Penang Food Faqs

John asks…

Is it necessary to use indicator signals on Malaysian roads?

Not very serious question but a food for thought…

Seems to me like Malaysian cars these days don’t need indicator signals anymore. What do you think? I’ve seen the style of driving by many cars that just dangerously swerve to left or right without any signals/indicators and had many times narrowly misses other vehicles.

Car drivers often despise motorbike riders as irritating and annoying since the Mat Rempit phenomena started and it seems like the Mat Rempit phenomena had also infected the car drivers these days with dangerous driving and Mat Rempit signature marks of stuntmen wannabes.

I always thought that these drivers are mainly found in Penang and Johore exclusively but now, it has became a Klang Valley ‘in thing’ or trend to drive without using indicators.

When you use them, some don’t even bother giving way to you… so what say you?

Penang Local Boy answers:

According to JPJ, use of indicators is compulsory when turning in a junction, entering a roundabout, entering a road and when changing lane or overtaking.

In Sarawak driving culture is a bit better than in West Malaysia, maybe also because roads are worse. I think the phennomena you have described are found all over Malaysia.

Motorcyclists often are irritating and annoying, especially in urbane areas, where you’ll see them driving slalom around your car, coming from all sides. What many people don’t get is also that motorcycle by JPJ rules cannot carry more than 2 persons. And then you see all those family motorcycles, where heads of the children remain largely unprotected. And then some wonder why the road death toll is so high.

The purpose of the indicators is not that other people give way to you – they don’t have to; you will rarely see that even in developed countries. The purpose of the indicators is to warn other participants in the traffic that you are going to turn as soon as your way is free. I almost had a major accident with my family on board because some lunatic talking on his handphone tried to cut my way in a roundabout, of course using no indicators.

Of course sudden changing of lanes is very annoying and so is excessive honking, common in KL.

Why some drivers act similar to Mat Rempits is because many car drivers used to be Mat Rempits before they could afford themselves a car. Another problem is that new car drivers in stead of trying to improve, follow bad examples of others.

I’m sorry to say but Malaysian roads are quite lethal and the way Malaysian penalty code is, they should consider jail terms and caning for more daring motorcyclists. Then Mat Rempits won’t be viewed as heros among young Malaysians any more. Building them racing circuits won’t help much since the forbidden fruit is always the sweetest but better enforcement and harsher penalties on Mat Rempits will.

Chris asks…

which Malaysian island is better Langkawi OR Penang? and WHY? for relaxation. Scuba and partying?

also for,

Beach
food
tropical atmosphere
asian arts and crafts
PRICE

Penang Local Boy answers:

Well with your crietria, its hard to pick one that fits all. Langkawi is basically for relaxation, beach, watersports, arts & crafts and the tropical atmosphere if you get a hotel by the beach. Its pretty much laid back compared to Penang, where, you could find good food. Penang, compared to Langkawi, would have the partying, and if you head to the beach side – tropical atmosphere. Although i doubt they offer scuba diving, they have many of the other watersports. Where price is concerned, it varies – they both are touristic destinations so its basically going to depend where you go to spend.

Michael asks…

I’ll be spending 3 days in Penang, Malaysia. Any nice place to visit?

Food, culture, places…preferably budget cost.

Penang Local Boy answers:

When you are in Penang..it is the best for you to stay in Batu Feringghi http://travel.tourism.gov.my/consumer/destinations/item.asp?item=batuferinggi

there are many things you can explore in penang..here are my suggestions..

Batu Feringgi
Beautiful hotels equipped with spas and pools, line the beach, where massages, watersports and horse-riding activities are on offer.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Built in the 1880s, this magnificent 38-room mansion is now a boutique hotel and museum in one!

Fort Cornwallis
The fort was built on the site of Sir Francis Light’s historic landing in 1786.

Kapitan Keling Mosque
Named after an Indian Muslim merchant, the “Kapitan Keling” (headman) who was the head of his community in the early 1800s.

Khoo Kongsi
The elaborate Khoo Kongsi, dating back to 1906, is by far the grandest clan temple on the island, and should not be missed.

Penang National Park
Catch the Green turtles (Apr – Aug) and the Olive Ridley (Sept–Feb) at a turtle hatchery in Pantai Kerachut, in the smallest national park in Malaysia.

Kuan Yin Temple (Goddess of Mercy Temple)
One of the oldest Chinese temples in Penang, the building is intricately crafted and is always bustling with people and activities.

Penang Museum & Art Gallery
This fine museum displays historical artifacts that highlight the important periods in Penang’s history.

Sri Mariamman Temple
This South Indian Hindu temple, which dates back to 1883, must surely be the most lavishly decorated Hindu temple in the country.

Penang is one of the food capitals of the world. When there you must try to eat the local hawker food. It is confusing at first but don’t worry, people are very friendly and will soon be directing you towards their favourite stall and their favourite dishes. Have a wander around the stalls and see what takes your fancy. If there are two or more of you visit several stalls and order a variety of dishes. There are no menus and each stall tends to specialise in only one type of dish. Once you have ordered sit at a table and your food will find you! Payment on delivery. The drinks vendor will come to you once you are seated.

Hope this will help! Have a great trip to penang!

Charles asks…

how much the lunch meal costs for 2 persons at penang?

main dish / fast food

Penang Local Boy answers:

Around RM12 -to 15

Robert asks…

Is Penang cheap to travel to?

What I mean is has anyone got any ideas what any prices are food, drinks, clothes, etc. Anything will help thanks

Penang Local Boy answers:

I was there a few months ago. I thought it was comparable to Thailand (perhaps a tad more expensive – not much).

The food is great there if you like Indian Food. I had tandoori chicken, a piece of Nan (a good size piece) and a Mango Lassi for under $3 USD.

What is cool about the restaurants here is that some of them are setup like cafeterias and you can pick and choose what you want. I found most of the restaurants around Chulia street to be Indian, but they also have Chinese, western food…..etc….

I love indian food, so I had my fill while I was there…I was happy….LOL

Then I stayed in a guesthouse for about $6 USD (which was ok, kind of a dive – clean enough though). There are nicer ones you can stay in which go for $15/20 USD per night.

Beer is roughly $2USD for a standard bottle.

Having lived in Thailand for over a year now, I thought as a whole the prices were not much higher, if not the same.

I was here for a few days waiting for my visa to get processed.

Have a great trip! It’s an interesting city. I love the mix of nationalities (Indian, Chinese, Malay, Thai…etc…).

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