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TL;DR Penang 2024

I’ve been getting DMs about our Penang trip, so here’s the tl;dr version. Will see if I can write a more detailed post with photos soon!



Where we stayed

ParkRoyal Penang (Premier Seaview Suite)

Pros: At the beach; room was spacious enough for all five of us

Cons: breakfast buffet was average; pool was relatively small and very crowded on weekends; we had to drive to get to Georgetown


Rental car company

Europcar

Wouldn’t recommend this as there wasn’t anyone at the counter when we went to pick up the car, and we had to call them to find the staff.

Cheekiemonkies recommended Kasina as he has been renting from them whenever he’s in Penang, and another friend recommended Hertz, so maybe we will check these two out instead, the next time we are in Penang.


Food

Genting Cafe: Kids loved the char koay teow with duck egg, and the egg tarts.

Andrew’s Kampung: Service is very fast, food is cheap and good. Try the sizzling prawns, local crispy squid, home style tofu, and fried ice cream! We ate here twice. Closed on Tuesdays.

Ferringhi Garden: Nice setting, food was decent but a bit pricey.

Gustoso: Yummy Italian food in PARKROYAL itself.

Tanjung Bungah Night Market: Only opens on Tuesdays. We liked the egglet, Korean pancake, deep-fried mushrooms and vegetables, and lok-lok.

Tai Tong Restaurant: Old-school dim sum, with some pushcarts. Decent, but don’t expect high quality dim sum.

Presgrave Street hawker stalls: Decent hawker food like wanton mee, char koay teow, fried oyster/mushroom omelette, western food etc.

Sushi Zanmai: Cheaper version of Sushi Tei. We liked it so much that we ate here twice!

Tomorrow English Cafe: Lovely brunch spot in a quiet estate. We had the scones and big breakfast.


Activities

Olo Studio: WhatsApp them to book your slot for crafts like tufting, making beads/shrinkles keychains, batik painting, and sand art candles.

Escape Penang: The water park was slightly more fun for us than the theme park. Definitely worth spending a whole day here. Bring your own water shoes from SG (we got ours from Decathlon).

Kart Haus: Located in a carpark in a dodgy building. Kids enjoyed go-karting here but it’s a much smaller indoor track, so you can’t really go very fast.

Hike up to Emperor Villa: Relatively easy 3km (one way) hike but take note that there’s no ice available at the top, so don’t expect kopi/teh peng.

Cat Beach Sanctuary: Lots of cats to feed, no entrance fee but donations are welcome.

Saanen Dairy Goat Farm: The drive there is a bit long with winding roads, and we got a bit of motion sickness by the time we arrived. No entrance fee, pay only for the animal feed. Kids loved feeding the goats, dogs, Guinea pigs, and geese.

Entopia Butterfly Farm: Lots of insects to see, and it was quite educational. We liked it more than we thought we would!

Corgi and the Gang Pet Cafe: The dogs were quite cute but didn’t seem very keen on interacting with people.

The Farm: Wouldn’t recommend this place as we had to pay an entrance fee, and there weren’t many animals that we could interact with.

Nusa Dua Massage Treatment House: Within walking distance of Gurney Paragon/Plaza, so if you’re tired after shopping, you can call to book an appointment for a massage.


Shopping

Hin Bus Depot Market: Interesting stalls with handmade items and various food items on Sundays.

BookXcess: Located in Gurney Paragon, quite a good selection of books for both kids and adults. Jigsaw puzzles are also cheap!

Popular bookstore: Located in Gurney Plaza, a short walk away from Gurney Paragon. Don’t forget to use your SG membership card to get a discount.


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For more details, you can check out the reels of our Penang trip on my IG profile, or the IGS that I’ve saved in my Highlights (Penang 2024) on my profile.

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