The check up and chow down in Penang

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Penang Adventist Hospital: With five operating theatres, a ten-bed intensive care unit, delivery suites, neo-natal ICU, x-ray/imaging department, laboratories, and physiotherapy unit, PAH strives to provide the best medical care within a comfortable and cozy environment.

Maybe it is that time of the year again to do your annual health check up and see the fruits of your new year’s resolutions. Many are opting for acclaimed hospitals in Jakarta or renowned health centers in Singapore, but the buzz we have been hearing lately is a check up in Penang.

More and more families are considering hospitals in Penang, because they are cheaper, have great service and are wonderfully located in a bustling city.

Intinya: Kualitas sama dengan rumah sakit terkenal, harga check up sangat menarik (bisa dibilang lebih murah) dan tempatnya menyenangkan untuk liburan bersama keluarga.

Time for Libur Keluarga to investigate and know more about this place!

How to get there

Residents of Medan have the most benefit, because it only takes them 45 minutes to get to Penang. Once you are in Penang, you can easily use the public transport and go everywhere by Rapid Penang Buses or the City Shuttle Bus.

Renting cars are also very common and oftenly used by tourists who are doing a medical tourism (visit: penang-vacations.com)

The check up: monitoring your health

Many websites and blogs have covered the different packages and hospitals. The main hospitals mentioned are The Penang Adventist Hospital, The Island Hospital and the Lam Wah Ee Hospital.

Penang Adventist Hospital: With five operating theatres, a ten-bed intensive care unit, delivery suites, neo-natal ICU, x-ray/imaging department, laboratories, and physiotherapy unit, PAH strives to provide the best medical care within a comfortable and cozy environment.
Penang Adventist Hospital: VIP Room.
The Island Hospital: Diamond Suite Bed
The Island Hospital: Diamond Suite Bed.

There are significant price differences, especially in treatments.

In Blueberry’s Blog, a bypass in Jakarta was quoted at 150 million, while in Penang, a full package of a bypass is 75 million. Another useful site with comparison in prices is melittlestory.wordpress.com

The chow down: indulging your taste buds

In 2004 the TIME magazine called PenangĀ The Best Street Food in Asia and it seems that Penang still owns up to that title.

After fasting prior to the check up, nothing beats a proper binging session on savory and tasty goodness at the numerous Penang stalls.

Most popular is the Kota Tua Georgetown with the famous Char Wee Tiaw and Ais Kacang.

Gurney Drive is packed with halal and non-halal options, while near the Berjaya Hotel many muslim Indian restaurants cater to seekers of the delish and halal Nasi Kandar.

What to do with your kids

There are plenty of things to do with children in Penang. Aside from the mandatory visit to the biggest Buddhist temple of Kek Lo Si, we also heard about great kidfriendly activities at the Penang National Park.

Other outdoors activities children will love doing is a visit to the Butterfly Farm and Botanical Garden or bananaboating at the Pantai Batu Feringgi.

Kek Lok Si Temple
Kek Lok Si Temple
Penang National Park: Monkey Beach
Penang National Park: Monkey Beach

If you have a day or two to spare, do take your kids to the Orangutan Island in Bukit Merah and see the wildlife park and water park that are located in the same area (info: bohemiantravelers.com)

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