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Things to do in Penang
Penang welcomes tourists from around the world with its many attractions. Having historical sites, fascinating architecture, and the most incredible food, both local and foreign travellers fall in love with Penang instantly. And you will too.
Visit Penang’s capital and head straight to George Town. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one big eye candy full of historic buildings, religious sites, and a cool street vibe. Get to know the town’s past with a trip to Fort Cornwallis. Grab your camera and stop by Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Khoo Kongsi, Penang City Hall, Pinang Peranakan Mansion, and Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower.
From delightful designs to the divine, you’ll be impressed by the gorgeous places of worship in George Town. Be dazzled by the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple. See the impressive black domes of Kapitan Keling Mosque. Then enjoy your visit to the golden Wat Chaiyamangalaram Buddhist temple.
You’ll find even more gorgeous architecture in Air Itam and Bayan Lepas. Don’t miss the Jade Emperor’s Pavilion, the towering beauty of Kek Lok Si Temple, and incredible detail of the Snake Temple.
Ride the train to Penang Hill and see the best views of George Town and the Strait of Malacca. Enjoy the sun, sand, and splash of the waves in the beach town of Batu Ferringhi. Go jungle trekking and camping here too at Penang National Park.
Of course, you can't visit Penang without going on a food tour. Discover for yourself why the island was named the food capital of Malaysia. Taste the familiar Char Kway Teow, the rich and spicy Assam Laksa, the incredible choices of the Lok Lok steamboat, and more!
Have the best trip in this Malaysian city and check out this list of things to do in Penang. If you’re travelling with your little ones, get tips from this traveller mom on things to do in Penang with kids.
What you should know
The best time to visit Penang is from November to February, when you can enjoy the weather best. November to December is the most comfortable time to visit Penang. From January to February the city is alive with festivals, so you better book your accommodation in advance.
English is spoken in Penang, but it’s still a great idea to bring a handy Malay phrasebook to help you on your trip.
Great news! You can fly to Malaysia any time you want because Singapore citizens like you don’t need a travel visa to visit Penang and the rest of the country. Just visit Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more travel info.
Traveling to and around Penang
To reach the city, you will be flying to Penang International Airport. After your touchdown, take the taxi or bus to get to your accommodation. Wander the streets of Penang easily by riding the bus, trishaw, taxi, and boat.
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