WHERE TO STAY:  Where to stay depends on your budget, style of hotel and the type of holiday you are after.

If you want to be walking distance from Unesco Heritage Sites, then Georgetown is ideal.  If you want tranquility, an on the beach type of holiday, then select a resort in Batu Ferringhi, or there’s Gurney drive, which is located in between the two.  Either way, Penang is not a big island.  You can get from Batu FerrInghi to Georgetown in about 20 min (without heavy traffic).  Grab taxi will cost about 15RM or $5 SGD.

WHERE TO EAT: Penang is renowned as a ‘foodie’ town.  Not for white table cloth restaurants, although there are a few, but for the ubiquitous food stalls or ‘hawker stands' serving up fresh Malay, Indian and Chinese dishes.  Some of these little stands have been in business for 40-50 years and everyone has a favourite place for ‘Char Kway Tao', ‘Laksa‘, 'Mee Gorgeng' or 'Curry/Hokkien Mee.  Friends of ours come to Penang to eat and they do, all day long!  There are just too many to list but just talk to someone, they will direct you to their special spot.  Penangites are among the friendliest people in Asia and happy to help.  Here are some of our favourite restaurants which are somewhat unique to Penang versus what you would get back home.

Some additions to above: Mermaid cafe for grilled fish with family recipe Sambal, McCalister Mansion, DAM, Jaloux for pasta.

WHERE TO DRINK: Speakeasys and hidden bars are all the rage in Georgetown. List below are some of our favourites. Should you be in Tanjung Bungah or Batu Ferringhi area, a new bar/restaurant has opened up that is definitely worth a visit. Click here for more Speakeasy’s to visit.


Old Georgetown & its UNESCO World Heritage sites and temples, Blue Mansion, Penang Hill and Habitat, beaches of Batu Ferringhi.

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