As a recent arrival in Penang, whether you are a first time visitor or return visitor, you will be impelled to visit one of the many Hawker food centres scattered around the island. The most well-known Hawker Stalls for visitors will be found in Gurney Drive.
Located at the beginning of Gurney Drive next to the roundabout now whereas before they used to be spread out along Gurney Drive itself. An eclectic collection of stalls which really is the best introduction a new visitor can find.
There is a selection of most of the more common Hawker foods to try, many of them are from the longest established Hawker families operating on Penang, some stretching back for three or more generations.
For a comprehensive guide to what food is on offer please go to our Hawker food guide.
Here is a photo sample of what stalls are available here.
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Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa
Batu Ferringhi Beach
Tel: +604-888 8888 / 04-881-1811
Fax: +604-881 1800
Note: Located at Rasa Wing Lobby, Mezzanine Floor
Breakfast: 7am to 10.30am (for Rasa Wing Guests)
Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Dress Code: Smart & Casual
Smoking Policy: Non-Smoking Restaurant
1. “Malaysia’s Best Restaurants”, Illustrated Magazine Publishing, 2002-2004
2. Travel & Leisure’s Best New Restaurants In Asia, 2007
3. Best Six New Restaurants In Asia, Travel + Leisure’s (US), June 2007
Feringgi Grill is among the city’s finest Western restaurants, the poultry and seafood are excellent, as are the veal, lamb and steak options. The restaurant has a Tudor-style ambiance and exudes old-school charm. Caesar salad is dressed and tossed table-side, perfectly pink Chateaubriand is carved and dressed with Choron sauce and homemade mustard. The views of the three hundred year old rain trees, the Andaman sea, gardens and beach are amazing. Watch the sun sink behind the Penang Hills at dusk from your table.
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Penang Hill is one of the oldest colonial hill station established by the British during their time in Malaysia. Explored in the late 18th century, a horse trail was cut by the Waterfall Gardens (present day Penang Botanic Gardens) to the summit of the hilly spine of Penang, allowing the British to escape from the chaos of George Town to the cooler climate on the hill.
Penang Hill comprises several hills including Strawberry Hill, Halliburton’s Hill, Flagstaff Hill, Government Hill , Tiger Hill,and Western Hill. The highest point of this range is at Western Hill, with an elevation of 833m (2,723ft )above sea level. The range also serves as the largest water catchment area on the island, and a number of tributaries to major rivers in Penang.
The earliest mode of transport to the hill was via horses, or a system called ‘doolies’, where masters were carried up the hill on special sedan chairs. To further explore the potential of the hill, systems of bridle paths were cut by Indian penal servitude prisoners for the establishment of more bungalows on the hill.
The Penang Hill Funicular Railway was the second mode of transport established for access to the summit. The first railway was constructed in 1901 and completed in 1905 but was rendered useless, due to technical faults. A second railway was commissioned in 1909, and works for the second line started in 1914 with a budget of 1.5 million Straits Dollars. On 1st January 1924, the 2,007m long funicular railway was officially opened by then Governor of Straits Settlement, Sir L.N.Guillemard. The last upgrade was in 1977, before a complete overhaul of the system in 2010.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
This turn of the century Mansion was built in 1890 by the most influential foreign merchant of his time who came from from Nanying, China. Moving to Penang he went on to develop his empire of shipping, opium and mining in South East Asia.
This truly amazing house is a fusion of east-west architecture with distinct European styling and stained glass windows with a real feel from its Chinese roots. The house could be said to epitomize the cultural blend of Penang. Today the house is open as a museum for visitors to get a glimpse of a bygone era and learn more about Cheong’s history through its antiques and paraphernalia on display.
Kongsi means clan or family group which in the wider interpretation would include professional, family or place of origin association. Each group (Kongsi) would build a communal meeting hall with dwellings in a single compound for security and substitute kinship for the families and friends left behind in China.
The Khoo Kongsi became the most famous of these communities due to its splendour when it was originally built. Unfortunately, the original Kongsi burnt to the ground almost as soon as it was completed. Upon the rebuilding the splendor was apparently scaled back somewhat and the impressive Kongsi we see today must have been stunning in its original glory. Khoo Kongsi features a magnificent hall embellished with extraordinarily intricate carvings and richly ornamented beams of the finest wood, each bearing the mark of the master craftsman from China who created these works of art.