My name is Tim and this is my site - yay! Heeelllo and welcome to Penang Travel Tips! As a true blue Penangite, I created this website to showcase my little world and to tell you everything about it! Through this website, I will take you by the hand and introduce you to every little bit of Penang.
Penang Travel Tips is a treasure trove of information on all things Penang. There's thousands of pages in here to tell you about the sights, streets, businesses, hotels, mosques, temples, churches, shopping malls, hospitals, beaches, islands, and so on and so on. It's Penang's travel guide, directory, encyclopedia and language centre all rolled into one.
Penang Travel Tips, a subset of Big World Out There, is used not only by tourists, but also by students, teachers, bloggers and even journalists as the fastest point of reference for all things Penang. Some of the pages date back to 2003, and have been revised and updated countless times. Almost every photograph on this site has a date caption, so you can see exactly how Penang looks like on that particular date.
Whether you're a tourist coming for a short visit, an expatriate planning to move over here, a visiting Malaysian, or even a Penangite who has spent all your life in Penang, you will still find useful and interesting information at Penang Travel Tips.
To help you navigate this massive site, I have split up the content into different categories. They are all listed in the right-hand side column. In addition, I have created specific sections to welcome different types of people.
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Thank you for choosing to visit Penang. Whether you're coming by cruise or by plane, for a few hours or a few weeks, I extend to you our warm Penang hospitality. Penang drips culture, history and heritage. This website provides you information on all the must-see sights in Penang, and if you don't manage to cover them in person, I hope you'd still enjoy discovering them through this site. For a list of heritage sites in George Town, go to George Town World Heritage Site.
If you're backpacking to Penang, you might be interested in the Rapid Penang Bus Guide. It has complete information to for you to take the public transport to anywhere in Penang. Also, there are free self-guided tours of George Town which you're free to print out and take with you, to explore all the places on your own. And if you need a professional tour guide, I can help arrange for you some of the experienced in the business. Just write to Penang Tour Guides.
The best way to experience Penang hospitality is to learn a few words in the local languages. Malay is the official language spoken in Penang, while Penang Hokkien is Penang's own distinct version of Hokkien language, spoken only by the people of Penang and its surrounding regions. Let me give you a quick one-minute lesson of these two languages. Try them out with the locals, and you're sure to endear yourself in your attempt.
In Penang, the Chinese people here speak Penang Hokkien. No matter whether we are Hokkien, or Teochew, or Cantonese or Hakka, we have all been speaking Penang Hokkien for a long, long time. At Penang Travel Tips, I want to help you learn the language, and be able to write it using a romanisation system that captures the tones of the language precisely. Go to the lessons at Learn Penang Hokkien, and also view the video lessons below:
Dear New Resident,
Thank you for considering to make Penang your home. Whether you're coming for work, or to spend your senior days, we're thankful for your presence. With this website as your companion, I hope you will never experience cultural shock, and that every new thing you learn of Penang is a delight. Topics that may be of interest to you include how to take the taxi and choosing where to stay in Penang.
If you're planning to drive in Penang, you'd find details on where to locate petrol stations, how to use the Penang parking coupons, where are the traffic jam prone streets, and more.
To fit in, you might want to learn a bit of Malay and Penang Hokkien. As material in Penang Hokkien is so difficult to come by, I have created my own Learn Penang Hokkien language centre, to give you a deeper immersion into the language. In addtion, there's the Learn Penang Hokkien Facebook Group a language workshop for the development of the language. Join this Facebook Group to interact with other Penang Hokkien enthusiats and let them help you improve your command.
If you want to learn local cooking, my friend Pearly offers classes. She also has her own cookcook, A Nyonya Inheritance, with 35 authentic Nyonya recipes that Westerners can learn to make themselves.
To interact with other Penang homecooked food enthusiasts, join the Masa Masak Facebook Group and share with other the result of your cooking.
It's impossible to talk about Penang without talking about food! While I would never say that Penang food is better than the food of your own hometown, I can tell you that Penang food is very, very good! And I'm here to help you the secrets of good Penang food. You can find listed on this website hundreds of coffee shops, hawker centres, stalls, restaurants, with details of what food they sell, where they are located, and more. For the best food recommendation, get it from real people, and you can find them at my Penang Hawker Food Facebook Group. This is where I interact with other Penang food enthusiasts, and even I continue to make discoveries.
In the last two years, Penang has become one of the most important destinations in this region for street art. Today there's street art at almost every corner in George Town. Go to the Penang Street Art page to see a full list of all the murals in Penang, and join the Penang Street Art Facebook Group to interact with other street art enthusiasts.
If you plan to buy property in Penang, I must tell you that you've arrived at the Land of Expensive Real Estate. Rather than letting the prices shock you, I recommend you do your homework. My Penang Residential Property Guide provides the most complete, unbiased evaluation of Penang properties. In addition, you can join the Penang Residential Properties Facebook Group to discuss Penang properties with others.
Thank you once again for visiting Penang Travel Tips. Have a great day ahead.
If you are planning to live in Penang, the first thing to know is this: rentals are low, prices are high. In other words, you can get very good places to stay at quite reasonable rentals. That's because there are more properties for rent than there are takers. However, if you are looking to buy, be prepared to pay some of the highest property prices in the country.
Among the states of Malaysia, property prices in Penang are in a class of its own. Prices per square foot on Penang Island is about the same as in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru, and substantially above other states in the country. Read the following guides before you make any buying decisions.
Penang is proud to be the cradle of two homegrown performing arts, Boria and Chingay. Chingay in particular is still kept very much alive with an annual tournament participated by Chingay troupes throughout Penang and neighbouring states.
Although it is one of the smallest states in Malaysia, Penang has one of the most colourful history, due in part to the open-door policy of Captain Francis Light, who invited peoples from all over to come over, settle and prosper:
Coming to live in Penang? Whether you're from a different state or a different country, there's information here to help you, whether you want to register a company, get workers, find work, or hire a maid for your house.
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Hello and welcome to my website, Penang Travel Tips, yay! As you would expect, the articles on this website don't write themselves. Well, they are all written by me, Timothy Tye, based on my research and exploration of Penang.
I created it to compile everything that I know about Penang and to share it all with you. I hope my website provides you the information you are looking for, and that you will enjoy browsing and reading it! If you found any errors, please let me know so that I can correct it. For all correspondences, click here to contact me. Thank you and have a nice day!
Rapid Penang Bus Routes: This very useful page provides you all the information to take the public bus to visit any place in Penang.
Arriving by plane: Essential information for independent travelers (those not following a tour package) on taking the bus or taxi upon arrival at Penang International Airport.
Taking the Taxi: Taxi stands can be found at all major shopping malls. You can also call a taxi by phone. Get the details here.
Personal Guided Tours of Penang: If you like a licensed tour guide to show you around, get in touch with me and I'll arrange it for you. The fee is RM90 per hour. Payment for the first two hours collected upon booking.
Hospitals in Penang: Penang is a major regional medical tourism destination. If you are planning to come here for therapy or treatment, find out about the various hospitals available.
Shopping malls of Penang: Penang has plenty of malls. Visitors often find that prices in Penang are often lower than back home. Get to know the malls in Penang.
Ernest Zacharevic George Town Murals: The murals by a young Lithuanian artist, created for the 2012 George Town Festivals, has become the biggest tourist attraction in Penang. Get information and a full list of the murals that everybody loves to photograph!