Penang is an island located off the northwestern coast of peninsula Malaysia. The capital city of Penang is Georgetown which named after King George III of Great Britain. Today, Penang Island is Malaysia’s second largest city and has the highest population density in Malaysia. In addition, Penang is the only state where the ethnic Chinese are the majority. Penang also has the third-largest economy among the states of Malaysia, after Selangor and Johor, incredibly for its tiny size (Resource).
There are a lot of places to visit in Penang, yet for my suggestion, two days in Penang should be enough.
1. Penang Hill:
The hill rises 821 meters above sea level, which is the best place for visitors who want to see and enjoy the city view from above. To get up there, you can either using the Penang railway where you can buy the ticket at the below station or catch a Grab. It costed me 30 RM for the return tickets. You can see the tickets’ prices here for non-Malaysians.
My first impression up there was that the view was breathtaking. The weather was humid, but the bad thing was it’s raining like cat and dog just right before the sunset. I couldn’t get to see the view of the town below at night because of the rain and the cloud blocked all over.
P.s.: Be reminded that the last train from the upper station is 11 p.m., you surely don’t want to stuck up there for a cold night.
2. George Town:
Being one of the world heritages, George town’s standing on it prestige land showing its long lasting beauty to the crowd of tourists every single day. With many beauty pieces of street arts along each road in town, I myself enjoyed walking around and exploring every bid of arts created there. Sadly, I didn’t took many pictures during my visit.
It was a warm day when I visited there. It’s not so crowd with people, but there were couples taking pre-wedding photos. They’re gorgeous, plus the fascinating view of this world heritage town, I bet the pictures would come out completely awesome! If you are interested, you should too!
3. SIM Leisure ESCAPE Theme Park:
Coming to Penang, this is one of the reasons why. I’ve always been keen on adventurous staffs. Thus, I would love to give this a try. Escape theme park was created in order to provide an escape from those screens which nowadays kids enjoy most in their free time. Read more story about the park here.
It costed me RM 64.20 (USD 16.30) plus USD 5.00 for the e-wallet to purchase anything in the park, like food, drinks, or any other thing. It’s highly suggested to book in advance via the official website to get up to 50% off. Check it out here.
Opening Time: 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. (Tuesday to Sunday, Monday is closed for maintenance).
For me, I got to Penang from Kuala Lumpur. I flew from PNH to KUL in the morning around 8 A.M., then got to PEN around 1 or 2 P.M. I didn’t take the direct flight because it’s costly. After that, I checked-in the hotel then headed out to the Penang hill. I spent an evening there, then back to hotel at night.The next day, I explored the world’s heritage site – Georgetown. I spent the morning there, then had lunch, and left to the Escape theme park. It was not enough time, there were so many things to play and try, yet there were so little time. I spent only an afternoon there, and headed to the airport in the evening to come back to Kuala Lumpur. That’s how I spent my 2 days in Penang. There are more top attractions in town, yet I suggest 2 days would be enough. Here is the short itinerary:
Day 1 Morning: Get to Penang
Day 1 Afternoon & Evening: Penang Hill.
Day 2 Morning: George Town
Day 2 Afternoon: Sim Escape Theme Park
If you’d like to spend more time at the park, which I highly suggest you to do so, you should follow this itinerary instead:
Day 1 Morning: Get to Penang
Day 1 Afternoon: Explore George Town
Day 1 Evening: Penang Hill
Day 2 Morning till Afternoon: Sim Escape Theme Park
That’s it for my suggestion during your visit in Penang. I hope you enjoy it and HAVE FUN!!!