If you are one of the many people who have been captivated by the beauty of the majestic cities and the rich culture in Malaysia, then it might be the time that you explore one of its most famous tourist destinations, Penang.
I know what you’re thinking: travelling, though it can give you experiences of a lifetime, can so easily be expensive. However, don’t let this stop you. There are a lot of exciting activities that will definitely immerse you in Penang’s rich culture and history. And what’s even more amazing is that all these activities are for free!
So, no more excuses to schedule that next Asian adventure. Read ahead to find out what Penang has in store for you.
Pose with the Amazing Street Art in Georgetown
Known for their vibrant murals, a midday walk in Georgetown will definitely brighten your day with its amazing art. You can find them at just about every turn: in random building walls and even on the side of coffee shops. These artworks by local and international artists are sure to give you Instagram-worthy pictures, from the gigantic murals that are several floors high, to human-sized ones. Most of the art aims to reflect the simple yet beautiful life and culture of people living in Penang. You can be as creative as you like and even do silly poses with some of the murals.
Marvel in the Beauty of the Religious Temples
The richness and diversity of cultures that make up Penang are also reflected by the different temples scattered throughout. There are Hindu temples right in the heart of Little India and some as well in Georgetown. A number of Chinese Buddhist temples are also to be found in both the cities and even as you approach the hillside. Among tourist favorites are Snake Temple, which is famous for the docile snakes freely climbing up its columns, and Kek Lok Si Temple, which offers a beautiful view that overlooks the city.
No visit to Penang is complete without visiting the temples – and don’t worry about paying any entrance fee because they are open to everyone for free. Just remember to be on your best behavior and not disturb anyone that is deep in prayer.
Get a Delicious Penang Street Food Adventure
Some people say that to truly experience a culture, you have to try their cuisine. Now, admittedly, this part is not exactly free, but that does not mean that you would go over budget. For a complete and authentic Penang experience, you really shouldn’t miss their street food and don’t worry, they have a lot of it.
Whether you are craving for Lor Mee, which is noodles swimming in thick and flavorful gravy, or just something light and sweet to cap off a long day of exploring, like Air Batu Campur, which means “mixed ice dessert”, they have it all. If you are looking for dinner on a late night, make sure to walk through Lebuh Chulia. There, you will find seemingly endless choices for your authentic Southeast Asian dinner.
However, if you are unsure where to start, you can try Red Garden in Georgetown. They have a lot of food stands and you are sure to find something that will fit your budget.
Aside from knowing the awesome things to do in your destination, another thing to keep in mind is your accommodations once you get to Penang. You wouldn’t go to battle without any prior information about your opponent, right? This one is just the same.
It is easy to find a Penang hotel online, but you have to make sure to find one that is an exact fit for your budget and your needs. In Tune Hotels, not only do we have great, affordable rooms, we are also located right in the middle of the city. This makes it easier for you to access public transportation and effortlessly find your way to your target destinations. Contact us and reserve a room to jumpstart your next Malaysian Adventure.