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Penang - Pearl of the orient

Penang is one of Malaysia's major tourist destinations. Not for nothing! It has much to offer to travelers.

Getting there and away

Khoo KongsiPenang is easy accessible for cyclists. You can fly in at "Penang International Airport"
and you can cycle to Butterworth. Here are several different roads described to come and go to Butterworth, where you will get a ferry further to the island.

There is a daily train to Thailand (Bangkok through Hat Yai). The new opened Penang Bus station next to the jetty offers buses to almost everywhere in Malaysia including destinations as Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kota Bahru, Malacca and Hat Yai.

Teluk Bahang, Penang National Park, a must visit in Penang

There are two ferries a day to Langkawi which take about 4 hours leaving at 8.15am (via Pulau Payar) and 8.30am. The ferries from Langkawi leave at 2.30pm (via P. Payar) and 5.15pm. Ticket is RM 60 one way (RM 115 two ways).

Recommended Hotels in Penang

Travel literature about Malaysia

Agoda Penang

Travel literature Malaysia

Things to see

house in penangGeorgetown is part of the UNESCO heritage with the old Armenian Quarter as its main center. Here you find some of the oldest and most beautiful temples and residences showing Penang's welfare through the years.

Of course there are some fine beaches like Batu Ferringhi. In the north west of Penang you will find Teluk Bahang, a nature reserve with some fine beaches too.

Cycling around the island is possible, you can find fine trails in the hills too. Penang has many active and enthusiast cyclist.

Among things to see are:


house in PenangSince long the Penang beaches are famous, with Batu Ferringhi as its most famous. Batu Ferringhi is where you find some of the most expensive hotels and some of the cheapest hostels and guesthouses in Penang.

Here is the main hotels in Penang page. But as Penang has many hotels, I wrote a few more pages about hotels in more specific areas in Penang.

For the low end of the budget travelers we have sorted out the guesthouses and hostels. Prices range in this section from around US $8 to $20.

Our recommendation of the best Guesthouses and Hostels in Penang in Batu Ferringhi, George Town and Tanjung Bungah.

Penang Traditional Cooking Class

Penang is probably the best place to explore the famous Malaysian cuisine. There is an endless amount of food courts to explore. Dishes are endless in variation and the quality is always great. In case you have the desire to learn to cook yourself, Nazlina's cooking class in is unique in Malaysia.

The classes are held in Nazlina's own Spice station, a traditional shop house at Campbell Street #2, opposite of the Campbell Street market.

penang cooking class

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Special Hiking Tours in Penang

Join us on our special hiking tours in Penang. We will bring you around in the jungle of the Botanical Gardens. Our tours include:

  • Botanical Gardens: Lily Pond - Waterfall
  • Moongate - Hikers Resting Spot #5 - Youth Park
  • Trails to Crag Hotel and Penang Hill

Read more and book your hiking tour.

Hiking in Penang around Botanical Gardens

or check the hiking and biking pages

Hotels, Guesthouses and Hostels in Penang

There is plenty of accommodation available in Penang, from dirt cheap to high end. Here is a selection of our recommended accommodation in Penang:


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Here are 3 tours offer you the possibility to explore south east Asia in a unique way.

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Maps of Penang

Penang is an island, it's useful to have a decent map of the island.

map of Penang

Maps of Penang

Traditional Cooking Class Penang

  • Mon-Sat @Nazlina Spice Station.

Nazlina's cooking class

Learn cooking in Penang with Nazlina's Cooking Class. Naz teaches Malay, hawkers and Nyonya food in George Town city center.

Here is more about the Traditional Cooking Class in Penang.

Malaysian cuisine

The extensive Malaysian cuisine is for many travelers a real eye opener. The variety seems endless, even if you are used to other Asian cuisines...

Malaysian Cuisine

Hiking and cycling options

Explore the nature of Penang on bike or foot. I've done some bike and hike trails and will continue doing so in the future.

Here is an overview what to hike and bike on the island.

View to Balik Pulau from the Ngoh Han Temple

Cycling and Hiking