IF YOU FIND yourself with a little more time on your hands than expected and a chance to explore George Town, the best way to do it is on foot. Depending on the time of day, make sure you bring plenty of sun-cream and wear light clothes if you are planning to do this.
The local bus service called RapidPenang runs very efficiently and is perhaps one of the favoured modes of transport if you are in a rush to navigate your day. All the bus stations and stops are well labelled; the service prides itself on its userfriendliness and frequent operations. However, it is worth noting that you will need to have the exact fare to hand as the driver does not carry change.
For a particularly authentic and at times entertaining experience you could test out a trishaw, however it is advisable to do this if you have a relatively free schedule for the day. The three-wheeled humanpowered vehicles provide a great way to see George Town and you are able to stop at any time to take photographs or simply embrace the atmosphere. Many of the trishaw riders are brilliant tour guides, but it is advisable to negotiate the fare before hopping on and perhaps consider hiring them by the hour for a relaxed break in your day.
Depending on the length of your stay, car rentals are a good option to consider. If you are looking for a change to explore the more rural western or southern coast of the island, this is the way to do it. However, be sure to take note when it comes to Penang’s one-way streets and narrow roads.
Similarly to the extensive public transport across Penang, taxis are a useful and quick way to negotiate your way from meeting to meeting. If you are unsure of your destination it is advisable, but always practice your haggling skills with the taxi driver before setting off and agree a price beforehand.
Aerial view of George Town