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MY PENANG - Attractions of Penang

Penang - Where to go and What to do

myMalaysiabooks shares with you where to go and what to see in Penang - all these detailed in our travel guide My Penang


What to do in Penang

Heritge houses, George Town Penang

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Recreation, Nature, Beaches and Sports

Penang is a paradise to sports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Stay at the beach hotels in Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bunga or Teluk Bahang (see map of Penang) to enjoy the beaches and sea sports, from swimming to paragliding. For nature lovers, joggers and hikers, vast expanses of rainforests and parks such as the Botanical Gardens, Penang Hill and Muka Head are within easy reach of George Town. There are also ample parks and gardens for you to enjoy a morning stroll or a hike. Golf courses, bowling alleys, sports clubs are also to be found in the state. Penang has also a number of bowling centres.

Heritage Tour of World Heritage Site

George Town is the place to walk around or to take a trishaw ride. See the largest cluster of 18th and 19th century houses in South East Asia. Foreign travellers can catch a free ride on shuttle buses that runs through the historical enclave of George Town.

Places to check out: see below

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"Be amazed by the bargains and contrasts of shopping scenes, from open-air markets to shopping Penang"  

Penang offers you a range of shopping, you are never short of choices- you can shop for branded or high-end merchandise to cheap treats. For the thrifty shoppers, shop at roadside stalls, shopping complexes or even night markets (pasar malam). As you shop, walk the streets and sample of the Penang hawkers fare - from sweet snacks to  hot spicy dishes. Branded goods are usually sold at specialty shops or at shops in shopping malls. Learn about best buys in places to shop in Penang in My Penang.

Shopping places in Penang: Shops along Penang Road (Jalan Penang),

Shopping Malls: Gurney Plaza (Gurney Drive), Komtar, Prangin Mall (Jalan Penang, George Town), Queensway Mall (),

Bazaars , Shopping malls, Roadside/ Street stalls, pasar malam or night markets, flea Markets, wet markets, supermarket


Entertainment and clubbing

     Cinemas, theatres, nightspots are found mainly on Penang island. Pubs, lounges and discos are common in big hotels or located in the heart of George Town  for those who want to dine or dance, go to Upper Penang Road, Batu Ferringhi, Jalan Gottlieb, Jalan Burma, etc. are places to go for a night in town. Penangites however will also be found at night mainly at hawker stalls and food courts or centres, scattered all over - Pulau Tikus, New Lane, Gurney Drive, etc.


Learn how to travel from George Town, to other parts of Penang island, Pulau Jerejak, Pulau Aman and Seberang Perai. Great nature destination are the nearby islands of Pulau Payar and the 100 over islands of Langkawi - fabulous exotic vacation destination in Kedah not to be missed for those who love the sun, sea and nature.

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Penang Food Adventure

Penang is known as the Food Capital of Malaysia - for authentic fabulous street food. Try out Malay, Chinese, Nyonya (Nonya), Indian, food and drinks by walking round the streets of Penang. Food is cheap at roadside stalls, or coffee shops and small restaurants that are scattered all over the state. Discover where to get your favourite Penang food in My Penang. Don't leave Penang without sampling her hawker food (street food)

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George Town, Penang





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Kek Lok Si Temple, Air Itam, Penang

trishaws in George Town, Penang

Fried food along roadside, Penang

Where to eat in Penang

Coffee shops - shops that are usually not air-conditioned but with wide open doors,  where you can get a drink or meal or rice or noodles - lunch dinner or supper. There are numerous coffee shops all over town. Some of the best hawker food in Penang are in these shops.

Restaurants - are air-conditioned or coffee shop-styled places. Restaurants sell specialty food - Chinese, Indian, Thai, Continental/Western. Usually open for lunch and/or dinner. Some eating places are open-air businesses serving rice with dishes of seafood, which opens for dinner. Try a Nonya / Nyonya Restuarant and sample the Penang Nonya food which is unique to Penang.

Acar Ikan - Penang Nyonya FoodRoadside stalls - consists of hawker stalls (street vendors) selling a variety of street food or drinks. You will find more roadside stall at night, or in the morning when it is cool. Many Penangites dine at these stalls. Penang is know as for her hawker food.

Food court - holds many hawker stalls at a location - can be open air (usually open at night) or in an shopping mall.

Coffee houses and fast food joints - you can find many franchise joints such as, Kentucky, Starbuck, MacDonald, etc. here.

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Hawker food of Penang          

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Details of many of these in our Penang travel guide


Where to go in Penang

Attractions and Sights of Penang

'The attractions of Penang are manifolds from her amazingly unique architectural heritage and beautiful beaches to her gastronomic delights and friendly people. It is a land that vocally reflects the 'truly Asia' concept of Malaysia, .....' ..myPenang

The best way to see the urban environment is to walk the streets of George Town, Penang. See the mixed cultural heritage of the city. from the activities in the streets to the architectural diversity of the urban landscape. Along the way, be sure to sample the infinite array of Penang street food. You will find an infinite variety of food - Malay, Chinese, Indian, Peranakan, etc.  Vacation here during the festive seasons and join in the rich cultural and religious festivals and celebrations.


Sights to see in Penang 

Interesting Historical sites

City Hall, Lebuh Light

Clan Jetties, Pengkalan Weld

Clock Tower, Lebuh Light

Court Buildings, Lebuh Farquhar

Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s Base, Lebuh Armenian

E & O Hotel, Lebuh Farquar


Fort Cornwallis

Penang State Museum

Penang War Museum

P. Ramlee’s House

Syed Alatas Mansion/ Islamic Museum

Town Hall


Cultural Enclave

China Town/ Downtown

Little India


Chinese Clan House & Cultural Sites

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Clan Jetties

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Cheah Kongsi

Khoo Kongsi

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Lim Kongsi

Ooi Kongsi

Tan Kongsi

Teow Chew Association

Yap Kongsi Temple

Chinese Heritage Centre,


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Parks, Beaches & Island

Botanical Gardens

Bukit Jambul Orchid Farm

Butterfly Farm

Forest Recreational Park and Museum

Penang Bird Park

Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)

Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve

Tropical Fruit Farm

Tropical Spice Garden

Titi Kerawang Falls

F.R.I. Aquarium

Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang

Muka Head,Mongkey Beach

Pantai Mas, Pantai Acheh

Pulau Aman, Pulau Jerejak

Pulau Langkawi


Religious sites

Acheen Street Mosque 

Church of the Assumption

Dhamaikarama Burmese Temple

Goddess of Mercy Temple

Hainan Temple

Kapitan Keling Mosque

Kek Lok Si Temple

Mahamariamman Temple

Snake Temple

State Mosque

St. Anne’s Church

St. George’s Church

Tua Pek Kong Temple

Wat Chaya Mangkalaram

Chung Keng Kwee Temple details of each site at


Penang State Mosque, Malaysia

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More About Activities in Penang

Artists and kids at Fort Conwallis, PenangLinks to website on Penang

Little Penang Street Market is a monthly market which takes place on the last Sunday of each month, in Upper Penang Road. Started in Jly 2006, the Market has become established as a major venue for the showcasing of Penang’s culture and creativity. It combines some 70 craft stalls with food, live performances in The Space, visual arts, children’s activities, hands-on demonstrations and book readings.

The Little Penang Street Market is a non-profit making community venture, organised by a small volunteer committee. It comes under the umbrella of Penang Arts Council........more at Little Penang Street Market (external site)


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Penang Food

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Where to Stay in Penang

Home stay and life in Kampongs

To experience a kampong or country stay, visit the many fishing villages on Penang Island such as Teluk Kumbar, Batu Maung (see Map of Penang), etc.

Visitors and stay in 5 star high-rise hotels in the shopping district, experience the culture at heritage hotels or relax at beach resorts on Penang Island.

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