My travel itinerary in Georgetown (Penang Island) and KL, Peninsular Malaysia for 6 days.

I only had one destination in mind when I knew I was going back to Malaysia: Georgetown in Penang Island. Georgetown along with Melaka are among the most important colonial cities in South East Asia. Both historic cities are included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

While Melaka, was mainly occupied by the Dutch and Portuguese colonial forces, Georgetown served as a British-colony. I loved walking around Georgetown’s city streets filled with charming colonial-era structures, and, of course, indulging on delicious Penang food.

One day was probably enough to visit the major sights within Georgetown but I stayed a bit longer because I needed a bit of rest and wanted to walk around at a more leisurely pace. I also spent a whole day at Air Itam town to visit the Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill.

Before the end of my trip, I had a bit of extra time to explore Kuala Lumpur before taking my return flight to Clark Airport, Philippines.

Itinerary Rundown

  • East Java
  • Java Island, Indonesia
Day 1
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Georgetown
  • Kuala Lumpur to Georgetown by Bus
  • Georgetown hostel check-in
Day 2 to 3
  • Georgetown
  • Georgetown Walking Tour
Day 4
  • Georgetown
  • Kek Lok Si Temple
  • Penang Hill
Day 5
  • Georgetown
  • Georgetown to Kuala Lumpur Bus
  • Kuala Lumpur Hostel Check-in
Day 6
  • Georgetown
  • Kuala Lumpur to Clark Flight
  • Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia

Trip Date — March 2012

Itinerary Notes & Tips

Day 1

Kuala Lumpur to Georgetown

  • KLIA LCCT to Pudu Raya Bus Station, Kuala Lumpur City Center – RM8
  • Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth, Mainland Penang – RM35
  • Butterworth Bus Terminal to Georgetown City Center taxi – RM30

Georgetown hostel check-in

  • Check-in at guest house along Lebuh Chulia (Chulia St.)
    • Single fan room (shared TB) – RM25 per night
    • Moved out the next day because the room was awfully drab and didn’t have windows

Day 2

  • 11:00am – Search for another hostel in Georgetown
  • Check-in at Eng Loh Hotel (cor Lebuh Gereja & Lebuh Penang)
    • Single Room (shared TB) – RM25 per night
    • A little rundown but I liked that it was located in an old shophouse building and the owner/staff was very friendly.

Georgetown City Center Walking Tour

  •  Lunch at Eng Loh Hawker Stalls (downstairs) – RM5
    • Char Kway Teow – RM3.5
    • Iced Coffee – RM1.5
  • Georgetown City Center Walking Tour
    • Kapitan Keling Mosque
    • Peranakan Museum
    • Area of Lebuh Pantai and Lebuh China
      • Wisma Kastam (Malayan Railway Building)
  • Laundry service at Little India – RM10
  • Little India Walking Tour
  • Dinner at Sri Ananda Bahwan Restaurant – RM8.1
    • Chicken Biryani + Iced tea – RM6.7
    • 1pc samosa – RM1.6

Day 3

  • Breakfast at Eng Loh cafeteria – RM5.5
    • Chicken Rice + Iced Coffee
  • Continue Georgetown City Center Walking Tour
    • Fort Cornwallis
      • Entrance fee – RM2

Day 4

  • Extend +1 night at Eng Loh Hotel – RM25
  •  Breakfast at Eng Loh cafeteria – RM5
    • Dry Kway Teow – RM3.5
    • Iced Coffee – RM1.5

Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple

  • Walk to Weld Quay (Jetty Port) RapidPenang Bus Stop
  • Ride Bus 204 from Weld Quay to Air Itam – RM2
  • Walk uphill to Kek Lok Si Temple
  • Kok Lok Si sightseeing
    • Pagoda – RM2 admission fee
    • Ride elevated lift to Bronze Buddha – RM2

Penang Hill

  • Walk to lower terminus of Penang Hill tram
  • Buy tram tickets to Penang Hill – RM30 (round trip)
  • Ride tram to Penang Hill
  • Penang Hill sightseeing
    • Hot Coffee – RM11.6
  • 8:00pm – Ride tram back to lower terminus (15 minutes)
  • Board RapidPenang Bus #204
  • Ride bus from Air Itam to Georgetown City Center  – RM2
  • Dinner at hawker stalls
    • Bee Hoon Hor – RM3.5
    • Prawn Mee – RM4
    • Iced tea – RM1.5

Day 5

  • Check-out at Eng Loh Hotel
  • Walk to Jetty Port terminal
  • Lunch at restaurant across the road – RM9
    • “Beef Soup” Kway Teow

Georgetown to Kuala Lumpur

  •  Bus RapidPenang Bus #303 to Sungai Nibong Bus terminal – RM2
    • Bus made a lot of turns and many stops
  • Bus from Georgetown (Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal) to Kuala Lumpur – RM35
    • 2:15pm – bus stop
  • Kuala Lumpur City Center arrival. Drop off at Pudu Raya bus terminal

Kuala Lumpur hostel check-in

  • Walk to Chinatown area to search for hostels
  • Check-in at Grocer’s Inn Backpacking Lodge
    • Single fan room (shared TB; free WIFI) – RM35 per night
  • Visit Madam Sia’s Backpack store at Pertama Complex Mall
    • Buy Osprey Kestrell38 Backpack – RM480
  • Dinner at Chinatown hawker stalls
    • Nasi Goreng Seafood + juice – RM6.3
  • 2nd Dinner
    • Hokkien Mee + iced tea – RM7.1

Day 6

Kuala Lumpur to Clark Flight

  • 3:45am – Ride taxi from Chinatown to KL Sentral – RM15
    • RM9.9 metered taxi fare + RM5 “after midnight fee” (yeah right!?)
  • 4:00am – KL Sentral arrival.
  • Walk to Skybus parking area and board skybus to LCCT
  • 4:15am to 5:00am – Ride Skybus from KL Sentral to KLIA LCCT – RM8
  • KLIA LCCT Airport arrival
  • Check-in for AirAsia flight from KL to Clark
  • Breakfast at Dunkin Donuts
    • 2 donuts + coffee combo – RM9
    • bottled water (500ml) – RM4.8
  • 6:10am – Board plane
  • 6:20am – Kuala Lumpur departure
  • 9:00am – Clark Airport arrival

Clark to Manila by Bus Commute

  • Ride aircon jeepney to Dau Terminal – P50
  • Ride five star bus to Pasay Terminal – P113