It’s my usual habit to be flying out of town on my birthday. Normally, I would love to go to Hong Kong. However, I had been there earlier this year. Hence, I had no idea where to go this September. Nothing was planned until the very last week. We were deciding between Bali and Penang. In the end, we decided to go to Penang because I didn’t want to spend too much. Moreover, the exchange rate is really good now.
Before I continue… Each of us spent only $386.50 dollars (SGD) for 4 days 3 nights in Penang. That include air ticket, accommodation, massage and shopping! Yes, you will still have enough money for massage and shopping!
I planned this getaway pretty last minute. I was hoping that the prices will be low too. I went to the airline and hotel website and compared it with the bundles’ deals in Skyscanner and Zuji. Zuji provided the most value for money bundle out of all because there’s a discount at that point of time too.
Price of Air ticket + Accommodation + Taxes for 2 people = SGD 492
Hence, 1 person only need to pay for $246 for a round trip air ticket via TigerAir, without any add-ons and accommodations at Hotel Neo+ in Penang. The hotel is pretty new, and the room is good enough for 4 days 3 nights. It’s clean and has all the amenity which include a gym and a rooftop mini pool.
This is the view from the hotel room. Not bad, right? You see the tall building over there? That’s Komtar. It’s a mall.
As this trip was planned at the very last minute, I have no itinerary. The purpose of this trip is to chill and enjoy a short break away from work and the busy life in Singapore. Well… I did have 2 main goals in Penang too, which was to see those murals and have a bowl of delicious old school Chendol!
It’s burning hot in Penang. Not complaining, because the sun makes good photos opportunity. These were some of my favourite murals.
Best part of catching all these murals?! IT’S FREE! ZERO DOLLAR SPEND!
Other than catching murals, I did go to the top of Penang Hill as well. I spent 60RM (SGD 20) for the express lane. It’s slightly pricey but I can’t be bothered to queue to get up the hill. If you have the time and patience, it is cheaper to opt for the normal lane.
Honestly speaking, there’s nothing special on top of the Penang Hill. It’s quite small. I spent 20RM (SGD 7) for that glass of ice lemon tea. It’s rather expensive. Oh well… there’s a need for it. What can I do?
When you are in Penang, you have to eat all the street food. That’s where you find the true blue delicacies in Penang. Do it the local way. Well… because Penang is near the sea, their seafood is pretty fresh and value for money too. Street food in Penang is affordable as well. You can safely help yourself to a second serving if a bowl of Prawn Noodle is not enough. Honestly, see that chicken skew, that’s the best item I had in Penang. The meat and vegetables were so fresh and juicy! It’s only 8RM (SGD 3!!!) for 2 sticks! TELL ME ABOUT IT!
How can I miss out the cafe scene in Penang? After all, I am a caffeine addict. I did enjoy a cup of coffee near my hotel as well. It’s 13RM (SGD 5) for that glass of Ice latte. Sadly, there’s nothing special about it. The only good thing about the cafe was that it’s located near an “art scene”; pretty hipster. Nice place to take photos too.
These were the main attractions that I went to during the 4 days 3 nights trip. When the weather got too hot, I would be in either the hotel room for a short break or the shopping mall. I went for a massage and caught the movie “Stocks” in Penang too. I was at 1st Avenue mall for both the activities. The cinema was really good. The seat was spacious and comfy. Each ticket is 19 RM (SGD 7). It’s so worth every single penny.
Here’s a breakdown of the expenditure in Penang:
- 1 Sim Card (2GB): 36RM
- Transport for 2 people: 103 RM (including taking taxis).
- Food and Beverage for 2 people: 231 RM
- Massage for 2 people: 176 RM (Thai Therapy for 1.5 hours)
- Movie for 2: 38 RM
- Souvenirs: 27.50 RM
- Shopping: 233 RM (1 dress + 2 tops)
In total, my mum and I spent 844.50 RM, which is SGD 281.50. If I were to split equally, each of us spent SGD 140.75 in Penang. In total, each of us spent SGD 386.5o for the entire trip.
Honestly speaking, we splurged quite an amount because we went for massage, movies and shopping. We could have saved on that. On top of that, I could have saved on the sim card and rely on the hotel’s free wifi. Nevertheless, I am happy that we managed to spend within budget.
I hope that this post will give you a good insight of both Penang and the spendings required. It’s a good place for budget travelling. I believed you could even spend lesser than me.
On a side note…. please remember to bring your sunblock if you are going to Penang!
That’s all! All is well.