Sample Vacation Itinerary to Penang, Malaysia (4 Days 3 Nights)

The holidays have arrived! Where’s the good? I used to read on other people’s blogs about Penang. It looks very interesting. Finally I decided to vacation to Penang, Malaysia. In total for 4 days 3 nights, here itinerary-his!

Well, I was also lucky enough to find a promotion from AirAsia. A package consisting of a Jakarta – Penang PP flight ticket plus a hotel for 3 nights, the price is only IDR 1.4 million!

It’s cheap, my college friends also want to join because it’s cheap. So, I am usually a solo backpacker this time on vacation with three other friends.

Actually, I can save on vacation costs, but because my friends don’t want to stay in hostels, so I choose to stay in hotels.

Getting to know Penang

Before entering the itinerary, it’s better if we get to know Penang first. Where is Penang?

Penang is a federation of Malaysia which is located in the Northwest of the Malaysian peninsula.

Penang is further divided into 2 parts, namely the mainland part called Seberang Perai and the island part.

Now, Penang’s capital city is Georgetownwhich is located in this part of the island.

The famous tourist attractions in Penang are mostly in Georgetown or on the island.

In fact, if you take a direct flight to Penang, you will land at Georgetown airport.

Penang is like a gathering point for various cultures because it used to be an important trading center.

You can experience Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, Peranakan, Thai, and even European cultures.

Penang holiday itinerary 4 days 3 nights
Feels like in Europe doesn’t it?

Sample Penang itinerary 4 days 3 nights

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Day 1: Little India

The long awaited day has arrived. Time to go to Penang. Because our flight schedule departs at 5.30 am, we decided to spend the night at Soekarno Hatta Airport.

The flight from Jakarta to Penang takes about 2 hours. Arriving at Georgetown Airport, how come many people use wheelchairs? I just remembered that Penang is a popular destination for treatment including cancer.

From the airport we took bus number 401E to Komtar (20 minutes) because our hotel is located in that area. After arriving, there was a tall building with the name Continental. It must be the hotel.

Sample Vacation Itinerary to Penang, Malaysia (4 Days 3 Nights)
Streets in Georgetown

My friends and I dragged our suitcases to the building, it turned out to be the wrong hotel. The name of the hotel is Hotel Grand Continental while our hotel is named Hotel Continental.

Go again, it’s hot again. Finally after asking here and there arrived at the right hotel. After taking care of check-in we rest for a while. Just started touring Georgetown.

We visited the area Little India and several temples in the vicinity namely Han Jiang Ancestral Temple and Sri Mahamariamman Temple.

It’s quite easy to go everywhere because the area is not too wide, you can also walk.

For dinner we tried Indian and Chinese food, there were Ghee Tosai, Roti Canai, Wan Tan Mee, and Lo Mie.

Day 2: Tour the old town area in Georgetown

Our plan on the second day is to visit tfour historic tours in the old town area of ​​Georgetown. The good thing is that in Georgetown there is a free bus called the Central Area Transit (CAT) bus to get around the city.

Our first goal is Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. It is right behind our hotel. This mansion was once the home of an influential figure in the 19th century.

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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

The hallmark of this mansion is the color of the building which is dominated by blue. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion has an architectural style and interior design of Chinese culture. The furniture is also mostly shipped directly from China.

Now Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is used as a boutique hotel but can still be visited at certain hours. You can join the tour at 11 and 2 pm at a price of RM 25/person (buy a ticket).

Next we walked to the old town area with colonial buildings. The first one we found was Penang State of Museum which is open every day except Friday and national holidays.

The entry ticket price is cheap, only RM 1 only. In this museum, you can learn about the history of Penang, from the time when the British Colonials ruled, to the Japanese occupation in World War II.

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Court Building

Nextthere is a Court Building or court place that has existed since 1808. Then Church of Assumption – St. George Church – City Hall. We only took pictures outside.

The final destination in the old town area is Fort Cornwallis which is a stronghold that aims to fight pirates, soldiers from Kedah, and also the French during the Napoleonic wars.

St George Church Penang
St. George Church

In the past when we went there the ticket price was still cheap, only RM 2, now I check again the ticket price has increased to RM 20 (in 2020).

In the afternoon we just take a walk to Queens Bay Mall while heading to the view point to see the bay and Butterworth Bridge from a distance.

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Day 3: Batu Feringghi Beach – Kek Lok Si . Temple

For destinations that are a bit far away, buses usually depart from Komtar Terminal. Initially we planned to go to the Botanical Garden first but after almost an hour of waiting the bus didn’t come.

So we decided to go to Feringghi Rock Beach by using bus number 101. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.

Quite disappointed when it arrived, the weather was a bit cloudy. The beach was not too crowded because we arrived early. The coast guard said it was usually busy at night. Here you can also play jetski and banana boat.

feringghi rock beach
Feringghi Rock Beach

Not too long at the beach, we took the bus to Tanjung Bungah Station to take the bus to Kek Lok Si . Temple.

It turned out to be wrong! Google Maps says you can get to Kek Lok Si by bus number 501 from Tanjung Bungah Station.

After arriving there, it turned out that the bus was wrong, had to take bus number 502 and not from Tanjung Bungah. We had to take a bus to Balik Pulau and the bus felt like riding roller coasters.

The bus sped up the winding roads. It’s only 15 minutes but feels like an hour, if it’s longer I can throw up more times.

Arriving at Balik Pulau Station, we boarded bus no 502 to Kek Lok Si Temple located in Air Itam . area. Not in vain we had a arduous journey, Kek Lok Si Temple was really wow!

Penang's Kek Lok Si Temple
Kek Lok Si . Temple

From the entrance you have to climb stairs that pass through souvenir shops to get to the main shrine. Have to continue again with some kind of lift for RM 2 (one way) to get to the top of the temple.

This Buddhist temple complex has several prayer rooms, monasteries and gardens. In the highest area there is a giant Kwan Im Goddess Statue.

Satisfied around the Kek Lok Si Temple, we returned to Komtar by using bus number 101.

Day 4: Pinang Peranakan Mansion

On the last day, we still had plenty of time because the flight back to Jakarta departed at night.

So you still have time to visit Pinang Peranakan Mansion. The term “Peranakan” is given to descendants who have mixed Chinese and Malay blood. Another name is Baba – Madame.

Currently, Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a museum with a collection of more than 1,000 objects such as jewelry, wooden furniture, and glassware imported from Europe.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion entrance ticket price is RM 20. To get here you can get a free bus. Honestly I was fascinated by the antiques and luxury items on display in this museum.

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Jewelry collection

Sample Vacation Itinerary to Penang, Malaysia (4 Days 3 Nights)
Furniture at Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Tips for vacation to Penang

Some tips that might help you if you want to vacation in Penang.

  • I recommend staying in the Komtar area to make it easier to go anywhere. The way to get to Komtar area from the airport is by using bus no 401, 401A and 401E (1 hour).
  • At the airport there are maps and guides about popular tourist attractions in Penang. Just take it because there is bus route information too so it’s very helpful.
  • You can buy a SIM card with a 15 GB quota with a validity period of 7 days that can be picked up at the airport. The price is only RM25. Click here to buy a SIM card.
  • Around Georgetown Old Town you can take a free bus called the CAT bus. This bus operates from 6 am – 11.40 pm with a frequency of every 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Rapid bus ticket prices for destinations such as Batu Feringghi or Kek Lok Si Temple range from RM 1.4 – RM 2.7.
  • To get to the Kek Lok Si Temple, you should use bus number 203 or 204 from Komtar, unless you want to take a ride roller coaster like me, hehe.
  • There is also another tourist spot called Penang Hill. My friends and I didn’t go there. Here you can see the city view from the top of the hill. For information on how to get there and the cost, you can check this site.
  • Also visit Penang Art Street to take pictures with the cute murals.
  • Penang is famous for its delicious food. You can find food around Jalan Lebuh Chulia. Lots of Indian food and Chinese food.

If you want to play in Kuala Lumpur, you can also read a vacation itinerary to Kuala Lumpur for 3 days 2 nights and also recommendations for tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur that you can visit.

Do you have an example of a different holiday itinerary to Penang? Can you leave it in the comments column?

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