Penang is an island off peninsular Malaysia and Georgetown is the capital. The sight seeing places within town are within walking distance if you plan your route. Taxis are very expensive as they do not charge by meter but according to their arbitary rate.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is worth a visit and is open from 11 am to 3 pm on weekdays. On weekends and public holidays it opens at 11 am only. Entrance fee is RM 12. A guided tour is provided. It was built in the 19th century by Thio Thiaw Siat – a Cantonese businessman. This mansion popularly known as Blue House was restored and fully furnished.

Another is a fully restored Peranakan house where a mini-series “Little Nyonya” was filmed by MediaCorp. Learn about the Peranakan way and taste. Guided tour is provided. Its architectural style and colors are unique.

Bridal bed

If you decide to visit Kek Lok Si Temple, take a bus from Komtar bus terminal, the fare is RM 2.  Bus stops at the foot of the hill, walk is about 500 metres to reach the Temple.

Kek Lok Si Temple

Taxi fare from airport to Georgetown is RM 50.

In lieu of Gurney Drive – a famous tourist eating place – I was recommended by the hotel manager to go to Short Street that is a short distance from Komtar. Have no regrets, price is fair and quality is good.


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