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Georgetown, Penang

Discover the fascinating Penang with its natural beauty, architecture and street art
Penang is dubbed as a jewel of the culture and tradition of Malaysia. This city is endowed with dazzling natural beauty along with unique architecture. Are you finding a Penang budget trip? Are you finding a Penang budget trip? Let’s discover the charming, hidden beauty of Penang Island, the Pearl of the Orient through our Penang travel blog (Penang blog) and Penang travel guide (include Penang trip plan detail) — The fullest guide for a budget trip to Penang (Penang budget travel guide, budget trip to Penang, Penang budget trip) of Malaysia below.

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Penang bridge
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The beautiful Penang city
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Georgetown Penang. Photo by: penang budget trip blog.
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Penang old quarter
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Shophouse in Penang

The splendor of Penang has been for decades as a center of trade where traders brought green tea, spices, and fabrics from China to Penang. Now, in the light of the new age, Penang is as precious as a treasure hidden under the ancient beauty, scattered throughout the world. In this article, Living Nomads will list the things that make up the fame of this land and give practical travel guides to Penang. Explore the city of Penang is full of surprises, let’s check it out.

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Penang city at night from above

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Hainan temple in Penang. Photo by: penang budget trip blog.
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Penang Street Art

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Best time to visit Penang

The climate in Penang is hot and humid throughout the year due to its full range of equatorial features. The rainy season usually starts from September to November and the dry season starts in December to March in the following year. Between May and November, the weather will be quite humid. With this climate, you can travel to Penang at any time of the year.

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Penang seen from above.

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Transportation expenses

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Penang International Airport

The Peninsula of Penang covers an area of 285 square kilometers, in which islands are connecting through a long bridge called Seberang Perai. Georgetown town is the main hub of commercial and administrative activities. To get here, you can take a plane from Kuala Lumpur to Penang. The price for a flight depends on the dates you choose ranging from 15 USD to 45 USD.

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Georgetown. Photo by: penang budget trip blog.
Picture: Penang trip blog 2017.
Photo by: penang budget trip blog.

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Penang beautiful street

In addition, there is an interesting choice is to take the boat from Langkawi to Penang. Or you can take the train/ bus from Kuala Lumpur to Georgetown. Normally, the ticket of these vehicles is much cheaper than the plane ticket. However, it takes you 5-6 hours rather than just about an hour. It depends on your demand whether you want to save money or save more time.

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Langkawi to Penang by ferry. Image credit: budget trip to penang blog.
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The bus from Kuala Lumpur to Georgetown

After arriving Georgetown, you can get to the hotel from the airport by taxi or bus. Average transportation time between the two spots is about 90 minutes. As regards getting around in the city, you can rent a motorbike if traveling alone or rent a taxi if you are traveling with a big group. The average cost of getting around in the city will be about 22 usd depending on the distance and the number of people in your group.

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Penang Weld Quay free bus

Getting around Penang: Bicycle: The price rent is about RM10/day (~$2.5). Cheap, always ready to exercise. It is highly recommended to travel by bicycle because of its convenient, easy to wring and healthy. Motorbike rental: With Vietnamese driver’s license, you can rent a motorbike at the rate of RM25 ($6.2) / day with minimum deposit of 100 RM.

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One of the best way to getting around Penang is rent a bike.
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Getting around Penang by trishaw. Image credit: budget trip to penang blog.

Cost of eating

The cost of eating in Penang is somewhat cheaper than in Kuala Lumpur’s and the food is also more local.

Besides, the city still offers dishes that are familiar for travelers from all over the world. With about 30 usd, you can treat your stomach very well with decent meals.

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Shop for Mementos from Chowrasta Market. Image credit: budget trip to penang blog.
Treat yourself to some authentic Malay Street Food. (Photo: Blue Moon in Her Eyes/Flickr)
Treat yourself to some authentic Malay Street Food. (Photo: Blue Moon in Her Eyes/Flickr)

Cost of staying

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Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Choose the accommodation based on whether you love the quietness or excitement. There are two main areas to choose from Georgetown Old Town or the downtown area near Komtar (the tallest building in Penang). The cost for a night in Penang is roughly 22 usd for the budget hotel and can up to 130 usd for the deluxe room.

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Hotel Equatorial Penang. Image credit: budget trip to penang blog.

You can find, check rates, reviews & availability for Penang hotel on Agoda.com or Booking.com.

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Choose a hotel in Georgetown

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Sleep like royalty in The Corner Suite at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel. Image credit: budget trip to penang blog.

This area offers many of the most popular motel options. In the low season, you can book single rooms with only 12 usd and fully furnished. If you go with the large group and love the sea, then Batu Ferringi is a place you can consider. Although the resort costs a lot, it is still affordable if you go with a big group as you can share the cost while enjoying a sense of luxury.

Bayview Hotel Georgetown

Address: 25-A Lebuh Farquhar, George, Penang, Malaysia

You can find, check rates, reviews & availability for Holland Guest House on Agoda.com.

Penang Homestay

Address: N Park 3C-7-7, Jalan Batu Uban, Penang, 11700 Gelugor, Malaysia

You can find, check rates, reviews & availability for Penang Homestay on Booking.com

Walking or renting a motorbike to explore Penang

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Renting a Scooter in Georgetown Penang. Picture: penang budget travel guide blog.

Featuring small streets, you can walk to Penang’s famous mural or rent a motorbike to get around the place more easily.

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Bike rental shop. Picture: penang budget travel guide blog.

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Enjoy street food

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Indulging in the lives of indigenous people has always been the top tip of Penang’s travel experiences. Start with familiarizing yourself with local dishes sold along the sidewalk.

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These are the places where first-time gourmet visitors come to Penang. The prices for these dishes are quite cheap and the taste could be even better than the food in the restaurant.

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Street food along Gurney Drive in Penang, Malaysia. Picture: penang budget travel guide blog.

Book a tour before departure

Take a ride up the Penang hill in this historic funicular train.
Take a ride up the Penang hill in this historic funicular train.

One of the self-sufficient travel experiences of Penang is booking in advance tickets for sightseeing and tours. The ticket will be cheaper than buying directly. In addition, pre-ordering will also help you to set an appropriate schedule. Especially, with the crowded sightseeing, pre-purchase tickets also save you time, not waiting so long in queues.

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Penang Hill

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Penang hill

Penang Hill attracts visitors from all over the world by its spectacular view, the cable car system makes it easy to reach the top without spending much time and effort. What is more, there are patches of tropical rainforest with diverse flora and fauna.

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The view of city at night from Penang hill. Picture: penang budget travel guide blog.
Take a ride up the Penang hill in this historic funicular train.
Take a ride up the Penang hill in this historic funicular train.

Penang-Hill

From this hill, you can behold clearly the mountain peaks of Langkawi and northern Kedah. Most people come here to recharge, go for a picnic and make field trips.

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Besides, it is impossible not to mention the vertical train heading up Penang Hill. It is one of the oldest trains in Malaysia and also the most beautiful route to sightsee Malaysia’s landscape.

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Picture: penang budget travel guide blog.

Batu Ferringhi

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Located to the north of Georgetown, Batu Ferringhi Beach is not only endowed with the stunning natural landscape, it is also famous for nightlife activities, night markets, along with various forms of beach activities. Some particular activities are roller coasters, paragliding, banana boats, beach volleyball, ….

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The wall painting of Penang

The wall painting of Penang Image by: penang travel blog.
Image by: penang travel blog.

The journey to find all the painting is regarded as the journey to find a treasure scattered throughout the city.

The wall painting of Penang

The wall painting of Penang

The wall painting of Penang

It is often said that you will need a map to explore the all location of the Penang street art. As one of the unique features that name the ancient city, the paintings are painted by artists on the moss walls.

The wall painting of Penang

The wall painting of Penang

There are images of the little girl, sitting on a swing, or on a saddle of the motorbike, on the window sill,…. Today, the number of visitors increase dramatically, you have to line up to take photos with these wall paintings.

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The wall painting of Penang
The wall painting of Penang. Image by: penang travel blog.
Image by: Penang trip guide blog.
Georgetown street art.

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1 COMMENT

  1. It is a nice guide along with a lot of saving in Malaysia, It is sometimes good to keep your budget in mind while traveling to any other country.

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