HOHO Bus Tour in Penang, Malaysia

Tourism Malaysia fitted in a cool HOHO bus tour in Penang itinerary. Thanks to them I could see the major landmarks of the beautiful city of Penang. I had taken a similar ride in an open deck double decker bus in Singapore long time back. It wasn’t too sunny and I aimed for the open deck seats, I got some excellent views from there and because of the moderate speed some great pics too. There was continuous informative commentary during the ride.

Bus Tour in Penang

The streets of George Town were a complete delight, very colorful and full of life. People of the city waved at us, it seemed they are used to such HOHO buses and tourists watching them from the decks.What is HOHO bus tour? It is hop-on-hop-off bus tour. While on the tour you can hop off at a stop, see the place, spend time there and then hop on to the next bus to the next destination. This novel concept was started in Penang in Nov 2014. The route covers 50 major attractions. There are 2 themed routes: City Route and Beach Route.

One striking fact that stood out was the existence of houses of worship belonging to different religions. Hindu temples, Mosques, Churches and Buddhist temples, all exist in close proximity in some areas. It is evident that the citizens of Penang have a healthy respect for every community. May it continue to be so!

Here is a series of pics that I took during the HOHO ride.

Betel Nut Roundabout Penang

The Betel Nut shaped structure has a fountain. It is a 4.8m-high metal structure resembling giant pinang fruits. It is erected at the roundabout next to the clock tower which is a major landmark of the city..

Bus tour in Penang

Clock Tower

Presented to Penang by local millionaire Cheah Chen Eok in 1897, the clock tower commemorates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It stands 18 meters / 60 feet in height, with each foot representing one year of the Queen’s reign. Sadly, Queen Victoria died before the clock tower was finally finished, in 1920.

Penang City Hall

It was low tide time and the beach looked so barren.

The 4 places of worship in Penang.





The KOMTAR is clearly visible on the Penang skyline, being a modern 64-storey complex housing government departments, commercial offices, shops, department stores and restaurants. KOMTAR also contains squash courts, theatres and a geodesic dome that acts as a multi-purpose hall, while the 55th floor offers visitors panoramic views of Georgetown and Gunung Jerai in Kedah.

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29 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Such a beautiful city and the KOMTAR is an amazing complex!!! Wonderful captures, as always, Indrani!! Hope you have lovely weekend!! Enjoy!!

  2. TexWisGirl says:

    wow, some gorgeous structures! impressive!

  3. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful shots of the buildings.

  4. Joyful says:

    Stunning captures of what looks to be a beautiful place. I like the fact the religions can co-exist and I agree with you "may it continue to be so".

  5. Jim says:

    These are great.

  6. Hop on Hop offs are fun, especially when you are new to a city. Awesome pictures Indrani. Thanks for the virtual tour.

  7. Stunning structures and captured them so well.

  8. Ileana says:

    Impressive structures!

  9. Wonderful post. Nice pictures. Cheers! πŸ™‚

  10. Stunning structures and captured them so well specially all the four worship places of Hinduism , church , pagoda (Buddh Temple) and mosque. HOHO bus is also runs in Delhi.

  11. HOHO buses are the best n economical option to explore the city.

    As usual great Pics!

  12. Penang city hall looks amazing. And the hindu temple as well. Seems like an amazing place to hangout! Good one Indrani!

  13. Mridula says:

    Penang looks beautiful through your lens.

  14. Beautiful pictures! πŸ™‚

  15. Jeevan says:

    Excellent pictures tour series! The Penang city hall resembles the Ribbon Building, the corporation house of Chennai. It seems Penang has a close relationship with the George Town in Chennai, where both place ruled by British and named after King George III and V.

    I have seen that temple many times in Flickr, but had no idea where it belongs.

  16. Good to see number of different religious temples in this city.. We have HoHo concept in national capital as well, but not much travelers. Nice post..

  17. Moon says:

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful city. Enjoyed the tour Indrani. Thank you πŸ™‚

  18. DeniseinVA says:

    That's a wonderful look at the city. Great photos!

  19. A good arrangement by the Tourist Department for the benefit of its Tourists…. Nice narrative with the relevant beautiful pictures of the Place!

  20. Thomas Lee says:

    Great shots through your lens

  21. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, thank you for the wonderful tour. It is a beautiful city, lovely structures.. Great post! Have a happy weekend!

  22. Great pics! Thanks for giving *us* a visual HoHo ride through Penang. πŸ™‚ Looks like an overcast sky in the first few pics – was it? The grass and the forest cover look very lush. Was it right after/during monsoon that you visited.

  23. Many thanks for the comments friends. πŸ™‚

    @yearful… I visited in the second week of April. It did rain the previous day and the evening of that day. Thanks for liking the pics.

  24. Nice pics.The Hop In Hop Off services are really a boon for travelers who dont have a particular itinerary and want to explore many places.

  25. donΒ΄t know what was your OWT post, but I liked the feature in the first image. πŸ™‚

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