What to Buy

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Tau Sar Pneah

This is a famous bite-size snack that people would usually buy from Penang during their vacation here. It is a pastry with crushed beans as the filling. Sugar is added into the making of the filling, so the snack is unique as it tastes savoury and sweet at the same time.

Where to get it: Try looking around Macalister Street or Burma Street in Georgetown, Penang

Travelling here: Approximately 35-39 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya

Price: Approximately MYR5.70-MYR13 (depending on number or pieces and flavour of the snack)


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Rojak Sauce

If you’ve tried and liked the Penang Rojak, you could always go ahead and buy that unique sauce, which is widely available in stores, so you can make your own rojak at home

Where to get it: Try looking around any stores, especially in Georgetown, Penang

Price: Approximately MYR7-MYR14

Tip: Beware! As the ingredients used to make the sauce for this dish is a little unique, you might not be used to the taste and smell initially.

Tip2: Typically, the ingredients included in the sauce are chilli paste, dried shrimp paste, tamarind paste, peanuts, fruits, sugar, oyster sauce and vegetables. So before making your purchase, make sure to check the ingredients if you have any allergies.


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Belacan Paste

Belacan is a condiment unique in Southeast Asia, and is essentially a shrimp paste. It is used in cooking to provide the dish with a unique smell and flavour. Beware though, as not all people are accustomed to the strong smell of belacan.

Where to get it: Try looking around any stores, especially in Georgetown, Penang

Price: Approximately MYR5-MYR7

Tip: Beware! As the ingredients used to make the sauce for this dish is a little unique, you might not be used to the taste and smell initially.

Tip2: Shrimp is one of the ingredients used in the making of the belacan paste, so those who are seriously allergic might want to watch out.


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Batik

Batiks are designed cloth that is representative of the cultural art here in Malaysia, and is something that you can consider buying here in Penang. These cloth can be used to make outfits, scarves, or whatever that you can think of making with fabrics. As it does not occupy much space and is light, it is definitely a great memento or souvenir to take home.

Where to get it: Try looking around in Georgetown, Penang. Perhaps Penang Road, or if you don’t mind the journey, in Teluk Bahang, where there’s a Batik factory.

Travelling here: Approximately 36 minutes- 1 hour 12 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya

Price: Depending on what you are buying, but the approximate price might range from MYR50 onwards.


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Traditional Nyonya Beaded Shoes

This is another thing that you can buy from Penang that is culturally unique. The traditional Nyonya beaded shoes came from the Peranakan tradition. These beautiful shoes were decorated by small beads, and require a lot of effort to sew them all together to form a beautiful pattern or design. Pair these off with some traditional outfit and you will get an absolute stunning outcome.

Where to get it: Try looking around in Georgetown, Penang. Perhaps Armenian Street or even the Little Penang Street Market.

Travelling here: 35 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya

Price: Depending on the pair of shoe(s) that you are interested in, the approximate price would range from MYR200-MYR800.


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Songkok

Songkok is a kind of cap worn typically by Muslim men, paired together with their traditional outfit. During important events or ceremonies, it is more likely for you to see people wearing Songkok. Individual styles can be incorporated into these beautiful traditional caps, and the price would depend on both the style and the materials used to make them.

Where to get it: Try looking around in markets or Lebuh King in Georgetown, Penang

Travelling here: Approximately 23 minutes- 1 hour 2 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya

Price: Approximately MYR20-MYR40


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Hand Embroidered Kebaya

Kebaya is a traditional blouse and it was worn by the Peranakans in Penang in the past. Designs were embroidered into cloth and made into beautiful outfits worn by women. These outfits are usually paired together with the beaded shoes.

Where to get it: Try looking around malls or markets.

Travelling here: 23 minutes - 1 hour 2 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya

Price: Depending on the one that caught your eyes, the approximate price would range from MYR300 all the way to MYR1000 or more!


Tip 1: Parking in Mainland Penang

For visitors that are driving, remember to get your parking coupons that are sold in booklets in convenience stores, parking vendors, some grocery stores and restaurants. You will have to put these coupons on your dashboard every time you park your car at a designated parking spot to display them.

There are several types of coupons sold: half-hourly, hourly, and even daily.

There are also several parking fee zones, so watch out for signboards indicating the operating hours of these spots, in which you will have to use your coupons to park there.

Beware: The parking coupons for Penang Island and for Mainland Penang are different, so make sure that you bought the right ones.

Tip 2: Renting vehicles

Getting taxi rides can be very pricey when you are planning to go to many places, so you could always rent your own vehicle instead!

  • Cars- Renting a car to drive around Georgetown might not be the best for visitors who are not used to hectic traffic, like the one in Georgetown, Penang.
  • Motorcycles/Scooters- Compared to cars, motorcycles are definitely cheaper. However, it is more suitable for those who are more adventurous due to the hectic traffic. Make sure that you get a helmet as well, and wear them during your ride.

For overseas tourist: International driver’s license is allowed to drive here in Malaysia. Remember to take it with you when renting a car, together with your passport.

For overseas tourist: International license is allowed in order to rent a motorcycle to drive here. Remember to take it with you when renting a car, together with your passport.