The island of Penang is located in northern Malaysia, along the west coast, in the Strait of Malacca. The capital George Town, founded in 1786, is built with old houses and shops from the 19th century until the 1950s. All the streets have this old and colorful architecture that gives this charming atmosphere to the city.
Different cultures live in George Town; you can enjoy the mix of Chinese, Indian and Malaysian influences that reinforce the dynamism and cultural richness of the city.
Trip to Penang - What to do?
Trip to Penang - What to visit?
- Penang Hill
This mountain overlooks the city and allows you to have views of the jungle and George Town
- Kapitan Keling Mosque
Erected by the men of the Compagnie des Indes, this mosque occupies today 7 hectares and is the place of worship of the Muslims of the city.
- Cheong Fatt Tze Manor
This indigo mansion is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has become the emblem of the city
- Wat Chayamangkalaram
This Buddhist temple houses a huge statue of reclining Buddha
Trip to Penang - Activities
- Discover the street art of George Town
The city is famous for its street art works scattered around
Make Armenian Street and Chulia Street
- The Indian quarter
A walk in this area is essential, especially to see the Sri Mahamariamman temple
As for the Indian quarter, it is here the Kuan Yin Teng temple that is to be seen
Trip to Penang - Where to eat?
$: The street food
You will not find less expensive than street food in the streets of Penang. Ideal to test all specialties.
$$: Kota Dine & Coffee
Favourite to discover the local food
Address: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, Fort Cornwallis, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
$$$: Copper Bar & Restaurant
The gourmet meal is delicious, as much as their cocktails!
Address: 88 Lebuh Armenian, George Town, Pulau Pinang
Trip to Penang - Where to stay
$: Great Shanghai Guesthouse
This guesthouse offers both single rooms and dormitories
Address: 50 & 52, Lebuh Leith, George Town, Malaysia
$$: The Southern Boutique Hotel
Ideally located, modern decoration and attentive staff
Address: 108 Jalan Muntri, George Town, Malaysia
$$$: Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Magnificent hotel, with both colonial and modern architecture
Address: 10 Farquhar Street, Georgetown, George Town, Malaysia