Traveling by yourself can be a thrilling and enriching experience. There’s freedom when traveling solo because you don’t have to be restricted by your group’s itinerary or schedule. You can stay in one place for as long as you please, or come back the next day for more.
Here are three things to do on your solo adventure in Penang:
1. See the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Also called the Blue Mansion or Blue House, this is a boutique hotel that offers guided tours twice a day. There’s a sign up sheet outside the house that groups people together and gives them a tour scheduled. Guests won’t be allowed in unless they have reserved prior to the scheduled tour. This mansion was built by Cheong Fatt Tze and has 38 rooms and five large courtyards. Its most striking feature is its indigo-blue outer wall. There is a small entrance fee to see the mansion. It is open daily from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
2. Visit the Temples
Most people embark on a solo adventure to find themselves or search for their purpose. In Penang, specifically, on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling you will find different houses of worship. This area is in fact called the “Street of Harmony” because different religions are able to co-exist peacefully. You will find the Kwan Yin temple, the Sri Mariamman Hindu temple as well as the Kapitan Keling Indian Muslim Mosque. If you have the time, travel to Air Itam to pay your respects at the Kek Lok Si Temple, which is one of the biggest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia.
3. Go on a Foodie Adventure
Penang is a hawkers haven, and where they are, the crowds follow. Street food is very affordable and satisfying, you can get full meals for under US$ 3. Among the must tries are: Assam Laksa, a savory soup made of rice noodles, seafood and fresh spices; Ice Kacang, a dessert of shaved ice with beans, corn, jelly and syrup; and Nyonya Kuih , a popular snack of colorful Peranakan cakes. These are native rice cakes flavored with pandan and topped with coconut cream. You can also try other Malaysian food staples such as Beef Rendang, Satay, and Nasi Goreng.
You can find great Penang hotel deals for solo travelers when you book online. Some of them include tours and transfers for a hassle-free vacation. You can plan ahead and go on a solo adventure for a birthday or a significant occasion in your life.