[Travel] Road Trip to Penang City, Malaysia in June 2018

by - Friday, August 03, 2018

This year, I got the gift of hotel voucher from Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang for 3 Days 2 Nights during my Japan Travel Agent Company Annual Dinner on last February 2018. In the hotel voucher, I'm entitled to complimentary 3 Days 2 Nights, stay in the Junior Suite Tower with buffet breakfast for two persons.

My mom just says it, that she wants to go to Penang City for a short holiday before I got this voucher. Maybe we're lucky, then I plan to go there after 2 weeks Hari Raya so I can visit some my late dad's village in Taiping, Perak on the way to go Penang City. This road trip is on 30th June 2018 (Saturday) until 2nd July 2018 (Monday). Oh yeah! I take almost 1 month to complete this travelogue. It is because I have many things to do so it's really taking my time to complete it.

The journey by car from Kuala Lumpur to Penang is taken around 5 hours to 6 hours drive thru highway PLUS (north-south). The toll fee for one way is around RM 45.00. This long road journey is making me feel so tired; even we're passing by my aunt and uncle house in Taiping, Perak. We're safely arriving at the Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang around 3:30 pm. After we're done the check-in room, we take rest before going out for dinner since all of my family members are tired.

It's not my first time going on holiday to Penang City, my last trip to Penang is on 5th July 2013 until 7th July 2013 with my late dad and my mom. Its take after 5 years, I'd come back to Penang City with my mom, sister, and brother. Just four of us take this short trip. (P/S: I didn't know why I do not update the travelogue about the Penang City in July 2013. Maybe at that time, I just start making the blog and I do not take it seriously until a few years ago.)

For me, it's nothing much changing about Penang City, except road in the town and the new modern buildings around the city. The journey from Pulau Pinang Bright to the Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang is around 14KM, which is located at the Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang but the journey is taken almost 40 minutes to 50 minutes to arrive there. It's because the traffic was crazy on that day. Sometimes I feel like in Kuala Lumpur City when I arrive at the Penang City. The traffic of these two cities is almost the same conditions.

We're not having the special activity to do on the first day we're arriving at Penang City. We're taking our dinner at the hotel since the hotel makes the promotion of the buffet dinner with the price is RM 42.00/pax and it's just open on Saturday only. It's on the reasonable price for me and my family. After dinner, we take rest at room and excited for the next day tour.

On next morning, after breakfast my mom decides to take the private charter car for one day tour because she thinks it's can save our time, since we're don't know the road around Penang City even we're can search by thru the Waze application in the phone. This private charter's company just located at the hotel lobby. The fee is RM 140.00 for 4 hours and RM 35.00 for every extra hour we're taken. The total hours we're taken are 8 hours and the cost is RM 280.00 with our own choice places that we want to go for one day and we can spend time as long as we want. The drive will wait for us until we call him for pick up us and moving to next places.

The first place we're going is The Tropical Fruit Farm. This Tropical Fruit Farm is located at Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11000 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. The journey from the hotel is taken around 40 minutes to arrive at the Tropical Fruit Farm. The entrance fee of Farm Tour with the guide is RM 40 for adult and RM 30 for the child. It's including the fruit plate and fruit juice at the restaurant. For Malaysian citizen, the entrance fee is RM 30 for adult and you need to show your IC to them before making the payment.

The Tropical Fruit Farm was built to preserve the green heritage. As a contribution to the future generations of Malaysia, they have planted all types of local fruits as well as fruits from around the world. The farm wants to play its positive role towards agriculture despite the intensive development in our country's rural area.

Here on the 25-acre Tropical Fruit Farm, they have more than 250 types of tropical and sub-tropical fruits. Some of which will tantalize your taste buds. Not only are they delectable, they are also rich in natural vitamins, minerals, and fibers too. I've learned a lot on this farm and at the same time, I'd enjoy too. Its make me remember the moments I stay at my late grandmother's house in the village when I was a child. I miss so much that moments and I hope I can return back in time to that moments.

The second place is the Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm. It's the funny part, I don't know the entrance fee is RM 45.00 for adult and it's expensive for us just to look the butterfly even this place is the new park in Penang City. So we're deciding to move to the next places after we're taken the photo at the outside of the Entopia.

Then, we're moving to the Georgetown for taken late lunch. The journey from Batu Ferringhi to Georgetown is taken almost 50 minutes to 1 hour. It's depending on the traffic condition on that day. Before we're going to lunch, we're passing by to the Local Chocolate Shop and Local Coffee Shop. My mom is always good in shopping part. She buys some of the local chocolate and coffee for souvenirs to family and friends. These two shops are close by for each other so we're just walk to going next shop.

After that, we decide to eat one of the famous foods in Penang, which is Pasembur. The drive brings us to the famous location of the Pasembur that is located at the Padang Kota Lama, Penang. It's late lunch because the time is shown at 3:30 pm on that day. My sister knew which shop is famous and delicious in that food court area so we're straight going to that shop.

I don't know that payment part because it's done by my mom and my sister since I just seat on the table we're choosy. My mom orders the Penang Pasembur, Sotong Kangkung, and Sotong Bakar with ABC and ice lime tea with the total cost is RM 90.00. As you can see, it's full table and it's so delicious too. I recommend tasting one of the famous foods in Penang City when you come to Penang.

After late lunch, we're moving to the next place which is the Street Art Wall. It's also one of the attractive tourist spots in Penang City. We're never missing to find this spot. It's fun for walking around the heritage shops in this area. It's located at the 316, Beach St. Georgetown, 10300 George Town, Penang. 

If you watching the KBS Battle Trip Show, one of the married artist couples have come to Penang and they are going to this place too. I give little hints here, just walk the entire little road in this areas because on every little road have the beautiful Street Art Wall that great to take the photos.

The last places we're going are The Thai Buddhist Temple (Wat Chaiyamangalaran). This place is located at the Lorong Burma just outside George Town's historic heritage zone. It is directly opposite the Dhammikarama Burmese Temple making it convenient for tourists to cover both temples in a single visit. The Thai Buddhist Temple was open on daily basis from 6 am until 5:30 pm.

We're just lucky when we're arriving there before 5:30 pm before they are close this place. I get the chance to take some photos around this places. I have never been going to Thailand yet but it has in my travel list. I hope in the future I get the chance to visit Thailand.

Then, we're straight going back to the hotel for rest before we're going out again to go to the Batu Ferringhi Night Market just for window shopping and take dinner in that area. For me is nothing special at the Batu Ferringhi Night Market. That's all the full day tour around the Penang City. My mom wishes to go there again in the future. It's so fun activities with my family.

On last day, we're going back to Kuala Lumpur after breakfast since we're working on the next day. It's a long journey from Penang to Kuala Lumpur by car. We're safely arriving at home after 6 hours journey. It's so tiring but its fun too for me even it's just a short road trip. It's great to release stress from works. That's my entire story about the Road Trip to Penang City, Malaysia in June 2018 with my family. I hope you're enjoying reading about it. 

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