A brief about Penang: Penang is an island located in the northwest Malaysia and one of the popular destination in Malaysia. Georgetown a UNESCO world Heritage site is the capital of Penang and the city is known for its British colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses and mosques. Beyond the old town, George Town is a modern city with skyscrapers and shopping malls.
Places to Visit:
1. Penang Hill
2. Kek Lok Si temple
3. George Town Street Art
4. Penang Peranakan Mansion (Also known as Green Mansion)
5. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion( Also known as Blue Mansion)
6. Batu Ferringhi Beach and Night Market
7. Nightlife at Upper Penang Road
8. Clan Jetties(The floating Chinese villages)
Penang was the third destination on my Malaysia trip and I had other places lined up to explore, but when I reached to this beautiful island I got awestruck. I immediately decided that I am not leaving this island until my last day in this country.
I started my journey to Penang by taking a train from KL to Butterworth. I booked my train tickets at KL Sentral station as I didn’t make reservation in advance (It would be wise if you do it online in advance to your travel as you will find more options). I got a KTM train at 11:15 as all others were booked already. KTM train is an ETS train which starts from KL Sentral station and reaches Butterworth station in just 4.5 hours. You can take Bus too from Sentral which is cheaper, but it takes more than 6 hours as it takes a snacks break on the way. As I reached Butterworth around 3:30, took a Ferry from Butterworth to reach Georgetown. Ferry is a better option to travel from Butterworth to Georgetown as it's frequent (every 30 mins) and cheaper(only 1.4 MYR/person) with lesser travel time.
Once you come out of the Ferry Terminal you will find a Bus terminal right outside. Just inquire at the Inquiry counter and take the bus accordingly. There are CAT buses running around the city and are totally free for everyone. As I was staying in Komtar, I took a CAT bus and reached Komtar bus stop in 30 mins. Checked into the hotel by 5 and decided to take rest for some time.
Late Evening headed to Upper Penang Road to grab a beer and indulge into the nightlife of Penang. Could spot some nice pubs and bars on Chulia Street (Love Lane and Muntri street).
Day2: Next morning started early from hotel to see the Kek Lok Si temple in the bright sunlight and less crowd around for better photos. (You can take 201/203/204 bus from Komtar bus stop to reach the temple). Kek Lok Si is a Chinese Buddhist temple and located at the hilltop In the Air Itam town. It consists of monasteries, prayer halls, pagodas, tortoise pond, temples and beautiful gardens. As I entered the temple, I arrived at the turtle pond filled with frightening number of turtles. From the pond kept walking up and visited the main temple, prayer hall, pagoda and gardens in just 45 mins as it was calm and peaceful to roam around due to less crowd and no souvenir shops opened. The highlight of the temple is the hard-to-miss seven storey pagoda containing 10,000 statues of Buddha.