How to spend a day trip in Penang?

I decided to explore Penang over the weekend from Singapore. I had 3 days and 2 nights for the trip but spent 1 FULL day to see the must-visit places Penang has to offer.

A day is actually enough to give you a taste of Penang’s unique culture, architecture and food. Known as “The Pearl of the Orient’’ is Malaysia’s most famous tourist’s destination. The island manages to embrace modernity while keeping its colonial traditions; due to its unspoiled heritage buildings. Penang’s capital, Georgetown, has become one of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008.

Arrived past 3 in the afternoon at Penang International Airport, a medium-sized airport with good connections to major cities in South East Asia. On our arrival was a safe transfer from Airport to Tanjung Bungah beach where our hotel is located, Four Points by Sheraton Penang. It was convenient, the safest & easiest transfer I could think of for about 80RM. You can take a cab as another option which is around 60-70RM (20Sgd/700Php), Uber which cost you cheaper than a cab and Rapid Bus the most economical but more longer travelling time.

Touchdown! Four Points by Sheraton Penang, click to read about my fabulous stay! Just how I Imagined it to be. Spent a few hours to rest and relish the place.

Left hotel past 6 pm for dinner in Gurney Drive, known as Persiaran Gurney, perhaps one of the most well-known places in Penang. A deluge of hawker delights that come alive at night time.20160519_193049-01[1]20160519_194926-01[1]20160519_193643-01-01[1]

And that ends my day of arrival.

GOOD MORNING PENANG ISLAND!
Waking up to an awesome view like this? RISE AND SHINE! 🙂20160520_083343-01[1] Too lazy to go out from the room to be honest.haha But thinking of the breakfast buffet with an awesome beach view, hmmm. Excites me though. Oink! 20160520_073756-01[1]Need I say more?

FULL DAY ITINERARY:

Started the full day journey at 9 in the morning with the Limo Service of the hotel. I recommend this only if you don’t have enough days to cover the must-see places of Penang and want to make it in 1 full day instead. Yes, It’s possible and I’m glad I did! 200RM for the first 4 hours and they charge you 50RM per hour if you wish to extend. From 9am to 6pm, cost me 450RM (150Sgd/5,000Php). It would be cheaper if you are with friends as they charged you per car not per person.

First stop:
Penang Botanic Gardens
, a public park and is actually located nearby the hotel so we had a quick look.
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Hence, next stop is a visit to Penang Time Tunnel, a new museum wherein you can unfold the rich history of Penang. I have no photos inside as there’s nothing much though but I took a lot of snaps inside their 3D art gallery instead. Who couldn’t resist for these cool art stuff?20160520_111049-01[1]20160520_110921-01[1]20160520_111727-01[1]20160520_110701-01[1]20160520_110646-01[1]20160520_110803-01[1]20160520_110449-01[1]

A Visit to the temples:
Wat Chaiyamangkalaram
a Thai Buddhist Temple most notable for its Reclining Buddha statue. The statue is the 3rd largest of its kind, being 33 meters in length. In the main shrine in front of the Reclining Buddha there are smaller shrines of different Buddhas and popular Thai deities.20160520_101129-01[1]20160520_101601-01[1]20160520_101657-01[1]20160520_101156-01[1]20160520_102549-01[1]Directly across the road from Wat Chaiyamangkalaram you can see Dhammikarama Burmese Temple. The whole complex is beautiful and colorful, with quite intricate buildings including a newly finished pagoda at the rear of the complex.20160520_102811-01[1]20160520_103407(0)-01[1]20160520_103447-01[1]20160520_103458-01[1]

Oops! A perfect match for a very warm weather. 20160520_104020-01[1]I never regret trying this out. It was mouthwatering! 🙂

Off to see next:

The Peranakan Mansion, the visit to this place provides a taste of what life was like for the wealthy Chinese community during Penang’s tin-rush heyday in the 19th century.20160520_115459-01[1]20160520_115718-01-01[1]20160520_115856-01[1]20160520_115628-01-01[1]20160520_120200-01[1]20160520_115934-01[1]20160520_115702-01[1]20160520_120322-01[1]20160520_120434-01[1]20160520_120333-01-01[1]20160520_120221-01[1]What makes the trip lovely was, Helen, the driver of the limo service of Four Points by Sheraton became our tour guide and a friend too. She’s very kind, and we felt so at home with her. She brought us to most of the places a tourist must see in Penang, If not for the Limo service then I guess, we only can visit Penang hill and George town. lol. Drove past Street of Harmony, Little India to Esplanade with the nearby Fort Cornwallis, City Hall and all those unspoiled colonial buildings around the city center. 20160520_122107-01-01[1]20160520_122041-01-01[1]20160520_114537-01[1]20160520_114621-01[1]20160520_114838-01[1]20160520_114159-01[1]20160520_114123-01-01-01[1]

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A cold durian puff bought from other stall. They’re not strict if you bring outside food. Try this only if you can take durian if not, better don’t! lol. It’s actually addictive! :p

RECHARGED! YAy!
And so to continue… Past 1 pm, we went to explore George town from CLAN Jetties. We took the tri-shaw ride roughly for an hour to have a squint of the famous street art in Georgetown  click to read separate post for the famous murals. 20160520_122435-01[1]To cap it off is the combination of a trip up Bukit Bendera Penang Hill (click to read separate post) and a visit to Kek Lok Si Temple which is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.20160520_163815-01[1]20160520_163505-01[1]20160520_163403-01-01[1]
Make sure to be there not later than 5 pm. As it closes after 5 pm but outside grounds though is still open. And as what Helen told me, having a private transpo all the way up to the temple is the most convenient way since you no longer need to take the steep flight of stairs which will take you about 2 hours (Depends on your pace though). It was a breeze for us and before we knew it, we were there in less than 15 mins time. But of-course, having a feel of the hike up the temple is also a different experience.20160520_164335-01[1]20160520_164432-01[1]20160520_170619-01[1]20160520_170637-01[1]20160520_165248-01[1]20160520_165240-02[1]20160520_170517-01[1]20160520_170216-01[1]20160520_170101-01[1]20160520_165830-01[1]20160520_170157-01[1]20160520_165306-01[1]20160520_164725-01[1]

Back at hotel around 6 pm. Had an hour of rest and refreshment and went straight to Batu Ferangi, a suburb of George Town famous for its beaches, it is actually one of the prime tourist destinations on Penang Island.

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Always my favorite part in travelling is, trying the local dishes. Hurray!20160520_201516-01[1]20160520_201042-01[1]20160520_201029-01[1]20160520_200739-02[1]20160520_200714-02[1]

Penang is a city that deserves far more time than one day, I know. But seeing as that one day was certainly so memorable and fun. I now have every hope of going back and spending a little longer with a combination of Langkawi tour next time.

 

Love,

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Penang Murals by Ernest Zacharevic

George Town, the capital of Penang Island in Malaysia has been sprawling in its street art glory. Around corners and hidden in alleys is where you can find these creative masterpieces. A very easy trail to walk but if walking your way around Georgetown in the sun doesn’t look appealing then better go get yourself a trishaw or hire a bike.20160520_134109(0)-01[1]20160520_134008-01[1]Ernest Zacharevic, a London-trained Lithuanian artist has painted beautiful murals in George Town. His artwork is spread out across Penang’s city centre and is truly pretty impressive. The street art depicts images of everyday life in Malaysia and is combined with real physical objects such as a bicycle, a swing or a motorcycle. Tourists taking photos are simply invited to take part of the scene. Can you resist then? I cannot! Lol.20160520_132348-02[1]20160520_132705_001-01[1]20160520_134346-02[1]20160520_134619-01-01[1]20160520_134438-01[1]20160520_133815-02[1]20160520_134637-02[1]

Here’s more of it.

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Straw hat Random Shop in Penang
Inner, Vest Forever 21 Dotonbori Osaka
F21 SG Shades and Accessories 
Bradshaw Gold-Tone Michael Kors
Sneakers Stan Smith Adidas Tokyo

Four Points By Sheraton, Penang

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If you are looking for a nice, clean, reasonably priced hotel with beach and yet close to town, Four Points is the right place for you. Situated on a tranquil stretch of white sandy Tanjung Bungah beach, overlooking the Straits of Malacca. This low-key modern hotel is just 15 minutes drive from George Town and Batu Ferringhi, 45 minutes from the Penang International Airport and merely 4 km to Gurney Drive promenade. Certainly a great halfway point between beach and the hustle and bustle of George Town.

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As I went to see the room, I was amazed. The deluxe ocean front room did served my expectations – tidy, modern, beautiful sea view (you could watch sunrise from your room’s window too!), has all the basic amenities including hairdryer and iron. Oh yes, just what I needed to escape from a busy work life in Singapore. And needless to say, free wifi everywhere.20160519_183641-01_(1)[1]20160519_183622-01[1]20160519_175141-01[1]20160519_175221-01-01[1]20160519_175613-01[1]

Their staffs were helpful and friendly. It was indeed a breezy check in for me. By the way, my nth time making hotel reservation from booking.com and it has always been easy and reliable.

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Waking up to this lovely view of nature.
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Good food with a great view. Such a combo! This was actually one of my favorite during our stay. There’s a casual restaurant with a terrace offering ocean views, as well as a bar, an outdoor pool and meeting space. There’s direct beach access.20160519_184211-02[1]20160519_184150-01[1]20160519_184426-01[1]

If you wish to go to Batu Ferringhi, they also provide free shuttle on selected hours but on a first come first serve basis. Just approach the counter and have your name listed!

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So to everyone eyeing a short vacay in Penang, then Four Points by Sheraton is what I recommend for you.
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Enjoy your stay!
Four Points by Sheraton Penang
Address: 505 Jalan Tanjung Bungah, Tanjung Bungah, 11200 Penang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone:+60 4-371 8888
XOXO!
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“Holidaying” in France?

“Holidaying” in France? No, it’s Colmar Tropicale in BUKIT TINGGI MALAYSIA – BERJAYA HILLS. 

Colmar Tropicale, a French-themed village and resort inspired by the old town of Colmar in Alsace, France, which is known to be one of the most beautiful city in Europe.

This spectacular French-Themed Resort is a perfect place for a quiet laid back getaway with a picturesque and romantic environment.

It does look like you are “holidaying” in France.

Feel the French atmosphere.
“Relish in century old Alsace charm at this French-themed resort, settled at 2,700 feet above sea-level amidst 80 acres of rainforests.”

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It’s quite a unique experience, really. Think of it as a resort situated in Malaysia role-playing as a French village. Cool isn’t it?

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(Oops.. Did i blent in?) haha :p

Knitted slit dress & sweater Tokyo fashion 
Tote & Sneakers Charles & Keith

 

Melaka World Heritage City

A few months back, went to visit malaysia.
Melaka, where it all began. Exploring a World Heritage City.

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Malacca (also locally known as Melaka) is a small, friendly city that with many eye-catching sights. The city indeed is a mix of old and new, historical establishments and old shops stand side-by-side with shopping complexes and there’s just so many colourful sights in the city.

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It is easy to go around on foot or trishaw to explore the many places that make Malacca unique.

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You just can’t stop from taking cute shots from the paint job outside the building, is already an attraction on its own.

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The Orangutan House is owned by an artist, Mr Charles Cham who started his art gallery studio in Malacca in 1992.
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Didn’t really explore yet on the day of arrival. Was a bit too lazy after a 5 hours coach ride from singapore. And oh by the way, stayed in The Pines Melaka hotel. Will be having a different blog post about the hotel though for having such an awesome stay for 3 days in Melaka. Hope it can help you guys when you visit the heritage city.

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So the day of arrival was a day of pigging out and shopping. Yes you read it right! Far from singapore’s crazy food and shopping is a good place for those who don’t like to spend so much on clothes and food. (hey it’s me!)

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  • Dataran Pahlawan MegaMall
  • Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall

These 2 Shopping malls can make you spend your ringgits! haha

Nando’s Malaysia! Famous for PERi-PERi flame-grilled chicken.
My hunger pangs definitely was satisfied! haha

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Did some walk after pigging out and I just can’t stop from striking a pose. Melaka is probably the only place in the world that has ruins of both Asia and Europe. Beautiful architecture is just by foot. So don’t be a lazy bitch! haha :p

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And after some walking you need  refreshment. Don’t fail to try out Bikini Toppings! Location is at a less crowded corner of Jonker Street.
Somehow, even under a super hot sun, this cafe is quite chilling and windy.  Serves mainly desserts: Coconut Jelly, Coconut Shake, Ice Cream..

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It was a great day indeed! Back in the hotel for some relaxation and night swimming overlooking the city. Watch out for my next blog about The Pines Melaka.

 

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Will be having a separate blog about: Getting Around Melaka by Trishaw!
Tour Melaka in 1 day and you’ll see the must attractions!