Penang is one place in Malaysia, which is full of rich Chinese heritage. It has an array of museum, plush green forests, temples and golden sandy beaches that will make your trip truly worth remembering. It is an island that is located on the northwestern front of Malaysia. The beaches in Penang are comparatively a little better in comparison to those in other Malaysian states. However, this is compensated by Penang’s rich multicultural history, which dates back to the beginning of British colonisation in the 18th century. The place is full of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences. The locals here refer to the city as a food paradise. The food available in the city in some manner truly reflects its population. The cuisine too is quite multicultural.
Instead of going to restaurants the locals prefer commonly referred to as hawker food. Make sure to try out Pennang white coffee and Rojak. The best time to visit Pennang is during the months November to January and March to July. In recent years Pennang has seen a lot of urbanisation. However, people here have not forgotten their routes. The population here is quite varied and almost every one speaks a different language. In recent times Pennang has also been awarded as the UNESCO World Heritage Site owing to its rich cultural heritage. One thing worth noticing is that although Pennang is a residential area there are a lot of industries springing up here. I found Pennang to be commercially progressive in these terms.
Apart from this the city also has a stunning view of the coast as you drive along its coast. From heritage sites to parks and museums to beaches, Penang does not dishearten on any front. After spending several days in Penang it was time for me to conclude my journey in this beautiful city and head to my next destination which was Ipoh.
I booked my bus tickets from this website https://www.redbus.my/bus-tickets/penang-to-ipoh . There were about 4 Operators running on the route between Penang and Ipoh. New Asian Express, Perak Transit, Transnasional and KBES were the Operators plying buses daily on this route. New Asian Express had about 4 buses plying starting from 6:30 am in the morning followed by 7:00 am, 7:30 am and the last one departing at 8:00 am. The Operator only had morning buses as quite obviously the traffic situation in Penang is quite notorious. New Asian Express is a luxury Coach Operator and the tickets for a single seat start from MYR28. Perak Transit is an economy coach Operator that has about 3 buses plying in the day – the first one departs at 8:30 am followed by the second one at 9:30 am and the last one at 2:00 pm. I would recommend you to book the 2:00 am bus if you are planning to travel with this Operator in order to avoid traffic. Transnasional and KBES are luxury Coach Operators with club class seats and only 2 buses in the entire day. The tickets with Transnasional cost MYR29 and with KBES cost MYR23.