Considered by many as one of the top tourist destinations in Asia, Penang is a state located on the northwestern part of Malaysia. Often called the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is chaotic, colourful, and modern. It is also serene, charming, and boasts of a colonial past and cultural heritage that will make you want to stay longer.
Penang is clearly a must-visit when you are travelling to Malaysia. It offers a host of activities and attractions to keep you busy for a week or two — shop, dine, trek, or soak in the sun. To get you started, below are 5 fun things to do in Penang.
1. Explore George Town on foot.
George Town, the capital of Penang, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for good reason. The city boasts of beautiful architecture reminiscent of the British colonial era. A walking tour of George Town will bring you to its heritage and cultural buildings– shophouses, temples, Chinese mansions, and mosques – that give the city its old world charm. A few of the many structures you need to check out are the Kuan Yin Temple, Cheong Fat Tze Mansion, Penang City Hall, Campbell House Penang, Clove Hall, and the heritage buildings along Stewart Lane and Bangkok Lane.
2. Go on a foodie tour.
George Town is Malaysia’s food capital and offers an eclectic mix of Indian, Malay, Peranakan, and Chinese cuisine. And when it comes to finding the best chow, you simply need to go where the Penangites go. That means trooping towards Little India, Gurney Drive, Kimberly Street, or Chulia Road. Penang food is like no other so never miss an opportunity to grab a bite of laksa, cendol, char kway teow, curry mee, and nasi kandar.
3. Embark on a street art hunt.
Aside from good food and colonial architecture, Penang is also popular for interesting street art. The street art murals of George Town, especially those by Ernest Zacharevic, are top attractions for tourists and locals alike. The murals are scattered all over George Town and tracking them down makes for a fun activity during your Penang vacation. Do not forget to take awesome pictures!
4. Enjoy the surf, sun, and sand in Batu Ferringhi.
Batu Ferringhi is another must-visit attraction in Penang. A short drive from George Town, the beach is famous for its long stretch of white sand and crystal clear waters. It is also perfect for water sports like canoeing and wind-surfing. During nighttime, Batu Ferringhi comes alive as people arrive in droves to check out the night market. Souvenirs, accessories, and artwork by local artisans are just some of the things you can find at the Batu Ferringhi night market.
5. Visit the Penang National Park.
The Penang National Park may not be as sprawling as the other national parks in Malaysia but it is worth visiting nonetheless, especially if you need the extra calorie burn. The park features challenging jungle trails, lush greenery, picnic spots, sandy beaches, and a lake.
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By: Brendelyn Balaga