Penang, My Favorite Island in Malaysia

"Selamat datang ke Pulau Pinang!"
That's the warm welcome one would see on billboards and road signs once arriving in Penang.

Far view of Penang on a ferry boat from Butterworth

Penang (Pulau Pinang translated as Island of Palm) is the second smallest Malaysian state yet it is highly urbanized and industrialized, and is one of the most developed and economically important state of the country. How do I know this? Well, I was blessed to have lived there for almost 3 years.

A view from Butterworth side
The last time I visited the island with my family, we took the international train (22 hours) from Bangkok to Butterworth where we took a ferry boat to the island for about 15 minutes.

Ferry boat from Butterworth to Penang Island
Ferry dock of Penang Island
Penang, which capital is Georgetown, is a home to 3 major ethnic groups: Malay, Chinese, and Indian. It's such a colorful and beautiful mix of culture!

Here are some photos I took on our last visit:

One of the interesting Chinese structure in the island.

My daughter standing along Gurney drive.

Far view (from Bayan Lepas) of the second longest bridge in Asia, about 13.5 km.
One of the major reasons why I love visiting the island is the FOOD. It's after all the food haven of the country.

Roti Canai for breakfast from an Indian restaurant.

Sumptuous Chinese lunch at Chicken Rice restaurant.

Enjoying supper with our packs (bungkos) from Nasi Pelita. Best eaten by hand!

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  1. I had no idea Penang was so industrialised, I would love to visit one day.

  2. Those food looks so scrumptious!!

    Great architectural photos!

    Visiting from OWT :)

  3. Beautiful white clouds, beautiful places and yummy food:)

    Visiting for WW! Hope you can visit mine too:)


  4. Mukhang ang sarap nga ng food dyan! Minsan masarap talaga magkamay pag kumakain. I still do that up to now.

  5. wow! Penang Mommy is one beautiful city :-) the water is so inviting that how I wish I could jump. Dropping some love for TT, hope that you can return the favor too.


  6. Ang ganda pala ng Penang, Malaysia.. ang sarap ng food. Visiting from FTF.

  7. What a very interesting place to visit and enjoy a week or two.

  8. wow!! beautiful te.. nice captures on the eating by hand, too. haha! thanks for joining WW. Visiting as a host and from my entry, http://culturemedley.com/2011/12/13/pandanon-island-bohol-a-hidden-paradise/

  9. wow! what an adorable you have here Sis :-) Penang is a beautiful city, looks like your little girl is enjoying the delish foods. Visiting for FTF, hope that you can return the favor too.