Itinerary Compilation: Penang Travelogue in a Nutshell

One trip to Penang is never enough. All it takes is just a 1.5 hour flight to experience the best foods and charming landmarks that Georgetown, Penang has to provide. This is a compilation of my Penang travelogue in a glance. All you need to do is to click onto the individual blog title and it will direct you straight to the blog post. Happy sharing and reading 🙂

Penang Travelogue – (Part 1): Snake Temple, Lee Clan Jetty 姓李桥, Chew Clan Jetty 姓周桥, Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendol, Joo Hooi Café and Ming Xiang Tai Pastry 名香泰餅家

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Penang Travelogue – (Part 2): Toh Soon Café 多春茶座, Penang Street Art Painting, Penang 70s Ice Ball, Khoo Kongsi and Lebuh Armenian Old Coffeeshop

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Penang Travelogue – (Part 3): Gurney Drive Hawker Centre, Kimberly Food Street, Kopi and Toast @ Gat Lebuh Chuliah

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Penang Travelogue – (Part 4): The Flea Market @ Lorong Kulit

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Penang Travelogue – (Part 5): Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera), MoonTree 47 @ Muntri Street, Chocolate and Coffee Museum and Pinang Peranakan Mansion

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Penang Travelogue – (Part 6): The Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences

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Penang Travelogue – (Part 6): The Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences

It might be a challenge to strike a balance between finding a hotel with spacious room that comes with decent rate. While doing my research on a hotel that meets my criteria, I eventually decided on the Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences in Georgetown, Penang.

Nestled in the heart of Gurney Drive and near to major shopping centres in the likes of Gurney Paragon and Gurney Plaza, The Gurney Resort Hotel provides every visitor with an entirely different experience of accommodating in hotel rooms that may come with sea views.

The first impression that The Gurney Resort Hotel gave me was the expansive lobby. There were ample and comfortable resting points in the lobby area.

I was welcomed with warm hospitality by the hotel staff and The Gurney Resort Hotel thoughtfully arranged for me to stay at the top level with beautiful sea views.

Two Bedroom Suite

Before I checked into my Studio Suite, I was given a tour of the hotel’s Two Bedroom Suite which comes in a whopping size of 950 sq. ft.! If you are traveling as a family, the space factor would be well-taken care of. A large living room with a sofa bed that comes with kitchenette make a good fit to spend quality time as a family.

There are 2 bedrooms that consist of twin beds.

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And a queen-sized bed.

You would not be blamed for spending too much time in the bathroom with such a breath-taking view of the sea.

Deluxe Suite

Not to be outdone by the two bedroom suite, the Deluxe Suite boasts a size of 515 sq. ft. with a hollywood twin bed that can easily accommodate 2 adults and 1 child. The living room contains the essential facilities that made my stay ever more comfortable. A plus point of my experience in the Deluxe Suite was the strength of the air-conditioning. It was strong and quiet, providing me with the much needed cooling environment after much walking during the day.

Free Wi-Fi was provided during my stay which was an essential life-saver. The hollywood twin bed occupies the centre of the room.

The deluxe room may looked dated but it exuded a calm and relaxed resort vibe. I loved this glass panel from the bathroom that made me felt connected to the hotel room.

A lovely view of the sea from my Deluxe Suite.

Facilities

The Gurney Resort hotel boasts a wide range of facilities for guests to indulge in. Infinity pool is the theme that every hotel cannot do without. Needless to say, you can also find it in the hotel. Take a dip in the pool overlooking the picturesque neighbourhood of Gurney Drive.

The outdoor swimming pool with sliding feature seeks to keep your little ones entertained.

Hop over to have a game at the soccer table, billiard pool, table tennis and arcade!

An outdoor volleyball court.

Gym facilities are in place as well.

Hotel Dining

The Coffee House of The Gurney Resort Hotel also serves a wide array of international, fusion, and local flavors, including a la carte menus and a hearty buffet spread. Here I am, waking up early in the morning for breakfast and hotel guests were streaming in.

The breakfast has a spread of more than 10 appealing cuisines which are bound to satisfy your taste buds. The chef was busy preparing my favorite omelette.

 

Nyonya Lam Mee is also known as “Birthday Mee” in Penang and it is usually served during birthday celebrations to symbolize longevity. The yellow rice noodles is cooked in gravy made of stock of prawns and chicken.  It is then served with toppings like colored shredded eggs and chives.

This was my favorite dining spot during my stay as it had a scenic view of Gurney Drive.

Apart from breakfast, The Gurney Resort Hotel also provides in-room dining round the clock. When your hunger pangs strike, you would know your meal is just a call away.

The Gurney Resort Hotel sits along the tourist belt of Gurney Drive. Do check out this hotel in your next visit to Penang.

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The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences | 18 Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Penang, 10250, Malaysia | Phone Number: +60-04-3707000

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Penang Travelogue – (Part 2): Toh Soon Café 多春茶座, Penang Street Art Painting, Penang 70s Ice Ball, Khoo Kongsi and Lebuh Armenian Old Coffeeshop

I wandered up to Campbell Street after my lunch at Joo Hooi Café and unknowingly I stumbled upon Toh Soon Café which was one of those places I wanted to visit in Georgetown much to my surprise.

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There are many blogs on Toh Soon Café so I am not going to rave about how good it is. I had read that customers would usually wait up to an hour or two just to get a seat.  I had originally planned to come here at 8am in the morning to queue up and I was surprised to find a seat immediately in the late afternoon. So fortunate!

The hot water for making of coffee was scooped from the big oil drum and the staff toasted the bread directly over charcoal oven. It was not an easy job as crowds streamed to Toh Soon Café at all times of the day. Imagine how busy the staff would be.

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Fragrant coffee pair with simple kaya toast bread. If I don’t remember wrongly, this cost about RM4.50.

A simple and nice aroma of Hainanese coffee with condensed milk.

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To make it easier for readers to find Toh Soon Café, look out for Ban Heang pastry shop. Toh Soon Café is just beside it.

Address: Lebuh Campbell, George Town, Penang Island 10200, Malaysia

Penang Street Art Painting

 Here in Georgetown, the street art and wall paintings would keep you mesmerised throughout the day. These murals have successfully transformed quiet streets into whimsical and thought provoking ones.

It all started with a street art project called Mirrors George Town by George Town festival 2012. Since then, street art has been popping up all over the inner city and has stirred up quite a media frenzy with Singapore being a nearby country also catching the wall mural fever.

Regardless of whether the wall murals were popular or not, they could be seen everywhere.

Cat hanging from the balloons.

Cat prancing on a mouse.

The Penang community.

The ever popular Boy on Chair. The mural is located across the street from the Anak-Anak Kota clubhouse and Khoo Kongsi entrance.  It was painted by Ernest Zacharevic during the 2012 Georgetown Festival.

A Girl Preparing Fire with charcoals, just opposite Boy on Chair.

This wall mural could be found at Ban Heang pastry shop beside Toh Soon Café.

Along the street Lebuh Armenian you could find this painting of 3 little girls with different costumes.

The Shouting Boy.

Two Men Pushing the Wall.

The Trishaw Man selling Goods.

A Lady Offering Joss Sticks on the Altar.

Skippy the Giant Cat at Gat Lebuh Armenian.

The Musicians.

The Boatman.

Brother and Sister on a Swing.

Boy buying Soya Bean Curd.

Kungfu Minion breaking out.

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At the intersection of Lebuh Victoria and Gat Lebuh Armenian, you would reach Ming Xiang Tai Pastry shop.

  “I Want Pau” street art mural depicted a boy and a girl stretching their hands from inside a window towards a parked bicycle loaded with steamed buns outside the Ming Xiang Tai Pastry shop.

Little Children on a Bicycle street art mural painted by Ernest Zacharevic.

Lion Dance Breaking Out of a Wall.

This shop provides bicycle rental.

Exploring more street art at night.

Just checking out the wall murals could take you almost a day. By the time I finished, my shirt was drenched with sweat. So, wearing comfortable shoes and light clothing would be useful. I guess it would be tiring to remember where are each wall mural located. My take is to grab a street map which is readily available at the airport and hotels and head down to the streets to stroll at your own pace. You may be amazed by how much you could cover within a day and the best part of it is that it is free! You may like to rent a bicycle to explore!

Penang 70s Ice Ball

Apart from being famous for street art at Armenian Street, it is also popular with visitors who can satisfy their cravings for 70s ice ball.

 

The popularity of ice ball goes back to the old school days. Over here, an ice ball sells for RM5.

My impression of the size of an ice ball should be similar to that of a fish ball. I was wrong. I was pleasantly surprised it looked pretty huge.

About the size of a small bowl.

Rainbow ice cream and peanuts stuffed inside the ice ball.

A must-try dessert in Penang!

Khoo Kongsi

The Khoo Kongsi is a large Chinese clanhouse with elaborate and highly ornamented architecture, a mark of the dominant presence of the Chinese in Penang, Malaysia. Leong San Tong exhibits rich Southern Fujian architecture. It is found along Armenian Street, near to the Dragon Ice Ball.

Intricate carvings everywhere on the walls, pillars, and roof.

The entire building is covered with intricate tiled shard work, mural paintings, wood and stone carvings.

Take a walk behind the courtyard and see the life of the locals.

Anna & The King (starring Chow Yun-Fat as King Mongkut and Jodie Foster as Anna Leonowens), was filmed at UNESCO world heritage site Khoo Kongsi!

Delve further inside you can find more art gallery and a small museum.

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi opens daily, including Sundays and Public Holidays from 9am to 5pm.

Address: 18 Cannon Square, 10200 Penang, Malaysia

Old Coffeeshop @ Lebuh Armenian

A set of kaya toast and coffee is expensive in Singapore. Not surprising. However, there is this old coffeeshop at a corner of Lebuh Armenian Street that serves decent and wonderful toast.

The interiors of this coffeeshop are pretty dated but customers continue to be allured by its charm.

And this set of kaya toast and bread cost only RM2.70!

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