Best Places to Visit in Penang : Malaysia

Penang is one of the most visited destinations in Malaysia for Beach Life. It is very well connected via 2 long bridges with an amazing view. There are several beautiful places to visit in Penang in and around City. You can choose to visit the beautiful architecture of George Town or go on a trek to the Rainforest. Penang is the most visited destination in Malaysia because it has a beautiful Beach and is connected via road. You can reach Penang in 4-5 hours from Kuala Lumpur.

HOW TO REACH PENANG FROM KUALA LUMPUR

CAR: It is around 350 km from Kuala Lumpur to Penang and it takes 4-5 hours and may be more during the holiday season. You can take the AH2 highway From Kuala Lumpur to Penang, petrol pumps are every 30 to 40 km.

BUS: Night Bus journey can save time and also one can enjoy their sleep. There are Mid-night Buses available from Kuala Lumpur to Penang. Please check here for more details on Bus timings and Bus fare.

TRAIN: Train is always considered as easy, affordable and comfortable for any journey. SKTM runs many trains between KL to Penang and these trains are very popular among locals and tourists. You can Book your train ride from KL Sentral to Butterworth, and then ferry from Butterworth to Penang Island. Click Here for train timetable and other info.

PLACES TO VISIT IN PENANG

1. PENANG HILL

Penang Hill is the most visited place in Penang. Almost every tourist visiting Penang plans their trip to Penang Hill. It is also known for the Steepest tunnel tram/train, tram takes 10-12 minutes from base to Penang Hill. During your ride you have the opportunity to experience lush green views on both sides. There are Fast Lane Tickets and Normal Lane Tickets. You can choose at the time of buying depending on the holiday or non-holiday season. You can click here to book Tram tickets online for Penang Hill. 

Penang Hill is famous for its panoramic view of Penang City and its ports. There are service providers for 2 minutes videos of yours and views of Penang hill. It’s kind of a souvenir . 

Habitat Penang Hill is 10-15 minutes walk from Penang Hill Tram station. It is a Biosphere Reserve by the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s. Click her more info on The Habitat Penang Hill

2. BATU FERRINGHI BEACH

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As a visitor , if you are looking for Top-notch beach experience then Ferringhi Beach is just the right place for Fun in the Sun. Playing in sand is fun for all age groups and so the water sport activities. Ferringhi beach has many operators who offer a variety of water sports activities such as- Jet-ski, Parasailing, Banana Boat Ride, Doughnut Boat Ride, High Speed Boat Ride etc. Do not forget to bargain with prices for water sports activities.

3. PENANG STREETFOOD

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Penang Streetfood is world famous street food, Having said that, I strongly believe in this. During my Visit to Penang, all the street food vendors were full of customers. No matter what time I visit those street food vendors, they are full of tourists and locals. If you love to try Street Food then do not miss the chance when visiting Penang. Enjoy Street Food at different Places.

Best Places to find street food are, Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls, Market Food Street @The Top Penang, Presgrave Street Hawker Centre etc. 

4. SNAKE TEMPLE

Snake Temple was Built in 1805 for Master Chor Too Kong, a defined Buddhist Monk. This Chinese Temple is situated at Bayan Lepas, Penang. People say that Buddhist Monk used miracle power in healing sick people and used to give shelter to snakes. And Snakes used to Visit this temple after the Master died. You can enjoy visiting Snake Temple and clicking Pictures of Snakes, Dragon eye wells. 

5. KEK LOK SI TEMPLE

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The Kek Lok Si Temple is situated at Air Itam, Penang. This Temple was Built over a period of 1890 to 1930. It is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Malaysia. This temple has more than 10,000 Buddha Statues and the Biggest Statue of Kuan Yin made with bronze. Many Buddhist from China, Philippines, Hong Kong visit Kek Lok Si Temple during Chinese New Year and Light the Lamps to devote their prayers. This Temple has colorful prayer rooms, beautiful green gardens, Ponds with turtles and Fishes. 

6. PENANG FLOATING MOSQUE

The floating Mosque also known as Tanjung Bungah Floating Mosque was built in 1967 and expanded in 1977 so it may accommodate 500 worshipers. After that again extension started in 2003 as the population was increasing. It was opened to the public in January 2005 and now Mosque can accommodate 1500 worshipers. 

If you are planning to visit then the best time to visit is during high tide as, It was built near the sea, only at high tide would it appear as floating on water. 

OTHER PLACES TO VISIT AT PENANG ARE – Penang War Museum: Bukit Batu Maung | Fort Cornwallis | Historical Streets of George Town | Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm | Clan Jetties: George Town

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IMG_3766More of Malaysia: Malaysia is a Beautiful Country of contrast, a place where you can enjoy nature (Lush Green Forests). Take a look at my article about 10 Best Places to Visit in Genting Highlands (Malaysia). Also check HOW TO APPLY eVISA AND LONG TERM SOCIAL PASS FOR MALAYSIA

10 Best Places to Visit in Genting Highlands (Malaysia)

Genting Highland is famous for its Theme Parks, Casinos, Resorts and Penang food village. It is famous among locals and foreigner tourists. Also it is known for fresh air away from city traffic and beautiful landscapes including a 130 years old rain forest. The weather is beautiful, slightly colder than Kuala Lumpur city and be prepared for anytime rain.

There are many things to do at Genting Highlands, even though I have noticed that they are building more attractions to attract more tourists. Below listed 10 Most visited places in and around Genting Highland.

HOW TO REACH GENTING HIGHLAND

It is very well connected via road and it is around 53 km from Kuala Lumpur. Traveling by car will take around 1.5 hours to 2 hours depending on traffic. Bus service is also available from Kuala Lumpur to Genting. Starting point is Pekeliling Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur to Awana Bus Terminal in Genting Highlands. Click here for more info about Buses.

WHERE TO STAY IN GENTING HIGHLAND

There are many resorts, Hotels and budgeted homestays as per everyone needs. Few are Resorts World GentingFirst World HotelGenting SkyWorlds HotelSwiss-Garden Hotel & Residences Genting Highlands etc. You can click on the Resort name for more info.

PLACES TO VISIT IN GENTING HIGHLAND

  1. GENTING SKYWORLDS THEME PARK

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It is a theme park for all ages. Many different rides, museums, fun role plays for small kids, dance theaters, restaurants, souvenir shops and many more. One day is not enough to explore and enjoy all the rides and fun places. Tickets are available as One Day Pass or Two Days Pass. There is also an option for express lines. Click here to know about tickets.

2. SKYTROPOLIS INDOOR THEME PARK

Skytropolis Theme Park is just next to SkyWorld theme Park. It has many rides and fun activities for all age groups. The good part is that it is covered and safe from rain. Many rides are still not functioning due to Covid-19. Do check before heading there. Click here for tickets and other info.

3. GENTING CASINO

Genting Highlands is famous in Locals as well as among foreigners and many tourists visit this place to try their Luck at Casino. If you like to play in Casinos and are missing that during your trip to Malaysia then Genting Highlands is the place for you to visit. Accommodation from Luxury to budget are available for those who want to stay overnight. Check here for more info about Genting Casino.

4. ARENA OF STARS

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Arena of Stars is a musical amphitheater and it has state of the art music facilities, digital lighting system. It has a capacity of 6000 seats. Many famous stars performed at Arena of Stars and International artists play regularly. It is situated in the same building of SkyWorld Theme Park. 

5. AWANA SKYWAY

The Awana skyway is a Gondola lift system connecting Awana Transport Hub. The Gondola cable car has a glass bottom which gives a panoramic view of Mountains, Chin Swee Temple, SkyAvenue and a thick Rain Forest. It is a 15 minutes ride, and Gondolas can carry up to 10 passengers. Click here for tickets and more info.

6. VISIT PREMIUM OUTLETS

Genting Highlands Premium Outlets is heaven for shopaholics. If you love those brands then this is the place for you to visit. It is an open-air shopping mall with more than 150 premium outlets. It is the world’s highest hilltop premium outlet center.

This Mall you will find just before the main area of Genting Highland. Car will be the convenient transport to explore all places at GENTING HIGHLANDS.

7. CHIN SWEE TEMPLE

The Chin Swee Temple is located on top of Rocky Hill which gives a panoramic view of the Mountain. This Temple was built for Reverend Chin Swee, whose black status you will see at the front entrance. It is said that Master Chin Swee could bring Rain for the farmers when they needed for parched crops.

8. HAPPY BEE FARM & INSECT WORLD

Happy Bee Farm & Insect World is around 12 km from SkyWorld Theme Park. The innovative and beautiful Bee Farm is a place for a variety of bees. They provide information about Bees, Butterfly’s and other insects at the farm. This is a home of Honey production and you can buy farm fresh honey from the store. Click here for ticket information

9. GENTING SNOW WORLD

Genting SnowWorld will give you the experience of a European-themed winter village. If you are looking to enjoy less than zero degree temperatures in Malaysia, then this place is the right choice. It has changing themes from Sunlight to Night. It has real snow slides for all age groups. You can make SnowMan or throw Snow on each other to enjoy this place. You can find SnowWorld at Level 2 of First World Plaza. Do check the website for more info.

10. RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT

Ripley’s Believe it or Not is a 4D Trick Art Museum, Dinosaur discoveries, Infinity time capsule and if you like thrill then Haunted house. A bunch of Zombies will attack you in a dark room to deliver that thrill. It is also a place for over 300 exhibits. You can find Ripley’s Believe it or Not at Level 4, Sky Avenue Genting Highlands. Click here for website and tickets

HOW TO APPLY eVISA AND LONG TERM SOCIAL PASS FOR MALAYSIA

This article is a guide for eVISA and Long Term Visitor Pass.

The good news is that Countries are reopening borders for tourism and for visitors. Malaysia is known best for Expats living, as well as for tourism. People here are very helpful and kind. Many expats were stuck here due to Lockdown and Family couldn’t visit their dear ones. Since Borders are open again, I have compiled information related to “How to apply Visa for Malaysia”.

SEE BELOW FOR COVID-19 GUIDELINES

eVISA

Malaysia eVISA Requirements: Indian Citizens

The eVISA is an electronic trip authorization issued by the Malaysian Government. It is original to a visa, no marker or stamp is placed on Passport. Apply this eVISA through Malaysia Website: Click Here for website. The eVISA is needed to enter or travel within Malaysia. Traveller’s needed to present a valid eVISA at the port of entry.

Entry Specifications, Validity and Length of Authorized Stay

This eVISA is a single-Entry Visa. And it is approved for 3 months and allows stays in Malaysia for a maximum of 30 consecutive days.

eVISA Requirements and Guidelines

  • Passport must be valid for at lease 6 months at the time of application
  • Confirmed Return flight booking
  • Proof of Accommodation
  • Invitation Letter
  • Birth Certificate in case of Minor
  • Color front page of passport
  • A recent passport size color photo ( white background)
  • Sufficient funds in Bank account to cover expenses

At The Time of Entering Malaysia

Keep all the necessary documents such as, printout of valid eVISA, return Flight ticket, Accommodation Proof or Invitation Letter. Sufficient funds in Bank account to cover expenses during stay in Malaysia. 

Eligible Countries for eVISA for Malaysia

Please refer this document for Eligible Countries: Click Here

WEBSITE FOR CHECKING eVISA STATUS: CLICK HERE

 

Long Term Social Visit Pass

Long Term Social Visit Pass is issued to foreign nationals who want to stay in Malaysia for a longer than six month. And it can be extended upto 5 years depending upon eligibility. 

Malaysia Long term social pass is commonly issued to foreign national spouses/family members.

Who is Eligible for Long Term Social Visit Pass?

  • Family Members of Malaysia Employment Visa Holders:
    • Parents or Parents-in-law
    • Spouses
    • Children over age of 21 years.
  • Foreign national spouse of a Malaysian citizen
  • Foreign national need medical treatment plus one accompany

Requirements for Long Term Social Visit Pass

Forms Needed:  Forms IMM.12, IMM.55, and IMM.38

Documents Needed: *Login to ESD site for latest updates, for forms and visit Immigration Department of Malaysia for submitting applications

  • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Birth Certificate (if applicable)
  • 2 passport size pictures for applicants
  • Proof of Resident in Malaysia and origin country
  • Invitation letter
  • Malaysia Employment Visa details/copies
  • 2 Photo copies of all documents
  • Security Bond stamped of RM10 revenue stamp
  • In case of Malaysian citizen is self-employed- all supporting letters and documents

Please note: Certain documents need to be certified by an embassy/consulate of the specific country.

 

COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR MALAYSIA

  • Must download, register and activate your MySejahtera App before traveling to Malaysia.
  • Fill up all details, including travel dates, vaccination information in MySejahtera App under the traveller.
    • Need to complete the pre-departure form( state your travel day with name of the traveller) under the traveller icon.IMG_4460
    • After completing and submitting the pre-departure form, you will be able to see a BLUE Traveller card (in case of fully vaccinated) or RED Travellers card (in case of partially vaccinated or unvaccinated will appear. If you are fully vaccinated and entering from Singapore via land at least 3 times in a week. Then you will receive a PURPLE Frequent Traveller Card.
    • Once your Card is PURPLE, Travellers are advised to refill and resubmit their pre-departure form every seven days.
  • If dependents are traveling with you, fill their details as well after you have added them under manage dependents and provide their dependent vaccine details .
  • You can verify digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate on mysafetravel@gov.my (you can get vaccine certificate issued overseas)
  • Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals should undergo/take COVID-19 RT-PCR or COVID-19 antigen rapid test 48 hours before departure. Please upload the test result in MySejahtera the moment you receive it. (click here for definition of vaccination status)

BEST TIME TO VISIT PHILIPPINES

We stayed more than 5 years in the Philippines. And this country is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches. But, it is equally important to know the best time to visit Philippines beaches. The Philippines has forecast more than 200 typhoons around the year. And the wind speed is more than 500 km, so if that time you are at the beach site. You may have to remain in a Hotel/Resort. Sometimes typhoons last for 4 to 5 days depending on intensity.

SELECT THE ISLAND YOU WANT TO VISIT

There are many Beautiful islands in the Philippines. And there is so much to see that you can’t cover all that beauty on a trip. So divide your time as per selection. For example- Boracay needs a minimum 2-3 days to explore completely and enjoy Its beauty. But if you are planning to go to El-Nido then you need a minimum 3-4 days. There are other factors like travel time from Airport and other aspects.

BEST TIME TO VISIT PHILIPPINES ISLANDS

The best to enjoy beautiful beach Islands are from the month of September to December (This is also peak time for the business for resorts) and then February to Mid of April. The weather is too hot from mid April to June. So if you plan during this time, it will be difficult to enjoy the beach during day time. 

Rainy Season from last week of May until the end of August. Though the Philippines has tropical weather and you can expect rain throughout the year. People do visit during the rainy season and the weather is also nice and breezy. But the sea water and beaches are dirty due to rains. So not the best time to travel during the rainy season.

Also, always check for any typhoon warning before you plan your travel.

Note: Please do not litter beaches and sea, through your trash in the rubbish bin.

You may also like to check below posts-

What to expect in Boracay

El-Nido Palawan

People’s Mindset Behind Status

I recently saw one status, though I did not know her personally as it was a Business account. After reading those statuses, I felt that why only Women post such status. Like she was referring to something that happened to her. And, as she cannot tell directly but she tried to tell in her status. I want to share those quotes here:

” Silence and smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems and Silence is the way to avoid many problems”

The other one was again I found specific for woman per say:

“Father retires at 60. Mother never retires. She works for her Husband. She works for her Children. She looks after her Grandchildren. She looks after Everyone. Everyone retires, but Mother Never retires”

I feel such lines do not talk about Woman empowerment. Above lines shows as she works as slave. But, that is not true. Everyone works then a Family forms. I think such posts should not be shared. These are for weak people and no one is weak in my eyes.

Look – If anyone need ‘Help’

Why is this the headline of my today’s blog? Well, the answer is today’s lifestyle and fast running life. Where everyone wants to show more than they have and no one wants to negotiate on living standard even if they are in deep debt. But there are other feelings also which surround many people. 

Look near to you, your friends, family if anyone is in need of Help. Currently Help is not needed by Females, even Males too come in that category. No one can say today who is under depression. Maybe your friends who are laughing with you out loud. But inside she is fighting not to show how depressed she is. This is not because of family issues, many times it is peer pressure. My friends are doing well and am not able to go out frequently, I really wanted that stuff/things. Or maybe something else.

if someone is laughing out too loud on such a small joke. Or if someone is ignoring your calls, Just hug tight and ask, are you okay? Is there anything you want to share with me? You know you can trust me completely. 

In the current situation, we all need friends, family support and we all need meditation to reduce stress suppressing us from outside. 

Share your thoughts please…

Purple Feelings

It’s been a while since I wrote any blog. I started this blog to share my travel experiences. And from my side, it was a try to help my readers find places, how to reach, which route to take. I was able to share all my trips until early 2019. 

Then we planned our second child and we stopped our travel thinking to continue again after delivery. But this couldn’t happen as we all know about the starting of COVID-19. Whole world was shut down in lockdown. Well, I don’t want to talk about that as everyone does. 

Here, I am starting to write this blog again, it is not about travel but about my thoughts or maybe about my day. This is short info about why I am not writing about travel and hoping to write many more blogs in near future.

My dear reader, please share your thoughts on this….