3 Days
Budget: $
Long Weekend

Malaysian Culture is best discovered through food and there’s no better way to do that than visiting Penang!

Our short 3-Day DIY itinerary covers all the essentials when visiting the island. This itinerary is only on places in and around George Town. Read on and discover how we packed 4 flights from Manila to Penang and back, on just a long weekend!

View of Penang Island from Kek Lok Si Temple

View of Penang Island from Kek Lok Si Temple

Day 0

  • Flight 5J 501 Manila to Kuala Lumpur
  • Arrive at KLIA2
  • Pick-up KKDay Malaysia Travel Sim Card at KLIA2

Day 1

  • Flight AK6110 Kuala Lumpur to Penang
  • Arrive at Penang
  • Bus to George Town (MYR 2.7 per person)
  • Arrive at Red Inn Court and leave bags
  • Breakfast at Roti Bakar Hutton Lane (MYR 5.00 per person)
  • 2nd Breakfast at Hong Kee Wan Thun Mee (MYR 9.1 for 2)
    • Wan Thun Mee (6.20)
    • Pork Bun (2.40)
    • Coconut drink at the street (MYR 1.00)
  • Exchange money
  • Lunch at Jawi House Cafe Gallery (MYR 45 for 2)
    • Water – (1.00)
    • Lentil Rice – (8.00)
    • Tomato Rice – (8.00)
    • Beef Masala – (16.00)
    • Chicken Curry (12.00)
  • Explore George Town and Mural-hunting (Click here for my George Town Street Art Guide and Map!)
  • Check in at hotel and afternoon nap
  • Visit Chew Jetty and buy souvenirs
  • Bunch of Magnets (MYR 15.00)
  • Dinner at Restoran kapitan (MYR 30.20 for 2)
    • Chicken Lani Butter Naan (11.70)
    • Chicken Lani Cheese Naan (12.20)
    • Mango Lassi (4.60)
  • Buy snacks and toiletries at a convenience store (MYR 15.00)
Morning at George Town

Morning at George Town

Me and Boy on a Motorbike mural

Me and Boy on a Motorbike mural

Day 2

  • Breakfast at the hotel (Free)
  • Walk to Jetty
  • Bus 204 to Ayer Itam (MYR 2.00 per person)
  • Lunch at Ayer Itam Laksa (MYR 4.80 per bowl)
  • Buy drinks from a nearby stall
    • Grass Jelly Juice (MYR 1.40)
    • Sugar Cane Juice (MYR 1.7)
  • Visit Kek Lok Si Temple
  • Purchase one-way elevator (MYR 8.00 per person)
  • GrabCar to Penang Hill Station (MYR 6.00)
  • Penang Hill Train Station
    • Buy round-trip tickets (MYR 30.00 per person)
    • Queue for 90 Minutes
  • Arrive at Penang Hill
  • Early dinner at the Cliff Cafe (MYR 31.00)
    • Mee Goreng (7.00)
    • Nasi Goreng Ayam (6.00)
    • Nasi Goreng Tom Yum (6.00)
    • Mango Smoothie (7.00)
    • Watermelon Smoothie (5.00)
  • Explore Penang Hill
  • Snack at Kacang Putih (MYR 5.00)
    • Spiced Chickpea
  • Queue for the train back to the lower station
  • Arrive at the lower station
  • GrabCar back to hotel (MYR 14.00)
  • Night snacks at Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls
    • Almond Susu (2.50)
    • Teh Susu (1.70)
    • Chicken and Beef Satay (13.00)
    • Oyster Omelette (16.00)
Wayne and I sharing a table with strangers for a bowl of laksa

Wayne and I sharing a table with strangers for a bowl of laksa

At the top of the hill station

At the top of the hill station

Day 3

  • Breakfast at the hotel (Free)
  • Checkout and leave bags at the hotel
  • Explore Little India
  • Lunch at Nasi Kandar Imigresen
    • Nasi Kandar (MYR 7.50 per plate)
    • Lemon Juice (MYR 1.60 each)
  • Visit Chocolate Museum
  • Visit Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
    • 2:00 PM Guided Tour (MYR 16.00 per person)
  • Snacks at Rollney
    • Chimney Cake Ice Cream w/ 3 Toppings (MYR 17.90)
  • Buy Souvenirs at Pasar Chowrasta (Around MYR 60.00 for the both of us)
  • Snacks at Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul (MYR 3.30 per bowl)
  • Walk back to hotel to get bags
  • GrabCar to the airport (MYR 22.00)
  • Dinner at McDonald’s Penang Airport (MYR 24.00 for 2)
  • Flight AK6119 Penang to Kuala Lumpur
  • Another Dinner at KLIA2, Quizinn by RASA Food Court (MYR 20.00 for 2)
  • Flight 5J502 Kuala Lumpur to Manila
Street stall of Nasi Kandar Imigresen

Street stall of Nasi Kandar Imigresen

Front porch of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Front porch of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Expenses

Roundtrip Flights
Manila to Kuala Lumpur
via Cebu PacificPHP 1,588.95
per person
Roundtrip Flights
Kuala Lumpur to Penang
via AirAsiaPHP 2,244.975
per person
Red Inn Court2 Nights
Dormitory
PHP 544.00
per person
KKDay Malaysia Travel Sim Card via KKDayPHP 257.32
per sim
Food Expenses, Local Transportation, etc... MYR 300.00PHP 3,840.00*
per person
TOTALPHP 8,475.245
per person

*Estimated currency exchange of MYR 1.00 = PHP 12.80

Me at Chew Jetty

Me at Chew Jetty

Penang is easily my favorite Malaysian destination. From the welcoming locals to its diverse cuisine. It’s the perfect place to get a taste of Malaysia. It has culture, arts, food, and nature! It even has a growing community of Filipinos. It’s not as accessible as Kuala Lumpur, but given that more and more Pinoys go there for vacation or work, a direct flight from Manila is not far-fetched.

Check out our guide on Penang Food and Restaurants!