Last year we visited Malaysia and during our trip, hopped on a super speedy flight to Penang island. This was absolutely my favourite place we visited throughout our time there and I'd love to go back and explore more. Here are a few things you must see or do if you get the chance to visit Penang.


We stayed in a hostel that I wanted to pack up in my suitcase and bring home with me. I'll write a more detailed post on this and what to do in Georgetown later because it's honestly such an amazing place to explore. If you visit the island, Georgetown is 100% the place to stay.

With temples and churches around every corner, there's an abundance of glorious architecture alongside the colours, street art and culture. Oh, and there's a lot of love for Queen Victoria here.

Street food

Travellers always seem to rave about the street food in Asia but seriously, it's something you cannot miss out on. There's often food stalls around every corner and we ventured out of our hostel one night for tea. We found ourselves just a few metres away surrounded by amazing smells and opted to join the longest queue of locals we could see - that's a sure-fire way to know the food is going to be good!

From hearty nasi lemak (rice with egg, nuts and anchovies) for breakfast to an amazing char koay teow (rice noodles stir-fried with meat or seafood) for tea, there's definitely going to be something for you that comes wrapped beautifully in a cucumber leaf. Make sure you go for the stalls that cook their food fresh in front of you - not only is it the best way to avoid dreaded food poisoning, it's also ridiculously entertaining!

Visit Langkawi

Okay, so this isn't technically Penang, however, Langkawi is another island just off the coast and it's really easy to take a ferry trip here for a night. We stayed in Melati's VIP female dorm and the beach was on the opposite side of the road to us, literally. It was a fab location and although rain was a regular occurrence, we managed to score a few hours in the sunshine and enjoy the amazing Cenang beach.

Taxi is pretty much the best and only way to get around Langkawi but it's still super cheap if you're used to paying Uber fares back home.

Does Penang sound like somewhere you'd like to visit?