Penang Travel Guide

Penang’s upbeat holiday atmosphere has made it a popular destination for many years. The main resort of Batu Ferringhi has a long stretch of golden sand with a great selection of restaurants and bars as well as the famous night market.

The old colonial capital of Georgetown is fun to explore with the walking heritage trail that takes in the main landmarks. If you head inland, you’ll find jungle-clad hills, temples and even a funicular railway.

Discover Penang

Whether you want to visit all the famous landmarks or take a Penang food tour, our Asia experts can include exciting experiences and tours in your holiday.

Things to do in Penang

  • Ride a trishaw around historic Georgetown
  • Explore the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, Kek Lok Si Temple
  • Ride the funicular railway up Penang Hill
  • Discover all the street murals of Penang
  • Taste the local cuisine Penang is famous for
  • Search for bargains in Little Penang Street Market
  • Visit one of the world’s largest reclining Buddha statues
  • Enjoy a little fun at the Penang Interactive Museum
  • Visit the largest bird park in Malaysia, Penang Bird Park
  • Explore in Penang National Park, the smallest national park in the world

Getting There

Penang’s international airport is well serviced by flights from Kuala Lumpur so a stop over here is a great way to see more than one destination on your Malaysia holiday.

By Air – Indirect flights from the U.K. to Penang take around 15 hours and 30 minutes. From Kuala Lumpur, Penang is a 1 hour flight.

Combine With

Combine Penang with Kuala Lumpur, Borneo or other island and beach resorts for a fabulous Malaysia experience. Or you can add Singapore, Bangkok, or any other Asia destination.

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