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3D2N Penang Itinerary: Best Experience with Food, Art and Culture – 2020

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One of the most locally and internationally loved destinations of Malaysia, Penang is a multicultural heritage splendour best known for its colourful colonial buildings, interactive street art, and amazing food. The main island is highly developed and packed with abundant things to do, see and eat. Read on to learn how to make the most of your 3 days trip in Penang when you are spoilt for choice.

Contents:
Day 1: Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak – Penang Street Art – Clan Jetties – Nasi Kandar Merlin – Pinang Peranakan Mansion – Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls
Day 2: Ali Nasi Lemak – ESCAPE Theme Park – Penang Floating Mosque – Ping Hwa Lok Lok – Gurney Drive
Day 3: Paya Terubong Hokkien Mee – Penang Hill – Pasar Air Itam Laksa – Kek Lok Si Temple

Day 1: Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak – Penang Street Art – Clan Jetties – Nasi Kandar Merlin – Pinang Peranakan Mansion – Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls

First things first, treat your tastebuds with one of the best Char Koay Kak (Fried Rice Cake) in Penang by the Yao Sisters. The smoky charred and garlic flavours bring out the authenticity of this delectable dish, making it unforgettable.

Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak (in front of Kedai Kopi Seow Fong Lye)
Address:
94, Lorong Macalister, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily 7am – 1pm

After breakfast, you may officially start exploring the UNESCO-listed George Town. This well-preserved capital city of Penang is home to some of the most important and interesting cultural and historical heritage in Malaysia. As part of the Penang Heritage Trail, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion is surely a good start.

The Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a museum specially dedicated to Penang’s Peranakan heritage. It gives you a glimpse of a typical home of a rich Baba that is meticulously decorated with over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles from the 19th century.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Address:
29, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily 9.30am – 5pm

Next, enjoy a savoury lunch at Nasi Kandar Merlin, one of the best Nasi Kandar restaurants in George Town. The curry here is freshly cooked and flavourful. The price is also very affordable.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Address:
1A Union Street Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily 8am – 3pm, except Sunday

After that, begin searching for the popular street arts and murals that have turned this city livelier since 2012, which you can find them mostly at and around Armenian Street, Ah Quee Street and Chulia Street. At the same time, you will also get to admire the beautiful colonial buildings in this area during your search.

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Penang Street Art
Address:
316, Beach Street Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)

Later, make a stop at the Clan Jetties of Penang that is claimed to be the last bastions of the old Chinese settlements on this island. It is a floating village where various Chinese clans have been living since the 19th century.

Clan Jetties Of Penang
Address:
Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)

Finally, conclude your day by trying some of the must-eat street foods in Penang at Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls. Most people are coming here for the famous Wantan Noddles, but you can also try the Oyster Omelette, Curry Mee, Satay and Apom.

Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls
Address:
Chulia St, Georgetown, 10450 George Town, Penang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily 6am – 12pm

Day 2: Ali Nasi Lemak – ESCAPE Theme Park – Penang Floating Mosque – Ping Hwa Lok Lok – Gurney Drive

Kick off your day with the most loved national breakfast – Nasi Lemak. Ali Nasi Lemak at Sri Weld Food Court serves the best Nasi Lemak in Penang. From the fragrant coconut rice, crunchy anchovies to the red hot spicy sambal, everything is perfect.

Ali Nasi Lemak
Address:
Sri Weld Food Court, Beach St, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 3pm, Saturday 7am – 2pm

Then take a 30-minute drive to ESCAPE Theme Park located at the northern part of Penang Island. Set amidst in the stunning natural environment, ESCAPE is one of the best amusement parks in Malaysia made for thrill seekers.

The park offers over 30 adrenaline-rush rides and activities including zip lining, water slides, rides, bungee jump, flying fox and more. You can easily spend a whole day here climbing, sliding, riding, jumping and swimming. Make sure not to miss the world’s longest tube water slide here that allows you to travel through the jungle in a 1,111 metres long journey.

ESCAPE Theme Park
Address:
828, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 6pm, except Monday

On your journey back to George Town, you might pass by this beautiful mosque situated along Tanjung Bungah’s stretch of beach. The Penang Floating Mosque is Malaysia’s first floating mosque, and was built in 2004 to replace an older mosque which was damaged by tsunami.

Penang Floating Mosque
Address: Tanjung Bungah Road, Pulau Pinang, 11200, Penang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)

Tonight, have a unique Lok-Lok dinner experience at Ping Hwa Lok Lok. Instead of dipping your skewered food in a shared pot and eating while standing aside the food truck, you can actually sit around a table and have your own pot of boiling water to enjoy the Lok-Lok in Penang. It is more about the experience than the taste, so it is definitely worth trying!

Ping Hwa Lok Lok
Address: Pulau Tikus Hawker Center, Jalan Burma, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily 6pm – 11.30pm, except Wednesday

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After dinner, you may take a relaxing walk at the Gurney Drive Seafront Promenade and enjoy the cool sea breeze before heading back to your hotel.

Gurney Drive Seafront Promenade
Address: 10250, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)

Day 3: Paya Terubong Hokkien Mee – Penang Hill – Pasar Air Itam Laksa – Kek Lok Si Temple

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On your last day in Penang, you can visit the Air Itam suburb of George Town, which is widely recognised as the home to some of the best Penang food stalls. Therefore, it is a good idea to have your breakfast here, and you should definitely try this “porky” Hokkien Mee (Prawn Mee).

Paya Terubong Hokkien Mee
Address:
1273, Jln Paya Terubung, Bandar Baru Air Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily 6am – 11.30am, except Sunday

Afterwards, take the funicular train to the top of Penang Hill. The railway has the steepest tunnel track in the world, and also the longest track in Asia. Once on the hilltop, you can enjoy some time taking in the spectacular panoramic view of this lovely city. You can plan to spend another few more hours on this hill as there are plenty of attractions and activities available here.

Then back to the Air Itam town to lunch at the legendary Penang Air Itam Laksa. The flavourful soup made of fresh fish has a perfect blend of sweet, sour, salty and spicy taste, making every mouthful a delight to the tastebuds.

Penang Air Itam Laksa
Address:
Jalan Pasar, Paya Terubong, 11500 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily 10.30am – 7pm, except Wednesday

In less than 5-minute drive, you will arrive at the Kek Lok Si, the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. It is also a well-known pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from all over Southeast Asia. The main highlights of this complex are the striking seven-storey pagoda that houses 10,000 Buddha statues, and the 120-feet tall Guanyin.

If you get to visit this place during Chinese New Year, you will be able to see it decked with colourful lights and lanterns at night. This light show only runs for around 30 days during the Chinese New Year period, starting from 7pm to 10pm or until midnight for some days.

Kek Lok Si Temple
Address:
11500 Ayer Itam, Penang, Malaysia. (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: Daily 9am – 6pm

NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know by email and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!

This article is published by Travelog.
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