Penang is a coastal slice of Malaysia that lies right by the Strait of Malacca. It is perhaps one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse travel destinations on the face of this earth. The Strait of Malacca separates Penang Island from its other half on mainland Malaysia. The capital city of George Town lies on Penang Island. Discover old world Asian charm at this exotic destination, dotted with little Chinese shops, heritage buildings and quaint old rickshaws! Explore the rest of the tropical, palm-fringed island with its quaint fishing villages and endless beaches. Penang is also home to lush and hilly forests and farmlands that grow traditional spices such as nutmeg, and exotic local fruits like durian. Mainland Penang, known as Seberang Perai and sits on the Malay Peninsula opposite Penang Island, is also well worth discovering!

Themes

  • Heritage
  • Relaxation

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage site George Town
  • Bustling markets & old-world Asian charm
  • Lush forests & beaches

Places to Stay

23 LoveLane

Style: Boutique

23 Love Lane, located in the heart of George Town, Penang, is an erstwhile private residence which has been converted into a boutique heritage hotel.

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Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Style: Heritage

The Eastern & Oriental Hotel in Penang, or The E&O as the heritage hotel is popularly called, dates back to nearly a century.

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Seven Terraces

Style: Boutique

Seven Terraces in Penang, a part of George Town Heritage & Hotels, is a collection of Anglo-Chinese terrace houses, located in the heart of the George Town World Heritage site.

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Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa

Style: Beach Resort

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa in Penang offers you a memorable beach holiday experience. Overlooking Batu Feringgi Beach, this spectacular property is a man-made wonder to say the least.

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The Wembley - A St Giles Hotel

Style: International

The Wembley - A St. Giles Hotel, is located in the heart of Penang. An oasis of peace within the bustle of Penang’s busy streets, elegant interiors welcome you with creative batik designs and oodles of charm.

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Activities in Penang

Full Day Penang City Highlights Tour

Experience the distinctive charm of Penang Island on this all day tour. Enjoy a cable train ride along the picturesque cliff up Penang Hill. Start off from the iconic Malay-Chinese shrine, Kek Lok Si Temple, the oldest Buddhist temple in the country, and climb right up to the statue of the Goddess of Mercy. Pass beautiful gardens and local settlements on the charming train ride. Drop by typical fishing and other traditional Malay villages as you wind your way along the hill, discovering everyday life on this island. You may also visit a traditional Snake Temple and the Penang Bridge. Take in the sights and smells of the local, tropical fruit bazaars with their exotic produce! Breathe in the fresh air at the top of Penang Hill, Malaysia’s oldest hill station, and drink in the panoramic view of the country side around you at the end of your joy ride.
(Full Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 8 hrs; Fitness level: Easy).

Half Day Penang Food Trails Tour

Set out on a hunt for Penang’s most authentic and mouth-watering street food. Venture to the quaint suburb of Ayer Hitam to savour the beloved Curry Noodles. This dish is the perfect blend of spices with coconut milk and is sure to remind you of a warm hug on a rainy day. Next, it’s time to seek Penang’s other hawker staple – Assam Laksa. This Laksa is a flavorsome combination of fish-based broth, prawn paste and various vegetables, creating a dish that is spicy, tangy and sour but overall fabulous. Next on your list is the unusual and hearty delicacy of Oyster Omelette at the Town Coffee Shop, where the crispy egg and plump oysters will have you salivating. Don’t miss out on local snacks such as Apong Balik, an griddle pancake, and Pasembur, a fresh sweet potato salad. In the afternoon, you can treat your taste buds to an array of flavorful noodle dishes like Wantan Noodles and Hokkien Noodles that are sure to leave you asking for more!
(Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; duration: 4 hrs; Meal included: Lunch or Dinner; Fitness level – Easy; please wear comfortable shoes and a hat)

Day Trip to Taman Negara

Discover the verdant charm of Malaysia’s tropical rainforest Taman Negara as you cruise along past dense mangroves and the deep blue sea. On a clear day with calm waters and blue skies, you can travel all the way to Pantai Kerachut. This seashore offers a white sandy beach, stunning meromictic lake where the layers of water don’t mix, and a turtle sanctuary. Laze on the beach, take a scenic trek to the Taman Negara National Park brimming with wildlife. In case the sea is rough, you can visit Monkey Beach, a beautiful strip of sand dotted with crab-eating macaques. March up to Muka Head for a spectacular view of a sea from the base of a lighthouse. Come rain or shine, you can always count on enjoying the wonders of this rainforest.
(Full Day, Private activity & Transfer; Travel time to activity: 30 mins; Meal included: Lunch; Duration: 6 hrs; Fitness level: Good; please bring comfortable shoes, a towel, hat, and insect repellent)

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