An Exciting Trip to Penang

Having been introduced to Europe on holiday when I was 19, I was hooked. Hence we had many subsequent holidays to Spain and Greece over the next decade. Yet now, it was time for a true adventure, something a little different. Malaysia wasn’t a place I’d ever imagined I’d go, but only read about or see on TV. Then it happened. It only took one person to share their experiences, and we were tempted. Soon we progressed to more than looking in holiday brochures, we were booking flights! We actually decided to do it. What an exciting trip to Penang and we have to say that it is one of the best things that we have ever done.

Penang airport

We took a hire car from Penang International Airport which was booked online. Penang airport, with the capacity to handle up to 6.5 million passengers each year, was busy as expected, so we were pleased that we’d hired our rental. After arriving in the heart of Penang, one of the first things that we did was check out the Dharmikarama Burmese temple. The artwork there was simply amazing and the sheer amount of colour was enough to blow you away. This is something that we would highly recommend going to see because nothing can compare to how great it looks when the magnificent structure is right in front of you.

Things to do in Penang

After we’d photographed the outside of the temple, feeling like we needed to tempt our taste buds, we went for a bite to eat at the Feringgi Grill. The service here was something else, and when we ordered a fine bottle of wine from the bar, things just got taken to a whole new level. The dishes were divine and for any individuals that are anything like me and my overly cautious about hygiene nature’, the food can be cooked right in front of you, so this really was something special and reassuring. Other restaurants we went to included the Kebaya, the Shangri-La Rasa Sayang and the Long Beach. These sold a range of Chinese, Asian, Malaysian and Seafood cuisines and it was great to be able to go out and try all of these unique places. Another thing we did was take a trishaw ride. This was great fun to say the least and it was a great way to get from A to B too. You can ask the driver to take you around the sights and you can get all of this done within the hour. It cost us around RM30 per hour but the best thing about taking a trishaw ride is that you can always negotiate the price with the driver. We then walked around the Clan Jetties. This is located on Pengkalan Weld and it is a great way for you to see some of the original architecture that is in the local town. After walking through this area, we found a place where we could weave our own rattan baskets. Craftsmen of this calibre are a dying breed unfortunately, so it was great to be able to sit down and talk with them about where they learned the craft and how many baskets they can make per day. This really made this a positive experience for us, and we loved every second of it, especially the chance to dive into the culture of Penang and everything that it has to offer. All in all, Penang is filled with museums, street art and studios and you can’t say you’ve seen Penang in all of its glory unless you have been to all of these great places.