Updated: Jun 17
Looking for what to do in Penang?
Luckily there are so many fun things to do in Penang (maybe too many tbh?)!
I travel full time and have visited, and lived in, so many places. Penang remains one of our favorites. So to help you totally rock your visit, We've created this epic list of what I think are the 10 best Penang activities.
1- 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
2- 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 colors. 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.
3- 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
4- 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.
5- 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 in this Malaysia park
Location: Pejabat Taman Negara P. Pinang, George Town Timings: 07.30 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.
6- Visit Entopia
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
7- Explore Street Art in George Town
If there is one thing that Penang’s George Town is famous for, it is the street art plastered all over buildings and walls across the town. The above photo of children on a bicycle is likely the most famous street art in George Town, but there are dozens of works to be found all over the city
Location: 7 Lebuh Armenian 10300 George Town Penang Timing: All day
8- Take a Street Food Tour
One of the best things about Penang is that it sits at a cultural intersection, with at least three major ethnic groups (Malay, Chinese, and Indian).
Nowhere is this more on display than in the famous food scene of Penang! From street food to fine dining, Penang is a culinary tapestry just waiting to be explored.
Since there are so many options, many tourists to Penang choose to take a guided food tour with a street food expert. This is a case where a guided tour makes a lot of sense to me – they help you to sample only the best food stations and can also help avoid any nasty tummy surprises later.