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Hello and welcome to Penang Travel Tips, the guide to visit, discover and enjoy Penang, and everywhere else in the world!

My name is Timothy Tye, also known simply as Tim. Because of this website, many people call me "Mr Penang"! Penang Travel Tips is a treasure trove with information on 3277 Penang sights, 694 Penang streets and 201 types of businesses in Penang, and that's just scratching the surface.

I created Penang Travel Tips to satisfy my own curiosity about the places around me. Since then, but it has grown to become my own online encyclopedia, not just about Penang, but the whole wide world. You can also find travel tips on Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Labuan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor and Terengganu. And not just about George Town, but also about Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor Bahru, Alor Setar, Kota Bharu, Seremban, Kuantan, Ipoh, Kangar, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Shah Alam and Kuala Terengganu. And I've described not just places in Malaysia, but also Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Philippines, China, Taiwan, Japan, and everywhere else in the world. Penang Travel Tips is no longer the travel tips on Penang, it is the Made In Penang travel tips!

My main purpose is to provide you information you can use, to explore and visit places on your own. For that reason, I make extensive use of maps as well as GPS coordinates, so clearly guide you to all the sights I describe. Almost all photos carry a date caption, so you can see how a place looked like on that particular date.

Finding your way

This website is BIG! As of 6 October 2016, it has over 14,668 pages (according to XML-Sitemaps), and received some 2 million pageviews per month (according to Google Analytics). I provide various means for you to navigate, but I find the most effective is to use the "Google Custom Search" box on the top right hand corner of every page. A mock up of the search box is shown below. Just key in what you want to look for, then press "Search", and a list of results will be served to you. It's easy and fast!

The pages in this website dates back to 2003. From 2003 to 2008, they were part of my website called AsiaExplorers. Between 2007 and 2013, the number of my websites began to grow, as I fragmented the content into individual sites, at one point totalling 70+ websites. One of them is this one, Penang Travel Tips, which I started in 2008. Then, from 2013 until present day, I began a re-consolidation process, regrouping all the contents back into one website. a process that is still on-going as we speak.

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There's more to Penang Travel Tips than just Penang. I have travelled thousands of kilometers throughout Malaysia to document the sights in every state, providing you suggestions of places to visit, with maps and GPS coordinates. Click photo below to enter!

Experiencing the hotels in Malaysia

As the author of one of Malaysia's biggest travel information website, I often get the privilege of complimentary stays at various hotels in the country. I do acknowledge that we often get special treatment from the hotels, so our hotel experience will never be fully reflective of an ordinary guest's experience. Nevertheless, if a hotel is capable of providing us outstanding hospitality, it means it is also capable of extending that outstanding hospitality to ordinary guests.

My Hospitality Partners

My Hospitality Partners are hotels that have maintained a relationship with this website. They are the ones that I know better than other hotels, for I have stayed and reviewed their rooms and facilities. So if you were to ask me which are the hotels I know best, these are the ones. Each time this page is loaded, a different hotel will appear. Just refresh the page and a different hotel may appear. Click the photo to continue to the hotel page.

The Outstanding Hotel Restaurants of Penang

Behind every successful hotel restaurant in Penang is a team of people who are passionate over their culinary art. Let me introduce you to some of the best hotel restaurants in Penang, and the people who create food that put Penang on the map as an international food destination.

Made in Penang about the whole wide world!

Penang Travel Tips is not just a website on Penang. It is rather the Made In Penang website. If you are travelling elsewhere, I have travel information for you covering other cities too, including Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Johor Bahru, Ipoh, Alor Setar, Taiping, and more. Major tourist destinations are covered too, like Langkawi and Cameron Highlands. So are all the states in Malaysia - Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor and Terengganu. And also Singapore too!

Top Tips on Penang

Penang Accommodation Tips for the Busy Traveler


GPS Coordinates of Major Penang Hotels


Guide to Good Penang Street Food


The Complete Rapid Penang Bus Guide


Tips for Taking the Taxi


A Comprehensive Guide to Penang Street Art


Penang Travel Privilege Card


Information for Visitors Arriving by Plane


Google Street View in Malaysia


Everything about Penang

Information for selecting a hotel in Penang

  1. Penang Hotels with Online Booking
  2. Which Penang Hotel to Choose
  3. Choosing a Batu Ferringhi Beach Hotel
  4. Recommended Hotels for Business Travellers to Penang
  5. Luxurious Boutique Hotels of George Town
  6. 3-Star Hotels in Penang
  7. About Penang Hotels
  8. My Penang Hotel Stays
  9. Budget Accommodation in Penang
  10. Hostels in Penang
  11. Penang Budget Hotel Review
  12. Renting Penang Apartments for Short-Term Stays
  13. Guest Houses in Penang
  14. Homestays in Penang

Categories of eateries in Penang

Bistros, Chicken Rice Shops, Chinese Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Dessert outlets, Dim Sum Restaurants, Food Courts, Hawker Centres, Hawker Stalls, Indian Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Japanese Restaurants, Malay Restaurants, Nasi Kandar Restaurants, Restaurants, Restaurant Chains, Roadside Hawkers, Seafood Restaurants, Steamboat Restaurants, Thai Restaurants and Vegetarian Restaurants.

Information on Penang Food

  1. Penang Food Directory
  2. Penang Nyonya Dishes
  3. Penang Nyonya Kuih
  4. List of Penang Nyonya Sweet Broths
  5. List of Penang Nyonya Chinese New Year Cookies
  6. List of Ingredients for Penang Nyonya Cooking
  7. Penang Food Authors & Teachers

Categories of sights in Penang

If you operate a business with an address in Malaysia, submit this form to have your business listed in my directory. Listing is free of charge.

7-Eleven Stores, Accounting Firms, Acupuncture Centres, Advertisement Billboard Makers, AEON Malls, Aid Organisations, Air-Conditioner Sellers & Repairers, Alternative Medicine Centres, Anakku Stores, Antiques, Apartments, Aquariums, Architects, Army Camps, Art Centres, Art Galleries, Associations, Auditoriums, Auto Gates, Auto Repair Shops, Auto Service Centres, Auto Spray Painting Shops, Baba Nyonya, Baby Products, Bakeries, Baking Supplies, Banks, Barbers, Bathroom Fixtures, Batik, Beaches, Beauty Parlours, Bee Cheng Hiang Barbecued Meat, Bicycles, Blood Test Labs, Books, Book Stores, Boutiques, Brassware, Bridal Houses, Bridges, Buddhist Temples, Bus Terminals, Butchers, Cameras, Car Accessories, Car Air-Conditioners, Car Parks, Car Rentals, Car Repairs, Car Showrooms, Car Wash, Carpets, Caterers, Cemeteries, Child-Care Centres, Chinese Medical Halls, Chinese Physicians, Chinese Prayer Articles, Chinese Temples, Chinese Wedding Masters of Ceremony, Chiropractors, Churches, Clan Associations, Clan Temples, Cleaning Services, Clinics, Clocks, Clock Towers, Coins, Colleges, Commercial Properties, Computer Hardware, Computer Repair, Condominiums, Confinement Centres, Construction Companies, Construction Material, Consulates, Consultancy Firms, Contractors, Cooking Gas, Cosway Sales Centres, Crockery Dealers, Curtains, Dance Studios, DAP Service Centres, Dental Clinics, Department Stores, Design Agencies, Developers, Dialysis Centres, DIGI Stores, Driving Schools, Econsave Super/Hypermarkets, Electrical Appliances, Electricians, Emcees (Masters of Ceremony), Equipment Suppliers, Event Management, Express Bus Companies, Expressways, Exterminators, Factories, Fashion Accessories, Financial Institutions, Fire Stations, Fitness Centres, Flats, Flea Markets, Flooring, Florists, Flyer Distributors, Food Deliverers, Foot Reflexology, Forest Parks, Forts, Fountains, Framing, Freight Forwarders, Funeral Parlours, Furniture, Garden Centres, Georgetown Pharmacy outlets, Giant Super/Hypermarkets, Gift Shops, Golf Courses, Government Buildings, Government Departments, Government Quarters, Graves, Green Building Consultants, Guardian Pharmacy outlets, Gurdwaras, Gyms, Hair-Dressing Salons, Handicrafts, Happy Mart outlets, Hardware Stores, Heavy Machineries, Heritage Sites, Hindu Temples, Historic Buildings, Home Furnishing, Hospitals, Housing Estates, Hypermarkets, Indian Fashion Accessories, Industrial Parks, Infrastructures, Insurance, Interior Decorators, International Schools, Internet Cafes, Internet Service Providers, Islands, IT Solutions, Jetties, Jewellery, Keadilan Service Centres, Kindergartens, Kitchens, Kitchen Utensils, Klinik Kesihatan (Government Clinics), Laundrettes, Law Firms, Learning Centres, Libraries, Lighthouses, Lighting, Liquor, Localities, Locksmiths, Low-Cost Flats, Luggage Bags, Luggage Repair, Maid Agencies, Manicurists, Markets, Massage Centres, Massage by the Blind, Mausoleums, Maxis Customer Centres, Medical Labs, Medical Specialists, Medicated Tea Stalls, Metal Works, Mini Markets, Mobile Motorcycle Mechanics, Mobile Phone Shops, Modern Buildings, Money Changers, Monuments, Moral Uplifting Societies, Mosques, Motorcycles, Motorcycle Repair, Moving Companies, Multi-Purpose Halls, Multimedia, Museums, Music Schools, Musical Instruments, Nature Sites, Neighbourhoods, Newsagents, Newspapers, Night Markets, Novelties, Nurseries, Nursing Homes, Nutritional Products, Odd Job Workers, Office Equipment, Old Folks Homes, Opticians, Organic Food, Organisations, Palaces, Pawn Shops, Parks, Pedestrian Bridges, Pedestrian Malls, Penang Assemblies, Pet Grooming, Pet Shops, Petrol Stations, Pharmacies, Photo Studios, Photocopiers, Plant Nurseries, Plastic Surgeons, Playing Fields, Plumbers, Police Stations, Post Offices, Precision Instruments, Print Shops, Private Colleges, Public Health Clinics, Public Services Departments, Public Toilets, Railway Stations, Rattan, Real Estate Agencies, Recreation Clubs, Recruitment Agencies, Recycling Centres, Refrigerator Repair, Residential Properties, Rivers, Roof Repair, Roundabouts, Rubber Stamp Makers, Schools, Scrap Metal Traders, Security Services, Self-Development Centres, Serviced Apartments, Shoe Stores, Shops, Shopping Malls, Singer Stores, Skin Specialists, Spas, Skyscrapers, Specialty Stores, Sports Goods, Stadiums, Stationeries, Stock Brokers, Supermarkets, Suraus, Swimming Pools, Tailors, Tea Shops, Temples, Tesco Stores, Textiles, Tiles, Titbits, TM Point outlets, Tourist Attractions, Tourist Products, Towns, Toy Shops, Tua Pek Kong Temples, Trainers, Transport Companies, Travel Agencies, Traveller Knickknacks, Tuition Centres, Tyre, Undertakers, Universities, Used Car Dealers, Veterinary Clinics, Villages, Washing Machine Repair, Waterfalls, Waterfront Promenades, Wats (Thai Buddhist Temples), Watsons outlets, Web Design, Wedding Bands, Wedding Banquet Venues, Wedding Photographers, Wholesalers, and World War II Fortifications.

Planning your trip to Penang

  1. Planning Your Vacation to Penang as an Independent Traveller
  2. Entry Requirements to Malaysia
  3. Customs Prohibited Items (Do not bring to Penang!)
  4. Do You Need a Vaccination for Visiting Penang

Introducing Penang

  1. About Penang
  2. Penang State Assembly
  3. Penang State Anthem
  4. Greater Penang / Penang Megalopolis Area
  5. Geography of Penang
  6. History of Penang
  7. Weather of Penang
  8. Consulates in Penang
  9. Architecture of Penang
  10. Constitution of Malaysia

Information for arriving in Penang

  1. Penang Visitor FAQ
  2. Arriving in Penang by Plane
  3. Penang International Airport
  4. Arriving in Penang by Car
  5. Driving from mainland to George Town
  6. Taking the Bus from Penang Airport
  7. Arriving in Penang by Bus
  8. Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal
  9. Arriving in Penang by Ferry
  10. Arriving in Penang by Cruise Ship
  11. Arriving in Penang by Train
  12. Railway Stations in Penang

Exploring Penang

  1. Exploring Penang without a tour guide
  2. Exploring Penang with a personal tour guide
  3. Tour Around Penang Island
  4. Best of Penang in Two Days
  5. Penang on a Shoestring

Going on Foot in George Town

  1. Free George Town Walking Tours
  2. Guided Walking Tours of George Town
  3. Exploring George Town at night
  4. Pedestrian Bridges
  5. George Town Directional Signs

Places to get Tourist Brochures in Penang

  1. Tourist Information Centre
  2. George Town World Heritage Inc

Taking the Bus in Penang

  1. Rapid Penang Bus Routes
    Full details on which bus to take, where it goes, etc.
  2. CAT (Free City Area Transit Bus)
  3. Pulau Tikus Free Shuttle Bus
  4. BEST Free Shuttle Bus
  5. Rapid Penang Terminals
  6. Weld Quay Ferry & Bus Terminal (Jetty)
  7. Komtar Bus Terminal
  8. Balik Pulau Bus Terminal
  9. Teluk Bahang Bus Terminal

Other Public Transport in Penang

  1. Taking the taxi
  2. Renting a car
  3. Penang Hill Funicular Train

Driving in Penang

  1. Petrol Stations on Penang Island
  2. Penang Island Parking Coupon System
  3. Parking Coupon Outlets (PDF)
  4. Car Parks in George Town
  5. Penang Road Transport Department
  6. Getting a Driving Licence in Penang
  7. Driving Instructors & Driving Schools in Penang
  8. Traffic Jam Prone Spots on Penang Island
  9. Parking in George Town
  10. Clamping Zones in George Town

Cycling in Penang

  1. Cycling in Penang
  2. Penang Bike Share (coming)

Postal Services in Penang

  1. Postal Services
  2. Post Offices in Penang

Vital Contacts in Penang

  1. Useful phone numbers in Penang
  2. Transportation Contacts
  3. Social Services
  4. Aid Organisations
  5. Police Contact Information
  6. Pasukan Keselamatan Sukarela Pulau Pinang (PKSPP)
  7. Penang Municipal Councillors

Activities in Penang

Do not know what to do during your spare time? In Penang, there's lots of opportunity for recreation. The following is just a sample of activities that you can join while you're here!

  1. Latin Dancing
  2. Salsa & Social Dancing
  3. Dragon Boat Rowing
  4. Golfing
  5. Hiking
  6. Horseback Riding
  7. Karate & Judo
  8. Line Dancing
  9. Photography Clubs
  10. Swimming Lessons

Performing Arts of Penang

  1. Auditoriums
  2. Chingay
  3. Sbaek Thom
  4. Teochew Puppet Play

Culture of Penang

  1. Are you a Penang Baba Nyonya?
  2. Uncovering the history of the Peranakan
  3. Cultural Celebrations of Penang
  4. Arrivals of the Chinese in the Malay peninsula

The People of Penang

  1. Penang's Who's Who
  2. People of Penang
  3. Identity of the Penang Chinese People
  4. Famous People of Penang
  5. Outstanding Penangites
  6. Penang Hokkien People
  7. Penang Cantonese People
  8. Penang Hakka People
  9. Penang Teochew People
  10. Malays of Penang
  11. Acheenese of Penang
  12. Tamils of Penang
  13. Punjabis of Penang
  14. Eurasians of Penang

Get to know Penang Hokkien

  1. All Resources on Penang Hokkien
  2. About Penang Hokkien
  3. Penang Hokkien Dictionary
  4. Penang Hokkien Made Easy
  5. Penang Hokkien Lessons
  6. Learn to read Penang Hokkien using Taiji Romanisation
  7. Penang Hokkien Rhymes
  8. Easy Penang Hokkien for Beginners
  9. Penang Hokkien Spelling & Pronunciation
  10. Penang Hokkien Vocabulary
  11. Penang Hokkien Grammar
  12. Penang Hokkien Phrases
  13. 50 Important Words in Penang Hokkien
  14. Reading material in Penang Hokkien
  15. Penang Hokkien Culture and History

Travelling outside Penang

Just so you know, Penang Travel Tips is no longer just about Penang. I am in the process of beefing up information on all the major cities in Malaysia as well, to give you a one-stop location for all place information of the country.

Categories of sights in Kuala Lumpur

Accounting Firms, Acupuncture Centres, Administrative Divisions, Advertising Agencies, AEON Malls, Aid Organisations, Air Conditioner Repair, Antiques, Apartments, Art Galleries, Assemblies, Auditoriums, Auto Gates, Auto Repair, Auto Spray Painting, Baby Products, Bakeries, Baking Supplies, Brethren Assemblies, Bridges, Buddhist Temples, Bus Terminals, Car Parks, Car Showrooms, Cemeteries, Child Care Centres, Chinese Restaurants, Chinese Temples, Churches, Clan Associations, Clinics, Clock Towers, Coffee Shops, Colleges, Commercial Properties, Condominiums, Convention Centres, Demolished Buildings, Dental Clinics, Department Stores, Development Projects, Dialysis Centres, Embassies, Entertainers, Event Management Companies, Eye Specialists, Fire Stations, Flats, Florists, Food Courts, Forest Parks, Fountains, Furniture Shops, Giant Hypermarkets, Golf Courses, Government Buildings, Graves, Gurdwaras, Handicraft Centres, High-Rise Buildings, Hindu Temples, Historic Buildings, Hospitals, Hotels, Housing Estates, Hypermarkets, Important Buildings, Indian Restaurants, International Schools, Jewellery Shops, KFC outlets, Libraries, Localities, LRT Stations, Malay Restaurants, Markets, Mass Transit, Mausoleums, , Mini Markets, Modern Buildings, Monorail Stations, Monuments, Mosques, MRT Stations, museums, Musical Instruments, Nasi Kandar Restaurants, Neighbourhoods, Night Clubs, Organisations, Pakistani Restaurants, Palaces, Parks, Pedestrian Malls, Playing Fields, Police Stations, Post Offices, Print Shops, Properties, Restaurants, Rivers, Roundabouts, Schools, Seafood Restaurants, Second-Hand Car Dealers, Shopping Malls, Skyscrapers, Souvenir Shops, Specialty Shops, Stadiums, Stationery Shops, Street Art, Streets, Supermarkets, Suraus, Thai Restaurants, Tourist Attractions, Train Stations, Trains, Universities, Utility Plants, Villages and Waterfalls.

Going for a domestic holiday>

I am presently beefing up the details on Cameron Highlands.

Category of sights in Cameron Highlands

TOWNS, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS, STREETS, Apartments, Banks, Bee Farms, Cemeteries, Chinese Temples, Churches, Clan Associations, Clinics, Flower Farms, Government Buildings, Hawker Centres, Hotels, Housing Estates, Markets, Mini Markets, Mosques, Museums, Petrol Stations, Rest Houses, Restaurants, Rivers, Schools, Shops, Shopping Malls, Strawberry Farms, Tea Plantations and Villages.

Going outside the country?

My mission is to describe as many countries of the world as possible. To start off, there's the travel information for Singapore.

Categories of sights in Singapore

Apartments, Art Galleries, Bridges, Chinese Temples, Churches, Commercial Properties, Districts, Expressways, Ferry Terminals, Government Buildings, Hindu Temples, Hotels, Islands, Modern Architecture, Monuments, Mosques, MRT Lines, MRT Stations, Museums, Parks, Places, Shopping Malls, Skyscrapers, Streets, Synagogues, Vehicular Tunnels and Waterways.

Updates on the Penang Travel Tips Homepage

7 May 2016
After years of aligning the homepage in two columns, I decided to simplify the homepage to just one column, and make the information much easier for readers to find.

Operating a business in Penang? Add your business to this website for free !

If you operate a business or shop in Penang, let more people know about you by adding your business to this website. All you need to do is to send me an email about your business, stating where exactly it is located, its address, phone number, business hours, and if possible, attached a few large-size photographs of your shop, the outside and the inside, and send to me at penangtraveltips at gmail dot com. When I have put up your information into my directory, I will send an email back to inform you. I reserve the right not to include any business I don't find appropriate for my website, but anything that I add to my directory is done free of charge.

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The Travel Tips Made In Penang

Hello and welcome to Penang Travel Tips! My name is and I'm the author of this website - yay! I created this website to satisfy my curiosity about the world around me, and to catalog my body of knowledge. Since then, it has grown to become my own online travel encyclopedia.

It all started with describing Penang and everything in it. Since then, I have expanded this website to cover all the major cities in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Johor Bahru, Ipoh, Alor Setar, every state in Malaysia, every state capital in Malaysia, and I am working to describe every country in Asia, and eventually the rest of the world!

As a Christian, I hope that through this website, I can bring God's Good News to every corner of the world and pass it to every person who needs.

To get in touch with me, simply submit the contact form. Thanks for visiting!

Visiting Penang? Consider a "Friend of Penang Travel Tips" hotel !

The Friends of Penang Travel Tips Hotels are hotels that maintain a close working relationship with this website. So, I know these hotels better than the rest in Penang. If you're looking for a hotel room in Penang, you do well to consider them.

Mainstream Hotels with 100 guestrooms and above: Cititel Express, Cititel Hotel Penang, Copthorne Orchid Hotel, Hotel Equatorial Penang, Olive Tree Hotel, Parkroyal Penang Resort, Sunway Hotel Georgetown and The Wembley.
Small Hotels with less than 100 guestrooms: Le Dream Boutique Hotel, Spices Boutique Residence, Sweet Cili Hotel
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I try my best to provide you the latest and most accurate information. However, please bear in mind that details change all the time, often before I have the chance to update them. Therefore, I would always encourage you to phone in and re-verify the information. I do apologize if the information I provide to you turns out to be inaccurate or outdated, and I would be most grateful if you would could help to update me should you discover the right information. Your feedback helps other users.

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