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Visit, Discover & Enjoy Penang, and Everywhere Else!

Hello and welcome to Penang Travel Tips, the guide to visit, discover and enjoy Penang, and my personal online encyclopedia of the world!

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My name is Timothy Tye, or simply Tim. Because of this website, people call me "Mr Penang." Penang Travel Tips is my own online encyclopedia of Penang and elsewhere else on earth. As of today, I have described and . This website has a Sight Directory of Penang listing 3430 Penang sights, a Business Directory of Penang listing 201 types of businesses in Penang, and a Street Directory listing 710 streets in Penang. And that's not all. Also within this website is an online, audio-enabled Penang Hokkien Dictionary with over 5,500 words.

This website and everything in it was created for one purpose: to satisfy my curiosity about the world around me, but it has since grown to become my personal encyclopedia

The information on this website goes back to 2003 and has been updated numerous times. As of 22 March, 2017, Penang Travel Tips has 20,018 pages and receives some 2,000,000 page views per month. It is often used as reference material not only by tourists but also by the locals, students, teachers, journalists, just about anybody seeking information about Penang and elsewhere.

 Finding your way in Penang Travel Tips

Penang Travel Tips is a very big website! Finding your way can be mind boggling, if you don't know your way. The most effective method to navigate this site is by using the Google Custom Search Box. It's on the top right-hand corner of every page. Just key in what you want to look for, and press search.

The Breadcrumb presents information by geographic hierarchy:

The Dropdown Menu offers a selection of categories that related to the page in question:

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 QD Codes for Mobile Users

If you're a smartphone user, use the following QR codes to transfer the links of the most important pages of this website from your computer to your smartphone.

Rapid Penang Bus Routes

Penang Hokkien Dictionary

 Penang Visitor Information

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

 Have you been?

Here a list of the most important tourist attractions of Penang, in alphabetical order. Have you visted them?

ESCAPE Adventureplay


Jurassic Research Center


Kek Lok Si Temple


Khoo Kongsi


Little Children On A Bicycle


Made In Penang Interactive Museum


Penang Hill


Rainbow Skywalk


Snake Temple


Wat Chaiyamangkalaram


Wonderfood Museum


 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
  6. 3-hour Walking Tour of George Town World Heritage Site

 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

 Getting to know Penang

Of the almost 20,000 pages on this website, some 7,000 is about Penang and just Penang. So, that's a lot about Penang to discover. Administratively, Penang State is divided into five main districts called the Northeast District (Daerah Timur Laut), Southwest District (Daerah Barat Daya), North Penang Mainland (Seberang Perai Utara), Central Penang Mainland (Seberang Perai Tengah) and South Penang Mainland (Seberang Perai Selatan). To help you find your way, I have grouped the places in Penang by the following major towns.

 Get to know Penang Island

All the information you wish to know about Penang can be found on this website - you just need to look for it. Over here, I list out information on the major townships on Penang Island.

George Town (GPS: 5.41921, 100.34404)
Air Itam (GPS: 5.40567, 100.28307)
Balik Pulau (GPS: 5.35067, 100.23478)
Batu Ferringhi (GPS: 5.47295, 100.24735)
Batu Maung (GPS: 5.28491, 100.2875)
Bayan Baru (GPS: 5.32621, 100.29225)
Gelugor (GPS: 5.38003, 100.30785)
Jelutong (GPS: 5.38951, 100.31298)
Paya Terubong (GPS: 5.37388, 100.2757)
Pulau Tikus (GPS: 5.43165, 100.31181)
Relau (GPS: 5.33012, 100.27698)
Sungai Ara (GPS: 5.32429, 100.27191)
Tanjong Tokong (GPS: 5.45127, 100.30556)
Tanjung Bungah (GPS: 5.46562, 100.28071)
Teluk Bahang (GPS: 5.45785, 100.21473)
Teluk Kumbar (GPS: 5.28807, 100.23206)

 Get to know Penang Mainland

There's more to Penang than just Penang Island. There's a whole area of Penang State that is even bigger. It's called Seberang Perai or Penang Mainland, and the main townships are described here.

Batu Kawan (GPS: 5.26481, 100.43598)
Bukit Mertajam (GPS: 5.36552, 100.46056)
Butterworth (GPS: 5.39552, 100.36688)
Kepala Batas (GPS: 5.51666, 100.42552)
Nibong Tebal (GPS: 5.17009, 100.47861)
Penaga (GPS: 5.52768, 100.38147)
Perai (GPS: 5.38778, 100.38162)
Simpang Ampat (GPS: 5.26481, 100.43598)
Sungai Bakap (GPS: 5.26481, 100.43598)
Tasek Gelugor (GPS: 5.5.48267, 100.49279)

Many of the streets and highways in Penang are also described, and the map below shows the ones which you can click on to get more details.

 Learn Penang Hokkien

Penangites are incredibly proud that we speak our own variant of Hokkien called Penang Hokkien. To ensure that our Penang Hokkien do not die away, we have enthusiastically put together our own online dictionary which (as of Feb 2017) has 5766 entries, with more added over time. Do visit the dictionary by clicking on the thumbnail below.

Penang Hokkien Dictionary

Want to learn Penang Hokkien? We have a free course to teach you the language, just go to Learn Penang Hokkien right here.

 Explore the States of Malaysia

There's more to Penang Travel Tips than just Penang. I have described the entire country. Select any state and start exploring!

Negeri Sembilan

 Federal Territories of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Labuan Putrajaya

 Cities of Malaysia

Alor Setar
George Town / Penang Island
Johor Bahru
Kota Kinabalu
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Terengganu
Malacca City
Petaling Jaya
Shah Alam

 Major Towns and Destinations of Malaysia

Cameron Highlands
Kota Bharu
Sungai Petani

 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.


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.


Top Tips on Penang

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


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
  14. Choosing Hotels 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, Convention Centres, 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. LinkBike bicycle rental
  3. Renting a car
  4. 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.

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.

Blogging Tips from Penang Travel Tips

From the time I started this site until now, it has grown to become one of the biggest travel sites in the country. I have also become better known in the blogging circles. I am giving back by offering some blogging tips specially to my fellow bloggers out there.

Blogging Tips from Penang Travel Tips


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