#YeenTravelogue: Penang

Friday, August 07, 2015

Penang Hill

Yes, it’s quite a hard time leaving my beloved hometown and venturing into the “city of dreams” of Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur. I was there supposed to extend my further studies in Broadcasting, however I was like stucked in this town for limitless activities and fun time in KL…

… but I’ll never forget my hometown as they always have tricks to cliff-hanging me so I can get back there often. It feels like home and fully relaxed.

Certainly, my family and friends live in Penang and it’s definitely a great time to see changes done in my hometown: several shopping spots came up, big brands venturing in, cleaner places (thanks to LGE), and building are all well refurbished and presentable to the tourists; last but not least – the real PENANG FOOD & delights.

It’s not just only a name to label Penang as “The Pearl of Orient”, well it has facts that deserves the most tourists’ travel spot in Malaysia. I’m gonna tell you why:

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1. Georgetown labeled as World Heritage City by UNESCO, one of main attraction to discover Penang island for those who loves a mixed Eastern and Western culture. You’ll discover historical buildings and architects are even pop by to get inspired the ancient builders on the sructures and refurbished into a brand new look, yet not to lose its original styles of the building.

Cannon Street, Penang

2. Making strolling through Georgetown’s streets just a little bit more exciting, in 2012 Penang’s municipal council hired London-trained Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic and charged him with breathing new life into some of the atmospheric Chinese shop-houses around the inner city. Guess what? More locals and tourists are so attracted to discover such breathtaking mural arts. Gosh, even myself as a Penangite not even able to get in touch with these paintings (all places were flooded by tourists).

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

3. Ditch those high-end restaurants (of course we do have great foods) and step into back-lanes or hawker stores as this is what a real Penang food taste like. We adore Penang Asam Laksa, Chendul, Rojak, fried “Koay Teow and you can simply indulge and feed your tummy well in a superb-affordable price.

4. Travel? It’s just an hour flight from KL to Penang International Airport, why not? I used to travel to other major Asian countries like Japan, Korea, Hong Kong without needing me travel to KLIA for switching flights. How convenient!

If you're on ground, you don’t have to stucked in the traffic for long hours as your walking trip will be fun-filled with astonishing buildings and mural arts if you depart from Penang ferry area to Komtar, Georgetown Penang.

5. Backpacker’s ideal spots. Numerous backpackers budget hotels are offered to tourists who wish to spend in a budget. Same to me, I used to walk from Komtar to Penang ferry port to discover the real Penang and I never got bored with just simply walking, walking and walking back in the days I studied Diploma. I even spent a few nights to stay in budget hotels and blend myself in as a local tour guide and they’re so happy with my kind offer.

Not to forget, you may now fly to Penang in an affordable rate via Traveloka and this is what I want you to explore Penang! Buzz me if you’ve marked Penang as your next destination!

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