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Hello and welcome to Penang Travel Tips, the guide to visit, discover and enjoy Penang, and my personal online encyclopedia of 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 3297 Penang sights, 696 Penang streets and 201 types of businesses in Penang, and that's just scratching the surface. As of 1 December, 2016, this website has 19,520 pages with my own description of the whole world.

I created Penang Travel Tips to satisfy my curiosity about the world around me. Although I started this website to describe Penang, it has since grown to become my own online encyclopedia that describes not only Penang, but the whole wide world. But the purpose remains the same: to discover and share the knowledge with anybody who might need it.

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But First Thing First ... !

If you arrived on this website because you are planning a trip to Penang, you've arrived at the right place. Here's the information you would need to start planning your visit to 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

Whether you plan to explore Penang on your own, by taking public transport, or rented car, or even walk about the city, the information is here. Also, if you are planning to engage a tour guide to show you around, the information is also here.

  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

George Town - the inner city anyway - is a very walkable place, especially during the weekends. It is possible to explore and discover George Town on foot, or you may also hire a bicycle or tricycle and ride around.

  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

What's up this Christmas 2016?

If you are planning to enjoy a buffet in the upcoming holidays, there's buffets by Olive Tree Hotel on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year Eve and New Year Day. When booking the buffet, be sure to mention that you heard about it from Penang Travel Tips, for all bookings received from this website is entitled to an exclusive gift. To book, contact Olive Tree Hotel at +604 637 7856. Details of the buffet as shown below. My wife and I visited the hotel to preview the buffet, see the write up and photos here.



2 November, 2016
My wife and I were guests of Cititel Penang to enjoy their Chef's Signature Buffet. Let you more right here.

Chef's Signature BuffetChef's Signature Buffet, Cititel Penang (8 September, 2016)

The Whole Wide World at Your Fingertips!

This website covers not just Penang, and not just Malaysia. I have described the entire world, and the information is shared here to you. Feel free to make use of my expanding body of knowledge. Pages are being updated on a regular basis.




Our Special Feature this week is Design Village, the first outlet mall in Penang. It opens to the public on Wednesday, 23 November, 2016. Details here.

Design Village Outlet Mall, Bandar CassiaDesign Village Outlet Mall, Bandar Cassia (26 November, 2016)

Finding your way

Penang Travel Tips is BIG! The fastest, most effective way to find the information you need on this website is to use the "Google Custom Search Box". It looks like this (below), and is found on the top of every page.

What's cooking ...

Tim & Chooi Yoke's Home Cooking

My wife and I are much into homecooked food, and we would like to share with you our joy of Home Cooking.

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Exploring Malaysia

Let me take you beyond Penang to explore the rest of Malaysia. Pick a state and start exploring!

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

GPS Coordinates of Major Penang Hotels


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Guide to Good Penang Street Food


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The Complete Rapid Penang Bus Guide


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Tips for Taking the Taxi


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A Comprehensive Guide to Penang Street Art


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Penang Travel Privilege Card


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Information for Visitors Arriving by Plane


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Google Street View in Malaysia


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Everything about Penang



Information for selecting a hotel in Penang

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

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.

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.
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