Sample itinerary: Penang 36-hour Pigout

2D1N Penang Foodie Weekend
I only started going to Penang regularly since 2013, ‘cos people kept telling me that Penang food is nothing special or even lousy. Totally regret listening to these cuckoos!!!

If you are the sort who adores street and hawker food like me, you will be a happy bunny. Especially if you love fried garlic, pork lard, prawn paste, prawn, traditional charcoal fire cooking, intense flavors and wok hei. However, if you prefer the “home-cooked” feeling, then Melaka may be a better option as they are quite trigger happy with the oil and salt in Penang.


Penang food is not very photogenic but tastes awesome

Sample 2D1N Itinerary (free&easy, self-drive)
Renting a car in Penang is a good idea as it is pretty difficult to flag down a taxi and many do not want to go by meter. If you don’t drive and you want to cover all the “famous” eating spots in 2 days you would definitely need to hire a driver (usually a taxi driver). Of course, the food from the not-so-famous stalls can also be pretty good.

Day 1
0910h SIN-PEN 0910h-1040h (TR2432)
1100h Collect rental car from airport
1130h Air Itam Penang laksa (1100h-2000h daily)
1200h Optional sightsee: Kek lok si temple or Penang Hill
1230h Lam Ah coffee shop: Mr Gan fried crispy oyster (1100h-1530h, closed Sun)
1400h Check in hotel / shower / rest
1600h Goggle lady CKT, Lor Selamat Kafe Heng Huat (1100h-1800h, closed Tue) OR Siam Road CKT (1500h-2000h, closed Mon)
1600h Him Heang biscuit shop: buy piah (Closed sundays)
1800h Foot reflex/massage OR Penang street art walkabout
2000h Kimberly Street: duck kway chap / braised chicken noodle

Day2
1000h Hotel breakfast
1300h Padang Brown hawker centre: Seafood popiah / ohr kuih / lok lok
1500h Hipster cafe-hopping OR cendol
1700h Fa Cai prawn noodle, Air Itam roadside stall
1730h Head to airport. PEN-SIN 1935h-2100h (TR2429)

Budgeting (Based on 4 pax)
(USD1 = c.MYR3.2 = c.SGD1.25)
– Air Tickets SIN-PEN return (Tiger Air without check-in luggage): USD140/pax
– Accommodation (1 night, mid-range): c.USD50/pax
– Car rental (2 days) & petrol: c.USD40/pax
– F&B + misc.: c.USD40/pax
>> TOTAL: USD270/pax

Accommodation I have tried
(USD1 = c.MYR3.2 = c.SGD1.25)

1. Love Lane Hotel, Georgetown http://www.23lovelane.com/
– Boutique heritage hotel in Georgetown (NOT walking distance to Gurney Drive if this is important to you)
– Rate I paid (Nov 2013): MYR600/night for 2 Bed 2 Bath family unit, sleeps 4pax (Rate includes breakfast and teatime snacks for 4pax)
– Facilities: free street parking, free wifi (in-room access)
– See my review of LLH

Love Lane Hotel – Sounds dubious but totally awesome

2. Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Georgetown http://www.eohotels.com/
– Most expensive hotel in Penang, colonial style (NOT walking distance to Gurney Drive if this is important to you)
– Rate I paid: MYR690/night for Victory Annexe studio (Jul 2014) and c.MYR740/night (May 2015) for Heritage wing, sleeps 2pax (Rate includes breakfast and cocktail hour)
– Facilities: free secure parking, free wifi (in-room access)
– See my review of E&O (Victory Annexe – new wing, cheaper)
– See my review of E&O (Heritage wing – original wing)

The handsome E&O lobby

3. Campbell House, Georgetown http://campbellhousepenang.com/
– Boutique heritage hotel in Georgetown (NOT walking distance to Gurney Drive if this is important to you)
– Rate I paid (Sep 2014): USD150/night for Songket room, sleeps 2pax (Rate includes breakfast)
– Facilities: free wifi (in-room access)
– See my review of Campbell House

Campbell House- A lovely breakfast

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