Malaysia will reopen its borders fully from April 1.2022 and allow entry without quarantine for visitors vaccinated against COVID-19, so if you planning to visit Penang, that the right time!
To visit or live in Penang is to immerse oneself in a cultural, ethnic, and religious melting pot influenced by China, Malaysia, India, and Europe. Georgetown, the capital of Penang, which has long lain in the shadow of Bangkok, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, is becoming increasingly well-known, as it is the kind of place that leaves an indelible mark on you with its unique atmosphere, a perfect blend of nature, culture, history, and gastronomy. Here’s a list of things to do and see in Penang.
Strolling around the city
Penang’s capital has centuries of heritage and culture to share, thanks to its long and illustrious history. It is one of the most colorful cities in Malaysia, and it has remained somewhat frozen in time, retaining many of the British values of the past. Georgetown, without a doubt, has its own distinct charm.
What to see:
Clan Jetties – The Eastern & Oriental Hotel – Jawi Peranakan Mansion – East Indies Mansion –Cheong fatt tze (The blue mansion) – Gurney Drive – Beach Street – Muntri street – Love Lane, Lebuh King (Little india), Lebuh Pantai
The cultural essentials
Georgetown is a true kaleidoscope of charm and a true multicultural mosaic that has been inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO. The city is densely packed with museums and religious structures that combine complex and traditional architectural elements.
What to see:
Kapitan Keling Mosque – Kek Lok Si Temple – St George church – The City Hall – Penang State Museum – Jubilee Clock Tower – Sri Mahamariamman temple – Kapitan Keling Mosque, Snakes Temple, Sun Yat-sen Penang Museum, Lebuh Acheh mosque – Pinang Peranakan manson – Wat Chaiyamangkalaram.
The town’s markets to not miss
Shopping is important in Penang and is an obsession shared by locals and tourists. Here is a list of the main markets in Georgetown.
Batu Ferringhi Night Market – Occupy Beach Street – Sunday Pop-Up Market at Hin Bus Depot – Little Penang street market – Artisan market at The Star Pitt street – Chowrasta Bazaar – Macallum street night market – Lorong Kulit flea market
To be one with mother nature
Penang has many green spaces where you can get away from the crowds in a short period of time. So, if you want to be one with Mother Nature, you must go here:
Penang Hill – The Habitat – Parc national Palau Pinang – Penang Avatar secret garden – l’Escape Theme Park – Tropical spice garden – Entopia Teluk Bahang – Penang Butterfly Farm (Teluk Bahang) – Penang botanical garden.
Taste an authentic cuisine
Georgetown is also Malaysia’s gastronomic and street food capital. The hawker centers, also known as food courts, are located throughout the city. Everyone orders his food from the nearby stands and finds a seat.
Where to go?
Along Chulia Street ou Kimberley street : Chinese cuisine
Masjid Kapitan Keling street : Indian cuisine
Red garden food paradise: Malaysian, chinese, japonese and even mexicain cuisine
Night market Chulia street. Malaysian, Asiatic
District of Lebuh Keng Kwee. Malaisien, asiatic cuisine
Little India. Indian cuisine
Few hawker centers
CF Hawker Center. Chinese, Asian, Malaysian cuisine
49-F, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
CF Food court : Chinese, Asian, Malaysian cuisine
Address: 10300, 48-58, Gat Lebuh Armenian, Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang
A drink? Yes but where?
There is many places to party in Georgetown. Here is a selection of the best bars and clubs:
Magazine 63 – ThreeSixty Revolving Restaurant and Skybar – 12 Senses – Narrow Marrow – Mish Mash – China House – Micasa – Beach Bar – Godspeed – Macalister Mansion (The ceillar) – Out of nowhere – The Tuns Wine Bar – Barfly – Scissor Sisters – The Whiski Bar & Lounge – Soundmaker 2.0 – Gentlemen’s League – The Press EST 1936
Stalking urban art
In 2012, Georgetown organized a street art festival and invited Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic to paint as part of the Mirrors Art Project in Georgetown. Since then, the city has become a haven for Street art artists who covered the city of graffitis.
Where? : Zacharevic’s street art, Muntri Street, The Chew Jetty, Ah Quee Street, Cannon Street, Weld Quay, Muntri Street, Weld Quay, Lebuh Leith, Armenian Street, Ah Quee Street, Chulia Street, Armenian street, etc.
Aside from Street Art, Georgetown has a thriving art scene with artists, poets, and bohemians. Cafes, artistic shops, and restaurants abound in the Hin Bus depot and China House Cafe area. The local Sunday market at the Hin bus depot is a must-see for craft enthusiasts. Visit Art Lane (artlanepenang), as well as the Penang State Museum & Art Gallery.
Georgetown is a vibrant city where dynamism and festivities never falter. Penang festivals are a colorful reflection of the multiculturalism and have kept an unparalleled authenticity in Asia. See all the list of festivals Here