Penang

 

I stayed at Parkroyal Penang Resort for 3 nights at a cost of £83.00 per night with an amazing breakfast. The hotel was undergoing renovations, but that didn’t interfere with my stay. The room I stayed in was one of the newly refurbished rooms and it was very modern, clean and comfortable!

The taxi ride from Penang International Airport took approximately 1 hour to the hotel in Batu Ferringhi and cost RM 74.00.

 

We arrived at Parkroyal Penang Resort just in time for a beautiful sunset over the sea. The hotel backs onto Batu Ferringhi beach, so we headed down there after my welcome drink to watch it.

Lloyd and I spent our first full day in Penang at a cookery class. I booked with Penang Homecooking School after reading the brilliant reviews on TripAdvisor, and because I’d booked it quite far in advance I was given the pick of the menu.

At 8:45am, we were picked up by the host’s husband, Chandra, and took us to a local food market where we met the rest of the group. We saw lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and meat at the market. We even got to try some local food including a really tasty peanut crumpet.

We then proceeded to Pearly and Chandra’s home to begin the cooking class. There was six of us in the class and we each had our own workstation.

We cooked three dishes – daging masak kicap (beef curry), curry kapitan (chicken curry) and mix vegetable archar (vegetables).

After we’d cooked our lunch, the six of us sat around the table with Pearly and tucked into the food we’d just cooked. The cooking class was great and I highly recommend it; it was really interesting to learn about the foods at the market, as well as getting know Pearly.

Chandra dropped us back at our hotel at around 2:45pm. We spent the rest of the afternoon chilling around the hotel pool before heading to the beach behind the hotel for refreshing coconut water.

We were still full from our feast at lunchtime, so for dinner Lloyd and I shared 10 chicken satay for RM 9.00 from Long Beach Café along Batu Ferringhi. I love chicken satay!

We spent the evening checking out the local night market and had a couple of cocktails at Bora Bora bar.

On our second day in Penang, we headed to Georgetown to check out the amazing street art. To get to Georgetown from Batu Ferringhi, we took bus 101 from outside our hotel for a cost of RM 2.70 each for a single fare. The bus doesn’t give change so make sure you have the correct money. The bus took about 45 minutes and we got ff at the bus terminal in Georgetown.

We walked through the shaded streets and came across some brilliant street art; the swings and the bike one was my favourite.

We then walked up to Little India where we hired a man and a trishaw for 1 hour at a cost of RM 40.00 to show us the rest of the street art.

After spending a couple of hours exploring, we took the 101 bus back to Batu Ferringhi and spent the rest of the afternoon chilling around the hotel pool.

Dinner was at Golden Thai where I had hokkien mee seafood overlooking the beach.

I really enjoyed Penang and wish I had a little longer to explore – and take advantage of the cheap tasty satay!

Next up: Langkawi

Did you enjoy Penang as much as I did? Please leave your comments below.

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