How to spend a day in Penang (aside from the food and art)

So I’ve already professed my love for Penang in the form of its street art and food but in terms of things to actually keep you busy on a visit here – below are some ideas based on what I got up to during my four days here.

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One of my favourite streets – Kimberley 

Peranakan Museum

Having already visited Melaka and learned about traditional Nyonya culture I didn’t find this museum so interesting personally but if you’ve never heard about this group before then it’s worth a trip.

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When the Chinese first migrated to Malaysia many years ago, these men married local women and their integrated relations became henceforth known as Baba and Nyonya.

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They have their own unique clothing, traditions and possessions all of which can be seen and learned about on a tour of the Nyonya home the museum is located in.

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The building itself is quite lovely to walk around, in fact there was multiple couples having engagement/wedding pictures inside.

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Penang Hill

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Take the bus from the centre of Georgetown to Penang Hill (it takes about 45 minutes each way) and ride the funicular to the top for fantastic views of the island.

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I recommend going later in the day so that you can see the transformation into night time when the lights come on- have a drink at the bar and watch it all come to life.

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Blue Mansion

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Also known as the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, this place is a functioning hotel in parts so when you walk around or do a tour here you won’t be able to see every section.

Our tour guide was fabulous and so informative, this building dates back to the 1880s and was owned by a wealthy merchant who had houses all over the world despite coming from humble beginnings.

Worth a look into for an hour or two!

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The Camera Museum

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After visiting I discovered there’s in fact apparently two Camera Museums in Georgetown, however I visited the one next to Love Lane.

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It’s not too big so an hour maximum is all you need, probably less however there was a nice range of vintage cameras on display.

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I also enjoyed the end arrangement of old photographs and famous pictures through out history.

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There was even a mention of a 1920s selfie!

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Afterwards there’s a café downstairs with some deliciously tempting sweets and a coffee will be served up to you in a camera lens!

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Little India

Right next to my hostel was Little India which meant I was spoiled for choice with food options.

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The area is worth a wander around especially towards dinner time when loud music is pumping out of shops.

Chew Jetty

There’s a number of jetties in Penang named after Chinese families and many are over 100 years old.

Chew Jetty is the most tourist friendly but you can have a look at a few of these settlements with their long boardwalks.

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At night you can see that many families still in fact live here which is pretty cool too!

Walking Tour

A few times a week the tourist centre of Penang runs a free walking tour for about an hour.

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Obviously that’s not a long time to get a huge idea of the city but it’s nice for an introduction and to pick the guide’s brains into where to start or things to do.


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