Best activities to engage in George Town: Take a Bus!

George Town is considered one of the most pedestrian cities with a well-planned series of roads and paths connecting one end of Penang’s capital to the other. This is one place where lots of random goodness has been mixed together to ultimately form a city that is quite vibrant and colourful. The walls are decorated with age-old art. There are several century old temples which are a must visit here. Only in a single glance, you will realise that the city has a wealth of creativity and lots of dedication to preserve the islands colonial heritage. Evidence of this can be found just about everywhere.


The best way to reach Penang is by Bus if you are travelling from Singapore. Based on my experiences in the past I had booked my bus tickets from  As per the website there were 2 Operators plying on this route which were Seasons Express and the Star Mart Express. Both of these Operators ply the Executive class of Buses with fares starting upwards of SGD45 going up all the way up to SGD55. It is during the week days that the fares are as low as SGD45 and during the weekends the fares are hiked. There are more than 12 buses plying throughout the day starting from 10:00 am in the morning till 11:00 pm in the night. The duration of the journey is about 10 hours. However, if you leave during the non-peak hours you can reach your destination within 8 to 9 hours. I had booked my bus tickets through Starmart Express and the Operator was quite punctual.


Visit Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion: This mansion is considered one of Penang’s most prominent attractions that is standing tall right from the 1880s’. It is only recently in the year 1990 that the Mansion has been completely restored and has been converted into a Boutique Heritage Hotel. It has even featured in some international French films. The hotel houses about 38 rooms with completely timber made windows, 5 courtyards that have been paved with Granite. If you want to explore this heritage site cum hotel you can book a one hour guided tour or you can even spend one night here.


Clam Jetties: Located in Lebuh Chulia the Clam Jetties are basically a series of 6 jetties that form a part of the Penang heritage train. The Jetties are located quite close to the Penang Ferry Terminal with the entrance located through a temple on the quay side. One of the locals told me that none of the families residing here pay any kind of tax as they technically do not live on the land of the country but they live on the waters.

Kuan Yin Temple: It is considered to be one of the oldest temples of Penang which was built in the year 1728 at a cost of 4000 Spanish dollars. It was built by the early immigrant settlers from China in honour of the Chinese goddess of mercy.

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