Top Attractions in Penang, Malaysia

Penang is a world class UNESCO heritage city with plenty of attractions, things to do and travel activities to keep one engaged whether in George Town or exploring other parts of the the island – located in northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. The following is a travel video list of things to do and attractions to consider when in Penang:

1) Visit Kek Lok Si Supreme Temple of Bliss
Located just 40 minutes away from the heart of George Town (take buses 201, 203 or 204) in Air Itam, this Buddhist Temple with Chinese influences is well worth exploring and best of all it’s absolutely free!

2) Wander around the Clan Jetties Stilt Villages
These last Bastions of traditional Chinese settlement are a fascinating way to explore George Town on foot. Although some Jetties are quite commercial, if you wander on the outskirts you’ll find a much more authentic experience.

3) Get up early and eat Dim Sum while drinking Chinese Tea
One of my favorite breakfast options is Dim Sum, and I dragged Audrey out of bed several times while stationed in George Town to enjoy an assortment of different dishes while sipping on copious amounts of tea.

4) Escape the chaos and head to the Botanical Gardens
A leafy lush refuge from hectic George Town, the Botanical Gardens are a great place to seek shade and feel at one with nature. One will almost certainly encounter cheeky monkeys along the way.

5) George Town Waterfront Views
Take the time to gaze and wander along George Town’s waterfront views. You will likely spot cruise ships, tankers, ferries, humble row boats and fishermen.

6) Explore Fort Cornwallis
Explore Fort Cornwallis and its plethora of cannonballs built after the founder Francis Light.

7) Roam around Little India
Little India is one of the most colorful and diverse enclaves found in George Town. Grab a roti and curry and listen to the thumping sounds coming out of loud speakers.

8) Wander Around George Town
Few activities are more fascinating than taking a tour on foot around George Town’s historic colonial area. You will notice many of the mansions are crumbling before your very eyes.

I hope you enjoy these 8 recommendations for ways to spend your time in Penang, Malaysia.

Things to do in Penang

Things to do in Penang

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria March 23, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Don’t know how but you did it again!
Great shots, nice bits of history/education and the production quality goes up with every video.
From gorgeous vistas to furry friends.

Kudos to you two!


Samuel March 27, 2013 at 2:37 am

Thanks Maria!

I love that: “From gorgeous vistas to furry friend.”



Apol March 24, 2013 at 5:54 am

Cant wait for our trip there! Nice to see those little eateries, must be cheaper.
How many days did u spend there?


Samuel March 27, 2013 at 2:38 am

Thanks Apol, those little eateries have a lot of character. We were there for roughly a week.


Josie leung March 24, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Wow! Amazing video! Really nice footage and commentary. Thanks


Samuel March 27, 2013 at 2:40 am

Thank you Josie! :) I’m really glad you liked it. Thanks for watching.


Laura @Travelocafe March 25, 2013 at 12:23 am

Great list of great tips… Thank you. They are worth remembering.


Samuel March 27, 2013 at 2:41 am

Thanks Laura :)


Nick - Goats On The Road March 26, 2013 at 4:13 am

Nice one! One of my favourite things to do anywhere in Malaysia is have Indian food, roti chennai is to die for! Hope you guys are having a great time :)


Samuel March 27, 2013 at 2:42 am

Thanks Nick, I would say aside from being in India, I’ve had the best Indian food in Malaysia :)


Des @ Ditch the Degree March 26, 2013 at 5:18 am

I’ve never been in Malaysia but I know how beautiful this country is. The culture is so nice and I would say that, it’s one of the beautiful countries to really visit.


Samuel March 27, 2013 at 2:43 am

Thank you Des. I definitely agree with you. I find it a very diverse country to explore :)


shopping discount glasses frames March 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

Thanks for the information! :)


Samuel March 27, 2013 at 2:46 am

You’re most welcome! :)


Ryan @Treksplorer April 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Glad to see that you are back on the road, Samuel! George Town seems like a pretty wonderful place to explore; I’m sure you’ve inspired a few people to make a dash for Malaysia with this post. Are there any foods other than roti and curry that you would recommend trying while in Penang? I’ve always heard it’s one of the best places for eating in all of Asia :)


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Jasmine April 5, 2013 at 3:25 am

Penang looks absolutely great. I will make sure I do your 8 things and visit the recommended attractions if I get a chance to visit Penang next time!

Cheers! :)


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