Penang Attractions Faqs

Sandra asks…

What can i do for 2 days in Penang?

Hi all,

any budget accommodation can recommend in Penang?

what are the local special / uqiue products which i can buy back for my friends in Singapore?

any special tourist attractions ??, (other than shopping)

all your suggestions are appreciated. Thank you.

Penang Local Boy answers:

Errmmm, am not quite sure about budget accomodation…you could try driving along some of those not-so-famous beaches and you’ll find plenty of those smaller hotels that offer pretty good prices. However, be warned as many of these places have poor heating, and communal bathrooms. So if you don’t fancy waiting in line to use the john, well……

As for ourist attractions, try visiting the kek lok si temple/pagoda. It’s one of the city’s landamarks.

Whilst you are in penang, the best thing to do would be to try and sample the local cuisine. Penang is famous for its char kuey teow, which is basically fried noodles. Trust me, it’s delicious and it won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
After that, try some othe stuff, like nasi kandar, rojak, satay, air selasih and basically anything you can get your hands on. Best place to try nasi kandar is the “penang kayu” nasi kandar restaurant. Don’t worry about getting there, just ask the cabbie and he’ll know the way.

Oh, don’t forget to sample the seafood. It’s fresh and cooked in a way that’ll send your cholestrol level skyrocketing, but it’ll be worth it. Best place to get seafood would be “the end of the world” restaurant. That’s what it’s called. Again, sk the cabbie, although this place is not quite as well known as some others. You might want to try ikan bakar, with is barbecued fish.

As for gifts and souveniers, maybe batik would be a good gift. You’ll find batik stores and stalls all over the place, so don’t worry about looking for one. Also, try to buy whatever you need on penang island, as prices are slightly higher on the mainland.

Enjoy your trip!

Donald asks…

Help me to answer my coursework question, I got no idea to answer but need to pass up soon.?

what recommendations on how to improve sustainable tourism development in Penang. Provide a critical assessment on the potential of attraction/destination in Penang. What kind of development in Penang? (future plan). Evaluate the potential of the tourists attraction of Penang. (culture,heritage,eco-tourism,health tourism). Please help me to answer the question, is my coursework question that need urgent. Thank you all.

Penang Local Boy answers:

A little help to get you going is one thing, asking someone else to do your entire assignment is just downright cheating.
Use your computer for good: look up the needed information via a search engine. Read the necessary material and form your answer.
You’re hardly receiving an education if you refuse to study or complete the coursework using your own brain.
I do fear for the future if your grammar (or, better yet, lack thereof) is a direct reflection of our school system…

Laura asks…

Will visit Malaysia in June, Help Needed.?

Our family will visit Malaysia between 20-30 June 2009, most probably Kuala Lumpur, Langwaki, Penang. Please advice some best tourist attractions in these places, hotels or anything you think might be good for or enjoyment.
Our family will visit Malaysia between 20-30 June 2009, most probably Kuala Lumpur, Langwaki, Penang, Genting Highlands. Please advice some best tourist attractions in these places, hotels or anything you think might be good for or enjoyment. Interested in sightseeing, diving, amusement activities or any other family activity.

Penang Local Boy answers:

Langkawi is of course the best island for a time off. In Langkawi island, other than sunbathing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Don’t forget to experience the cable-car ride to Mount Mat Cincang, 705 m above sea level, the 2nd highest peak in Langkawi. These views are really magnificent! You can also go to Pantai Tengah, it is the Underwater World Langkawi where you can view various aquatic and tropical creatures.

In Kuala Lumpur, things to do is shopping i guess. Don’t miss out shopping In Petaling Street or Kuala Lumpur Chinatown. It is a “must visit” place for many travelers who came to Malaysia. Other than shopping, Kuala Lumpur ( or KL in short) places of attractions are the Malaysia National Monument, KL Thean Hou Temple, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, KL Tower (you can experience to dine in a revolving restaurant at the top of the tower called Seri Angkasa) , KLCC Petronas Twin Towers, KL Butterfly Park, Bird Park, Deer Park, lake gardens and many other places. At night, if your are looking for nightlife entertainment, the 3 hottest spots are Asian Heritage Row at Jalan Doraisamy; Jalan Sultan Ismail, and Bangsar at the Kuala Lumpur city Periphery.

In Penang, place of attractions are Kek Lok Si Temple, Wat Chayamangkalaram Buddhist Temple, Penang Bird Park, Penang Botanic Gardens, Snake Temple, just to name a few. If you want to enjoy some local dishes, you can experience Penang’s most happening spot that is full of dining culture, a popular seafront promenade in George Town, Penang, the Gurney Drive (or locally Persiaran Gurney). You can also shop at the night market called Batu Ferringhi Sidewalk Bazaar at Batu Ferringhi road.

Mark asks…

Malaysian Holiday.?

Is there anything sites, Restaurants.. anything, tourist attractions I would be silly to miss in either Penang or Langkawi.

Penang Local Boy answers:

Nuthin … Go to East Malaysia … There they have Mulu Caves, Mt. Kinabalu, headhunters, blowpipes, long houses and many more exciting things …

As for food, they have plenty of fresh seafood at stupendous price … If you prefer exotic food, they have sago worms, local raw fish, raw wild boar meat, montoku (distilled spirit), rice wine etc …

Betty asks…

please help me with the grammar (essay)?

My Mother Tongue: Tamil
By Sasha Nassaruddin

My life as an Indian-Muslim was not a big challenge, to come across when it compared to the other race and religion.

Born in Klang, to Penang descent father and Perakian mother. Both Indian- Muslim either. I was born with three more other siblings and I’m the only daughter.

Early education was in Watson Tamil School in Port Klang. Where as an Indian-Muslim, my father was afraid we might lose or forget our origin especially the language like those people do now days. So he sends us there, but now he was slightly regretted.

Since my early education was mostly in Tamil, so I was alike found a bond between me and the language. I found something interest and attraction on it. However as the result I was not fully satisfied, where I was failed to learn other languages, especially Malay.

I just wonder how come I couldn’t speak Malay while I still can understand, read and write it. I was not fluent in Malay.

So when I was first time entered my secondary school, it was hard to me to join or make friends with the Malay and Buddhist students. So first couple of the years, I hang out with my old school mates and sometimes alone.

Day passed, I got use with the others though I was still haven’t learned Malay. I even do not learn it until I finished my school. Actually, at first I ignore it but now I regret I was losing the language.

Until now, I can’t speak Malay fluently. Frankly, I can only use easy words; sometimes the pronunciation would sound funny or be “pelat”.

Penang Local Boy answers:

My life as an Indian-Muslim was not as difficult as other blendings of races and religions. My mother is Perakian and my father is of Penang descent. And father and Perakian mother. I am the only daughter and I have three brothers.

My early education was in Watson Tamil School in Port Klang. My father was afraid I would lose or forget my heritage, so he wanted me to go there, although now he some times doubts the decision.Because of my education in Tamil, my language skills developed the most there which means I am not as fluent in speaking Malaysian, but I do okay reading and writing it.

When I was first time entered my secondary school, it was hard to me to join or make friends with the Malay and Buddhist students. So first couple of the years, I hang out with my old school mates and sometimes alone.

Day passed, I got use with the others though I was still haven’t learned fluent Malaysian. I have regrets about not picking up and practicing it more actively although I can speak it, just with a funny accent!

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