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Renting an Apartment in Penang, Malaysia


After our 40 day apartment rental in Thailand we knew we wanted to do this again.

In January and February we spent a lot of time traveling around Australia and New Zealand and wanted to settled down somewhere for a bit to get some work done. We were toying with the idea of heading to Bali, Indonesia and I had found a ton of apartments on Airbnb to rent, but for one reason or another none of them seemed to offer exactly what we were looking for.

The main criteria was an air-conditioned apartment with good internet speed, a nice kitchen and a pool and gym on site, with the beach within walking distance. Since most of the apartments in Bali are stand alone units and not in condo complexes the pool and gym were hard to find.

Then, just randomly I decided to look up apartment options in Malaysia and came across an apartment on the island Penang that I absolutely loved. Fast forward and here we are now, in Malaysia instead of Indonesia.

The apartment that we are renting is in the Miami Green condo complex and is a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment. Now we don’t actually need the second bedroom or bathroom but this is all we could find so we just settled on it.

Often I’ve noticed that smaller apartments, (ie those with 1 bedroom) seem to have much smaller kitchens – now this is not a room I’m willing to compromise on.

The kitchen is the most important room for me since I love to cook and with a 41 day apartment rental I wanted a kitchen I would happily spend hours in every day.


The kitchen here is not only big and spacey but also comes equipped with a juicer and a blender (something I’ve never seen in any other rental kitchens). Sure it only has two burners and no oven, but I’m willing to overlook these things. In the 40 days we’ve been here I’ve been cooking up a storm and creating dozens of new recipes for my food blog. I seriously spent most of my days shuffling from the kitchen to the balcony (where I photographed the dishes) and then back. Now if only it had a dishwasher so I didn’t have a sink full of dirty dishes to hand wash everyday it might just be perfect.

The living room has an awesomely huge couch that makes for perfect lounging around and movie watching. I love a good couch that two people can fully stretch out on.

Living room

And the dining room is right in between the living room and kitchen, with a large table, perfect for getting some work done.

Dining room

The master bedroom has a comfortable bed and attached bathroom. The water pressure in the shower is nice and strong — something you really start to appreciate if you’ve been in Asia for a while and experienced some droopy showers.

Bedroom and Bathroom

Sharon, the woman we are renting the apartment from has been incredibly nice and accommodating which is such a relief, since we’ve had some not so nice experiences with unit owners in the past. She really worked with us to get the internet connection to work, and is always quick to respond to all our concerns.

The property itself is gorgeous. There is a large pool, with jacuzzi and kids slide, lined with sun chairs and palm trees. There’s also a full gym on site and even a mini grocery store in the garage.


The beach is a 5 minute walk away where there is also a bus stop with buses taking you into town.

There isn’t really much to do in the surrounding area; there are no cafes or stores or anything but the main touristy beach strip of Batu Ferringhi is a 25 minute walk and the UNESCO heritage site of Georgetown is a 30 minute bus ride away. This didn’t really bother us as we weren’t here to go sightseeing and go out.

To get into town we usually just took the bus or a cab and since we were here to work and cook, we mostly only went out to the grocery store, a 15 minute bus ride away.

Overall I loved our stay at this apartment in the Miami Green complex and have very few complaints.

Curious about the price? We paid $1100 per month including all utilities, electricity, internet, gym and pool access. This was a bit more than we wanted to pay but we loved the apartment and knew we could afford it.

Have you rented any apartments for an extended period during your travels? What was your experience?

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7 Responses to Renting an Apartment in Penang, Malaysia

  1. That’s too funny! We visited some traveling friends (the Taking the Big Break family) in that very condo complex while staying in George Town. We opted for guest houses in town. Not the most peaceful of experiences but we were within walking distance of everything in George Town. Batu Ferenggi was a nice day trip, as was the Penang National Park nearby.

    We’ve rented apartments through AirBnB in the US and Europe. SE Asia proved more challenging in that regard – few choices mostly out of our range. Always a challenge to book a long stay without seeing the place first, a lesson we learned in Istanbul, Turkey, and more recently in Melaka, Malaysia… Other than that, renting an apartment while traveling is awesome, can’t recommend it enough.

    • So funny you came to visit friends at the same condo complex! I’m suring being in Georgetown had it’s perks though — what with all the delicious food options around!! We haven’t rented too many apartments in SE Asia, just in Thailand and Malaysia we find the AirBnB apartments option to be more developed in Europe so in Asia we mostly stayed in hostels but in Europe we really try to find apartment rentals instead. I love renting an apt while travel as well – just having more than a room to yourself and having a kitchen to cook in makes all the difference to me.

      Vicky April 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM Reply
  2. Hi I have a condominium in Penang for rent to anyone who’s coming for short vacation. You may contact email me for more details .
    Thanks I’m Jeff.

    Jeff July 27, 2014 at 11:28 PM Reply
    • Hi Jeff, my husband and I are looking for a place to rent for a month or two. Please give me more info about your place. My email address is [email protected]. Thank you

      Gloria June 30, 2015 at 5:37 AM Reply
    • jeff- I will be in Malaysia for 3 months and would like to try penang for 1 of those months —(nov.-Dec. Jan) –pls get back if you have 1 of those open and we can talk it thru

      michael oday August 9, 2015 at 11:37 PM Reply
  3. Hi I am looking for a condo to rent for February and March 2016 in Penang. Do you have any availability?

    Peter November 16, 2015 at 4:42 PM Reply
    • We found this condo through Airbnb so I recommend using that to look for places to stay.

      Vicky November 25, 2015 at 7:56 AM Reply

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