A glorious melting pot of culture, art, history – where else can you find a perfect fusion of traditional and modern elements all in one?
Awarded by UNESCO back in 2008 as a Wold Heritage Site, it’s no surprise how magnificent Penang managed to clinch its title. From the friendly locals, a unique smattering of Hokkien and Malay language to mouth-watering street food fare, you’re definitely in for a treat!
1. For the history fanatics
One of the earliest Chinese clan to step its foot onto the Malaysian shore, Khoo Kongsi boasts an impressive historical footstep that can be traced all the way back to 650 years ago. A signature landmark in Penang, the distinctive clanhouse marks intricate craftsmanship through its sculpted carvings and ornamented architecture.
Where: 18, Cannon Square, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
2. For those looking to get druuuuuuuunk
….Nah we’re just kidding.
But really, if you’re looking for a place to get sort of tipsy and simply cakap kosong the night away, we couldn’t recommend any place better than Antarabangsa. A refreshing take from the usual bar scene, what may seem like a modest family-owned liquor store in midday magically transforms itself into makeshift street bar when the tables are all filled with tourists and locals alike.
Best of all, beer prices start from RM5 so be sure to leave some tummy room at the end of the night before heading to Antarabangsa!
Where: 21, Lorong Stewart, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
3. For those craving for a refreshing dip into the waters
Everyone knows the existence of Batu Ferringhi, so suffice to say we’re not going to include that in this particular segment. Perhaps what you need is some sheer tranquillity and alone time away from the crowds, and that’s exactly what Pantai Kerachut offers.
Take a hike along the trails of Penang National Park and you’ll arrive at this secluded beach in 2 hours – reward yourself with a refreshing dip or perhaps visit the nearby sanctuary for some adorable baby turtles!
Where: Teluk Bahang, Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia
4. For those looking for sweet bites and caffeine sips
What better way to start your tea-time break than to be greeted with a dazzling display of delectable cakes and a smooth aroma of coffee beans? Chinahouse, touted as the longest coffee house in Penang, this artsy establishment made do by combining three adjoining heritage buildings that presents a lovely mesh of old world charm and hippie decor.
Where: 153, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
5. For those seeking for a taste of the independent creative scene
What used to be a bustling bus depot back in its 70’s hey-days, the Hin Bus Depot has now been revived into an international creative space. Providing a platform for both budding and established artists, this independent operation hosts an exclusive curation of music gigs, theatre plays and art exhibitions.
Where: 31, Jalan Gurdwara, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia