Must Visit Places in Penang
Batu Ferringhi Beach
Batu Ferringhi Beach is an adventure land where you can get your adrenalin racing while on a leisure holiday. The availability of Jet Skis and Parasailing sports by the seaside is a major lure that pulls every tourist who visits this town in Penang.
Apart from just laying around the beach and taking a sunbath, other things you can do here are getting a buggy ride on the golden sand, go deep sea fishing or revel in a banana boat ride.
Location: 11km from City Center, George Town
Timings: A few hours before sunset is apt so that you have enough time to beach stuff and adventure sports before watching the mesmeric sunset.
Penang Butterfly Park, Entopia
If you haven’t had the chance to connect with the charm of nature in a long time, then Entopia Penang Butterfly Park should be on your list of places to visit in Penang. This farm houses over 4,000 butterflies of about 150 species, each more ecstatic than the other drifting one into a fairytale land.
You can watch plenty of butterflies flutter around in freedom at the Natureland, or visit the cocoon, the abode for their little ones breathe into life.
Location: Jalan Teluk Bahang
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Penang House of Music
It is no surprise how much emphasis Penang lays on exhibiting its rich culture and heritage; the Penang House of Music is one such place where one can get in sync with their musical tradition. The presence of a resource centre where music enthusiasts can learn more about Penang’s melodious history makes it more attention-grabbing than it already is.
Testifying its name aptly, one can listen to music that belongs to several countries in the world including Indian folk and Chinese Opera.
Location: Level 3, KOMTAR Jalan Penang
Timings: 11.00 a.m. to 08.00 p.m.
Glass Museum Penang
Choose to visit the Glass Museum Penang during your visit, and you are sure to rave about its build and beauty for the rest of your life. Pictures from your trip cannot get any better than when clicked in this museum where you can confuse the image when standing in the large kaleidoscope.
The display of items made from recycled glass is creativity personified. You could excel in it too if you partake in the craft class and take it back home as an irreplaceable memory.
Location: Jalan Burma, Geroge Town
Timings: 09.30 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.; 09.30 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. on Saturday (Closed on Sundays)
The Top Komtar Penang
Theme parks and entertainment needn’t be only from the outdoor roller coaster and water slides; the Top Komtar Penang is amongst those places to visit in Penang that entertainment to great heights, literally.
This tall building conducts entertainment activities like Magic Mirror Maze, 7D Discovery Motion Theatre, Ocean Explorer, Window of the Top, DanceOki, Rainbow Skywalk, etc. Keep yourself full by stopping by at one of the several restaurants in-between all the fun.
Location: Jalan Penang, George Town
Timings: 11.00 a.m. to 08.00 p.m.; 11.00 a.m. to 09.00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Kek Lok Si
Kek Lok Si is a wonderful Buddhist temple built in away from Penang’s shore. This architectural structure that is a haven for Buddhist pilgrims and Chinese teachings houses a large Buddha statue apart from thousands of his pictures, more than a hundred carvings, and some sculptures making it a traditional home for both Mahayana Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism.
You can only imagine the backdrop that this scenic temple has considering it is built in the hill station on the foot of Air Itam Mountain. The ponds hurling with fishes and the lush gardens add to the equanimity of this place.
Location: 3km from Penang Hill Station
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Tropical Spice Garden
This is a place for all those who want to off-beat things when away on a trip to Penang. The garden that once used to be a rubber plantation has now transformed into an aromatic spice garden where there is a lot to learn about the 500 species of flora and fauna for enthusiasts. You can walk around the natural trails that also cross waterfalls while you explore this award-winning garden with a guided tour.
Try your hands at the cooking classes that teach how to cook using those spices to create a delightful dish. The shop in the garden could also gift you with a plant if you are in luck. A night walk in this rainforest is also an enthralling experience to watch some nocturnal plants and animals.
Location: Lone Crag Villa, Jalan Teluk Bahang
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
The Teddyville Museum is indeed just as amazing as it sounds where you can witness the joy of being around our childhood furry friends have a whole building to themselves. This enchanting teddy world has the leading collection of teddy bears, which also recite the magnificent history of Penang in the most delightful way that makes learning easy and cute!
Spare some time, learn the art of making a teddy bear in this museum which would make the most lovable gift you can give to your dearest ones.
Location: DoubleTree Resort
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Penang National Park
Penang National Park breaks the stigma around a national park being about plentiful animals and long jungles. This smallest national park in Malaysia is all about exploring nature by walking in its trails where you can spot some animals like monkeys and giant lizards.
Here’s the amazing part- it all leads to a beach! That is one of a kind, where you get to sunbathe in almost privacy, swing on the beachside, visit the lighthouse and picnic. The Kerachut beach here is home to thousands of turtles with whom you can spend some time if you are lucky.
Location: Pejabat Taman Negara P. Pinang, George Town
Timings: 07.30 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
The blue mansion tip-top with flawless infrastructure has won several awards and is recognized by the UNESCO for conserving the heritage. It has even won accolades for being amongst the best Penang tourist places.
Dig deeper to be mesmerized by the history of this mansion. One can stay in one of the thirty-eight rooms looking chic in their Anglo-Indian design that looks no less than a traditional five-star setting.
Location: 14 Leith Street, George Town
Timings: 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.; 02.00 p.m. to 03.00 p.m.; 03.030 p.m. to 04.30 p.m.
A lot many people from China had moved to Penang centuries ago, and the Clan Jetties is home to the last set of them. You will find here six jetties (houses) floating on water that signify six villages made up of wood and aluminium.
It is a spectacle to watch the stilt houses out which the Chew Jetti is recommended as most tourist friendly. A temple in the region is also one of the amusing things you can see here. This settlement of the 19th century is just like a normal village with shops and tasty food, but for the fact that it is erect on the water!
Location: Pengkalan Weld Quay
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 09.00 p.m.
Penang Floating Mosque
Penang Floating Mosque is just like any other typical mosque but for the uniqueness that it is built in the ocean water, making it stand out from the others. Built not so long ago in 2005, this is the only one that is built in the ocean water.
An attraction of this mosque is that they allow people to swim around it when the tides are bearable to witness the underwater engineering that holds this religious building above water. The sound of the azaan, their call to prayer makes one dwell in the sanctity of their beliefs.
Location: Tanjung Bungah
Timings: 05.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Tropical Fruit Farm
You might have visited all kinds of farms, but the opportunity to visit a huge farm spread across several acres that grow over 250 of the 370 edible fruits that grow in Malaysia can be grabbed only the Tropical Fruit Farm in Penang.
One doesn’t just get to watch the process of growing organic fruits but is also permitted to try their hands at it or get a taste of them. Feel free to ask the workers there just about anything about this entire process, and they will jump at the chance to edify you about it.
Location: Jalan Teluk Bahang, George Town
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m.
Entry Fee: RM 10 (free for children)
The cluster of several mountain peaks, the view of the jungle, the city and the coastline ahead of it and the train ride of the longest track in Asia and steepest track in the world together put Penang Hill on the list of places to visit in Penang. It is a refreshing break from the tropical climate of Malaysia with a fresh atmosphere of cool air.
Location: 9km from George Town
Timings: Most attractions on Penang Hill shut down by 07.00 p.m. The last train from the hilltop leaves at 11.00 p.m.
Entry Fee: You do not have to pay to visit Penang Hill, but you will have to buy a ticket for the funicular train which varies for children, groups, senior citizens, round trips, school trips, disabled people and fast lane.
Dhammikarna Burmese Temple
The Dhammikarna Burmese Temple is the only Burmese Buddha temple outside Myanmar and has statues of his meditation pose at every end of this temple. The eccentric story of Buddha is conveyed through the frescoes that you will witness as you walk inside this serene atmosphere where there is also a Bodhi Tree and a wishing pond.
One can spot the life of the monks for they live in apartments inside this very temple. Make sure you remove your shoes before entering as a mark of respect.
Location: Lorong, Burmah
Timings: 05.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Penang State Museum and Art Gallery
This 1821 colonial building is like entering into the doors of the ancient times because every corner right from the gate onwards narrates the history of Penang. Holding a significant place in the Penang tourist places, this museum is a treasure of galleries, artefacts, creativity, and costumes which express the events from the past in a manner that one can easily relate to.
The addition of structures inside that display the traditional houses and marriage centres in those times is a wonderful piece of art to adore.
Location: Lebuh Farquhar, Geroge Town
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. (Closed on Fridays)
Pinang Peranakan Mansion
For all those who cannot get enough about learning about the cultures in the world, the Pinang Peranakan Mansion will seem like a house of joy for you. This museum is dedicated to retelling the history of the Peranakan people who are otherwise referred to as Strait Chinese.
History claims that they moved to Malaysia several years ago and are a blend of Chinese and Malay cultures. You can find everything about this story, age-old artefacts and constructions depicting their past lives in this mansion.
Location: Church Street, George Town
Timings: 09.30 a.m. to 05.00 p.m.
Entry Fee: RM 20 (Free entry for children below six years)
What makes City Mall different from the many others is the unique interior that gives a tropical look and feels to the mall with water bodies and palm trees that even allow some outdoor ventilation. It is a fun place to shop when you want to keep away from the regular tourist places.
Location: Tanjung Tokong
Arulnigu Karumariamman Temple
The massive temple spread across a huge piece of land, the Indianness in its interiors and the sculptors inside make this visit a worthy one. One cannot miss the beautiful colors used to make this temple or the literal traditions of tying fresh mango leaves at the entrance. Inappropriate clothing and photography without permission are frowned upon by devotees of this temple.
Location: Jalan Todak
Penang Wonderfood Museum
Penang Wonderfood Museum is true to its name, a ‘food museum’ that is one-of-a-kind and explicitly marvellous. This building is dedicated to glorifying the food culture of Penang by creating large plastic models of the food that this place is known for.
Not just that, you will also find a list of places where you can find those delicious dishes around Penang. The exhibit looks so appealing, that one is sure to leave with a grumbling stomach craving for food by the time you walk out.
Location: 49, Lebuh Pantai, George Town
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.
Entry Fee: RM25 for adults and RM15 for children and senior citizens.
Places to Visit with Kids & Family in Penang
Escape Theme Park
This is the first theme park launched in Penang that is entertaining people with thrilling adventures and a water park. The natural environment around that sway with the wind in the area uplifts the theme park experience, especially when you go bungee jumping.
Apart from a lazy pool and water slides like other theme parks, this premises also conducts other adventures like flying fox, Go Ape, Gecko Tower, and Monkey Business which are all fancy names for activities like rock climbing, crossing suspension bridges and climbing uphill on a seat.
Location: Jalan Teluk Bahang
Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m. (Closed on Monday)
Penang 3D Trick Art Museum
Penang 3D Trick Art Museum is for all those who love to click pictures until the phone’s battery dies; here you can do just that, but by tricking the viewer. The museum has been designed in a manner where one can click pictures with several structures that may seem ordinary, but have a catch to make things original when you see them in an image.
Every corner is filled with murals as well as life-size figures that make it more exciting and ingenious.
Location: Penang Street, George Town
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.; 09.00 a.m. to 08.00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
You could have a tough time getting your kids out of here once you take them to the Adventure Zone, but, it is worth it. It is an indoor adventure place for every growing child, toddlers, children and teens who can be accompanied by their parents.
From drop slides, net-bridges, and playground to a ball fountain and outdoor games, this air-conditioned children’s dreamland is worth every penny! The good news? You only have to pay for your children, and your entry is free!
Location: Golden Sands Resort
Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.
Made In Penang Interactive Museum
Taking a tour of this museum is possibly the most fun Penang things to do. Situated within the vicinity of the historical Behn Meyer building, this museum displays 3-D trick art, paintings, murals and much more.
It is a two-storey structure which showcases works of local artists with themes of the Penang lifestyle. While here, do not forget to capture many trick-shots and almost unreal photographs.
Location: 10, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Timing: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 PM | Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm.
- Adults - RM 35
- Kids (3 to 12 years old) - RM 25.
Kapitan Keling Mosque
Witness the pulchritude of sunset that reflects oh-so-perfectly on the arches and minarets of the Kapitan Keling Mosque which is amongst the top-rated places to visit in Penang. The construction of the mosque has a lot of heads turning with their crystal chandeliers and big prayer hall complementing this white religious structure.
Just like every other mosque, women who aren’t covered cannot enter the mosque. What was only a small initiative by the first Indian Muslims who moved to Malaysia has now become the largest mosque in Penang.
Location: Jalan Buckingham
Timings: 09.030 a.m. to 05.030 p.m.
Penang Bridge is much like the London Bridge for the residents of Penang who boast of this 13.5km long bridge that connects the island with the mainland. Since the ferry route became busier with a growing population, this suspension bridge was constructed to make more transport options available only to become the second-longest bridge in Malaysia.
This bridge that is always swarming with people is where several significant marathons are held. A picture from this fifth-longest bridge in South Asia will surely send your way many thumbs ups!
Location: Connects Seberang Perai with George Town
Entry Fee: Toll starting from RM 1.40.
Goddess of Mercy Temple
The Goddess of Mercy Temple is also called the Kuan Yin Teng that hails from the 1800s which is flocked by believers from around Malaysia every new year to seek blessings for a wonderful year ahead with prosperity and good health.
Festival days are the best time to visit this temple because the entire temple comes to life with its puppet shows and other performances. The architecture of the temple, colourful decoration, and daily rituals make this a rightful choice in the places to visit in Penang.
Location: Jalan Masid Kapitan Keling
Timings: Early morning to 06.00 p.m.
Penang Bird Park
You can spot birds like Swans, Flamingos, Ducks, and Pelicans, to name a few. Besides birds, the park also is home to crocodiles, turtles, monkeys, and pythons. They have also caged over 3000 birds to allow them to heal from diseases and breed in privacy.
Location: Lintang Kurau, Chai Leng Park (Near Sunway hotel Seberang Perai)
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.
Entry Fee: RM 20 for adults and RM 15 for children.
Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest
Spend a day of leisure at the Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest that is packed with greenery and serenity. Walk by the completely safe forest area, ride a bike to cover the entire forest, or hike up the trails hidden inside.
Many also love to camp there overnight, and the forest also rents out chalets for those who haven’t had enough of the sound of nature. Relax by the slow flowing stream and take a dip before you set off to cover the rest of the forest. It is indeed one of the most soothing Penang tourist places.
Location: 8km from Bukit Mertajam
Timings: 07.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.
Penang Snake Temple
Just as its name sounds, the Penang Snake Temple is indeed a shelter for several snakes who came in even after the Chor Soo Kong left for the heavenly abode, in whose honor this temple was built. It is believed that he was a great healer and wanted to give the snakes a place to live.
Also known as The Temple of Azure Cloud, this is one of the most attractive places to visit in Penang if you want to see snakes lay comfortably in their home.
Location: 3km from Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas, 12km from George Town
Timings: 06.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.
Entry Fees: Free; RM 5 for adults and RM3 for children if you want to visit the Snake Farm.
St. George’s Anglican Church
The blue marble flooring marvellously complements the white structure of St. George's Anglican Church you will find inside. It was designed by artist Captain Robert Smith who was very renowned for his paintings; those are still preserved in the State Museum next door.
Being one of the oldest buildings built in this city, it is surely one of the places to visit in Penang to acquaint with the people.
Location: Next to Penang State Museum and Art Gallery, Jalan Lebuh Farquhar
Timings: 08.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 01.30 p.m. to 06.30 p.m. (Tuesday to Saturday); Open throughout the day on Sunday.
Straits Quay is one of the latest additions to the shopping scenario in Penang; in fact, it is the only one that faces the sea, which makes for an amazing view while shopping. You will find an array of retail shops selling away to their hearts glory, soaking in all the energy from the winds from the shore.
This shopping arena is mostly dominated by nail spas, hair spas, and boutiques, which makes it one of the ‘must visit’ Penang tourist places for the women. You can also dine with wine when here!
Location: Jalan Seri Tanjung
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 01.00 a.m. (Up to midnight on Sunday)
Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi
If you haven’t been to this most copacetic architecture building before called Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, then you haven’t been to Penang at all. Considered amongst the signature places to visit in Penang, this Chinese clanhouse is an anchorage for craft and architecture with stone carvings, sculptures, and lamps that adds the twinkle on this ornamented structure.
It was the place of worship and meeting of those Chinese people who had the same surname and belief so that they could take their faith forward in harmony and unity. The whole idea was to emphasise the need to be there for the people of our community.
Location: Cannon Square, George Town
Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. (Closed on Sunday)
Entry Fee: RM 10 for adults and RM 1 for children above five years.
The Youth Park is one of the popular places to visit with your family, especially your children owing to the various attractions it has in store. It is well-maintained and clean where one can picnic, sit under the shade of the trees, make friends with the monkeys, click photographs, jog, cycle, take a splash in the pool, children can unwind at the playground while you can lay on the lawn to catch up with fresh air.
The indoor waterfall makes this a more visited place not just by tourists but also by the residents of Penang who need a one-day-picnic.
Location: Persiaran Kuari, George Town
Timings: 06.00 a.m. to 05.30 p.m.
Places to Visit in Penang at Night
Batu Ferringhi Night Museum
Who can get enough of shopping? You have had a very rushy sightseeing day, and haven’t gone enough of your shopping is done; then you should march straight to the Batu Ferringhi Night Museum where you can spend time till late at night.
Even though the items sold here are not branded, people still love visiting the place for all the basic things like scarves, tops, and sunglasses at cheap rates.
Location: Jalan Patai Batu
Timings: 07.00 p.m. to 01.00 a.m.
Three Sixty Rooftop Bar and Revolving Restaurant
Get a top view of Penang, the city, the lights and of course the sea from Three Sixty Rooftop Bar and Revolving Restaurant where you can get an intimate seating even with so many people around you.
Widely known for its ambience, western cuisine, and cocktails & mocktails, this should surely be amongst the places to visit in Penang for dining. You can also choose to eat at the indoor air-conditioned setting, which offers everything as on the terrace.
Location: Lebuh Farquhar, George Town
Timings: 04.00 p.m. to 01.00 a.m. (Up to 02.00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday)
Hard rock Café
There’s nothing like night munching vibe in this radiance that perfectly suits the rock bands who love playing some classical music for their visitors. While a burger is the most common food item, it is just something else at this café; you must try it! Wear your best, and head to Hard Rock Café which has also preserved some possessions of famous musicians.
Location: Jalan Batu Ferringhi
Timings: 11.30 a.m. to 02.00 a.m. (Up to 02.30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday
Soho Free House
Get your dancing shoes on and party till as late as one would want to at Soho Free House. This pub is for every party-lover in the list of Penang tourist places. You wouldn’t find such a British-style pub anywhere else in George Town that attracts people with its décor, service, and food! You should try Shepherd’s Pie that they make here in a very traditional manner.
Location: Jalan Penang, George Town
Timings: 12.00 p.m. to 03.00 a.m
Don’t kill your late night cravings by just some water; take a ride on one of the best of the 25 streets in the world, Gurney Drive. This street is a boulevard for a line-up of street food from around the world and also encloses the hawker’s centre. Besides that, this Broadway also has the best restaurants and bars in town!
Location: George Town