Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Penang Island/Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

The Pearl Of The Orient - Penang 

Why Penang was on my list?

Around 8 years back, i was googling Buddhist temple around the south-east Asia for my school assignment, researching how Buddhism spread from India to this part of world. 

This is when I saw Kek Lok Si temple photos online and since then it just got stuck in my mind somewhere. I wanted to see this place LIVE! My star shined and I landed in the compound of this absolutely amazing temple in 2010 ! 

oh boy, this place got some kind of glued surface which doesn't let you walk fast :). Lord Buddha makes sure that everything runs in slow motion so that you enjoy the beauty of this temple :) It was really worth to keep this place in my list and now it got printed in my memories forever along with Melaka

Penang is one of those kind of rare places which has something to offer to everyone, none goes disappointed. On one side it got a Buddhist temple like Kek Lok Si which is one of the biggest of it's kind and on the other side it got world famous beaches like Batu Ferringhi. 

And food in Penang, well it's de-facto food capital of Malaysia!, you just can't afford to miss anything. So make sure to pack some gastric remedies pills :)

Kek Lok Si Temple

Penang Attractions /Things to do in Penang:
  • Batu Feringghi
  • Georgetown Penang
  • Kapitan Keling Mosque
  • Kuan Yin Temple
  • Penang Bridge
  • Penang Kek Lok Si Temple
  • KOMTAR Penang 
  • Fort Cornwallis
  • Jubilee Clock Tower
  • Sri Mahamariamman Temple
  • Penang Hill
  • Penang Butterfly farm
  • Penang Bird Park
  • Snake Temple Penang
== Photo from my trip ==
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Food and Drink:

Food and drink shouldn't be your worry if you are in Penang. There is at least one or two food points at the corner of each and every street :)

We stayed near to the Kapitan Keling Mosque, there were few food corners to select from and food was also decent. 

Irrespective of what kind of food lover you are, vegetarian or non-vegetarian you will definitely find some thing good to have. Penang food is one of the best in Asia!! Penang famous food well we didn't waste time in search we ate whatever we could !


We found a budget hotel near to Kapitan Keling Mosque. It costed us around 50RM for room with air conditioner. The hotels was decent enough to stay but without any wifi and TV. 

You can make a pick from so many hotels at Pitt street near to the junction of Lebuh Chulia and Jalan Buckingham. There are hotels available suiting to any one's pocket. 

Transportation for Penang:

We took a bus from Puduraya bus terminal KL to Penang. Bus service was good. Costed as around 40RM each. To reach to Puduraya bus terminal you can take LRT (subway) service to Puduraya station from KL central. 

If you are coming from KLIA, nowadays airport bus service also passes through Puduraya bus terminal before heading towards KL central. When in Penang, once you reach to "Komtar" you can get local transportation bus to any where in Penang. Penang Local bus service it also good enough to rely on. Penang local bus station is located near to the Penang Port. 

If you wish to use train service, you can catch a train from KL central station to Butterworth or vice versa.

Penang weather is equatorial which means high heat, high rain fall, high humidity. So keep in mind the weather in Penang when going out specially in after noon time, make sure you carry sun-cream, a pair of good sun glasses and water with you always.

Happy travelling...