Retire into the Beauty of Penang

Penang

Penang is the most significant part of the Malaysian State of Penang. The island itself attracts millions of tourists every year. George Town is the capital city of Penang and the second largest city of a Malaysia by population. The foreign influence is quite evident in the island but mostly in George Town which is a big cosmopolitan in itself. Being culturally sound, it is one of the best destinations in the world to live in as a foreigner. In fact, a lot of retired workers come here to live permanently or at least for a long period of time.

Location:

Penang is located off the northwestern coast of the Peninsular Malaysia in the Strait of Malacca.

Best time to visit:

The best time to visit the island can be quite subjective. If weather is your prime concern, the climate is hot and humid year round. It might rain cats and dogs during the months of April-May and October-November. The peak season for traveling is from December to January and June to September. Most of the market remains closed during major holidays like Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa and end of Ramadan season.

How to reach:

All the modes of transportation take the same time to reach from KL. While the flying time is just around an hour, the entire trip via air may take around 4 to 5 hours including the journey to the airport at KL, from the airport at Penang and the waiting time. The cheapest and the most convenient transport facility would be a bus from KL which also takes around 4 to 5 hours. Other options include taking a train or even a car. While hiring a taxi is also possible, it is not really recommended considering the cost.

Places to explore:                 

This beautiful island has way too much to offer to its visitors. It’d feel like a restaurant menu looking at the long list of places to explore on the island except, you can’t leave a single thing out. Let’s dive in.

  • Kek Lok Si
  • Penang Hill
  • KhooKongsi
  • Fort Cornwallis
  • Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
  • Penang National Park
  • Gurney Plaza
  • Kapitan Kling Mosque
  • Clan Jetties of Penang
  • Snake Temple
  • Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm
  • Goddess of Mercy Temple
  • Chew Jetty
  • Penang Bridge
  • Dhammikarama Burmese Temple
  • Penang Escape
  • Wat Chaiyamangkalaram
  • Penang Botanic Gardens
  • Jubilee Clock Tower
  • Tropical Spice Garden
  • George’s Church, Penang
  • Penang State Museum and Art Gallery
  • Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Penang
  • Sun Yat-sen Museum Penang
  • Pinang Peranakan Mansion
  • Penang 3D Trick Art Museum
  • PantaiKeracut
  • Upside Down Museum
  • The Top Penang
  • Jerejak Island
  • Pinang Peranakan Museum
  • Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge
  • Wonderfood Museum
  • Ghost Museum
  • Tropical Fruit Farm
  • Penang Heritage Trust
  • Penang Little India
  • Made In Penang Interactive Museum
  • Chulia Street, George Town
  • Camera Museum
  • Dark Mansion – 3D Glow In The Dark Museum
  • SehTek Tong CheahKongsi
  • Penang Time Tunnel & Fluorescent 3D Mural Museum
  • Street Art – Children Playing Basketball
  • Penang Avatar Secret Garden
  • Penang War Museum
  • Glass Museum Penang
  • Penang Toy Museum
  • Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram
  • The Owl Museum

Accommodation:

From low-key lodgings to high-end hotels, Penang has it all.

Where and what to eat:

Penang is considered to be the best food destination in Malaysia and even in entire Southeast Asia. Except for all top-class restaurants, the best ones here are served by the hawkers.

Things to keep in mind:

  • There are ATMs and money changers at several places on the island. You can also find them at the airport when you reach there.
  • Buy a local Malaysian SIM for communication purposes.

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