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I’ve once heard that Penang is considered as one of Malaysia’s important states, despite being the second smallest state in the country. So I decided to take a trip there and I wanted to share with you my experience.

For this trip, I decided to took Electronic Train Service (ETS) from KL to Penang, or should I say KL to Butterworth, because that’s where I’m supposed to get off. In order to take the ETS, I have to make my way to KL Sentral first because most of the trains in Klang Valley are connected there.

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When I arrived, I went to the second floor to find Gate A and Gate B, which is where ETS passengers board trains heading to the southern part of Malaysia. Since the place was already packed, I sat at the waiting area, which was located in front of the KFC, and waited for the gate to open.

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This is the train heading to Penang! Although it’s written that the last destination is Batang Besar, it will pass through Butterworth station and that’s the one I have to look out for. The journey by ETS from KL Sentral to Butterworth is about 4 hours, so my advice: be alert when you hear they announce the Bukit Mertajam station – because the station after that is Butterworth.

Once I arrived at Butterworth, I just followed the signboards to the Ferry terminal, which took less than 10 minutes.

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The cost per entry was RM1.20 and they even have a counter to change coins for you if you don’t have the change. The ferry trip from Butterworth to Penang Island took about 30 minutes, since it moved very slowly.

After I arrived at Penang Island, the next thing I did was take the CAT (free shuttle bus service) provided by RapidPenang to head to Komtar, where Prangin Mall is.

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Then I headed to my hotel, which was just a 15-minute walk from the mall and is nestled within the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage zone in Georgetown.

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The Armenian St. Heritage Hotel has about 92 en-suite rooms designed for solo travellers, couples and families. And it’s nearby the heritage trails of museums, temples, eateries and the world famous “Little Children on a Bicycle” mural handpainted by renowned artist Ernest Zacharevic.

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In Penang, the street art is one of the main attractions that looks simple, but is actually quite impressive.

I managed to go to a lot of places and try a lot of Penang food. But despite all that, I still feel like there’s not enough time. So as I got ready to leave the next day, I promised myself that I’d come back here again. Maybe next time I’ll take the bus to Penang, just to try it out.