Things to do in Penang

Penang – Island of Many Names

Penang is an island in Malaysia that has been called many other names by its inhabitants, such as Pulau Ka-Satuby by early settlers, Bīnláng Yù by the Chinese, and Pulo Pinaomby by the Portuguese. It’s also been known as the Island of Pearls or the Pearl of the Orient.

It is one of the Malaysia states which has shown a consistent growth in industry, economy, and culture and has developed into a thriving holiday destination. It is rated third in popularity for tourist visits, with almost six million a year. It was rated by Yahoo Travel as being one of the ten islands to explore before you die.


Things to do in Penang

Here’s some fantastic places for you to see and amazing things to do in Penang while on holiday in the Pearl of the Orient.


Art & Culture in Penang

Penang is very rich in art, culture, literature and history. There are many museums and galleries to visit such as the Penang museum and Art Gallery in George Town, which houses a collection of old photographs, beautiful maps, house relics, handicrafts and other artwork.





There are also many festivals throughout the year such as Chinese New Year, Hungry Ghost Festival, Qing Ming, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Raya Haji, Deepawali, Thaipusam, Thai Pongal, Christmas, Good Friday, and Vaisakhi. They represent many different religions and cultures.


Penang – the Food Capital of Malaysia

Penang is also famous and is well-known as the food capital of Malaysia. It is a mix of Chinese, Indian, Malay, and Nyonya. It was rated as one of the best places in Asia for street foods. Some of the foods served include noodles, spices, and fresh seafood.


When to go to Penang

Penang’s climate is that of a tropical island, with not much rain, except during the monsoon season, which runs from April to September. The average temperature during the year varies from 23 ºC (73 ºF) to 32 ºC (88 ºF).


Things to do in Penang

Penang Facts

Population1 520 143
CurrencyMalaysian Ringgit
AirportPenang Intl, Malaysia (PEN)

Penang average temperatures

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Purrfect - Cat Cafe Penang

On the first floor of the Purrfect Cat Cafe, you’ll find a nice store with everything you'll ever need to spoil your cat rotten. When done shopping for you furry friend, make your way up to the second floor where you’ll find the Purrfect Cat Cafe. Sit down and treat yourself to a nice cup of coffee while you get acquainted with the cats. Who doesn’t want some animal love with their coffee, right!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Penang - Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

Melaka and George Town are the two colonial towns most well preserved on the Straits of Malacca. As mercantile and exchange points, these two towns bear testimony to a blending of Asian and European cultures reflected on their architecture, technology and monumental art. Because of their historical importance, Melaka and George Town are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Melaka’s Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum is one of the main attractions of the town, with a fantastic collection of antiquities but also the buildings themselves have been restored back to original conditions. In George Town, the Pinang Peranakan Museum and the Chinese mansion housing it are not any less fascinating. In addition, the Dharmikarama Burmese Temple is another beautiful piece of architecture. Try to visit it for a prayer to enjoy the chants as well!

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Penang Bridge International Marathon

The annual Penang Bridge International Marathon is the biggest run in Malaysia. The course takes you through scenic coastal highway and also over the longest bridge in the country. If a full marathon feels too long you can run a half-marathon or a 10k run instead.

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Golf in Penang

There are a couple of great golf courses near Penang. But first, you have to decide if you want to play golf on the beautiful island of Pulau Pinang or over on the mainland. On the island you will find the Penang Golf Club, formerly known as Bukit Jambul Golf Club. It is an 18 hole championship course which welcomes both locals and traveling golfers looking for a great woodland round of golf. Over on the mainland, the Penang Golf Resort shines with its four 9 hole courses which you can mix and match to create your round of golf. It is located a bit north of the city, so you probably want to rent a car if you are going here.

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