It was my third trip to the beautiful country – Malaysia; however a first to Penang. Be it the island or the mainland, the city is a captivating destination that offers a blend of rich cultural heritage, delectable cuisine, and stunning sights.
My adventure began in New Delhi, India; I embarked on a pleasant Malaysia Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur, and from there to Penang. The journey by airline was seamless, and I arrived in Penang early morning full of excitement. I would like to express my gratitude to the Penang Convention Exhibition Bureau for having me over. Also, a special mention to Amari Hospitality for arranging a memorable stay.
Day I – After attending and covering the PITE 2023 opening ceremony, a trip was arranged to visit all major Convention Centres and Exhibition Halls across Penang. PITE saw the presence of 80+ delegates from all over the world. Indeed, the government and PCEB are working hand in glove to promote Penang as the most favourable MICE destination in South and East Asia.
Day II, I started my trip to explore the island and decided to explore the major tourist destinations that Penang has to offer. I started by visiting the iconic Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its charming streets are adorned with colourful, well-preserved colonial buildings, street art, and bustling markets.
I also immersed myself in the cultural diversity of Penang by visiting the Chinese and Indian temples. The Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, left us in awe with its grand architecture and tranquil surroundings. The Sri Mahamariamman Temple, a vibrant Hindu temple adorned with colourful sculptures, was a feast for the eyes.
Of course, no trip to Penang is complete without indulging in its fabulous delicacies. I savoured the delectable Assam Laksa, a spicy and tangy noodle soup, and the mouthwatering Char Kway Teow, a stir-fried noodle dish. The food stalls at Gurney Drive offered an array of local treats, and I couldn’t resist trying the famous Penang Cendol, a refreshing dessert made with shaved ice, coconut milk, and green jelly. In addition, I have had multiple opportunities to enjoy Nasi Lemak – which is a delicacy for all the Malay’s.
Day III – Exploring the UNESCO sites, I marvelled at the beautiful Penang Hill, where I took a funicular train ride to enjoy breathtaking views of the island. I also visited the historic Fort Cornwallis, a British colonial fortification that offers a glimpse into Penang’s past.
Also, in addition to these famous sites, I ventured off the beaten path to discover hidden gems such as the Clan Jetties, traditional Chinese waterfront villages, and the serene Tropical Spice Garden, where I learned about Malaysia’s diverse flora.
My trip to Penang was a delightful mix of culture, gastronomy, and exploration. It left me with unforgettable memories and a longing to return. I wish and hope that Penang prospers and soon emerges as the most favoured travel destination for people visiting Malaysia.