Penang is a state of Malaysia located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Strait of Malacca. It comprises two parts — Penang Island, where the capital city, George Town, is located, and Seberang Perai on the Malay Peninsula.
If you're stuck for what to do when you're visiting Penang, then there's really no excuse for not being able to find something to enjoy in the day time. You can lie in the sun at one of the many incredible beaches, explore the wonderful intricacies of George Town’s quaint streets, or simply spend an entire day feasting on wonderful tasty treats from Hawker Street stalls.
When you take a trip to Penang, you are enjoying the best of Asia. Penang's many sites and attractions reflect the incredible heritage of the many people who make up this state.
Let's take a look at some of the incredible things that you can do in Penang.
Top Things to Do in Penang
Explore the streets of George Town
Take a walk out of your guest house or backpackers, and step onto the streets of George Town, a spot that has earned a place in the UNESCO Heritage Street listing - and for good reason. Every building stands for a page from Penang's colourful history, and every corner has got its own story to tell. You can take a guided walking tour, or take a bike or trishaw package tour around to enjoy the best of George Town's streets at your own pace.
Malaysia is well known for its food. In Penang, it's particularly the case that street food takes pride of place when it comes to the best of the best. As the saying goes, when in Rome do as the Romans do - and when in Penang: eat street food. You can enjoy a range of cuisines, from Chinese to Malay to Indian – and all served up in a matter of minutes. There is nothing else that compares to sitting on the street side and enjoying some food as people march on by, going about their day. Enjoy the best of Penang as the locals do it, with some excellent street food.
Situated a stunning 821 metres above sea level, anyone visiting Penang Hill is going to enjoy some incredibly cool and refreshing air while taking in a panoramic view of the island. Not bad for a brief 30 minute cable ride up and over the lush foliage of the rainforest from the funicular station in Air Itam. For the more adventurous, you can take the three-hour trek up the hill and enjoy the reward of your hike.
National Park (Muka Head)
If you are taking a trip to Penang National Park, be aware that you are going to be visiting the smallest national park in the country. Don’t worry - while it is small, it is by no means a less impressive sight to see, and there is plenty of opportunity for picnics, fishing, swimming and trekking.