Penang is one of the most popular states in Malaysia. The island that resides in Peninsular Malaysia, near the Malacca Strait is known as a tourist and culinary paradise in Malaysia. The enchantment has made various popular airlines in the world provide flight tickets to Penang every day.
Penang's population is very tight, almost 1,767 million people per 2018. This makes the city become a city with the highest levels of urbanization in Malaysia. Although the area is small, Penang is also listed as one of the city with highest economies in Malaysia.
People around Penang visit the city through the sea and land routes. While migrants from more distant areas entering the city by the air transportation, through Penang International Airport. The only airport in Penang is located in Bayan Lepas, southeast of the island. The airport is the third most populous airport in Malaysia.
As a tourist paradise of Malaysia, Penang has unlimited destinations. Travelers who only have a short time to enjoy Penang, at least have to come to the following popular destinations:
The capital city of Penang has amazed the world with the charm of its old city since a long time ago. The city holds the status of a "UNESCO World Heritage Site" because of its success in keeping the heritage of colonial architecture alive. Classic views of Colonial buildings are also perfect with murals on the walls that explains the story a lot. When exploring George Town, make sure to stop by the Blue Mansion which is one of the city's icons.
Location: Lot 595 Mukim, 2, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050 George Town.
Still in George Town, this one nature forest must be explored specifically in one day. This tropical garden invites visitors to recognize biodiversity, especially spices. In a 6-acre park, anyone can see directly over 500 species of flora and fauna from various parts of the world. For a complete experience, try to join cooking and camping classes. Before going home, don't forget to shop for various spices processed from the boutique.
Location: Lot 1350 Mukim 12, Jalan Batu Maung, 11960, Batu Maung.
Located on the southeastern tip of Penang Island, this destination is the biggest war museum in Southeast Asia. This place was once a fort built by the British Army in 1930. Within an area of 20 acres in the middle of the forest, the Penang War Museum stores various artifacts left over from war, such as cannons and various weapons. Tourists can have a tour to the barracks, public kitchens, armory, bunkers, and tunnels that are connected to the sea as it used to be an entrance to submarine.
Penang is still listed as the Best Destination for Culinary Lovers. It is not a wonder that most people buy flight tickets to Penang with the main purpose of culinary tours. The three most popular eating places are:
Location: 1, Jalan Pasar, Pekan Ayer Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam.
Open every Thursday - Tuesday, 10:30 - 19:00.
Located near the Pasar Air Itam Laksa, the place is always full with people who want to enjoy the freshness of Asam Laksa. Every day, people have to queue at this little stall to feel the pleasure of laksa which is included as the top 10 most delicious food in the world. Laksa sauce here combines the thick broth of mackerel and shrimp paste mixed with sour fruit, mint leaves, onions, and chili.
Location: 172, Solok Gurney 1, Pulau Tikus, 10250 Jelutong.
Open every Wednesday - Monday, 16:30 - 23:00.
For those who want to feast with street food, one of the best paradise in Penang is Gurney Drive. This culinary area is open since late afternoon, so it is very suitable for night food hunting. Here, tourists can try variety of unique culinary menus in Penang. Starting from Lok Lok (instant steamboat), Char Kway Teow, Penang Rojak, Asam Laksa, Nasi Lemak, Satay, Seafood BBQ, to various snacks such as Chee Cheong Fun, Sotong Bakar, Chendul, and many more.
Location: Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa Penang, Beach Garden Wing, Batu Ferringhi, 11100.
Open every day, 06:30 - 23:00.
This 5-star restaurant provides the concept of unlimited food with a variety of menus that represent acculturation of culture in Penang. Authentic menus that are served mainly come from China, India, Peranakan (Baba-Nyonya), Thailand, Japan, and the West. Choose an outdoor dining area which features a romantic atmosphere with a view of the garden, swimming pool or Batu Ferringhi Beach.