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Visiting Penang, Malaysia: Itinerary Ideas

Updated on July 20, 2013

Must-Eat in Penang: Durian, The King of Fruits

On my recent trip to Penang in July, the durian season was in full blast in Malaysia. Many hawker stalls were selling durians by the roadside. You can choose from the bitter or sweet types of Durians. In fact, there are so many varieties that it is best to get the durian seller to recommend one to you.

Ang Heh (Red Prawn) variety of Durian at Balik Pulau

A well-known place to get delicious durians is Balik Pulau. To get there, you have to first brave the winding roads up the hill but it is all worth it as the durians there are of good quality. Besides durians, Balik Pulau is also famous for its laksa.

View at Straits Quay

Chilling Out at Straits Quay

Straits Quay is a relatively new addition to Penang's hangout list. It is a shopping mall with a distinctive feature. It has a marina where you will find private boats parked. Besides that, there is also a Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. If you would like to catch a performance, check out the events listing of the Penang Performing Arts Centre (PAC) before heading here too! Overall, this place is pretty small but if you are on your way to Batu Feringghi, it is worth a stop as there is a flea market during the weekends and a variety of cafes to chill out at.

Hard Rock Cafe Penang

Chilling Out at Batu Feringghi

Batu Feringghi is a well-known spot among tourists for its stretch of sandy beaches. This area is away from the downtown area so if you wish to spend more time on the beach, you should book at least one night's stay at one of the resorts here. Besides watersports or chilling out by the sea, you can visit the night market or relax at Hard Rock Cafe Penang where there is live music on most nights. For those visiting the night market, note that it starts from about 8pm onwards.

Despicable Me Minions

Besides shopping, you can relax by watching a movie at the mall.
Besides shopping, you can relax by watching a movie at the mall.

Shopping in Penang

Penang may not be a shopping haven like Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore but there are still bargains to be found here. Some of the newer and larger malls include Queensbay Mall and 1st Avenue Mall. At Queensbay, you will find AEON departmental store and many familiar brands like Mango and Forever 21 while 1st Avenue has Parkson as an anchor tenant. Other malls include Prangin Mall, Bukit Jambul and Gurney Plaza, which is conveniently located along Gurney Drive.

Map of Penang

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A markerBalik Pulau -
Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia
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B markerBatu Feringghi -
Batu Feringghi, Jalan Feringghi, 11200 Batu Feringgi, Penang, Malaysia
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C markerStraits Quay -
Jalan Seri Tg Pinang, Seri Tanjung Pinang, 10470 Tanjong Bungah, Penang, Malaysia
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D markerGurney Plaza -
Gurney Plaza, Persiaran Gurney, Pulau Pinang, 10470 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
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E markerQueensbay Mall, Penang -
Queensbay Mall 100 Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Malaysia
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      lilian_sg 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Manuela, There are indeed benefits to travelling during the end of the season, but weather is hard to predict. Good to know that you were lucky =)

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      Manuela 4 years ago

      Actually, contrary to what a lot of peolpe are saying, I think that the best times to visit redang or Lang would actually be around the time when they're closing. I've been to redang on and of august and oct before. And both those times there was no rain well, mayb a little shower in the afternoon.. but all in all it was bright and you can see the corals. And why I would suggest such dates that are nearer to the monsoon season? Haha! the crowds! They're almost non-existant. For me, thats the best thing about visiting these islands. No disco partying crowds. Makes them feel almost like what theyre supposed to be, unspoilt . paradise.But hey, thats just me.. mayb some would prefer the disco afterall.

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      lilian_sg 4 years ago from Singapore

      You are welcome. Durian is the king of fruits! A must try when you visit Penang if it is during the right season.

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      srsddn 4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      liliansg, Never heard about durian, must be quite delicious. Bitter and sweet varieties is another novelty about this fruit. Thanks for sharing this idea during Penang visit.