Penang is known for its British Colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses, mosques and temples. Beyond the old town, George Town is a modern city with skyscrapers and shopping malls. Lush Penang Hill, with a funicular railway, overlooks it all. George Town is a vibrant pedestrian friendly (but keep your wits about you crossing the road,) city, known for its colourful street art caricatures tucked away in backstreets right beside centuries old temples. You can walk everywhere or hire a brightly coloured trishaw and be delivered to your desired location! Highlights for us were Clan Jetties, a series of jetties housing one of the last bastions of old Chinese settlements on the island.
Kek Lok Si Temple
Malaysia’s largest Buddhist Temple, Kek Lok Si Temple, contained amidst beautifully landscaped gardens, where you will find monasteries, prayer halls and temples. Built in 1890, the hilltop is home to an enormous statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin.
We took a bus there. The same bus to the temple continues on to take you to Penang Hill. We didn’t visit the hill this time.
Little India is a hit to the senses. Amazingly colourful, noisy and with the heady smell of insence wafting through the air. We snacked on veg samosas, handmade in front of you for about £0.10p each!
Penang Music Museum
This little gem was tucked away up the back end of the Komtar shopping centre.
It was full of the history of Penang’s music scene from the early days. You even get a go at being a DJ in a studio recording your voice which you can send to your mobile device!
Batu Ferringhi is Penang’s laid back beach resort situated on the north west of the island. We stayed here before and were lucky to get a room on the top floor. There are beech bars and water sports galore. Most people end up at the night market which runs along the Main Street.