Penang

Unchanged from the 19th Century

The tropical island of Penang is a highlight of Malaysia, combining tropical beaches and fine resorts with cultural diversity and fabulous cuisine.

Penang's capital Georgetown offers traditional architecture, narrow alleyways, extravagant temples, lively street markets and authentic Chinese neighbourhoods. While in Penang, take the funicular rail up to Penang Hill, travel through the countryside, visit traditional kampongs (villages) and drive past the longest bridge in South-East Asia. Pay a visit to the Butterfly Farm and unique Snake Temple and explore the Penang Museum and the renowned Kek Lok Si Temple, one of the most splendid temples of the Far East.

The island also boasts some of the best food available in the region, ranging from Chinese, Malay and Nyonya cuisines to food stall favourites such as Penang laksa. Batu Ferringhi Beach is the most popular tourist spot, with its waterfront cafes, night markets and hawker stalls.

Insiders'Tips

  1. Visit a Temple: Explore the splendid Kek Lok Si Temple, with its pagoda of 10,000 Buddha's and tortoise sanctuary.
  2. Explore colonial Georgetown.
  3. Visit a Village or Kampong: Wander the streets, meet the locals and capture the traditional kampong lifestyle with some photos.
  4. Rub the Back of the Green Tortoise: Visit Penang Bat Cave Temple where uniquely, bats live in this bright temple. While you are there, rub the back of the green tortoise for luck and prosperity.

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Penang chapter in our online Malaysia, Singapore & The Philippines brochure. Click here.

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