The KTM Electronic Train Service (ETS), the inner city rail service in Malaysia, connects the Peninsular Malaysia, starting from Kuala Lumpur’s KL Sentral, and from the Gemas junction between the Malaysian west and east coast rail lines. Traveling by train in Malaysia has become a lot faster with the high-speed ETS Train, therefore giving its residents and even tourists the chance to maximize their time in going to and from the different cities.
If you take the ETS train to the north of Malaysia, one of the tourist destinations you can visit is the Penang Island, which is considered as a Malaysian state and also the “food paradise” of Malaysia. From the KL Sentral Railway Station, trains leave and arrive at Penang’s Butterworth Railway Station on the mainland, which is just 15 minutes away by ferry to the Penang Island. What can be seen in Penang Island? Here are three must-dos:
- Relax in first-class beachfront hotels
The Penang Island boasts of its long and pristine coasts which are certainly breathtaking and relaxing. Hotels and resorts in this island vary in both price and styles, from practical and convenient accommodations for transit visitors, to lavish five-star hotels. You can easily book a room before your arrival using popular hotel sites. If the budget allows, five-star hotels are ideal, especially for first-time visitors. These hotels usually offer beachfront accommodations, restaurants, and an outdoor pool. If you prefer a more private relaxation, you may want to book an Executive Pool Suite which has an in-room private swimming pool and a spacious room which anyone can truly call a home away from home.
- Visit other tourist spots
Aside from hotels and luxurious accommodation sites, must-visits in Penang Island include George Town, where museums and historical landmarks can be seen, such as Unesco World Heritage Zone. Other landmarks and spots can be found in Bayan Lepas, Batu Ferringhi, and Tanjung Bungah.
- Go on a food trip
Penang Island is regarded as the top food destination in the region, where anyone can indeed find delight in the humble roadside eateries and stalls that line the streets. The island is also very popular for its Nyonya flavoring used in local Chinese dishes. Aside from these, other culinary delights which can be enjoyed in the island are traditional Malaysian favorites such as the Char Kuay Teow and Tar Sau Peah.
Anyone who will visit Penang Island will not run out of wonderful things to do. What’s good about going to this tourist spot is that it’s practically a stone’s throw away from Malaysia’s capital!