GEORGE TOWN: Penang’s streets were choked with tourists and locals who took advantage of yet another extended weekend holiday.

Holidaymakers were seen thronging famous tourist spots such as the Esplanade, Chew Jetty and nasi kandar restaurants.

Bank employee Nor Suzianna Shamsudin, 35, who visited Penang with her husband and three-year-old daughter, took the opportunity for a food hunt in Penang after attending a wedding reception on Friday.

“We actually came for the Friday wedding only but since Monday is a public holiday, we decided to stay put and spend our weekend on the island,” she said when met at Chew Jetty yesterday.

Nor Suzianna said she plans to go food hunting over the weekend.

As a teenager, Penang was her favourite place for a visit. That has yet to change as the state is her choice destination whenever there is a long holiday.

“Besides the food, we like the unique colonial and heritage value of the city. It is so historic and culturally rich,” she said.

Felda settler Ahmad Omar Abdul Rani, 59, seized the opportunity to bring his family for a visit to Penang after spending the night at his mother’s house in Bagan Serai, Perak.“Before the pandemic, whenever I visited my mother, we would visit Penang too,” he said.

He said the extended weekend enabled them to get together during the festive period. He and his family went to Jalan Transfer for roti canai and nasi kandar.

“We also want to go to Batu Ferringhi and maybe Balik Pulau to buy some durians,” he said.

Factory worker Mohd Edwin Saad, 25, said the extended weekend allowed him and his friends to make a short trip to Penang from their hometown in Ipoh.

“Our day off coincided with this weekend and we decided that we should prolong it until Tuesday so that we can enjoy the scenery and good food,” he said.