If you are the type of person who loves oceans, sunset watching, stargazing, and wildlife viewing, Penang is perfect for your next outing or family vacation! It’s time to escape your restless life in the concrete jungle and smell some fresh air. Here is a quick guide for nature lovers like you, especially for the first timer, to visit the exotic Penang.
1) How to Go
The main location in Penang is the city of Butterworth, and you can reach there by car using the North-South Highway. The highway connects Butterworth to other big cities including Kuala Lumpur which usually takes around 3 hours to arrive. Then, you can cross the Penang Bridge or cross over to the island by ferry. If you are not in a hurry and prefer beautiful scenery against speed, taking a train service from KTMB (Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad) is also a good idea. The train route connects Butterworth with the stations in Alor Setar Kedah and Kuala Lumpur. A train traveling from Kuala Lumpur usually takes around 6 hours. The Penang International Airport is in Bayan Lepas. From the airport, you can reach any point on Penang by taxis or buses.
2) Where to Stay
Choosing a hotel near to the ocean is definitely a good idea as you can get close to the white sandy beach with clear water. Besides, it’s the best place to rest your mind. The good news is, you can easily find a 5 star hotel in Penang near the beach and suitable for your budget.
3) What to Eat
Penang is definitely a paradise for food lovers. Besides for its nature, it is also famous for the irresistibly delicious street foods. The tips are to seek roadside stalls or restaurants that sell fresh foods and with the longest line of locals. Don’t worry as it is not so difficult to find one. Here is the list of famous dishes that you should try; Char Koay Teow, Pasembur, Nasi Kandar, Assam Laksa, Cendol, Ais Kacang and much more, they will leave you asking for more.
4) Things to Do
Below are the top 3 must-visit nature places in Penang:
– Butterfly Farm, Teluk Bahang Since forever, humans admire butterflies. That’s why this place has been a famous tourist attraction in Penang since a long time ago. It is a home for 4000 species of butterflies including the endangered ones. It is also a safe place to live for a myriad of species of reptiles and insects. You can even find an organic orchard on the farm, where you can try various kinds of tropical fruits.
– The Habitat Penang Hill The hilltop of the Penang Hill or Bukit Bendera Pulau Pinang promises you a stunning, breathtaking panorama from one of the viewing decks. Have a relaxing walking experience on the canopy walkway while listening to the sounds of nature, with the view of the 130-million-years-old virgin rainforest. Thanks to the trees in the tropical forest, they have been a place of safety for lots of flora and fauna. There are more for you to see and you are going to love it!
– Beaches of Penang As the saying goes, “Stepping your feet in the ocean is healing.” Well, there are a lot of attractive beaches in Penang. The most popular one is Batu Feringghi. Enjoy unforgettable activities such as swimming, fishing, walking, jogging, or simply having a picnic on the seaside.
The adventure doesn’t end here. But this guide at least should give you some ideas, right? Welcome and ‘Selamat Datang’ to Penang Malaysia soon. Happy holiday, nature fans!