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16 Things to do 2D1N in Penang! (Part 1)

Penang is one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia. An island in Malaysia known as a foodie paradise and its rich Chinese heritage, “the Pearl of the Orient” also boasts a number of magnificent temples, beaches and attractions to be explored. In late April 2017, we visited Penang for a spontaneous trip, and had a blast. Here are the 16 things we did over 2D1N in Penang!

Every once in a while, our dreams of travelling quickly become a reality. Our Penang trip was one of those trips. It started off with us just day dreaming about going away for a vacation, which quickly turned into a very possible trip. The leap from us daydreaming about it to sitting in a bus towards Penang was less than 12 hours. 

Both of us got really excited about the trip, because neither of us had been to Penang before and we heard of fun stories from friends and family that had been there. We took the time during the long hours on the bus planning out what to do, and it helped pass the time just nice. 

Why didn’t we fly? The price for the flights were astronomical due to public holidays and it just wasn’t worth paying so much more. And the next best thing after a flight is the buses, unfortunately…

Penang, Georgetown

Go Street-Art Hunting! ->

Go Street-Art Hunting!

Within the city of Georgetown, interesting street arts could be spotted in many different areas. We learnt more about the culture and history of Penang while exploring the town. Do not miss the chance to take photos with them! Some might choose to get on the local trishaw to look for street art, but if you’re like us, simply download a map beforehand, and explore the city by foot while hunting for as many street arts as possible! The sights are worth the hard work!

Eat delicious Tandoori Chicken for lunch ->

Eat delicious Tandoori Chicken for lunch

While many of our friends raved about the (overrated) famous Restoran Kapitan for their tandoori chicken and garlic naan, we preferred the same meal at Restoran Kassim Mustafa. The plain naan was evenly baked throughout, and the curry that came together with the meal was so flavorful too. Other travellers had spoken about their personal favorites when it comes to this dish, but one thing for sure – you definitely can’t miss having Tandoori Chicken when you visit Penang! Many of these Indian restaurants can be found at Chulia Street. You’d be sure to find your personal favourite in no time, too.

<- Sip on delicious coffee at Mugshot Café

Sip on delicious coffee at Mugshot Café

After hours of city exploration, we rewarded ourselves with coffee and some sweet indulgence at Mugshot Cafe. They are popular for their homemade bagels, fruit and honey yogurts, but we opted for the cinnamon bun and a chocolate banana whipped cream mole cake from Rainforest Bakery next door. It is popular among the locals and tourists, so it can be a challenge to find seats at the café. After your coffee break, you can also shop for local designer eyewear and sunglasses within the cafe too. Check out the cool dinosaur skeleton hanging above the bar!

<- Visit the Khoo Kongsi temple

Visit the Khoo Kongsi temple

We spent at least an hour exploring Khoo Kongsi, one of the most distinctive Chinese clan associations in Malaysia. With its intensive lineage tracing back more than 650 years ago, we were fascinated with the history, and the architectural beauty of the temple. The intricate decorations of the conserved buildings, are so fascinating. It is open daily from 9am-5pm, with an entrance fee of RM 10 per adult.

Check out the jetties! (Especially Chew Jetty) ->

Check out the jetties (especially Chew Jetty)!

It only took a short walk, to get to the Chew Jetty, the home for the Chew Clan community for more than a century. There were several souvenir shops selling knick knacks and refreshments for visitors. We even spotted a novelty restaurant, My Voice Cafe, serving oversized bowls of ramen with equally huge chopsticks! We didn’t go for it, but we saw many tourists tucking in, and taking cheeky photographs with them as well.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can even stay overnight for a unique experience, for around S$35 a night for a private air-conditioned deluxe room!

<- Live jazz band at The Canteen @ China House

Live jazz band at The Canteen @ China House

Attractive daily happy hour promotions (30% off beer, wines and cocktails from 3pm-7pm) made it irresistable for us to stop by for a cold one, to cool down! On Saturdays and Sundays, The Canteen hosts live music from 3pm – 5pm, with the resident band playing from 9.30pm onwards on a nightly basis.

If you prefer a non-alcoholic option, you may check out the wide selection of cakes, milkshakes and coffee at Kopi-C, one of their many concepts under the same roof! You won’t be disappointed with the variety of desserts available for you to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Evening cocktails and light bites at the Executive Lounge ->

We stayed for one night at The Wembley Hotel, and opted for the Executive Room, which gave us the access to the Executive Lounge for free flow of wines and beers with light bites from 5-7pm. The view of the city from the 30th floor was breathtaking, and it was a nice time for us to chill before exploring more of the city at night!

Savor delicious cocktails and local craft beers at Vine and Single @ China House. ->

We stumbled upon Vine and Single after having happy hour at The Canteen earlier. We noticed that the bar was well equipped with special craft spirits and that they were running a promotion for daily cocktails including Negroni, for RM 20 each! We knew that we had to come back to give it a go!

Aside from delicious cocktails, we also tried a couple of the local Penang craft beers and ales. We wished we had more time to do their tasting flights for bitters, whisky, gin, rum and tequila from RM 55 onwards. We’d highly recommend this bar for people who appreciate their drinks and good vibes. Bring along your thirst and you won’t be disappointed!

Evening cocktails and light bites at the Executive Lounge ->

Evening cocktails and light bites at the Executive Lounge

We stayed for one night at The Wembley Hotel, and opted for the Executive Room, which gave us the access to the Executive Lounge for free flow of wines and beers with light bites from 5-7pm. The view of the city from the 30th floor was breathtaking, and it was a nice time for us to chill before exploring more of the city at night!

Savor delicious cocktails and local craft beers at Vine and Single @ China House. ->

Savor delicious cocktails and local craft beers at Vine and Single @ China House

We stumbled upon Vine and Single after having happy hour at The Canteen earlier. We noticed that the bar was well equipped with special craft spirits and that they were running a promotion for daily cocktails including Negroni, for RM 20 each! We knew that we had to come back to give it a go!

Aside from delicious cocktails, we also tried a couple of the local Penang craft beers and ales. We wished we had more time to do their tasting flights for bitters, whisky, gin, rum and tequila from RM 55 onwards. We’d highly recommend this bar for people who appreciate their drinks and good vibes.

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