Yes, it’s that time of the year when I have to use my complimentary night stay at a Millennium & Copthorne Group hotel before it expires. Last weekend, I went on a weekend getaway to Penang – a state in Malaysia that I don’t mind visiting again despite having been there a few times. Although it’s not my first time to Penang, I still found new and interesting things to do with my travel partner! 🙂 Here’s a snapshot of our 3D2N short break which I will detail further in subsequent posts:
Day 1: Upon arrival at Penang International Airport, proceeded to check in at Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang in the Tanjung Bungah area. Started our Penang food hunt in Pulau Tikus by taking a public bus there for lunch/ tea. After that, continued our journey to Penang Hill in the late afternoon where we did a mini-hike & enjoy the beautiful night view from the highest point in Penang.
Day 2: Relaxed in the hotel till late morning when we checked out & moved to our next accommodation – Chulia Mansion in the UNESCO Heritage Site of Georgetown. The Penang food hunt got more exciting today as we “braved” the scorching sun in search of recommended hawker food & cafes. Also had fun posing in front of the famous Georgetown Street Art. Enjoyed Chulia Street Night Market food for dinner & a complimentary glass of wine from the hotel’s rooftop bar at night.
Day 3: Enjoyed a good breakfast at the hotel before checking out. Despite the hot weather, we had a good time at the Clan Jetties around noon. Did not hunt down as many great food as I had hoped for due to eating too much past 2 days, but still had a few surprise finds. Had a great foot & shoulder massage along Jalan Penang, as well as buying some delectable Cantonese pastry from Ming Xiang Tai Pastry Shop before bidding farewell to Penang.
In case you are thinking of buying a prepaid data SIM card for you to be connected on the go, it’s very easy nowadays the minute you step out of the plane to get to the arrival counters at the airport. You will find booths conveniently set up near the escalator to the arrival counters by at least 3 telecom providers selling such SIM cards to travellers, so you don’t even need to go & search for them. We picked Hotlink, as it seems to have better value & coverage (based on reviews I read prior to arrival) compared to other providers like U-Mobile, which my friend had used before.
I’m not exactly sure the components of the real bundle we bought was, because we paid RM26 (about S$8.80) each & not RM15 as advertised. The salesman said there’s RM10 credit in it (not RM5 as per the screenshot above). Preloaded data connection is also for 7 days instead of 5 days, and there is some additional data allowance (forgot the amount but it’s around 500MB) if you surf internet between 12am to 7am during this period. Throughout the 3 days, the internet connection was quite stable & sometimes we opted to use this instead of relying on the free Wi-Fi provided in the hotel/cafe.
Despite the burning weather, I must say we enjoyed ourselves quite a lot, having found new things/ food to do/ eat in Penang that both of us didn’t experience in our past trips. Wish the getaway could be longer! 😉
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