Penang on Friday at noon, and we took a bus into Georgetown.  We walked around our neighbourhood a bit, and bought some snacks.

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Cendol – cold dessert with shaved ice, red bean, and jelly noodles

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Bananana roti

We took a bus to Penang National Park. The canopy walk that we planned to do was closed, so instead we took a 1.5 hour hike to Monkey Beach.  The beach was OK, nothing too special.

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The hike had some sketchy bridges

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Monkey Beach

At Monkey Beach, we ate some food and rode on the ATV.  The ATV’s were a bit sketchy and the track was short, but meh it only cost 6 USD.

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We bussed back into town to Gurney Drive, which is a tourist attraction for both food and shopping.

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Hawker Center at Gurney Drive

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Rojak – fruits and veggies with sauce and peanuts

Day 2

On the second day, we headed over to the Kek Lok Si Temple. It was a huge Buddhist temple; apparently the largest one in SE Asia.

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Kek Lok Si Temple

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Looking over Kek Lok Si Temple

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Char kway teow and coconut for lunch

After the temple, we walked over to Penang hill, where we took a tram up the hill.  There wasn’t much up on the hill, but the view over the city was quite nice.  We went up the hill at about 6pm, which was perfect for us to stay until the night view.  We wanted to watch the sunset, but the sun set on the side of the hill that we couldn’t reach.

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Night view from Penang Hill

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Fried oyster omelette for dinner

Day 3

One of the most famous attractions in Penang (other than the food) is the street art.  We rented bikes in Georgetown and rode around to see all the famous art.

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Biking around Georgetown

Most of the artwork are not just paintings on the wall; there is an actual 3D object stuck to the wall incorporated into it.


“Children on the swing”

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“Reaching up”

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“Boy on a bike”

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Ice kachang after a hot day of biking

We went to a hawker center by the bay for dinner, and headed over to The China House afterwards, which was a really hipster bakery/restaurant/bar/art gallery.

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Celebrating a friend’s birthday at The China House



I spent the last two weekends travelling Malaysia.  Even though both of the places I went to were big tourist attractions, it was quite a drastic change in environment walking around a less developed country than I was used to.  (The only countries I’ve been to before this were Canada, US, South Korea, and Singapore.)  Most buildings were very old and run down, and the roads were alot more dangerous.

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Walking down the streets of Penang

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a hole / restroom

I had alot of fun on my trip, but I was very grateful to return back to Singapore and their clean streets and bathrooms.

Credits to Sumin Kang for most of the photos.