|Gasoline (1 liter)||$0.61|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$15.50|
|1 Pair of Nike shoes||$93.02|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$9.30|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre||$318.80|
|1 Pair of men leather shoes||$68.22|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$341.09|
The word Penang may either refer to the Island of Penang or the State of Penang. However, the word itself came from the Malay word Pulau Pinang which means the island of the areca nut palm. Regardless of origins and meaning, Penang is one word that frequent tourists should never forget to put in their list.
Penang is a very popular tourist destination spot and has always been popular with the locals and foreign nationals. There have been a lot of big names that have decided to visit the place. Among them are Queen Elizabeth II, Rudyard Kipling, and Noel Coward to name a few. Penang is very well-known for its culture, heritage, parks, beaches, shopping, and cuisine. It actually ranked as the third most tourist arrivals in the whole of Malaysia a few years back. It was also ranked by Yahoo! Travel as one of the “10 Islands to Explore Before You Die.”
One of the island's best assets are its beaches. These contiguous beaches can be found in Teluk Bahang, Tanjung Bungah, and Batu Ferringhi and it is here where you can find the famous Resort Belt of Penang.
Despite its size and population density, Penang has managed to maintain a considerable percentage of its natural environment. Reports from 2011 states that nearly 7% of the whole Penang State is still forested - that is a massive 7524 hectares worth of forest that has not been destroyed or tainted. You can also find tons of places to experience nature such as the Penang National Park, Penang Hill, and the Penang Botanic Gardens to name a few.
Another great attraction in the island is the shopping district since it is also one of the major shopping destinations in the Northern area of the Malaysian Peninsula. The shopping malls offer tons of items and merchandise that will surely excite any type of tourist.
It might be an obvious one but in order to save money on your Penang trip, it would be advisable to walk around than ride the bus or taxi. Since most of the landmarks are near one another, it is actually quite possible to walk from each one. Just be sure to start out early and wear plenty of sunscreen.