4 Reasons Why Penang is Your Dream Honeymoon Destination

  Penang is a state consisting of an island and a mainland. It is famous in Malaysia for its mouth-watering traditional dishes and its historical attractions. As such, many people flock there for holidays.   For those who are planning to get married, or are newly married, Penang is an ideal honeymoon destination, and here’s why:             It Has The Best Food Penang was named the top destination for foodies in 2014, and CNN even named some of its dishes as the top 10 must-try meals in the world. Some of the dishes that you can’t afford to miss are Char Kuey Teow, Nasi Kandar, Kuey Teow T’hng, Laksa and so much more. You don’t have to chase after the ‘best’ places to eat, as most of the food outlets and food courts you visit have a very high quality of food. So, be adventurous and you’ll discover a plethora of great dishes to sample.             There Are Many Historical Destinations Georgetown is a hub of colonial buildings that have survived from the time Penang was a British colony. Some of these buildings can be seen near Fort Cornwallis and St George’s Church. You’ll always want to visit the Penang Museum and Art Gallery to learn about Penang’s past. A walk around the older parts of Georgetown will reveal many pre-war shop houses, and some local historical sites like the Kapitan Keling mosque and the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion.             Contemporary Attractions Are Plentiful While walking around the old shop houses in Georgetown, look...

The Essential Foodie’s Guide for the Best Food Trip in Penang

  Penang is a destination that keeps on giving – delicious street food-wise, that is. There are many culinary gems in Southeast Asia, but Penang continues to stand out with the variety of local delights that please any palates. If you’re an ultimate foodie with Penang on your bucket list, let us guide you through street side favorites that every foodie should know about.             Asam Laksa Forget the other versions of asam laksa you’ve sampled elsewhere, because Penang is where this heartwarming dish originates. Unlike any other, every bowl of asam laksa comes with a bed of vermicelli rice noodles, served with spicy and sour mackerel broth. Other sidekicks such as lemongrass, tamarind, and shrimp paste are the ultimate trio that adds life to this delightful noodle soup. Try here: Ayer Itam Asam Laksa (Jalan Pasar, Air Itam), and Joo Hooi Café (Jalan Penang, George Town)             Char Kuay Teow It’s a shame to round up your Penang food trip without tasting the iconic char kuay teow. It is the everyday comfort food of Penangites from all walks of life, and these stir-fried rice noodles are made to impress. Listen to the clanging sounds of the spatula, and watch the cook sprinkle a dash of Chinese chives, bean sprouts, prawns, cockles, eggs, and soy sauce onto the stir-fried noodles. This local delight is best enjoyed with spicy belacan on the side. Try here: Lorong Selamat Char Kuay Teow (Lorong Selamat, George Town), and Siam Road Char Kuay Teow (Jalan Siam, George Town)            ...

Malaysia’s Top Destinations – 5 Best And Most Visited Places In Penang

  Penang is full of life, as the place boasts a wide range of interesting locations and vast attractions that bring thousand visitors year round, globally. In fact, the island is among the most famous and top tourist destinations around the world. Despite all the sweeping sightseeing areas, many people also find the weather and ambiance here quite rich and fairly impressive. Because different attraction sites appeal more to some travelers than others, here is a list of the top 5 most visited places in Penang.             Old Georgetown Georgetown, Penang’s capital city, is a must-visit destination once you land in the island. Georgetown, in fact, is among the top and most favorite tourist destinations in Malaysia. People love it for its array of breathtaking attractions and rich history. Due to its neatly preserved heritage buildings, the city boasts being listed among the few UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia.             Batu Feringghi It’s a popular beach destination in Penang, highly coveted for its sunnier skies, refreshing sea breezes, and soothing sandy shores. But mostly Batu Feringghi gets most of its appeal from its dream-like and colorful nightlife. The night market, also known as “Pasar Malam,” is where things start to get much fun. The sidewalk bazaar is packed with temporary stalls where you can purchase street food, souvenirs and other items of interest. A few sleek restaurants and bars are also dotted around, in which you can sit down to enjoy a meal or a drink.             Penang Hill Nobody can...

5 Simple Tips On Planning A Romantic Vacation To Penang

    Penang is one of the most popular travel destinations for lovers on a romantic gateway in Malaysia. Besides its wonderful beaches, the island offers plenty of attractions that cater to couples looking to spend a quality time together. Check out these five simple tips to plan for your romantic vacation to Penang:             Choose a special place to stay   A romantic and special place to stay could mean anything such as a boutique hotel, a private villa, or 2. Consider your budget and do some research to find the best hotel that you and your partner would agree on. Check out some travel deals websites to find the best offers to save more, and there might be travel packages for a romantic getaway.             Take the scenic route   Whether you’re driving or renting a limo, take the road less traveled by going through the scenic routes in Penang. There are plenty of routes in the island with scenic views, such as the Teluk Bahang route, and Batu Ferringhi route. You and your partner could even stop by the beach for some photos. Figure out which scenic routes in the island that will lead you to your hotel.             Incorporate romantic touches   By romantic touches, we mean lovely gestures that will make your lover swoon. For example, if you rent a limo to take you to and from the airport, arrange for a bottle of champagne and some artisanal snacks in the car for you and your partner to enjoy...

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...