So many incredible places to visit and sights to marvel at in Penang, so little time! We’ve curated popular tourist attractions and experiences in and around Penang — from the classic ferry ride to gardens and more.
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1. Take the ferry to Penang
“THOOT!” blares the horn before the floor beneath your feet moves, as the ferry leaves the dock. A ferry ride across the Penang Channel, connecting Butterworth to Penang Island’s main city, George Town is — hands down — an iconic experience.
Watch waves lapping against the ferry and the backdrop of century-old colonial buildings looming behind. A trip on the Penang ferry generally lasts around 20 to 25 minutes, depending on sea conditions.
2. Strike a pose at George Town street art
One of the most wonderful things about visiting Penang is seeing its thriving art scene. And, nowhere do you get a better taste of that than at George Town.
Wander the streets of George Town and just take in the local art scene. Take a selfie or a group photo with its creative murals, wall paintings, and steel sculptures and just soak in the hustle and bustle of George Town.
3. Watch the sunset at Penang Hill
Escape the Penang heat and get whisked to the top of Penang Hill in a funicular train! A ten to twenty-minute train ride will take you to the top of a former colonial hill station, where you are served a magnificent view of the island.
If you’re itching to get some fresh air and a good sweat, you may also opt to hike the Penang Hill. We’d recommend starting your hike between 8 to 8.30am when the weather is favourable.
4. Take a stroll across Batu Ferringhi beach
You’ve got to pose at the golden-sand Batu Ferringhi beach for the ‘gram. Walk (barefoot, if you can!) on the beach and enjoy the sea breeze. Or, just laze around on the beach.
In for an adrenaline kick? Go kayaking, parasailing or jet skiing for some splashin’ good fun!
5. Step into a magical world at Entopia
You’d feel like you’ve stepped into an enchanting magical realm at Entopia. Located in Teluk Bahang, Entopia is a tropical sanctuary filled with butterflies, insects, and reptiles.
In the giant glass-house conservatory, butterflies flutter freely amid lush gardens while some reptiles creep stealthily beneath the ground.
6. Visit Kek Lok Si Temple
Perched on a hilltop at Air Itam, Kek Lok Si Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. You have most probably seen its striking seven-storey Pagoda of Rama VI from your friends’ Instagram posts.
You can find several temples in Kek Lok Si Temple, souvenir kiosks as well as a vegetarian restaurant here.
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