Making it Solo to Penang? Here’s Your Best Guide

  Traveling solo in Penang Island is more than just finding the best Penang hotel deals available. For individual backpackers, it’s also about finding a safe accommodation and being careful. Drawing on personal experience, here are the ultimate tips you should know if you want to stay safe before going to visit Penang on your own.             In terms of accommodation, it is most preferable to live in the city centre of Georgetown, as this is where most activities are held. The town is compact enough for the roads filled with shops and food stalls to be short to and from your location.   If you plan to live in the more remote areas such as Batu Ferringhi, famous because of the beach, it is better to choose a TripAdvisor trusted dormitory guesthouse. Dorms in Penang are known to be filled with backpackers just like you: it will be easier for you to make friends on the way.             Wake up early and go back to your hostel/hotel early: the most reliable mode of transportation, ‘rapidPenang’ buses, closes at around 11 p.m. to 12 a.m., depending on the area. You would not want to take any risks.   Most guesthouses will provide wifi and maps of the island. But just in case, on your arrival buy a SIM card and a data package. At your guesthouse, feel free to give your number to the hosts or the other backpackers with whom you built a friendship and get theirs, in case of emergency.   In fact, seeking advice on where...

A Guide to Wanderlust-Worthy Travel Photos from Penang

  The state of Penang is a very popular destination for tourists who also happen to be shutter bugs. The region offers a lot of picturesque locations that both amateur and professional travel photographers will surely appreciate. From its beaches to its imposing historical landmarks, Penang is every traveler’s dream.   What’s fascinating about the region is the fusion of eastern and western cultures. It has embraced modernity without losing its heritage and cultural traditions. This makes the region the perfect place to shoot wanderlust-worthy travel photos.   Here’s a quick rundown of some of the best places in Penang to shoot photos:               1) The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Built before the end of the 19th century, this building is a well-known landmark in George Town. Its distinct indigo-blue walls and unique interior architecture makes it a great photo subject.              2) The beaches located at Teluk Bahang, Batu Ferringhi, and Tanjung Bungah   Penang is home to long stretches of beaches, some of which are surrounded by lush vegetation and are in front of blue, sparkling sea water.             3) Luxury hotels   If you want to capture the region’s luxurious lifestyle, you should book a hotel in Penang with private pool. A perfect hotel to book would be the Lexus Suites Penang. This five -star hotel has a private pool and steam room in every room.             4) Gurney Drive Penang is touted as the food capital of Malaysia so this hawker food center is...

A Luxurious Holiday Travel Your Girlfriend Would Absolutely Love

    Penang is one of the world’s top exotic and luxurious travel destinations, due to the island’s picturesque surroundings and the many indulging resorts and hotels offering attentive service and 5-star pampering. If you consider visiting Penang with your girlfriend, plan a luxurious holiday travel she would absolutely love. We show you how:           Take advantage of special occasions   Certain luxury hotels and airlines offer an upgrade with discounts for holidaymakers celebrating a special occasion. Take advantage of this when you’re going on your honeymoon, birthday or anniversary. Find out which airline company or hotel chain that offers such discounts. Additionally, you can do some research on travel specialist websites. Often these websites offer luxury packages for couples.           Arrange for a limo to pick you up at the airport   Some hotels offer a limo pickup to and from the airport. You can arrange for one and also ask them to provide special drinks and snacks, like a bottle of champagne and gourmet snacks for some luxurious touch. If your hotel doesn’t provide a limo service, you can arrange for one with a limo rental company in Penang, like Zarika or Metro Limo. The Penang International Airport also provides its own limo service. If you’re renting a high-class limo, the price ranges between RM300 to RM600 per trip.           Arrange for a special ‘welcome’ treat upon arrival at the hotel   Most hotels provide a special welcome treat for guests upon arrival as per request. You can arrange for one in any way that...