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Penang - Food Paradise Island

In Penang, there is a famous saying for a foodstall - It must be "Cheap & Good"

Try the local fruits - the papaya, guava, banana, jambu air, chiku, nangka, starfruit, water melon and seasonal fruits like the rambutan, mangosteen, langsat, duku and durian for the X factor.

Try the local cuisines - char koay teow, wanton mee, hokkien mee, curry mee, Hainanese chicken rice, beef noodles, chee cheong fun, economy rice, nasi kandar, roti helicopter, lok lok.

Try the local desserts and drinks - chendul, ice kacang, leng chee kang, pancake, nonya kuih, kopi-o, teh tarik, soya bean drink, sugar cane juice.

Diverse cultural and heritage buildings - free or low admission fees.

- Botanical Gardens with free roaming wild monkeys. Free car park near the Batik shop which is five minutes walk to the Garden entrance.

- Snake Temple with pit vipers - donation is optional if you are praying.

- Kek Lok Si Temple, only some sections require admission of RM2.

- Siamese Reclining Buddha Temple and Burmese Temple - free admission.

- Esplanade with Fort Cornwallis canon, "old" City Hall and Town Hall

- Penang State Museum - Entrance fees: 1 Ringgit (US 30 cents)

Leisure shopping, famly vacation or just chill out in Peanng

- 360 View of George Town from 6th floor car park of Prangin Mall or Gurney Plaza

- Gurney Drive, walk in the evening or morning

- Cross the sea channel by ferry, view Penang Bridge, RM1.20 round trip

- For DVD movies, CD music, computer software, head for Midland One Stop at Burmah Road, Bukit Jambul Complexs or Prangin Mall next to Komtar or the night stalls along the hotel belt at Batu Ferringhi.

- If you are fit, hike up to "84" rest-stop or all the way to Penang Hill via the tarred road at Botanical Gardens. Alternatively, like most tourists, take the funicular tram up Penang Hill - RM4 round trip.

Check out my related tips at Pulau Pinang, George Town, Bayan Lepas

Hope you will have a nice and unforgettable time in Penang.

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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    great page!

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    did you know that Nando's Chicken is a franchise out of South Africa, based on Galinha Peri Peri that was a staple of Mocambique Grill houses /

  • cal6060's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    How much do u think the car rental for these antique cars? love to try it one day!!! yeah! it is great to drive along beaches too

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2010 at 2:45 AM

    What a beautiful Temple Bagan Ajam is, wished I had seen it! Can just imagine being driven around the island in one of those lovely veteran cars.

  • Marisola's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Yes, I would love to try Malaysian cuisine. My friend said it's spicy! I love spicy food! Mmmm...! What do you recommend?

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    I am trully impressed with all the work you have done on the restaurants here. And all the great photos. I am really hungry now!

  • Kakapo2's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    Hi SL Liew, for a start I have worked my way through your accommodation tips. I am fascinated at how many places you have actually stayed yourself. I have forwarded your tips. Great help! And: You seem to feed the cockroaches too well! Sissi

  • csordila's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    I just try to be acquainted with your home; unfortunately I have never been there, though it seems to be a very promising place for young at heart like me. Thanks for your visit on my North African pages. Best. L.

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Fantastic tips and pics, i will be back yo see more soon..

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Thanks yuet29 for the compliments. The island is Pulau Jerejak and yes I have already written tips on those places you have mentioned. SL

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