Penang is a city that deserves far more time than one day. A few days in Penang is enough to fall in love with Malaysia.
With only one day to burn, one needs to get a bit of the culture in and Kek Lok Si Temple is absolutely worth a visit. This Chinese Temple is on the outskirts of town, and the best way to visit it would be using the public transport of Malaysia. The buses here are cheap and well-kidnapped and economical. This temple is famous for its Ten Thousand Buddhas which are lovingly placed throughout the grounds. The temple has a great feel and is absolutely huge.
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The most popular beaches in Penang are located at the northwestern edge of George Town – at Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bungah and Teluk Bahang. These contiguous beaches are home to Penang’s famed hotel and resort belt, which includes a Hard Rock Hotel. However, decades of sea pollution have degraded the beauty of the beaches and led to the infestation of jellyfishes along the northern coast of Penang Island.
Famed for its food, Penang is a food haven visited by Malaysians and foreign tourists alike. The various street dishes and delicacies of Penang, featuring a combination of Chinese, Peranakan, Malay, Indian and Thai influences, include (but not limited to) asam laksa, char kway teow, curry mee, Hokkien mee, nasi kandar, oh chien (fried oyster omelette), rojak, tau sar pneah and chendol.These dishes and delicacies are ubiquitous throughout Penang, and served at very cheap costs at any of the countless roadside hawker stalls.
Now who doesn’t love a happy turtle? Literally hundreds live alongside the monks of Kek Lok Si. Ever the peaceful creatures, this turtle community are adored by all the visitors and they’re a wonderful sight as you step into the grounds.
Penang (and Malaysia on the whole) has the most sensational Indian food. Authentic Tandoor ovens, steaming hot masala chai and mouth-watering rich curries finished off my one day in Penang perfectly.