The Best Things to do Penang Malaysia

Malaysia is one of the most underrated countries for travel in Southeast Asia but it is incredible and Penang Island is definitely one of my favorite places in Malaysia. Here are a few fun things you can do while visiting to make the most of your time.

George Town

First, you want to base yourself either in or within like a 20 minute drive of George Town as this is likely where you spend most of your time. George Town is like a multicultural capital of the Penang Island it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although the island of Penang is like dotted with high-rise buildings and everything else you would expect in a big city Georgetown remains untouched from the colonial era and just walking the streets feels like you are taking a step back in time.


To get around, you can use Grab they don’t have UBER anymore but this is like basically the same thing and a 15-minute Grab ride will set you back about eight to twelve Malaysian ringgit which equals about $3 so it’s pretty cheap.

Food Options

Once you get hungry, you will be spoiled for choice – Penang has the most amazing food. If you feel like a Western breakfast I recommend going to Pit Stop for their bacon and eggs or there’s a place called Mug Shot cafe for bagels and coffee. If you are into the more street food scene there are “hawker centers” which is like a food market and they are dotted all around Penang. They have some pretty crazy stuff like frogs, sharks, and soup.

Another cool place for a dinner is called Bangkok garden BBQ. Here you can order some meats, noodles, and vegetables off the menu. There is a round BBQ in the middle of the table where you can put your own meat on and cook it. So if you are looking for something a bit different for dinner, this is just a really cool place to go.

Upside-Down Museum

If you are looking for a mainstream tourist attraction or want to get some cool pictures for the gram, there’s an Upside-Down Museum which is pretty trippy. The interior of the museum is all upside down and the staff there can take your phone or your camera and they will give you these poses to do so that when you like get the photo and flip it upside down, it looks like you are standing on the roof. So if you are in Georgetown, definitely check it out and get some fun new pics to confuse your friends.


Also, if you are into shopping, there are so many places to shop in Penang. If you are looking to keep the money you spend to a minimum, then the markets are the place for you. There are these jetties in Georgetown where you can walk overtop the water and they have lots of little shops where you can buy affordable clothing, souvenirs, and other touristy stuff. But if your budget is a bit bigger and you want to go all out shopping there are also a few shopping centers in Penang. The Gurney Plaza is a seven-story shopping center filled with all the big brands you find in any Western country.

Penang Hill

Penang Island is a lot more than just Georgetown too, so if you wanted to escape the madness of the city then you can take a walk or run up Penang Hill for some amazing views of the city. If you are feeling lazy, there is a bus or train you can take up.

How You Could Still Benefit From Hiring a Travel Agent

Before the age of the Internet took over the world, when people wanted to plan a vacation or a family road trip, most of them used a travel agent. Travel agents are people who are responsible for booking your flights, resort stays, cruises, and pretty much anything else that could possibly be involved in a trip. Back in the day, travel agencies banked hard on travel packages and deals. That being said, travel agents were always middlemen, but that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t provide a powerful economic value. In fact, travel agents had the ability to provide you with the deals that you just couldn’t find on your own, and the main reason why you couldn’t find them on your own is that you didn’t have access to the resources that travel agents did. As you can see, travel agents were very useful back in the day.

However, over the past decade or so, the importance of travel agents has actually decreased significantly. All those online booking websites have made it very easy for travelers to get rid of travel agents and plan their own trips. Also, there is a whole lot of different travel websites and blogs out there that hiring a travel agent just wouldn’t made any sense anymore. But that doesn’t mean that travel agents have become completely useless, because they haven’t. For example, travel agents can be very useful when you are doing a complex trip or when you are traveling with a large group of people. The reason for this is because travel agents have access to all sorts of deals that solo travelers don’t, especially when it comes to high-end cruises, tours, or flights.

Planning a Luxury Trip?

Are you planning a luxury trip or a complicated round-the-world trip for both you and your loved ones? That is something that a good travel agent can help you with. You see, travel agents have access to deals that everyday consumers don’t. Due to the fact that travel agents talk to cruise companies pretty much all the time, hiring one for your family trip would be your best solution – even today.

Are Travel Agents Still Useful?

Yes, absolutely! However, you don’t need to hire a travel agent every single time you want to travel. In fact, in most situations, you would be better off booking on your own. This is especially the case if you are a budget backpacker. But feel free to test the waters!