Originally published: 28 April 2015
In today’s post we would like to introduce you to Sonia Pańta of Mary w Placeku. “Travelling, writing, photography and homeschooling my kid. And this is actually what is our blog about — living while traveling, working while traveling, teaching while travelling and getting education while travelling. Also about our love to Asia, good food, sun, mountains, ocean and this special feeling you can get while moving to other unknown places.”
Malaysia is not the cheapest place in Asia but it doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands. Most of all you will have big fun, full stomach and millions great memories.
Stay in heritage city
Named after Britain’s King George III gives you real feel of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultural diversity, although in colonial environment.
This is George Town and there is no better place to stay. If you want to feel the real ambience of the city choose one of the colonial mansion. There are many of them on the Love Street, Victoria, Chulia or Munri Street on nearby streets.
From there you can easily get to all places worth seeing, taste all that is worth to taste and feel the multicultural atmosphere of the old city. Make sure you pass by Khoo Kongsi, Cheah Kongsi, Hainan Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Blue Mansion, Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s Base, Kuan Yin Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple.
Take a morning walk through Clan Jetties and night walk through famous Armenian Street. If you want to take a look at the city from the distance climb the Penang Hill. Hiking is very rewarding but you can also take cable car.
Not far from there you will find one of the biggest Buddhist temples in South East Asia – Kek Lok Si Temple.
There is so much to see but don’t get frustrated – just walk the old streets and you will find all the best things just like this. To make your life easier and pick one of the maps available at the airport.
Feel same art
What is George Town famous for? Street art of course. Not scrawling on the wall but real art. Just look around very carefully while walking and you will be so surprised what you can find – many beautiful murals playing with city architecture. Little Girl In Blue, Children in a Boat, Boy on a Bike, Little Children on a Bicycle and many more.
Penang is famous for its food and here you can eat 24/7. Check Little India, night market on Chulia Street and its intersection with Love Lane.
You can find hawker stalls everywhere and they start after dark. Try all the local dishes like Kuay Teow, Char Kway Teow, Laksa, Hokkien Mee, Loh Mee, Koay Teow Soup, Mee Goreng. And for dessert same Cendol.
Find same jungle
Penang is quite busy with impressive skyline but there is also a different side of the island. After days in the city rent a motorbike and just go around.
Get a swim from one of the beaches in Batu Ferringhi, visit Tropical Fruit Farm and Butterfly Farm or just go ahead along the jungle road until you get to Balik Pulau. Here you can stop for famous Pokok Janggus Laksa. It is worth the trip.
Next follow the road to Fishing Villages and other silent beaches.
If you need more intensive touch of jungle visit Teman Negara National Park and take hiking trip to Monkey Beach or further to Lighthouse. Sit there in peace enjoying the views of Penang, eagles flying around and refreshing breeze. You can come back by boat from Monkey Beach.