Have you ever imagine visiting more than 12 tourism places in 2 days only with a little amount of money? Maybe some of you are not sure that it could be happen. Compare it with taking a tour since it will be much more expensive.
Me personally, much prefer to do backpacking rather than joining a tour programme. Why? Because when I’m doing backpacking, I feel free to do anything I wanted to do, to visit some places that I wanted to visit, to take
some a lot of pictures where I wanted to take or even stop for a while to get some foods; without making a big group of people waiting for me. I like it when I taste losing from a right way, straying in some places that I have never imagined before, or taking the wrong buses again and again. One word for backpacking experiences : CHALLENGING.
Then, back to the topic. What do you guys know about Malaysia? Or have you ever visited Malaysia? I guess almost all of the tourists who visit Malaysia are going to Kuala Lumpur, as the most popular city because it has been a capital city of Malaysia. But do you know that Malaysia is not all about KL? There are some other good cities to visit, for example Malacca, Penang, Johor, Kota Kinabalu.
Today I’ll write some things about Penang Island and everything related to it, some backpacking tips in Penang, and also its must-to-visit tourism places.
Where is Penang? Penang is a part of Malaysia that is located on the northwest coast of Malaysia. It just 3 hours away by car from the state border of Malaysia and Thailand. George Town, the city in the north part of Penang Island, is being the capital city of Penang. It took one hour drive from Penang International Airport (PIA). This marvelous city offers a lot of tourism attractions start from temples, street art, food stalls, beaches, old artsy buildings, churches, mosque, etc.
The citizens of Penang Island are really diverse. We can easily find a lot of races there such as Melayu, Chinese and Indian. We can also find a lot of good-tasted foods from Chinese Food to Indian Food. The cost of food in Penang is also cheaper than in KL. Oh ya! I found the best “Teh Tarik” I’ve ever tried in my life. It costs only RM 1.80 ( even cheaper than the bus ticket hahaha) and the taste is different with another Teh Tarik both in Malaysia or outside Malaysia. I bought that 2 times because it was very addicting. I bought that in Ros Mutiara Restaurant, a 24 hours restaurant that located beside the hostel where I stay in.
Are you guys wondering how much money I spent for this satisfying backpacker trip?
Just continue reading my post! :3
I went to Penang for 2 days and 1 night. Actually you can go to Penang from KL by 3 options : using flight, bus, or train. I was using flight to go there. Why? Because I got a really cheap flight. The flight price for that day was the same with the train ticket. So yaa of course I prefer to use plane laah. It only took 1 hour flight, compare it with 4-5 hours by ETS train, or compare it with 5-6 hours by bus. And if you go there using the land transportations, you still need to cross the sea to reach Penang Island by using a ferry.
The key when you wanna go travelling is : DO A LOT OF RESEARCH ABOUT ALL OF THE POSSIBLE OPTIONS. Can you imagine that I got a flight ticket from KL to Penang for only 55RM (IDR 165.000) to reach the same distance as Semarang to Jakarta (usually the flight ticket is around IDR 350.000 – IDR 500.000). Only half price 😀 hahaha
That was the cheapest date for the flight. Another date are much more expensive than the date when I was going to Penang. So without being doubtful, I booked the flight ticket on that day.
Here’s my itinerary for Penang 2D / 1N trip. I also put the price I spent, so we can count how much is it after this :
07.30 – 07.40 : Bus from Taylor’s University to SS 15 LRT Station RM 1.5
07.40 – 08.25 : LRT from SS15 to KL Sentral RM 4.2
08.30 – 09.05 : KL Sentral to KLIA (using KLIA Express Train) RM 55
10.35 – 11.40 : Flight Ticket (from KL to Penang) RM 55
11.40 – 12.40 : Rapid Bus from Penang International Airport to George Town (asks the driver to drop you at Little India) RM 2.7
14.00 – 14.30 : Hotel Check-in : Ros Heritage Motel RM 50 (I shared it with a friend of mine, so it was RM 25 each person)
14.30 – 17.00 : Sightseeing Touring in George Town RM 0
17.30 – 18.30 :Rapid Bus from Little India to Batu Ferringghi Beach RM 2.7
18.30 – 19.10 : Staying in Batu Ferringghi Beach RM 0
19.10 – 20.20 : Rapid Bus from Batu Ferringghi to Ros Heritage Motel RM 2.7
20.20 – …. : Take a rest at the hostel
07.30 – 08.30 : Hunting pictures in Penang Street Art & eating
08.30 – 09.00 : Hotel check-out & waiting for the bus
09.00 – 09.15 : Rapid Bus from Little India to Komtar Bus Terminal RM 1.4
09.15 – 10.15 : Rapid Bus from Komtar Bus Terminal to Penang International Airport RM 2.7
12.05 – 13.10 : Flight Ticket (from Penang to KL) RM 55
14.40 – 16.00 : Bus from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA 2) to KL Sentral RM 12
16.00 – 16.10 : Waiting for the train
16.10 – 16.30 : KTM from KL Sentral to Setia Jaya Station (Subang Jaya) RM 2.6
16.30 – 16.50 : Waiting for the bus
16.50 – 17.00 : Bus from Setia Jaya Station to Taylor’s University 1.5 RM
Using now currency convertion : RM 1 = IDR 3.080 and 1 USD = IDR 13.300;
TOTAL EXPENSES : 221.3 RM = 51 USD = IDR 681.604
(Already Including : flight ticket, hotel, and transportation both in KL and Penang. Excluding : food & souvenirs, since every person will spend different amount for these things).
For the 12++ tourism places that I was visited,
just call it, Must-to-visit places in Penang :
- Sri Nahamariamman Temple
- Penang City Hall
- State Assembly Building
- Cathedral of the Assumption
- Kapitan Keling Mosque
- Campbell Street
- Penang State Museum
- St. George Church
- Goddess of Mercy Temple
- Littile India
- Batu Ferringhi
Actually I also went to some other places that I already forgot the name :’) Hahaha. One of them is the Street Art in Penang, where I took some artsy pictures including the 3D bicycle mural that I posted in my instagram last month.
Oh ya another good place to visit! If you guys still have time, you should visit Gurney also. It’s not far from Georgetown. Only around 20-30 minutes to go there by bus. I saw that place from the bus, but I didn’t stop because it was raining. Penang people said that Gurney is also a nice place to visit. You can buy a lot of street food there at night.
Some tips for backpackers in Penang :
1. Don’t use grab car. It’s much cheaper to use Rapid Penang Bus here. It’s really easy to use buses here since they are often pases. But make sure you’re taking the right bus by remembering / ask people about the bus number to go to a place.
2. Use Rapid Penang bus number AT or number 401 to go from Airport to George Town (round trip) and use Rapid Penang number 101 to go along the north coast line (Little India – Gurney – Batu Ferringhi).
3. Don’t be shy to ask to everyone. Since everyone in Penang are nice and really helpful in giving directions.
4. Go visit Gurney also. I get through Gurney, but didn’t stop because it was raining. The local people said that it is also as good as Batu Feringghi Beach.
5. Don’t use KL Express Train if you want to save money
Actually I can save more money if I didn’t use the KL Express Train. But unfortunately, I was in rush and need to go to the airport as soon as possible to catch my flight. If you want to reduce your expense, don’t ever use KL Express Train from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Although the train is comfortable, the ticket price is quite expensive for backpackers, 55 RM for one way.
THE PRICE IS THE SAME WITH MY FLIGHT TICKET FROM KL TO PENANG :’)
6. Visit Little Indian area in George Town. It provides good food with cheap cost. Most of the tourism spots in George Town are in this area. And you can just walking from one place to another place since it’s really near. Tips for short trip Penang backpackers : Take the free map in the airport because it will help you a lot in deciding the places to visit and looking for the venues. It will help you to go faster from I place to another places. If you’re strong enough to walk, you can visit much more places than me. Just use your time wisely, for taking pictures or going inside the venues.
7. Visit Batu Ferringghi. Although it is a little bit far from George Town (about 1 hour using bus), the beach is really clean and nice. Especially for watching sunrise / sunset. This beach is also providing water-sport games. To go here, you can use Rapid Penang Bus again (number 101) for only RM 2.70 each trip. It’s really cheap and you’ll regret if you do not come here.
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I’m Fransiska Sonia Rickiyanto, checking out from my Penang Backpacker Trip. How about yours?
Share your experiences for me also! ❤