Strolling around Penang - Food, nature, culture and more food!

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Strolling around Penang - Food, nature, culture and more food!

Penang could be considered the culinary capital of the world. It is a cultural melting pot like no other and its charming Georgetown is incredibly walker-friendly. Colonial buildings, abundant street-food and street art all across town is a welcome change from the "malled-in" Kuala Lumpur.

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Spectacular Architecture

Image - The Top Penang
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The Top Penang
Tristan:Located in the 65th - 68th floor at Komtar, The Top offers a breathtaking view of Penang, and you can walk on top of the glass bottom (rainbow skywalking). In the lower floor, you can find an amusement park with a haunted house, mirror maze, science park, jurassic park, etc inside.
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Image - Kek Lok Si Temple
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Kek Lok Si Temple
Tristan:The largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Best time to visit is during Chinese new year or at night time so you can enjoy the colorful lights.
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Image - Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
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Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Tristan:Absolutely stunning temple in the heart of Georgetown. Beautiful temples, statues and leafy surroundings.
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Image - Nattukkottai Chettiar Temple, Penang
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Nattukkottai Chettiar Temple, Penang
Tristan:One of the oldest Hindu temple in Penang Island. And that's saying something, as they are generously scattered across the island.
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Adventures outdoors

Image - Tropical Spice Garden
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Tropical Spice Garden
Tristan:A garden of spices and tropical plants. You can explore the garden yourself with a map and audio guide or book a guided tour. You can also try some spices and join the cooking class there.
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Image - Penang Hill
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Penang Hill
Tristan:You can reach the top by riding the funicular train that cost RM 30 or trekking for about 2.5 hours.
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Image - Tropical Fruit Farm
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Tropical Fruit Farm
Tristan:This garden has over 250 species of fruit. You can take a guided buggy tour, have a taste of the fruits or juices, and purchase some of the local products.
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Image - Penang National Park
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Penang National Park
Tristan:This national park is the main attraction outside of Georgetown. It is not big, so getting lost is not too dangerous. On the way to Monkey Beach, monitor lizards will scare you, as they lurk around the corner. The park can be reached from Batu Ferringhi for only RM4 (1usd)
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Museums, Art & Culture

Image - Penang Street Art
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Penang Street Art
Tristan:Grab a map of the street art trail from the internet or tourist information center. Most of the street art can be found in Armenian Street, Chulia Street, and Love Lane.
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Image - Penang State Museum
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Penang State Museum
Tristan:Discover life during the British colonialism and what crucial events that happened in Georgetown. The entrance ticket cost only 1 RM.
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Image - Wonder Food Museum
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Wonder Food Museum
Tristan:A fun interactive museum showcasing Malaysian cuisine. The entrance cost RM 25 for adult, RM 15 for kids and RM 20 for students.
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Image - Penang Little India
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Penang Little India
Tristan:Penang's little India is definitely one of the more charming ones in Southeast Asia. It is easily walkable. All the restaurants here serve great foods, and there's really no tourist traps to watch out for. It's a must-visit, particular for vegetarians.
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Wanderguide map

  1. The Top Penang
  2. Kek Lok Si Temple
  3. Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
  4. Nattukkottai Chettiar Temple, Penang
  5. Tropical Spice Garden
  6. Penang Hill
  7. Tropical Fruit Farm
  8. Penang National Park
  9. Penang Street Art
  10. Penang State Museum
  11. Wonder Food Museum
  12. Penang Little India

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