Things to do in Penang , Malaysia

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Penang is one of Malaysia’s most visited tourist destinations and my favourite city in Malaysia too. Also known as “The Pearl of Orient” it has a lot to offer visitors – history, culture, exotic foods, beautiful beaches and more. There are so many things to do in Penang. Here are some of them.

The capital of Penang, Georgetown, is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site because of its well-preserved historical buildings.

Cheong Fatt Tze’s Mansion

The Cheong Fatt Tze’s Mansion is one of the most iconic boutique hotels in Malaysia and was constructed before the end of the 19th century. It is also called the Blue Mansion because of it’s indigo blue colour. The Chinese-style mansion was the favourite and most lavish home of a famous merchant called Cheong Fatt Tze, also known as the “Last Mandarin and First Capitalist of China”. It incorporates Feng Shui principles and has won several accolades including being named one of the 10 Greatest Mansions in The World by Lonely Planet in 2011. Several famous movies have also been filmed here. You can stay at the hotel for a unique experience. If you are not staying there, you can visit for a guided tour of the mansion.

Things to do in Penang - blue mansion

Penang Hill

Penang Hill is the oldest British hill station in Southeast Asia, and dates back to the late 1700’s. The cooler climate at its peak provided residents with a welcome escape from Penang’s scorching heat. The funicular train will take you to the top of the hill resort which has panoramic views of Penang. At the top there is a hotel, a beautiful mosque and an owl museum as well as indigenous flora and fauna. Expect to spend a few hours there.

Things to do in Penang - Penang Hill

View from Penang Hill

Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis is the biggest and the most intact fort that can be found in Malaysia. It was bulilt by Sir Francis Light, who is credited as being the founder of Penang, over 2 centuries ago. The star shaped Fort Cornwallis is where Sir Francis and his crew from British East India Company landed in Penang on 11th August 1786. They then proceeded to take possession of the island from the Sultan of Kedah. At the fort, you will see a military barracks and offices as well as the gunpowder room, numerous cannons, prison cells, a moat and more.

Batu Feringghi

Batu Ferringhi is known as Penang’s favourite beach. It is popular for its watersports as well as parachuting, horse riding and more. At night, it becomes a lively night market with stalls selling everything from souvenirs to electronic items, to cheap clothing. Do practise your bargaining skills before you go and be careful of buying fake products. And after you’re done shopping, there are loads of restaurants where you can have a delicious meal. We enjoyed the vibe there and found lots of bargains.

Things to do in Penang

Beach

Penang Toy Museum

Penang Toy Museum is one of the largest toy museums in the world. It contains over 100, 000 toys from around the world. The museum is divided into sections like the Chamber of Horror, Chamber of Monsters, Hall of Cartoons, Chamber of Fantasy, Chamber of Comic Book Heroes etc. There are life-size models of Hulk, Batman, Kung Fu Panda and other characters. Kids and adults will have fun here.

Things to do in Penang - Toy Museum

Toy Museum

The public transport is easy to use and quite safe. Penang also has a free shuttle bus for tourists that stops at the main attractions in Georgetown (MPPP Rapid Penang CAT). It is a government service.

Penang is a must-visit destination in Malaysia. It is easy to compare and book, there are no booking fees, and various payment methods are available.

You can easily book a hotel in Penang online. Click here to get good deals on Penang hotels or book here

Have you been to Penang? What’s your favourite thing to do there?

Penang hotel

View from my hotel room

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Shannon. Buskirk

Its a beautiful page thanks we liked it.

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Doro

I love Penang! Haven’t visited all of the places you’ve mentioned though, will keep those in mind for the next visit 🙂

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Eva | Travel The Whole Wide World

I loved Batu Ferrenghi! It’s just a great place to relax and have fun at the beach!

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Karen

Great tips! I’ve heard amazing things about the food in Penang, so nice to read more about it. I’m sad I”ll be missing this city on my Malaysia trip, but it seems like I”ll need to come back.

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Cherene Saradar

Great post! Going to save for my trip next year! Thanks for all the great info:)

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Birthe (from Wandering the World)

We’ve been to George Town, Penang last year, but apart from Penang Hill, we didn’t seem to do similar things. 🙂 We’ve been to the Upside Down Museum, which was great fun! We did an Escape Room too, LOVED the food (best food ever), and loved the street art. It such a fun city to just wander around, right?

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    Sara

    I’ve heard about the upside down museum in Phuket but I didn’t know that there was one in Penang. The Escape Room sounds interesting too. Maybe they opened up after I was there. I’ll add them to my list for next time. The food and street art were awesome, I agree.

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Chiera

Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! Penang looks amazing! Definitely adding it to my list. Pinned for reference 🙂 #ftb

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