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Turtle Beach

Located in Pulau Perhentian Besar Island or Big Perhentian Island, Turtle Beach, as the name indicates, is famous for its sea turtle preservation and wildlife reserves.

Highlights – During the night hours (from 9PM to 5AM), green turtles are seen coming and laying their eggs on the shores. You can volunteer with various groups to help in incubation of these eggs. This is the widely preferred island amongst all the islands found in Perhentian Island. Snorkelling, scuba diving and sea turtle watching are some of the great experiences that you can get from here. Perfect spot for families and honymooners.

Location – Perhentian Island.

Timings – March to October.

Price – Water taxis are available to this island at RM50 to RM70.
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Penang National Park

Penang National Park was previously popular as the Pantai cheh Forest Reserve. This beautiful site is a known to house 143 fauna species and 417 flora species.

Highlights:
 Located at the north western tip of the Penang island, the Penang National Park acquired the status of a National Park in the April of 2003. It is the first protected area that is legally gazetted under the Malaysia's National Park Act of 1980. You can carry out a range of activities at the Penang National Park. These include the jungle trekking, boat trips, canopy walkaway, camping and visiting the Monkey beach

Location: Penang National Park is located at Pejabat Taman Negara P. Pinang, Jalan Hassan Abbas, Balik Pulau, Pulau Pinang, 11050 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Timings: You can visit the park from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM on any day of the week.

Price: Entry to the Penang National Park is free of Price.
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Penang War Museum

Penang War Museum was basically a fort which was built by the British in the 1930s. At present, this fort has been transformed into a museum which was opened for the public in 2002. This structure has been tagged as Southeast Asia’s largest war museum. Penang War Museum is also known as Muzium Perang Pulau Pinang. The beauty of this place is the presence of historical artifacts like cannons and underground military tunnels.

Location:
The Penang War Museum is situated in Bukit Batu Maung.
 
Highlights: The Penang War Museum has ammunition bunkers which are located nine meters below the surface. There are some tunnels which lead to the sea. The tourists can also check out gun emplacements, cookhouses and other interesting structures.

Best Time: The museum is open for the public on all days from 09:00 – 19:00.

Price: The entrance fee is RM15 for Malaysians and RM30 (USD9) for foreigners.


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Little India in Penang

Little India in Penang is basically an ethnic Indian enclave. There is an old Hindu temple called the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. One can easily sense a resemblance after entering the market streets. The tourists might feel that they have entered any market in Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai. The cuisine in Little India is quite famous. This region is also known for its cultural and commercial activities.

Location: Little India is situated at the centre of Penang Heritage zone. It covers an area around three streets namely, Lebuh Queen, Lebuh Chulia and Jalan Pasar.


Highlights: During the festival times like Christmas, Deepavali and Thaipusam, this area gets more vibrant and lively. The tourists can hop on a trishaw from Georgetown to reach little India. One can also rent a scooter or motorbike to cover different sections of this area.

Best Time: One can visit this area anytime.

Price: No Fee.


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Penang Bird Park

The Penang Bird Park is the largest bird sanctuary in Malaysia. This park was built in 1988 which is home to over 300 species of birds. One can easily spot tiny exotic sunbirds along with kingfishers in this sanctuary. There are gigantic eight-feet tall ostriches which are also present in this area. The birds are offered an amazing natural habitat which makes Penang Bird Park a perfect enclosure.

Location: Penang Bird Park is located in Seberang Jaya.



Highlights:
Tourists can spot mandarin ducks, storks, swans, pelicans and flamingos in Penang Bird Park. The whole area has an interesting setup which looks attractive. There are Chinese-style wooden bridges along with natural ponds. Penang Bird Park also has a fine range of plants ranging from lilies, lotus and palm trees.

Best Time: This bird sanctuary is open daily between 9am- 7pm.

Price: The ticket price for adults is RM 38. For children, the ticket price is RM 20.


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Clan Jetties

A part of the Penang heritage trail, Clan jetties is a conglomeration of six jetties. It was one of the last Chinese settlements on the island which is still home to various Chinese clans. The name of every jetty has been kept after a Chinese clan. The place offers plenty of Kodak moments to visitors, especially the Chew jetty.

Location: The Clan jetties are located straight down from Lebuh Chulia at Pengkalan Weld Quay.

Highlights: Tourist friendly aura and stilt houses await the keen eye of travelers. There is a temple which is worth watching. None of the people here pay any taxes to this day as they contend that they are not living on land. The place has a rich history associated with its existence.

Best time: Be wary of the fact that people still live here. So travelling here during the evenings is best for clicking best shots.

Price: No entry fee.

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Penang Tropical Fruit Farm

The Penang Tropical Fruit Farm is an exemplary proof of Malaysia’s 370 species of edible fruits which include some very exotic ones too that entice even the fussiest eaters. The fruit farm preserves the green heritage of Malaysia. It contributes to the future generations as plantation of local as well as fruits from around the world is done at these farms.

Location: The Penang Tropical Fruit Farm is located at Jalan Teluk Bahang in George Town, Malaysia.

Highlights: The farm sprawls across an area of 25 acres. More than 250 types of tropical and sub-tropical fruits are planted here. The quality of plantation and the dedication of the workers here contribute to the fruitful results, literally. You are most welcome to relish the taste of numerous tropical fruits.

Best time: The farm opens daily between 9 to 6 PM. A breezy day will be best to travel.

Price: 10 RM for adults and free for children.


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Tanjung Bungah Beach

Half an hour drive from Georgetown sits this beautiful beachside in the suburb of Tanjung Bungah. Despite being a sleepy fishing village, Tanjung Bungah has become popular among the tourists due it its accessibility from the main and world-class scenic resorts. If you visit Malaysia and want to try the adventure water sports then this place should be on your bucket list as it’s the Mecca of adventure.


 Highlights:  Tourists can explore the famous Tanjung Bungah Market and pay a visit to the Floating mosque. Once can also book a cruise and set on a day expedition to the Blue Whale sighting location.  If you are an adventure junkie then there are lots of adventure lined up for you, there are water sport activity which happens through the year.

 Location: It is located in the suburbs of Penang, in the northeast Penang Island.

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What You Should Know More About Penang

  • Travel advice

    • You can fly to Penang Bayan Lepas International Airport which is 30 kilometres away from the George town. Within the city you can take a taxi or hire a private car, and use public transportation to get around.

    • Do not travel in isolated places or travel alone in the dark.

    • Do not get into taxis known as Kereta Sapu that do not have proper registered license plates or numbers.

    • Do not accept rides from strangers.

    • Be careful of your luggage at crowded places as there are bag snatchers in the area.

    • Men and women are groped in public buses. Keep emergency numbers handy should you want to report such an incident.

    • Be careful of taking water sports activities at the Batu Feringhi beach. Also, there is a risk of being stung by the jellyfish.

    • Avoid visiting the Kerachut Beach during monsoon as it witnesses strong currents.

    • Look both ways when crossing roads, vehicles do not stop when pedestrians are crossing the road.

    • Do not keep your valuable on the table when eating at open restaurants or street stalls, they might be easily stolen.

    • Eat only with right hand and when giving or receiving gifts use only right hand.

    • Wear fully covered clothes when you visit temples.

    • At social gatherings, greet the elders before you greet other people.

    • Ask for permissions before taking pictures of the locals.

    • Toasting for drinks is not a common practice anywhere in Malaysia.

    • Do not keep your hands inside your pockets while walking the streets of Penang as it is considered a suspicious activity by locals.

  • Drinking law

    The legal age for purchasing and drinking alcohol is 18 years of age for non- Muslims. Muslims have no legal age of drinking in this country, as it is against the law for Muslims to drink.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Beaches and water sports

    Visit the Teluk Duyung beach, Muka Head, and the Pantai Kerachut beach on this island as they are pristine and secluded. You can go beach hiking and take boat rides at these beaches. The Teluk Duyung beach as known as the Monkey beach, is one of the popular beaches of this island. You can camp and go on treks at  The Penang National Park. You can also hike at the Botanic Gardens in the Penang Hills. Also, present is a golfing resort at Seberang Prai. At the Batu Feringhi beach jet skiing and parasailing are the water sports and outdoor activities available. At the Pulau Payar Marine Park you can take to snorkelling activities. You can go on cycling trails at the Balik Pulau and nearby fishing villages.


    Sightseeing heritage sites

    Visit the Cheong Fatt Tze to get a view of Chinese architecture, China Town for its exotic view and sightseeing, Clock Tower, the splendorous waterfront promenade Esplanade, Fort Cornwallis for a view of canons used in war, Little India for shopping and historical excursions, Penang Museum and Art Gallery for historical paintings and relics, and the Penang War Museum. Most of these historical sites are unique and depict the war history during the times of Second World War.


    Farms and gardens

    Witness more than 100 species of butterflies at the Butterfly Farm in Teluk Bahang, Penang Durian Farm for tropical fruits, and the Tropical Fruit Farm for fruits and enjoying the scenic view of the nearby hills. You can visit the Penang Bird Park that has fish ponds and aviaries. You can spot sea gulls, peacocks, flamingos, hornbills, and macaws at this park. The Tropical Spice Garden is a valley extended to 8acres of land that has more than 100 varieties of herbs and spices from all over the world. This is a landscape garden that must be visited and is unique to this place.


  • What you will like there?

    Sightseeing and outdoor activities

    There are many heritage and historical places to visit in Penang that you can visit for their unique Chinese architecture. At the parks and botanical gardens, trekking, hiking, and taking walking trails are available. These areas are beautifully landscaped and you can take photographs of the scenic view of these places. Very few water activities are available at most of the beaches, as tourists mostly visit Penang to get a tranquil time seeing the place around.

    Food, shopping, and nightlife

    There are many popular pubs and bars sprawled across this place. Penang is called the Malaysia’s food paradise. You can gorge on the typical platter, desert, snacks, and drinks that are popular in Penang. For shopping, you can shop for jewellery, clothes, accessories, artefacts, and souvenirs.


  • Recommended reads for destination

    Website

    Penang Tourism


    Books

    Enchanting Penang (Enchanting Asia) by David Bowden


  • When is the best time to visit Penang?

    Penang is a beautiful place which is open to tourism all year round. The month wise break up for the best time visit Penang is:

    November to January- This is arguably the best time to visit Penang. The weather is chilly and Christmas is also around during this time, making it the perfect time for people to enjoy themselves.

    February to April- During this time, the city is not very crowded as tourists go back to their homes after the New Year celebrations. It is the perfect time to visit for people who want to explore the city and have a quiet vacation.

    May to October- These are the wettest months in Penang and tourism drops a lot during this time. If one is looking for a quiet and cheap vacation, then this is the best time for them as one gets heavy discounts on everything during this time.

  • How to reach Penang?

    Penang is one of the most populous states of Malaysia and hosts several tourists every year. It is very well connected with the rest of the country and the world and one can reach Penang in many ways.

    By Air- Since Penang is amongst the most important states of Malaysia, it has its own airport. The Penang International Airport is just 16 km away from its capital, Georgetown. One can take a bus or a cab from the airport to reach their destination.

    By Rail- Malaysia is very well connected by railroads. One can take a train from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth. On reaching Butterworth, they can take a ferry to Penang. These services are available to everyone throughout the day.

    By Road- Going to Penang by road is the most convenient way to visit the place. It is connected to the rest of the country by roadways and one can hire a cab or drive their car to Penang.

  • What are the things to do in Penang?

    Penang is a beautiful city and is filled with sites which one should visit if they are in the city. It is blessed with some gorgeous sites and there are several activities which are available here. Few things to do in Penang are:

     

    • Visiting the Penang Hill- The Penang Hill is the pride of the place. It is just 820 m above sea level and gives people the much-required comfort from the heat down in the city. One can enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding from the top of the hill.
    • Adventure Activities- If one is visiting Penang alone, then also they can enjoy themselves by doing several adventure activities which are at their disposable in Penang. There are few adventure parks present in the state where can do this activity.
    • Spas- There are numerous spas present in Penang. If one wants to forget all their stress and wants to relax, then the person can go to any of the several outstanding spas in Penang.
    • Cruise- One of the many attractions of Penang are their cruises. One can go on a cruise excursion in Penang and enjoy the luxurious service of the cruise.

  • What is the local food of Penang? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Penang can be said to be the food capital of the South East Asia. It boats some of the world’s finest foods and one is bound to love the local food of Penang. The local cuisine of Penang is similar to the rest of the South East Asian region. Rice, noodles, and soups are the three things which are a must in every Malaysian Cuisine. It is the use of these three food items and their variety which makes the local food of Penang stand out. Spicy coconut noodle soup, crispy duck with rice and fried rice cake strips are some of the local food of Penang. The best restaurants in Penang to enjoy these dishes are:

    • Red Garden Hawker Centre
    • Air Itam Sister's Curry Mee
    • Kimpo Famous Roasted
    • New Lane Hawker Centre

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Penang?

    Penang is very well connected by roadways, making commutation within the city quite easy. Public transports are widely used in Penang by people to travel within the city. Penang buses run in every 30 minutes and people can buy tickets for a 24-hour ride or a 48 ride beforehand. The unique public transport available in Penang is the ferry. These ferries link Penang islands to Georgetown and Butterworth. One can also book a cab to travel around the city.

  • What is the local language in Penang and which are the most commonly use greetings?

    Malaysia is a very diverse country and hosts thousands of tourists every year which makes it important for the locals to understand English. English, therefore, is one of the most common languages of Malaysia. People here also understand Penang Hokkien and Mandarin. But the local language of Malaysia is Malay. Just like Malaysia, the local language of Penang is also Malay. Some of the common greetings in Malay are:

    morning- Pagi

    afternoon- tengah hari

    evening- Petang

    night- malam

  • Which are the best shopping places in Penang and what are they famous for?

    Every person who visits a different city or a country wants to buy things from that place to keep it as a souvenir. People also shop from these places to get a taste of the local culture. The best shopping places in Penang are:

    • Little Penang Street Market- This is a one-day street market which is held only on Sundays. It is the perfect place for the tourists as they get to see the culture of Penang as well as get hold of some really cheap and amazing products.
    • 1st Avenue Mall- This mall is a shopper’s paradise. It offers clothes and accessories of some of the best brands in the world. One is bound to exceed their budget if they go for shopping here.
    • Lorong Kulit Flea Market- This market is a must for every person visiting Penang. The market offers amazing accessories and vintage products to its customers. One gets to test their bargaining skills here and things can be bought for really low prices if one possesses the skill.
    • Chowrasta Bazaar- Chowrasta Bazaar is Penang’s most famous daily market. This market sells food items and can get every item under the sun here.

  • Which are the famous beaches to visit in Penang?

    Beaches are the best place to just sit back, relax and enjoy the surroundings. One can take a dip in the water if they want or can also try some of the water sports. Penang has a lot of pretty beaches and the beauty of these beaches is amplified at night. Many people flock to the beaches Penang, making the atmosphere in the beaches livelier. Some of the famous beaches of Penang are:

    • Batu Ferringhi Beach
    • Tanjung Bungah
    • Teluk Kami Beach
    • Pulau Kendi
    • Gertak Sanggul
    • Teluk Bahang
    • Jerejak Island

  • Which are the best temples to visit to soak in the spirituality of Penang?

    Malaysia is a diverse country and different people in Malaysia follow different religions such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity. Every religion has their own religious places in the country. There are many temples in Penang where people go to the meet their spirituality as well as to see its monumental beauty. Some of the best temples to visit in Penang are:

    • Kek Lok Si
    • Snake Temple
    • Kapitan Keling Mosque
    • Acheen Street Mosque
    • St. George’s Church
    • Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Temple

  • Which are the best places to enjoy adventure activities in Penang?

    People do not visit Penang just to explore the beauty of this place. There are many more activities which one can do here except for exploring. One can go for trekking, snorkeling, zip lining, and the likes. Some of the places where one can enjoy these activities are:

    • Penang National Park
    • Escape Adventure Park
    • Penang Hill
    • Georgetown Heritage Walk

  • Should I visit the Penang Interactive museum? What’s so special about it?

    Penang Interactive Museum is a must-visit attraction in Penang. It is the first 3D museum in Malaysia and amongst the largest in the world. One gets to see several artworks of people in the 3-dimensional form. All in all, it is a wonderful and one should definitely visit the Penang Interactive Museum.

  • Which are the best nightlife experiences in Penang?

    Penang is a hot destination for all the tourists around the world, making it one of the liveliest places in Malaysia. Due to its liveliness, Penang also has one of the best nightlife in the country. Few places where one can have the best nightlife experiences are:

    • Monkey Bar
    • Soho Free House
    • Hard Rock Café
    • Sand Bar
    • The Press Rooftop Bar
    • Baba Bar
    • Soju Room

  • Should I go on a Trishaw ride through the streets of Georgetown? What are the different things to see?

    Trishaws are part of the heritage of Penang. People experience a new thing when they go for a trishaw ride. They get to see the site in the city and also get to understand the local culture. One should go on a trishaw ride. A place where one can go on this ride are:

    • The Fort Cornwallis
    • City Hall
    • Peranakan Baba and Nyonya Mansion
    • Kapitan Keling Mosque

  • Where can one enjoy Watersports in Penang?

    Penang is an island and surrounded by water all around, this makes it the perfect place to carry out water sports. One can do several water sports in Penang such as snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing, etc. Places where one can enjoy these activities are:

    • Pulau Payar Marine Park
    • Jalan Tanjung Bunga
    • Jalan Batu Ferringhi

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Penang

    Penang is a very pretty place to visit and one will get the feeling as if they are in heaven. To anyone who is visiting Penang, some useful tips for them and they are:

    • One should not accept anything from strangers and not be out alone in lonely places at night as the city I can be dangerous.
    • One should check the safety before carrying out any water sport.
    • One should leave their belongings unattended.

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