“Oh you’re from Penang? Which part of the island? George Town?” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that whenever I tell people I’m a Penangite, I’d be able to travel the world for a whole year. The conversation usually continues with me telling them that I was from “the mainland”. Then it goes on with me explaining to people how there’s this whole other region of Penang on the other side of the Penang Bridge. Yes, located on the opposite end of the Penang Bridge is Mainland Penang, collectively known as Seberang Perai (previously Province Wellesley). It consists of Butterworth and Bukit Mertajam, two charming little areas that most tourists have never even heard about. Such is the fate of Penangites who live not on the island but in the obscure cities of its forgotten half. Since Penang Island hogs all the limelight, mainlanders get to keep their secret travel gems to themselves without having to deal with the hordes of tourists! We will visit the historical Bukit Mertajam Market, discover serenity at the famous St. Anne’s Church explore the rural Malay villages of Permatang Rawa and visit the Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Butterworth while giving some time for our stomach to digest to space up for more food and drink.
Hello, is Vic here, I was born and lived all my life in Bukit Mertajam/Penang. I love traveling, sharing ,telling stories and making friends with a different culture backgrounds. I also want to share my native city and help people discover the best-kept secrets that have made me love this city myself, that's why I started this experience so that you’ve had a perfect travel. Providing an amazing street walk towards anyone who is interested to Bukit Mertajam/Penang it is my great honor, please follow my footsteps and measure the world.
Food are not included
Yes, Mainland Penang is a foodie’s paradise, offering great food for dirt cheap prices. You could say that out of all the things to do in Mainland Penang, the most important one is to eat! In fact, there’s even more good food to discover and you should definitely come over to this side of Penang and see what else is in store.
Discover Mainland on Your First Visit