things to do in Penang Malaysia

Fun Things To Do in Penang Malaysia That You Should Try

Penang is a state in north west Malaysia making up of mainland Seberang Perai and the beautiful Penang Island. It is a great place to visit with so many things to do in Penang and with interesting and wonderful landmarks to see on this island.

Checkout our travel tips to Malaysia and things to do in Langkawi before going.

Most visitors to Penang enjoy the local food on offer from the vast number of hidden eateries and restaurants dotted around the town. As well as seem the wonderful landmarks around Penang.

Quick Information on Malaysia

  • Currency: Ringgit (RM)
  • Language: Malaysian
  • Population: Over 32 million
  • Capital City: Kuala Lumpur
  • Best time to visit Malaysia: For visiting the east coast is from March to September since it is typically drier. For the west coast is from November to August.
  • How to get there: Yo can fly into Malaysia as there are flights to most major cities in Malaysia. Also You can enter by land through Thailand or via sea.

Things To Do in Penang Malaysia

With so many beautiful parts to Penang waiting to be discovered and explored, here is our top things to do.

Enjoy The View From Penang Hill

Penang Hill is one of the popular tourist spots in Penang Malaysia. Once you reach the top you can enjoy the amazing views of Penang.

To get to the top you can take the Penang Hill Rail Way to enjoy the amazing scenery along the way or you can walk up the hill which takes up to 1 to 2 hours.

Once at the top there is more to do than enjoy the views such as visiting the owl museum, animal shows and more. Also there are free things to do such as dancing shows, temple visits and scenic walks.

There is also food courts on top which are cheap and cooked to order.

Enjoy The View Of Penang Bridge

Penang Bridge is one of the longest bridges in the world with its length of 13.5 km. It belongs to a highway that connects Seberang Prai in Malaysia island and Bayan Lepas in Penang Island.

Penang Bridge Malaysia
Penang Bridge Malaysia

It was first opened in 1985 and today it has become a popular spot to visit for the local people and tourists because the view is fantastic especially during the sunset.

In addition, you can also stay in nearby hotels so you can access the island easily or you may also rent a car to explore the island.

Visit Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Sri Mahamariamman Temple is located in George Town Penang. It is a big temple that has become one of the most attractive spots to visit in Penang.

Mahamariamman Temple Penang
Mahamariamman Temple

It belongs to the oldest Hindu temple in Penang that offers beautiful ornaments of Indian culture with many god and goddess statues of Hindu. You do not need to buy a ticket because it is free of charge.

You can take some images as you wish except the main altar area. If you want to visit this temple, then you can come between 6.30 am up to 12 pm.

Explore Old Kek Lok Si Temple

In addition to Mahamariamman temple, you can also visit other temples such as Kek Lok Si temple. It is located in Air Itam Penang and it belongs to the biggest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.

Old Kek Lok Si Temple Penang Malaysia
Old Kek Lok Si Temple

This temple was first built more than one century ago and it is located on a beautiful hill and it adopts Thai temple style with the combination of Chinese typical ornaments.

You can go to this temple by Bus from George Town.

Visit Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Penang Malaysia that you must visit to complete your Penang experience.

It was first built in 1786 and it belongs to a fortress that was used to defend the England colony from their enemies.

Outside of Fort Cornwallis
Outside of Fort Cornwallis

Nowadays, this fortress is no longer used but it has become a nice tourist attraction to learn about the history of Malaysia during the British colonization.

The entrance fee to Kota Cornwallis for Adult is RM 20 and Children is RM 10. The opening Hours are daily from 9am – 10pm.

Enjoy The Penang Toy Museum

Usually, when you come to a museum, you will be seeing some historical items such as old paintings, old statues, old sculpture and other ancient items.

But, Penang Toy Museum has become a good place to visit if you want to see some unique toy collections from all around the world.

Also, this museum also has become a popular spot for kids who love toys.

Go Shopping At Plaza Gurney

Plaza Gurney is a big shopping centre that has a lot of visitors and most of the visitors are the local people.

You may visit this plaza while in Penang because there are loads of shops that sell all kinds of things.

You can buy anything you want and you can buy some cheap items or expensive items. In addition, if you want to hunt some souvenirs, there are so some store that sells some souvenirs for tourists in this plaza.

Visit Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is located in George Town and belongs to a historical legacy of Chinese immigrant that was first built in 1880 by a trader named Cheong Fatt Tze.

This house has 39 rooms and it was built according to Feng Shui belief.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion Penang
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

This great house has a typical blue accent and was bought by a rich entrepreneur from Malaysia to be converted into a tourist attraction because it has a historical value.

Go Shopping At Queensbay Mall

If you still want to explore some shopping centres in Penang, then Queensbay Mall will be your another choice to spend your money.

It is also not too far from the airport of Penang and it has become one of the biggest malls in Penang where you can find so many shops and items that you can buy.

If you really like windows shopping or if you want to buy some souvenirs, you may visit this mall. You can also find some restaurants inside the mall if you really wonder how Malaysian foods taste like.

Relax At Batu Ferringhi Beach

Penang has numerous beaches on the island. You will be hard-pressed to pick the best one.

With the so many top-class resorts that have decided to open shop in and around Batu Ferringhi beach, I will go with Batu Ferringhi beach.

Batu Ferringhi Beach Penang
Batu Ferringhi Beach Penang

It’s got pristine sandy beaches and plenty of water activities to keep you busy. With the added idea of lazing around on a beach with an ice cold cocktail in hand.

Where to Stay in Penang Malaysia

Penang has a good range of guest houses, hostels and hotels to choose from. Here are a few places to give you an idea of what is available in Penang, if you are planning to visit Penang Malaysia.

Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.

The Frame Guesthouse
Rating 8.8, Prices start from $13 for a bed in a 4-Bed Mixed Deluxe Dormitory Room

The Frame Guesthouse offers rooms with air conditioning, guests have access to either a shared or private bathroom with shower facility. Free WiFi is available.

Reunion Heritage House
Rating 8.5, Prices start from $48 for Double room

Reunion Heritage House offers air conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Free WiFi is available.

PARKROYAL Penang Resort
Rating 8.1, Prices start from $87 for Double room

PARKROYAL Penang offers 4 dining options and an outdoor pool. Rooms feature sea or hill views, with free internet access and 24-hour room service. Free WiFi is available in all rooms.


Wrapping Up

Finally, Penang is a great place to visit especially if you are a foodie or just want to relax at the beach. There are plenty of other things to do in Penang Malaysia from visiting temples to going shopping.

All you have to do is to choose the stuff you prefer and start enjoying what Penang has to offer.

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on things to do in Penang Malaysia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.

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