The Other Side of Penang: Arts, Food, Penang Hill and Beach

By ajourneywithme | Aug 25, 2020
Asia > Malaysia > Penang > George Town

From my previous trip tip the Historical Sites of Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, I introduced the famous landmarks included in the UNESCO World Heritage site. In this article, I’d introduce the other side of Penang. What is Penang known for? They have their street arts, the best of Penang’s food, the highest point which is Penang Hill and the different beaches.

Arts in Penang

When I arrived in Penang, the tour guide I met told me about the street arts of Penang. Aside from the historical sites in Georgetown, street art is one of the main attractions that you shouldn’t miss in Georgetown. In Lebuh Acheh Street I decided to take a rest from walking, I saw the “Boy on Chair” street art in a wall of the restaurant. I went inside the Busy Bodhi Café to eat. After 30 minutes, I decided to check the street art and the marking Georgetown near the area.

Kids on Bicycle

Kids on Bicycle

But since I was already exhausted because of walking from checking out the historical sites, I only saw a few street arts. Most of the street arts are concentrated in Lebuh Armenian.
Along Lebuh Armenian, I saw the Lion Dance, Cultural Girls, Magic, and Kids on Bicycle. For the Welded Iron walls, I saw Cannon Hole and Too Narrow.

Hop-on Hop-off

I tried the Hop-on Hop-off in Penang. It is a double-decker tour bus throughout Penang Island that has a CITY and BEACH routes. When I visited Penang, the Hop-on Hop-off had a different tour from the existing Hop-on-Hop-off tour.

I waited at the Time Square and availed the 24-hour ticket since my hotel was near the area. Since I already had my walking tour in Georgetown, I decided to tour it by bus and to see the different places from the top. But the main reason I went for this tour was going to Penang Hill and to tour the beaches.

Penang Hill

Penang Hill is the oldest British hill station in Southeast Asian in the late 1700s. The highest peak stands at 833 meters above sea level. The funicular service started in October 2013 and the existing train is the 4th generation system started in April of 2011. The Penang Hill funicular tunnel is 79 meters long and 3 meters wide with the steepness of 27.9 deg. It is the steepest tunnel track in the world.

Penang Hill

Penang Hill

Penang Hill offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city. At the summit, there is a flower garden, a mini bird park, an owl museum, bungalows, guesthouses, the famous love-lock area, an old train, different restaurants, and the historical Bellevue Hotel. The ride going to the summit is every 15 minutes.

I had a drink at the highest restaurant in Penang called David’s Brown Restaurant and Tea Terraces. I also went to the temple in the summit called Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan.
Penang Hill is also a good place to witness the sunrise and sunset. It is a nice spot during the night to see the Penang night lights.
Going down, I alighted the bus and traveled again the City tour of the hop-on and hop off. I had a look at Kek Lok Si from afar, the State Mosque on the right side. I changed the bus at Gurney Drive and transfer to the Beach route bus.

From the bus ride, I saw Strait Quays, Masjid Terapung, Miami Beach, the gates going to the National Park and the Tamban Rimba where the Teluk Bahang Dam and Teluk Bahang Forest Reserve were located.

Teluk Bahang Fishing Village

I went down to Tropical Spice to eat at the local stalls and to enjoy the white sand beach around the area. It was also called Teluk Bahang Fishing Village. At the end of the white sand bar was the rock formation overlooking Batu Ferringhi. From the Tropical Spice, I went to Hard Rock Café to check the store and went to Batu Ferringhi afterward.

Teluk Bahang Fishing Village

Teluk Bahang Fishing Village

Batu Ferringhi

Batu Ferringhi is the most popular beach area because of its winding stretch of the sandbar. Water sports are available in the area like parasailing, swimming, or just laying in the sands. The tourists enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Batu Ferringhi

Batu Ferringhi

There are so many different restaurants in the area and there’s also a night bazaar. Batu Ferringhi also has hotels and resorts overlooking the beachfront.
I went back to the bus and we dropped off at Gurney Drive.

Food in Penang

I traveled to Penang island because I was curious about their cuisine. Penang is known as the food capital of Malaysia and I wanted to try their food. Here are some places I'd been to while in Penang for 3 days.

Gurney Drive Hawkers Center

Where else to find the different Penang specialties? I needed to see the hawker's food stalls in the famous Gurney Drive. Gurney Drive is the last stop from the Hop-on Hop-Off and since it was already past 8 in the evening when I arrived there, I was already hungry.

Gurney Drive Hawker Center

Gurney Drive Hawker Center

There are so many hawkers to choose from in Gurney. While looking at the different stalls, I settled with the Char Koay Teow and skewers.

Esplanade Park Food Court

This is a food court in the famous landmark called Esplanade. One of the famous food stalls offers mee rebus, mee Goreng.

Lorong Baru Street Stalls

Near Time Square I saw a street called Lorong Baru. It has famous restaurants and street food stalls. One of the famous food that they are selling is chicken rice. It includes rice and a special sauce for the chicken.

Street Food Stall

Street Food Stall

Busy Bodsi Café

The café specializes in coffee and fruit shakes. You will not miss this café because right before the entrance is The Boy on the Chair street art. It is located in Lebuh Aceh. They also serve their authentic coconut ice cream. They also serve fusion snacks, pastries, and all-day breakfast.

Soul Café

Is a fusion Italian restaurant. They serve different authentic Italian pasta menus and some delicious pasta with a touch of Malaysian cuisine. They also specialize in healthy fruit shakes and juices and mouth-watering gelato.

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Written by ajourneywithme
Hi, I am Kei, a freelance writer and a scientist. I am a bacon addict, a beach bum and love the moon, stars, catching the sunrise, and chasing sunsets. I love my country so much and have been to 50 different provinces in the Philippines. I am also currently exploring Asian countries and USA and hopes of conquering the rest of the world.

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