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5 things you must do in Penang

BY JULIA YEOW, NEWS EDITOR
Published: 4 August 2015 9:43 AM

Go on a Heritage Tour to get to know Penang better. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, August 4, 2015.

Go on a Heritage Tour to get to know Penang better. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, August 4, 2015.

If you’re heading up north for the George Town Festival, which kicked off on August 1, or just planning a trip to the lovely Pearl of the Orient, here are 5 things we highly recommend you try when you’re there.

Be sure to check these to-do items off your list and savour the best that Penang has to offer.

1. Indulge in street food

Known as Sisters Curry Mee, it is a beloved establishment in Air Itam, Penang.

Known as Sisters Curry Mee, it is a beloved establishment in Air Itam, Penang.

Penang is iconic for it street food, from char kway teow (wok-fried rice noodles) to pasembor. There’s never quite enough room to sample all the food there is to savour in Penang, but you can bet we always try.

To help you on your discovery of must-try Penang delicacies, start off with our list of personal favourite street stalls.


A worker at hatchling of turtle conservation centre of Keranchut beach in Penang National Park, Safuan Mohd Nor takes out a turtle from a container on June 10, 2015.

A worker at hatchling of turtle conservation centre of Keranchut beach in Penang National Park, Safuan Mohd Nor takes out a turtle from a container on June 10, 2015.2.2.

2.The Penang National Park is one of the world’s smallest, but is exceptionally well-managed, and offers visitors a glimpse into the natural beauty that the tiny island has to offer.

Taman Negara Pulau Pinang is one of the lesser-known national parks in Malaysia, but it is no less breathtaking and beautiful.

Some of the highlights include beautiful, pristine beaches, lush jungles in which nature-lovers can enjoy a hike and a turtle conservation centre at Teluk Bahang.


3. Take a walking tour of the Heritage sites

George Town was conferred the Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site on July 7, 2008, a testimony of the city’s centuries-old unique history and heritage.

A visit to Penang is never complete without taking a walking tour through the streets of George Town, where for a small fee, you’ll be led by a trained tour guide through Penang’s history as told by its people, its buildings and its other sites of interest.

Find out about the different packages and pricing here.


4. Ride the ferry

Crossing to the mainland via ferry is an experience to savour.

Crossing to the mainland via ferry is an experience to savour.

Even though not many locals actually use the ferry service from George Town to Butterworth on the mainland, it is the oldest of its kind in the country since it began running in 1920, making it a unique heritage mode of transport that’s kinda fun to boot.

While a drive on the Penang Bridge is scenic and convenient for car owners, we highly recommend taking a trip on the ferry, just to experience the wind in your hair and the thrill of being on a really large boat!


5. Take a hike up Penang Hill and enjoy the view

Hiking up Penang Hill is one of those island activities that one can never tire off, because of a combination of the clear, crisp air on the peak as well as the interesting local characters you meet whilst on the way up.

You’ll see people of all ages hiking, running and even cycling up the hill on any given day, and we personally recommend a pre-dawn trip to catch the breathtaking sunrise. You can then hike back down and reward yourselves with a feast on local delicacies! – August 4, 2015.

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