Must do things in Penang
Visit Escape Theme Park
From twisty rides to thrilling slides; spending a day here is one of the refreshing things to do in Penang. Splashing in the pool, eating scrumptious snacks and taking heart-stopping rides is what’s in the deal for you at Escape Theme Park.
Location: 828, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timing: Opens from 10 AM to 6 PM daily
Indulge in Different Cuisines on the Food tour
This is basically a group tour that is best suited for families and friends. The tour would help you relish Penang Lobak, the Appoms and Kuihs which are the top dishes of this region. To steal a peek in authentic Malaysian food, Indulging on a food tour is certainly rated as one of the top things to do in Penang.
Location: 1, Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timing: DINNER TOUR - begins at 5 PM and ends by 9 PM, BRUNCH TOUR - begins at 9:30 PM and ends by 1:30 PM
Go on a Bus Tour to Explore Penang
Take a hop on and hop off bus tour which traverses you across the island in just 3.5 to 4 hours of time. Taking you to places such as Batik Factory, Fort Cornwallis, Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Wonderfood Museum, Little India - Street of Harmony, Chew Jetty, Armenian Street Art, Waterfront Village, Reclining Buddha and Burmese Temple etc.
The sunset tour offers a unique stitch of landmarks around the island such as The Top Komtar, the Observatory Deck, Rainbow Skywalk, the Red Garden Hawker Center, Street of Harmony, Trishaw Night Ride (Heritage Building), Penang City Hall, Penang Town Hall, Esplanade Park and Victoria Memorial Clock Tower. There is a various tour in a day, according to your convenience and time availability you can choose from morning, afternoon or evening tours.
Location: Starting point: Harriston Chocolate Boutique, Kelawei Street
Timings: Morning: 10 AM to 1:30 PM | Afternoon 2 PM to 5:30 PM | Sunset tour: 6:30 PM to 10 PM
Hike to Penang Hill
There are a number of hiking trails originate across Penang hill. The Western Hill at a height of 2731 feet above sea level is the highest point of the Hill which can be raced up in a couple of hours.
The various hiking routes are the 'Jeep track', the Moongate and the one starting from the entrance of the Penang Botanic Gardens. Besides breathing fresh air, enjoying sweeping views of the surrounding valley.
Location: Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera | Air Itam, George Town, Penang Island 11500, Malaysia
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM daily
Experience Penang Butterfly Park
This offbeat farm conducts research studies along with educating, entertaining and informing the general public. Visiting Penang Butterfly Park is one of the offbeat activities to do in Penang if you are interested in Etymology. The farm hosts exotic species such as the endangered Yellow Birdwing butterfly and the Rajah Brooke etc. Penang Butterfly Park also hosts a tropical fruit farm that spreads over a land of 25-acres within its fringes.
Location: No.830, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM daily
Entry Fee: RM27 per adult and RM15 per child (4-12 years old), Senior citizen: RM13.50 (58 years old and above).
Embrace Penang Wonderfood Museum
Penang Wonderfood Museum is a one-of-a-kind experience where over 100 Malaysian dishes, street food items and local delicacies are on display. The museum allows you to take a plunge in the Malaysian food culture as well as Indian, Chinese, and Peranakan dishes are also showcased shielded under glass covers.
The museum has three main sections: the Info Zone, the Wow Zone, and the Educational Zone. Where the info zone lets you take a look at the range of food items, the wow zone let you take pictures with huge models of the dishes. The education zone tells you about the cultural and the related food as well as what should you eat and what might harm.
Location: 49, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM daily
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.
Explore Tropical Spice Garden
Exploring the Tropical Spice Garden is one of the highly rewarding activities in Penang for the ones who love to cook. Famous as the bis-diverse living museum that brings nature and culture together. The eight acres of garden encompasses a range of tropical plants and over 500 living specimens from around the world.
The spice garden and the flower gardens lure people into marching the well-laid paths of this exotic land. Nestled along the Teluk Bahang junction, this nature conservation complex has three major trails, every trail is dotted with streams, waterfalls and models prepared of recycled organic materials.
Location: Lot 595 Mukim, 2, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM daily
Witness Teddyville Museum
The DoubleTree Resort by Hilton in Batu Ferringhi houses Malaysia’s first and the largest collection of Teddy Bears to tell stories. From miniature to massive teddy bear, you can choose from a range of teddy bears catering to various shapes and sizes to purchase as souvenirs. The bears at the museum are also used to narrate the history of Penang.
Out of the many things you do at this museum, hugging and getting clicked with the bears are few fun activities in Penang that you must not miss!
Location: 56, Jalan Low Yat, Puncak Ria, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM daily
Go to Penang House of Music
Located in Komtar in central George Town, Penang House of Music was opened to the public in November 2016. Imparting an insight on the Penang’s musical background and heritage, particularly exhibiting antiques and documents of Penang’s musical golden age which started from the 1940s onwards.
Set over an area of 650 square metres, right above the ICT mall. If you have even a little interest in music, it is one of the intriguing things to do in Penang.
Location: KOMTAR, L4-02, Level 4, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: Opens from 11 AM to 8 PM daily
Visit the magnificent Glass Museum Penang
One of the best things to do in Penang is to take a tour of the Glass Museum, where you can spend a day learning the glass-making techniques, try your hands at making glass trinkets and souvenirs, tour around the stunning maze full of glass exhibits and a kaleidoscope of colours. There is also 3-D art, a workshop area, a glass tunnel, and many other things.
Location: 6, Jalan Burma, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Timing: Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm | Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm | Sunday - Closed.
- Adult - RM 21.50 Foreigner, RM 17 MyKad
- Child (ages 3-12) - RM 12 Foreigner, RM 9 MyKad.
Explore Penang 3D Trick Art Museum
Penang 3D Trick Art Museum is located on King Street of George Town which was opened in the year 2014. This interactive museum features two levels of shophouse where the ground floor displays sceneries of Penang island and the other terrains.
The 3D trick art museum is famous for its murals that simply appear as ‘coming-to-life.’ This place grabs everyone’s attention for clicking pictures.
Location: 10, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: Monday to Friday: 9 AM to 6 PM | Saturday to Sunday: 9 AM to 8 PM
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 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.
Visit Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Peranakan Mansion is a museum at church street of George Town which once used to be a residence and office of a Chinese Tycoon. The museum houses artefacts, antiques and collectables belonging to the Peranakan heritage. The furniture and decor of the house also reflect the lifestyle during the Peranakan heritage. The mansion was formerly christened as the Hai Kee Chan, which stands for the 'Sea Remembrance Hall.’
The house was completely abandoned post world war two and was invaded by the Japanese during their occupation of Malaysia. Today, it has been restored to its original state and is open to visitors.
Location: 29, Church St, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5 PM daily
Admire Penang Bridge
Among the best activities in Penang is to take a drive to the bridge and enjoy the views of the sea, mountains and the scenic surroundings as you pass by, especially in the evening when the entire route gets lit-up.
Location: Penang, Malaysia.
Pray at St. George's Anglican Church
As you visit the church, you can find traces of the destruction caused by the Japanese Occupation of Malaysia. The edifice today is around 200 plus years old that features an impressive interior, imposing pillars, well-groomed open ground, and peaceful campus. The church can be located on the Farquhar Street in George Town, near to the popular Masjid Kapitan Keling street
Location: 1, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: TUESDAY to FRIDAY:10 AM to 4 PM | SATURDAY open for Tour Operators and Guides by proper appointment | SUNDAY: CLOSED
Go to Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is a boutique resort that dates back to its construction in the year 1880s. Situated on the 14 Leith Street of Georgetown in Penang, the mansion architecture reflects traditional Chinese style built. The grand manor appoints 38 rooms, seven staircases and a total of five well-paved courtyards layered in granite.
The house was built by an affluent merchant-trader named Cheong Fatt Tze which was later sold by its descendants to save it from demolition and now it is a government's property.
Location: 14, Lebuh Leith, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings:11 AM to 12 PM | 2 to 3 PM | 3:30 to 4:30 PM
Enjoy at The Top Komtar Penang
Besides entertaining yourself at the endless attractions, you can also satiate your hunger at some top-notch restaurants that promise to impart sweeping views of George Town.
Location: 1, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: 11 AM to 9 PM daily
Things to do with family and kids in Penang
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.
Take blessings at Dhammikarama Burmese Temple
Dhammikarama Burmese Temple is a stunning and the oldest Burmese temple on the island of Penang. The temple is found along the Burma lane, opposite to a Thai temple - Wat Chayamangkalaram. Established in the year 1803, the temple name was formerly coined as the Nandy Moloh Burmese Temple.
The temple reflects Burmese architecture in its spires and golden domes. Visiting such diverse temple is one of the activities in Penang that makes the island town stand out in its stature.
Location: 24, Jalan Burma, Pulau Tikus, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: From 5 AM until 6 PM daily
Entopia is famous as nature’s largest classroom where you encounter a collection of insects and butterflies. It is classified into two major and separate sections- The Natureland living outdoor gardens and the Cocoon indoor discovery centre.
Housing more than 200 species of flora and 150 species of flora, Entopia is a living habitat that is comprised of waterfalls, ponds, gardens and caves. Visiting Entopia is one of the offbeat things to do in Penang which certainly will invigorate your inner self.
Location: No.830, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM daily
Relive History at Penang State Museum and Art Gallery
Nestled along the Jalan Farquhar in Georgetown, Penang State Museum and Art Gallery are considered as one of the top state museums in the country. The entrance of the Penang State Museum and Art Gallery is greeted by a royal statue of Captain Francis Light, who was the founder of the Penang Straits Settlement.
Housing several galleries which display a detailed collection of historical documents, old photographs and maps, Chinese furniture, costumes, embroidery, and other antiques from various communities of the country. If you are a history buff, walking these galleries can be one of the best things to do in Penang that you must not miss!
Location: Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: Opens daily from 9 AM to 5 PM except for Fridays
Entry Fee: RM 10 per person.
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.
Pay a visit to Penang Floating Mosque
Penang floating Mosque was built in the year 2004 in an attempt to refurbish a rather smaller mosque which was destroyed by the Tsunami in the same year. The mosque has a remarkable outlook with a seven-storey sky-touching minaret that gives a splendid view of the surrounding.
The mosque located on the Tanjung Bungah’s stretch of beach and can easily be spotted because of its Moorish architecture and the impressive tower.
Location: Tanjung Bungah Road, Pulau Pinang, 11200, Penang, Malaysia
Timings: Friday prayers from 12 PM to 2:30 PM (closed for masses). Entry is subject to the permission obtained from the mosque officials.
Experience peace Kapitan Keling Mosque
Kapitan Keling Mosque is an Indo-Moorish structure and a significant landmark in Penang which was built in the year 1801. Established by the first Indian Muslim settlers at the junction of Lebuh Buckingham and Lebuh Pitt, it is the largest mosque in George Town.
The edifice is marked by a distinctive yellowish-golden dome with influences drawn from the Mughal style of architecture. The whitewashed building is also adorned with stars and crescent-shaped patterns which is commonly found in Indian-Islamic minarets.
Location: 14, Jalan Buckingham, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM daily, closed on Friday
Arulmigu Karumariamman Temple Visit
Touching a height of 72 feet above the ground, Karumariamman Temple is an impressive South Indian Temple in the middle of the island. It houses the largest Rajagopuram which is 11 feet wide and 21 feet tall.
Originated as a state temple around a hundred years ago, it was only in the 1970s when the temple was intricately constructed into the new township of Seberang Jaya.
Location: Jalan Todak, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: 6 AM to 12 noon | 4 PM to 8 PM daily
Have fun at Youth Park
Fondly christened as “ a park for everyone,” the Youth Park was established in 1972 as a place that suits people from all walks of life. Sprawling across an area of 40 acres, the park entertains you with myriads of facilities such as a large pool area, magnificent fountains, skating tracks, a magnanimous chess board, facilities like archery centre and skateboard areas impresses sports lovers. Besides the sports enthusiasts, the park also serves children and seniors at its best.
Location: Persiaran Kuari, Pulau Tikus, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: Thursday to Saturday: 6 AM to 5:30 PM | Friday: 7 AM to 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: RM 3 to 5 per person.
Watch beautiful birds at Penang Bird Park
With over 300 species of local and exotic birds, the Penang Bird Park is the first and the largest bird park in Malaysia. Started in the year 1988 in the Seberang Jaya region, the park campus spans over an area of 5 acres.
The assorted collection of birds includes the tiny exotic sunbirds, locally found kingfishers, vulturine guineafowl, pelicans, swans, storks mandarin ducks, flamingos, and gigantic eight ft-tall ostriches, etc.
Location:45, Lintang Kurau 7, Chai Leng Park, 13700 Perai, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM daily
Entry Fee: Adult RM 38 | Children (Below 12 years old) RM 20.
Explore Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest
Spotted at around a distance of 8 kilometres from the main town, Bukit Mertajam is nature’s oasis. Spanning across an area of 37 acres, Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest is 457 meters above sea level. From hiking, picnicking, to simply sitting by the cascading waterfalls; no matter where you look, it is a verdant sight.
The forested campus is marked by an old ornamental suspension bridge and a tiny tea kiosk which make for an amazing photo stop in the middle of the jungle.
Location: Kampung Teluk Bukit, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia
Timings: 24 hours
Get a little scared at Penang Snake Temple
Shrouded under a famous tail behind the making of this temple, Penang Snake Temple was built in the year 1850. According to the words by a renowned Buddhist priest in Malaysia, the monks at the temple provided a safe haven to a snake in the bygone time and after the snake died the temple moved on its own.
Since then, the temple is home to pit vipers and green tree snakes which you as a visitor will be surprised to witness. Another name for it is the Temple of the Azure Cloud or Pure Cloud Temple and is situated around 12 kilometres away from George Town.
Location: Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Bayan Lepas Industrial Park, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: 5 AM to 7 PM daily
Go to Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi
Founded in the year 1835, Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi is a Chinese temple located at Cannon Square in George Town. The temple represents the finest Chinese clan where, in history, a hundred and two Kho clan members came together to form an association to work towards the welfare of Khoo clansmen in the Nanyang.
The interesting fact about this temple is that the association documented each clan ancestors and descendants and the record is now one of the most complete genealogical charts of all the clans in Penang.
Location: 18, Cannon Square, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM daily
Enjoy yourself Straits Quay
Straits Quay is a shopping centre-cum-marina in George Town of Penang. Tucked at the centre of Seri Tanjung Pinang, this seaside mall was opened to the public in 2010. Housing a large marina and a convention centre, the mall houses more than 100 retail shops.
From the subway, pappa rich to Starbucks and Sam’s Groceria supermarket; the mall has uncountable things to keep you engaged.
Location: Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang 10470 Tanjong Tokong, Penang Malaysia, Malaysia
Timings: Monday to Saturday: 9 AM to 1 AM | Sunday 9 AM to 12 AM
Witness the beautiful Clan Jetties
The Clan Jetties is a group of six Chinese floating villages, each distinctive of a specific clan which is represented by a temple and traditional style of architecture. There are a total of six temples which can be visited as part of the tourist Things to do in Penang. The villagers in these jetties are welcoming, the Chew Jetty being the most popular and friendly.
Location: Pengkalan Weld, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Timing: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm.
Experience peace Goddess of Mercy Temple
The first temple made in the iconic George Town is the only Chinese temple in the town. Built in 1728, the temple is dedicated to the Taoist Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin. Formerly dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu who is worshipped by the Hokkiens, later the temple was renovated during the year 1824 and the deity was changed to Guan Yin.
The temple is quite close to the sea, embellished with dragon figures and follows the principle of Feng Shui.
Location: 30, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM daily
Things to do in Penang at night
Enjoy Drinks at Soho Free House
Soho Free House double-storey old-school British pub is situated on Jalan Penang. This extravagant pub is famous for hosting a friendly crowd, and a culture of an all-day Happy Hour beer servings. With playing non-stop classic grooves and riffs from the 80s to promising an unlimited production of some finely brewed beer, Soho is also known for arranging top-notch dining experiences.
Location: 50, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: 12 PM to 3 AM daily
Cuisine: This cafe serves a mixed menu of pasta, seafood, Chinese, Thai etc.
Shop at Batu Ferringhi Night Market
A legendary night market that comes to life every evening along the seashore of Batu Ferringhi. From vendors displaying colourful trinkets to selling fake brands in products like bags, clothes, footwear; from pirated DVDs to home decor products- there is rarely something that’s not available at this market. Shopping here is one of the steal-deal things to do in Penang.
Location: Along Jalan Batu Ferringhi, from Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa to Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort
Timings: Starts at 7 in the evening till late at night. (daily)
Indulge in delicious food at Three Sixty Rooftop Bar
Considered as one of the top-class rooftop bars in Bangkok, the Three Sixty bar is a part of the Millennium Hilton group. The building has 31 floors and the bar is located on a large rectangular open terrace that imparts a phenomenal view of the cityscape.
From devouring on a range of servings to sipping on some expensive champagne and wine; this place has a view of the Chao Phraya river that beats every other observatory in the town.
Location: 25-A, Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: Sunday to Thursday - 4 PM to 1 AM | Friday and Saturday- 4 PM to 2 AM
Cost for two: INR 900 to INR 2000 (approximately).
Enjoy music at Hard Rock Cafe
Situated on the ground floor of the beachfront Hard Rock Hotel Penang, the Hard Rock Cafe is a place where music, entertainment and food go hand in hand. Serving the classic American cuisine in its menu, the cafe hosts incredible live concerts and performances.
Besides spotting celebrities and musicians, you can also shop for customized merchandise such as HRC T-shirts and mugs etc.
Location: Jalan Batu Ferringhi c/o Hard Rock Hotel Penang, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Timings: Sunday to Thursday - 11:30 AM to 2 AM | Friday and Saturday- 11:30 AM to 2:30 AM
Entry Fee: 450 RM (average) for two.
Take a walk at Gurney Drive
Fondly referred to as The New Esplanade or the Persiaran Gurney, the famous Gurney Drive is one of the largest seafront promenades in Georgetown in Penang. Ideal for leisure walks and jogs, the place is every hawker’s playground in the city.
One can savour some of the best street cuisines in town along the seafront. Gurney Drive was also listed as one of the 25 best streets worldwide to visit by The Traveller, an Australian travel magazine.
Location:10250, Penang Island, Malaysia
Timings: 24 hours