First time to Penang: Where should you stay?

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A trip to Penang will give you a chance to have a lot of unique cultural experiences and enjoy its stunning natural scenery. Penang also offers you many amazing dining and shopping addresses. So if you intend to travel Penang in near future, here are some suggestions about where you should to stay to discover this city easier.

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Georgetown

Georgetown is an ideal area for foot passengers as well as the most eventful area in Penang. There are many old temples, walls with graffiti pictures, colorful cycloes and hipster café shops in the area. Georgetown also is a paradise for those who have passion for fashion, ranging from famous brands to handmade and vintage products. This area also offers you a wide option of accommodations for your choice, from cheap hostels for backpackers to deluxe and luxury hotels.

Georgetown in Penang

Georgetown is suitable for:

-People who want to enjoy a lively nightlife
-Visitors want to stay in city center, easily to travel every destination.

Plus point:

-A lot of restaurants and café shops
-Easily visit some attractions by walking
-Variety of hotels with different rates

Minus point:

-Streets are always crowded on the weekend or holidays.

Batu Feringghi

Batu Feringghi is a stunning white sand beach – one of the best places to relax in Penang. It is a great place to enjoy night scene especially Batu Feringghi night market where attracts many locals and travelers visit at night. Coming here, you also can join in a lot of sport activities such as parasailing, surfing,…

Batu Feringghi

The area is suitable for those:

-Love beach
-Look for a place where can enjoy bustling nightlife

Plus point:

-Stunning beach with blue sea, white sand, golden sunshine
-Featuring 5-star beach resorts

Minus point:

-Not many tourist destinations
-Located very far from Penang International Airport.

Gurney Drive

Gurney Drive or Persiaran Gurnay is famous for many delicious seafood restaurants, shopping centers, 5-star hotels with amazing beach view. It also is home to several historical sites bearing the typical architecture of 1800s like Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram and Dharmikarama.

Restaurant in Gurney Drive

The area is suitable for those:

-Who want to learn more about history and sightseeing
-Shopping lovers
-Want to relax at a luxury resorts
-Would like to try local foods and fresh seafood.

Plus point:

-A lot of restaurants for you choose
-Visitors can walk to many commercial centers in this area

Minus point:

-Not have many budget hotels and local cultural sites.

TanjungBungah

It takes about a half hour drive to get TanjungBungah from Georgetown. TanjungBungah is a quiet suburban near the beach, located between Gurney and Batu Feringghi. You don’t have many options to go sightseeing or shopping in here, only 2 places you can go are Floating Mosque and Toy Museum. However, you can enjoy some exciting activities such as beach volleyball, beach soccer or fishing. The area features several mid-range hotels and beach resorts which are the best place to escape from bustling Penang.

Beach Resort at TanjungBungah

Who can go TanjungBungah:

-Have a lot of money
-Family with kids
-Love activities on the beach and water sports.

Plus point:

-Restaurants and coffee shops at affordable price

Minus point:

-Not many tourist attractions to visit
-Nightlife is very quiet
-Very few accommodations for backpackers.

Bayan Lepas

Bayan Lepas is home to many attractive attractions in Penang such as War Museum, Snake Temple, Penang Aquarium and Orchid and Bukit Jambul Garden. Tourists can find a lot of mid-range hotels, located only 10-minute drive from Penang International Airport. Bayan Lepas is an excellent choice for a family holiday with full of entertainment activities.

Bayan Lepas

This area is suitable for:

-Who love nature and animals
-Family with kids.

Plus point:

-Many affordable hotels and restaurants
-Many place to sightseeing
-Not far from Penang International Airport

Minus point:

-Not many accommodations for those who want to save money
-Far from the main town.

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