Travel: Georgetown, Pulau Pinang

George Town, the capital city of Penang state, is located on Penang Island in the North-West of Malaysia. It might be Malaysia’s second largest city after Kuala Lumpur, but it’s nowhere near as crazy and in your face as the country’s capital. Especially in its quaint old town centre.

5 Things You Should Explore in Georgetown, Penang

Penang Ferry began its operations in 1920, making it the oldest ferry service in Malaysia. These iconic ferries ply between the Seberang Perai mainland and Penang island, ferrying both passengers and vehicles to and from the island.

The ferries are designed for vehicles to roll-on/roll-off. Some board pedestrian passengers on the upper deck and small vehicles (cars) on the lower deck, whereas some board vehicles on both decks.

The benches for passengers on the upper decks have pivoting backs that can be flipped back and forth so passengers can sit facing in the direction of travel regardless of which way the ferry is going.

The 15 minute ferry ride allows visitors to enjoy the spectacular view of Penang island and serves as a reliable mode of transportation to and from the island.

A fleet of eight ferries, named after the many beautiful islands in Malaysia, the ferries are named Pulau Pinang, Pulau Payar, Pulau Angsa, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Rimau, Pulau Undan, Pulau Rawa and Pulau Talang-Talang ply the waters. Penang Port is unique, in that it is the only port in Malaysia that runs a ferry service, linking Georgetown on Penang Island (Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda) and Butterworth on the mainland (Pengkalan Sultan Abdul Halim)

Important Note:

First ferry from Butterworth to George Town at 05.20 am.
Last ferry to Penang at 00.10 am.

First ferry from Penang Island to Butterworth at 05.40 am.
Last ferry to Butterworth at 00.40 am.

The Penang ferry runs roughly every 20 to 30 minutes, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to cover the 3km distance.

After 10pm, there are less frequent boats, with just one departure every 60 minutes.

Georgetown Ferry Schedule

nasi biryani briyani kapatan penang

Kapitan’s has made a name for itself and namely, its Tandoori Chicken. Be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper or those unnamed in-between meals, Kapitan’s, while initially boosted to fame with its tandoori chicken, has since gone on to attracting as many customers for its nasi briyani, naans and a rather eccentric mix of a drink, badam milk (pure cow milk boiled with ground almond, cashew nuts and raisins with sugar).

Another specials that you MUST find for breakfast in Georgetown is the toast. “Roti Bakar Telur Goyang” or in English will be Toast and Poaches Eggs. Nothing can go wrong with this toast as it’s traditional toasted on the charcoal. It is located at Roti Bakar Hutton Lane, GPS will help you to find the place. It’s walking distance from  the street art though.

Roti bakar telur goyang georgetown penang breakfast

Some shot of the street art in Georgetown that’s one of the attraction to take picture with.

 

A little more sightseeing at Georgetown that may attract you and a MUST to see there. There are a lot of museums that you might want to visit, as for our case, we don’t really have time to visit due to limited time. From the Ghost Museum, Penang 3D Art Museum to Camera Museum to whatever weird animal Museum (I couldn’t recall the name) LOL!

 

If you would like to visit Georgetown, I would recommend you to stay within the radius of Armenian Street, Ah Quee Street or Beach Street. It is convenient for you to walk around. So have fun!