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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is nothing more refreshing than swimming in the sea water and enjoying the sunlight on your face. Now, explore this beautiful island Pulau Kendi on the southwestern tip of Penang island. If you love to be a little isolated and enjoy the pristine view of nature than you should definitely visit this beach. The best thing about this beach is that you can have a wonderful swim without the fear of jellyfish.
Highlights: Explore this isolated island and enjoy the steep hills and the dense forest. The most interesting thing about this place is that there are scores of tiny idols hidden at the most secrective crevice, on the steepest slope.This beach is the best for snorkelling.Because of its serene water there are many coral reefs you will find in this beach.
Best Season: October to March
Location: Southwestern tip of Penang island, Gertak Sanggul.
Planning to have some excitement with your family and friends then head out to this gorgeous beach Teluk Bahang in Penang and enjoy the rocky and the shady surroundings of the beach. This place is the perfect getaway for you as it is a bit isolated from the huge crowds which we usually find in the beaches.
Highlights: If you are a nature lover then this is the best place for you as it is the home of Penang Butterfly Farm. You can enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape and also go on the trekking after enjoying a sunbath. You can also enjoy the mouthwatering seafood which is served there in the restaurants.
Best Season: May to October
Location: North western tip of the Island Penang.
Highlights: During the hiking session one can visit the fishing village, Pantai Kerachut and even Muka Head which are the prime locations that possess natural marvels.
Location: This National Park is situated near North-western Penang Island. The park entrance is located at Teluk Bahang which is approx. 30 minutes from Georgetown.
Best Time: 7:30 am- 6:00 pm on all days.
Price: One needs to register at the park office where they can access various services like camping, bird watching etc at different prices.
Location: Batu Ferringhi Beach is situated in North-east Penang Island.
Highlights: The Batu Ferringhi Beach is well known for jet-skiing, parasailing, deep sea fishing and water skiing. The fish spa service in this area is very relaxing. Batu Ferringhi Beach has a wonderful climate that would surely people the visitors mind & soul.
Best Time: The perfect time to visit this area is in the evening when all activities are available for the visitors.
Price: There is no visiting charge to enter this beach.
Location: Penang Khoo Khongsi is located in the oldest part of Georgetown, Penang.
Highlights: The temple has different sections which are decorated in interesting ways. There is an association building along with a traditional theatre which is attached to the temple. The main entrance of Penang Khoo Khongsi is very vibrant. The hallway consists of ancient monuments which are wonderfully carved.
Best Time: Penang Khoo Khongsi opens daily. The visitors and tourists can visit the temple between 9:00 am- 5:00 pm.
Price: The entry ticket for adults is RM 10 and the entry fee for children is RM 1.
Ever wondered how the baby turtles crawl out of their shells in the quartz veins and igneous rocks. Then pack your bags and leave for this wonderful Pantai Kerachut located in Penang National Park. Along with its breathtaking landscape, this beach serves as the nesting ground for the green turtle, olive ridley turtle and hawksbill turtle. This is one of the most popular beaches in Penang.For nature lovers this place is the best as you can have a view of the monitor lizards, crabs, stork-billed kingfishers and mouse deers.
Highlights: If you are planning to enjoy your weekend in the serene atmosphere than this beach is the perfect getaway for you and your friends as you can enjoy basking in the sun in the white sand of the beach.Pantai Kerachut is said to be the home to one of the four meromictic lakes in Asia which is a combination of freshwater and seawater
Best Season: November to February.
Location: Pantai Kerachut, Penang National Park.
Highlights – Rides in a natural setting, winner of “Certificate of Excellence” from Tripadvisor for 2014 & 2015. Provides ultimate safety to kids and protects environment.
Location – Teluk Bahang, Malaysia.
Activities – Atan’s Leap, Monkey Business, Go Ape, Gecko Tower, Tubby Racer, Zoom Bug, Foxy Burrow, Tots Trail, Discovery Dig Tunnel, Greenie Program, Learning House, Serambi etc.
Price – RM50 for kids aged between 4 and 12, RM72 for kids aged between 13 and 60, free for senior citizens and kids aged below 3 years.
Timings – 9AM to 6PM from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays, except on public holidays.
Highlights: Rapid Penang bus 204 is the only bus service that takes people to the Penang Railway Station. This bus service starts from Penang Jetty and crosses Esplanade to reach KOMTAR bus station and at last Penang Hill. During this route the tourists can also view the big temple at Kek Lok Si.
Location: Penang Hill Train is situated in Air Itam, Penang Island. There is a walking route of 5 Km which starts from Botanical Gardens and reaches the top of the Penang Hill.
Best Time: First train at 6:30am, while the last train at 11:00 pm on all days.
Price: Adult- 3RM, Children- 3RM and different prices for students and senior citizens.
Location: Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram is situated in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.
Highlight: Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram is situated close to the Dharmmikarama Temple. The tourists would surely be amazed looking at the lovely sight of Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram due to the presence of mural-painted walls and gold pagodas. This Thai temple has sharp-eaved roofs which add on to the structures architecture.
Best Time: The temple is open for visitors daily between 10:00- 18:00.
Price: There is no fee to visit the temple.
Location: The mosque is situated at the corner of Lebuh Buckingham at the Pitt Street. It lies in the centre of the Tamil Muslim neighbourhood of the city.
Highlights: The terms ‘Keling’ and ‘Kapitan’ are representative of the Indian community and its people. The mosque has undergone several enlargement renovations. Geometric designs decorate the façade of the building and the interior aisles are formed of horseshoe arches which are crowned with King Edward’s plagues. The ochre yellow exteriors are in contrast to the white marble floors in the interior.
Best time: Being a mosque, it is open to all during its hours of operation.
Price: Entry is free.
Location: The Mengkuang Dam is situated to the north east of Butterworth in Malaysia.
Highlights: The Mengkaung reservoir has ten times the capacity of the Air Itam dam. It has remained closed for the public since 2011 and is due to open again on 31st July 2016. Recreational activities are offered by the park near the dam area. The dam also acts as the venue for the annual Penang International Dragon Boat Festival which is a fiesta of colours and noise.
Best time: A visit to the dam is best enjoyed during a pleasant weather, when one can easily enjoy at the park.
Price: Entry is free to the Mengkuang Dam.
If you love fishing and sandy beaches than Gertak Sanggul is definitely the place you should visit. This beach is famous as the fishing village and its romantic surroundings which offers breathtaking views. This beach is the home to white sands and swaying coconut trees.
Highlights:If you want to have a delicious meal than have a taste of their seafood which is served fresh after fishing from the sea. This place is best for fishing and you can also enjoy the view of the fisherman on their fishing boats bobbing in the waves.
Best Season: November to January
Location: Southwest coast of Penang Island, 15 minutes drive from Bayan Lepus by Bus.
Tired of the daily monotonous life then pack your bags and be off to Pasir Panjang in Balik Pulao on the southwest of Penang hills which offers a breathtaking view of its amazing landscapes. This place is the perfect getaway for you and your family where you can have some fun time swimming and basking in the sun.
Highlights: If you love adventure and fun then this is definitely the place for you as you can go for jungle trekking as there are plenty of wooden paths and winding trails leading to the hills.You can also go for a 30 minutes sidewalk towards Pulao Betong Village.
Best Season: May to October
Location: Southwestern tip of Penang Island, facing the Straits of Malacca.
There is no doubt that nothing can make your vacation more exciting then crystal blue water and clear white sands. Now add it with some adventurous activities like snorkelling and swimming, Perfect isn’t it? Monkey beach in the northwest corner of the Penang Beach is the perfect getaway for you and your family. The amazing landscapes makes you feel more better than ever before.
Highlights: Monkey Beach is best known for its fishing sites. This place is filled with varieties of fauna like flying squirrels, lemurs, fruit bats,otters and white bellied sea eagles. Another interesting thing about this place is that one can go for a two hours hike from here.
Best Season: All months
Location: Northwest corner of the Penang Beach
Breath in the fresh air of the sea by exploring this exciting beach in Palau Aman in Penang.This place offers a picturesque beauty of the fishing village. The village has a mere population of around 300 people. If you love exploring new sights than this is the best place for you. They have a lot of sightseeing places like Telaga Emas (Well of Gold).
Highlight: If you are searching in, for some serene place than this is the best place for you. The clear blue brilliant sky in contrast with the lush green jungle around the village is the best thing about this place. The water is absolutely suitable for fishing and kayaking adventure. If you love challenges then you can try jungle trekking as well. Another thing that you will love about this place is the seafood which is freshly served.
Best Season: May- October
Location: Coast of Bukit Tambun,Mainland Penang
Highlights – The paths along the trail routes of this mountain were laid in as early as 1825 and this is proof enough to show that Penang Hill is one of the sturdiest trekking routes in Malaysia in the recent times. Apart from sinking in the natural beauty of these trails, you can find a temple, mosque, bird park, food stalls selling local delicacies and many more sights as you go up the hill.
Facts – Western Hill is the highest peak in Penang Hill at a height of 2731feet above sea level. It takes about 5 hours to complete this route.
Timings – December to February.
Fee – No permit charges apply.
Location: The exact location of Penang Interactive Museum is in George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Highlights: Penang Interactive Museum is a unique destination that has a 20-foot long handmade jetty waterfront. Moreover, the visitors can even check out interactive kiosks which are very impressive.
Best Time: The museum is open throughout the year for the public. The best time to visit Penang Interactive Museum is during the day time.
Price: The visitors need to make a reservation in order to experience the beauty of this place.
Location: The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is located at 14 Leith Street in 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
Highlights: The outer walls of the mansion are painted in a stark indigo blue colour that makes it a very distinctive building in the locality. This nineteenth century building is composed of thirty eight rooms, five granite paved courtyards, seven stair cases and several vernacular timbre louver windows. Chinese cut work and porcelain work are the major marvels of this mansion.
Best time: Daily guided tours take the visitors on a journey of the history of this mansion. You can visit any time for this.
Price: It will cost you RM 17 to take a stroll inside this beautiful mansion.
Highlights: The bright green foliage of leaves on the tress and shaded spots falling in between the walking tracks under the blue sky create the ideal scenic view. A variety of trees and flowers meet the eye while the fresh stream of water flowing from the waterfall winds along the garden. Be wary of monkeys who are famous for snatching bags of the visitors.
Location: The Park is situated on Jalan Air Terjun in George Town, Malaysia.
Best time: To relish the tranquil environment of the park, you can visit anytime in the morning and evening if you want to avoid the heat.
Price: Entry to the park is free of cost.
Location: The floating mosque is located at Tanjung Bungah in Penang, Malaysia.
Highlights: There is nothing peculiar about visiting this mosque except the usual strictness regarding clothing and separate worship area for men and women. Women can avail robes which are available at the mosque to cover themselves as per the rules. As a tourist, there is no restriction at clicking snaps outside the mosque.
Best time: If you visit the mosque around 3-4 pm, you will find yourself in between the prayer time. Tourists are most welcome at the mosque at any time.
Price: Entry to the mosque is free of cost.
Highlights: Monkey Business, Flying Lemur, Kite Flyer and Tubby Racer are some of the popular activities in this Adventure Park. Monkey School and Tot’s Trail are the preferred locations for kids. There are numerous eating joints and recreational centres in the area that makes it a fun experience.
Location: Escape Adventureplay Theme Park is situated in Teluk Bahana an area in Penang, Malaysia. People can access the bus service Penang 101 & 102 for reaching this location.
Best Time: 9am- 6pm on Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Monday.
Price: The ticket prices vary for families, school groups and corporates.
Location: KekLok Si Temple is situated 3 km away from the Penang Hill Station.
Highlights: Since this temple is built at the foot of Air Itam Mountain, it offers a lovely scenic view. There are number of shops available in the vicinity that offers a variety of souvenirs. The best part about KekLok Si Temple is its architecture that is quite amusing. There are flower gardens and fish ponds in the temple complex that makes this area serene.
Best Time: The best time to visit the temple is during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Price: 2 MYR.
Location: Fort Cornwallis is located on the Northeastern coast of Penang Island, Malaysia.
Highlights: The interior of Fort Cornwallis is very unique. A bronze statue of Captain Francis Light is present at the main entrance. One can explore prison cells, storage areas and barracks. There are numerous bronze cannons which are still preserved in the best of forms.
Best Time: This fort can be visited on any day between 09:00- 18:30.
Price: The ticket price is RM20 for Adults and RM 10 for kids.
Location: The 362 hectare island is situated at the south-eastern tip of Penang, Malaysia. A short ferry ride can be taken from Bayan Lepas to reach here.
Highlights: Conversion of Jerejak into a resort was planned since 2000. The island is merely ten minutes away from the hustling Penang Island. Transportation is simple with ferry rides available.
Best time: The green island can be explored at any time during the year and a three days stay at the place will leave you with a wonderful experience.
Price: Cost includes ferry rides and accommodation only.
When a vacation is planned one of the first thing that we conjure on our mind is beach. The cool windy breeze and the warm sea is something which we definitely want for our vacation. Malaysia is a place where you can have that unlimited fun and enjoyment with your friends. Teluk Kampi Beach on the south of Pantai Kerachut in the Penang National Park is that perfect place which will make your vacation the best.This beach is quite remote from the other beaches but it offers the most beautiful view of its curving bay.
Highlights : If you love exploring the beaches than you will love this place as it is famous for sea turtles that comes to lay their eggs. You can see the baby turtles that have just hatched and see how they move.
Best Season: February to April
Location: South of Pantai Kerachut, Penang National Park.
Location: The farm is situated at the foot of the Teluk Bahang hills.
Highlights: The Butterfly Farm has a superb environment which is surrounded by beautiful plants and trees. There are a number of eating outlets in the sanctuary for the convenience of the visitors. This region is purely dedicated to the preservation of butterflies. Tropical Fruit Farm is also situated within this sanctuary.
Best Time: 09:00 – 17:30 Monday – Friday; 09:00 – 18:00 Saturday & Sunday.
Price: RM 27.00 per adult (13 years & above), RM 15.00 per child (4 years & above).
Location: The Snake Temple is situated in Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas which is 12 km away from Georgetown, Penang.
Highlights: The entrance of the temple has a big incense burner. The smoke produced by this burner acts as a tranquilizer which make the snakes go motionless. There is a 600-lb bell present in the main hall which is another striking element of the temple.
Best Time: 06:00- 19:00.
Price: Temple entry is Free.
Highlights: There are a number of daily activities which are especially planned for the entertainment of the guests. The people are advised to wear socks when they are on any play equipment. Long sleeves shirts are advisable when using any of the slides.
Location: Adventure Zone Theme Park is situated in Golden Sands Resort, Penang, Malaysia.
Best Time: 10am-7pm.
Price: Children- MYR 48 nett for half-day package (Resort guests). Adult entry is free.
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.
Location: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Highlights: The temple was built in the honour of Chinese goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin, hence the name of the temple. It was brought to use not just for religious purposes but also for social gatherings initially. Typical Chinese architecture can be observed at the temple with carvings of dragons around stone pillars, ceramic sculptures of dragons that line up the roof ridges and high rising ceilings. The temple grounds also have two wells and are designed for use by the public.
Best Time: The temple is open between 8.30 AM and early evening.
Price: Entry is free.
Location: The Penang State Museum & Art Gallery is located in Central Georgetown on Lebuh Farquhar between Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling and Love Lane.
Highlights: The museum is divided into galleries which are dedicated to Penang’s historical communities and historical event that took place in the past. The museum also attracts visitors for its fine collection of old photographs, maps, historical documents, costumes, historical relics and Chinese furniture. Special exhibitions are also held at the museum from time to time.
Best time: One can visit anytime when the museum is open between Saturdays to Thursday between 9 to 5 PM.
Price: Admission is free of cost.