Places to see in Penang, Malaysia
There are many entry-points into Penang, aptly named as the Pearl of the Orient, but my personal favorite is via the cruise! Standing on the deck and watching as the beauty and splendor of Penang come into view is, for me, a breathtaking memory that I’ll never forget. Penang is one of the most gorgeous spots in Southeast Asia, with its abundance of white sandy beaches, glorious historical buildings, colorful heritage and multiracial people!
Penang is a multi-faceted destination: every nook and cranny is bound to product something exotic and awesome! There’s just no getting away from the fact that Penang is the all-in-one destination in Southeast Asia where one can have a taste of every flavor: the beaches, the culture, the nightlife, the sunsets, the food, the temples, the greenery and the spices! Also known as the food capital of Malaysia, Penang is a feast for all the senses!
What to See and Do in Penang
Among the most famous tourist attractions in Penang are:
- George Town:You can’t visit Penang without meandering through the quaintly picturesque streets of George Town. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, George Town, the number one Penang attraction, has an intrinsic beauty denoted by its collection of heritage buildings, colonial charm and rich history. Go ahead and book a walking tour!
- Penang Hill: Climb aboard the Penang Hill funicular train and make your way to the top where you’ll have a panoramic view of the island of Penang. You’ll enjoy the train ride so very much, you’ll want to do it again and again! Don’t forget to take your camera so you can take snaps of the colonial mansions of George Town from up above.
- Snake Temple: Penang is known for its famous Chor Soo Kong Temple where one has the chance to pet snakes and take interesting photos with them! All the snakes here have had their venom removed: so worry not!
- Chulia Street: One of the oldest streets in Penang, Chulia Street in George Town has its own essence that will make you want to stay and observe! Peppered with coffee shops, exotic restaurants, guest houses and tour operators, this is where you begin your foray into George Town.
- Kek Lok Si Temple: If you’re keen on history and religion, you might want to see Kek Lok Si Temple, which happens to be the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.
- Tropical Spice Garden: The only spice garden in the whole of Southeast Asia, Teluk Bahang’s Tropical Spice Garden contains over 500 species of plants. Wafting scents of exotic spices follow wherever you go, and you can even try out a few spices: if your palate will allow! Also: don’t forget to visit the souvenir store: you’ll see some very surprising items!
Photos of Penang
Where to Eat in Penang
- The Streets! Penang offers a delightful variety of street-stalls, where you can sample all the local delights. Scrumptious Chinese, Indian and Malay dishes are at hand, so if you’re looking for an easy and reasonably priced exotic meal, check out the street stalls! Some dishes to try are Nasi Kandar, Laksa, Char Koay Teow, Pasembur and Hokkien Mee.
- Restaurants: Penang has many eateries where one can sit back, relax with a cool drink and enjoy the ambiance before partaking of the exquisite cuisine. For food connoisseurs and those who just appreciate the best, here are a few restaurants in Penang that you really must try out: Kampachi, Happy Garden Restaurant, Ocean Green, Papa Din’s Bamboo, Sin Kuan Hwa and Kirishima Japanese Restaurant.
Where to Stay in Penang
Penang, being one of the most famous tourist destinations in Malaysia, has a huge assortment of accommodation services: from five star resorts on the beach to cheap lodgings for backpackers. Here are a few spots in Penang you might want to stay in!
- Lone Pine Hotel – Quiet and classy boutique hotel on Bat Ferringhi, so you’re always by the beach!
- Tanjung Bunga Beach Resort – Close to town and has awesome views of the beach. Need I say more?
- Hard Rock Hotel Penang – An exclusive resort with 249 rooms in Batu Ferringhi, this hotel has EVERYTHING!
- Coffee Atelier – With only four rooms, this place is quaintly charming and has and interesting atmosphere!
- Penang has it ALL: beaches, culture, food, beautiful scenery, heritage and warm people!
- George Town can get crowded during the summers, as tourists pour into Penang.