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Welcome to Penang

Penang Island, once known as the Pearl of the Orient, is one of Malaysia's most densely populated urban centers. George Town, its bustling capital, showcases the island's long history as trading port and former British colony, as well as the multicultural influence of its tightly knit immigrant communities. Proud of their glittering, modern skyline, Penang Islanders also treasure their heritage: Colonial relics, faded Chinese shophouses, and Buddhist temples line the cobblestone streets of George Town's central UNESCO World Heritage zone. To capture Penang’s diversity, a guided tour is highly recommended. Absorb sweeping panoramas from atop Penang Hill; visit Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple; and relax on the white sands of Batu Ferringhi beach. Stroll through historic Fort Cornwallis and the riotously colorful streets of Little India and Chinatown, and visit the fascinating Penang Museum. A tasting tour of the island's famous food stalls is a must: try the creamy, spicy coconut laksa (noodle soup), prawn fritters, and slow-cooked pork. Nature lovers can explore Monkey Beach and the uninhabited islands of Penang National Park on a day trip, or snorkel and swim in the azure waters of Pulau Payar Marine Park. From Penang Island, many travelers head to Langkawi by boat, or back to the mainland to tour the rolling green hills of the Cameron Highlands. If you have some in Seburang Perai, the peninsular half of Penang State, visit Penang Bird Park, the largest and oldest aviary in Malaysia.

Top 10 attractions in Penang

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Escape Theme Park Penang

Escape Theme Park Penang

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ESCAPE Adventureplay is one of Penang’s most unique attractions—a sky-high ropes course that throws visitors into an all-out balancing act above the forest floor. Navigate complex obstacles that increase in difficulty the higher you climb. A scooter park and kids playground offer fun closer to the ground.More
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Penang War Museum

Penang War Museum

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Built by the British as a fortress in the 1930s, before then being used by the Japanese as a POW camp, the Penang War Museum is now open to the general public, serving as a memorial to its darker days.The museum is strategically located on the hills above the fishing village of Batu Maung, on the road to Teluk Kumbar on Penang’s southern coast. Sprawled across some 20 acres of land, it’s billed as being the largest war museum in Southeast Asia. The fort was originally constructed in a bid to protect the island from foreign invasion, and today a walk around the site invokes a sense of what once was.Visitors can take a sombre walk among various displays and historical items, and even venture into the old underground tunnels and ammunition bunkers, which are located nine meters underground. It’s also possible to explore the barracks, cookhouses, and gun emplacements, with plenty of signposts to guide the way.A trip to the Penang War Museum can be combined with visiting Penang Island’s other major highlights, including the Snake Temple and Penang Bridge.More
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Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si Temple

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Kek Lok Si Temple, which translates from Hokkien as the the Temple of Serene Bliss, stands majestically on the slopes of Air Itam, a hill on Penang Island. The largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, Kek Lok Si attracts thousands of visitors with its 7-story white-and-gold pagoda, golden statues, and an elevated setting that provides panoramic views.More
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Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

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A visit to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion provides a good introduction to the history and culture of the Peranakans (also known as Babas and Nyonyas). These Straits Chinese settlers were unique to this part of the world, and adopted certain ways of life from both local Malaysians and the colonial British.With more than 1000 items on display, this opulent mansion showcases a typical affluent Baba household from a century ago, giving an insight into their lavish lifestyle, as well as their many customs and traditions. Built at the end of the 19th century, this courtyard house features traditional Chinese carved-wood panels combined with English tiles, European furniture, and Scottish ironworks.A trip to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion can be incorporated into a heritage tour of Penang, which includes visiting other cultural and architectural wonders, such as Khoo Kongsi and Fort Cornwallis.More
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Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm

Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm

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When Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm opened in 1986 as the Penang Butterfly Farm, it was the first facility of its kind anywhere in the tropics. This living museum showcases more than 15,000 rare, endangered, and indigenous butterflies and dragonflies representing some 120 species alongside 200 species of plants. A multistory indoor discovery center known as the Cocoon lets visitors explore the world of invertebrates through a series of hands-on exhibits and activities. Entopia doubles as a research and conservation center for butterflies, insects, and their habitats.More
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Penang Hill Funicular Railway

Penang Hill Funicular Railway

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A colonial-era hill station, Penang Hill sits behind George Town, about 2,733 feet (833 meters) above sea level. Visit in style on the Penang Hill Funicular Railway, a cliff-side railway dating back to 1924. The trains and tracks are modern, and the sheer ascents through the jungle and over bridges make for a spectacular journey.More
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Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis

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An essential stop for history buffs, Fort Cornwallis is an 18th-century fortress that played a significant role in the history of Penang. The structure, one of the largest standing forts in Malaysia, was built to defend Penang against pirate attacks and is still, to this day, guarded by vigilant cannons.More
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Chayamangkalaram Buddhist Temple (Wat Chayamangkalaram)

Chayamangkalaram Buddhist Temple (Wat Chayamangkalaram)

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Characterized by glittering stupas and fearsome green dragons, the Thai Buddhist Chayamangkalaram Buddhist Temple (Wat Chayamangkalaram) is one of the most ornate in Penang. The temple’s extravagant exterior alludes to the giant reclining Buddha statue inside, whose position signifies peace and freedom from the material world. Opposite the Thai temple sits a Burmese temple of similar grandeur.More
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Penang Bridge (Jambatan Pulau Pinang)

Penang Bridge (Jambatan Pulau Pinang)

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Opened in 1985 following 15 years of planning, Penang Bridge (Jambatan Pulau Pinang) connects George Town in Penang with Seberang Prai on the Malaysian mainland. At 8.4 miles (13.5 kilometers), the cable-stayed toll bridge is the second longest in the country and the fifth longest in Southeast Asia.More
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Monkey Beach

Monkey Beach

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Nature lovers will enjoy exploring Penang National Park, home to the secluded Teluk Duyung, better-known as Monkey Beach for the long-tailed gray macaques that call the cove home. The area is also home to sea otters, fruit bats, and eagles, and the clear, green waters are perfect for cooling off.More

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How to Spend 1 Day in Penang

How to Spend 1 Day in Penang

Colonial Sites in Penang

Colonial Sites in Penang

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How to Spend 3 Days in Penang

Recent reviews from experiences in Penang

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Great tour
Taylor_L, Jan 2020
Penang: Round Island Half-Day Gems
Shared a ton of information with a lot of enthusiasm, very good English and went above and beyond to show us so much around the island.
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Great tour
patriciavitalich, Nov 2019
Penang: Flexible Half-Day Escapes
He showed us a few things we wanted to see and left the rest to him.
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Great fully packed day in Penang.
jfischkoff, Jan 2020
Penang: Flexible Full-Day Adventures
He took us around George Town to see the Clan Jetties, an old mosque, street art, antiques Chinese mansions etc.
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Super
Aishath_F, Jan 2020
Penang: Flexible 6-Hours Highlights
The six hours tour was too good,we were able to see the temples ,the Anglican church as well as the Kapitan Keling Mosque.
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Very good package, excellent service
XuanYuan_T, Dec 2019
Penang: Flexible 6-Hours Highlights
For the places to visit, we selected a bunch from the places listed in the package description and also requested to visit some shops where we could buy the tambun (green bean) biscuits and preserved nutmeg.
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Penang Express Tour
JoAnn_C, Jul 2019
Private Tour: Full Day Center Penang Island Tour
This tour was perfect for us since the pace was not too fast and we were able to see the major sites in the city in one day.
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As our cruise ship was scheduled to...
Robert_Y, Mar 2018
Penang Hill Funicular Ticket
We had also purchased hop-on-hop-off bus tickets the bus stops right outside the funicular station and wanted to see as much of Penang as we could in the time we had available.
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The audio tour of Penang was great...
Ann G, Jan 2017
Remarkable Penang Self-Guided Audio Tour
The self-guided tour is a great way to visit a city.
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Wonderful tour with an excellent caring guide
PengKin_W, Oct 2019
Penang: Flexible 6-Hours Highlights
Really enjoyed the trip which allows us to pick your attractions too.
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