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Penang Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, May 2015

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Once known as Betel Nut Island, Penang has been a melting pot of traders and artisans since the British East India Company discovered the charms of this spice island back in 1786. A Malaysian state, Penang is on the north-west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, on the Malaccan Strait. The capital George Town is so unique it’s been made a World Heritage site. From straits architecture to food and shopping, our three-day itinerary shows there’s plenty to discover in Penang.

Day 1: Penang Temples

Buddhist temples, Christian churches, Hindu temples and mosques – Penang’s multicultural history is evident at every turn. The largest Buddhist complex of temples and pagodas in Southeast Asia is Kek Lok Si , while one of the world’s largest reclining Buddhas stretches out at the Thai Wat Chayamankalaram. A standing Buddha peers over the Burmese Dharmmikarama Temple nearby. Chinese traditions are preserved at Khoo Kongsi, and Kapitan Keling Mosque rubs shoulders with St George’s Anglican Church and the Sri Mariamman Hindu temple.

Day 2: Eat Street

Malaysian hawker food is a highlight of any visit to Penang. To discover the traditions of Nyonya (or Peranakan) cuisine, start with a spicy bowl of assam laksa soup, choosing from tangy tamarind or creamy coconut milk. A blend of Chinese ingredients and Malay spices, Nyonya cuisine features lemongrass, kaffir lime, shallots, rice and galangal. Char koay teow noodles are a popular street dish, wok-frying seafood and chicken, and hokkien mee combines noodles and prawns with memorable results. For the best choice, head to the Gurney Drive Hawker Center or Chew Jetty floating market.

Day 3: Marine Park Snorkel

Pulau Payar Marine Park protects the waters surrounding Peninsular Malaysia’s west coast, for perfect snorkeling in pristine conditions. Catch a speedy catamaran from Penang to dive into waters thronged with parrotfish and damselfish swimming amongst the coral. You can hire jet skis and canoes on Penang’s beaches, from Tanjung Bungah to Teluk Bahang, or take an offshore excursion to the white-sand Monkey Beach for fun, sea and sand.

Tours & Tickets

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Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple Afternoon Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 69 Reviews

Visit top sights in Penang on a half-day tour that includes a ride on Penang Hill Railway and a tour of Kek Lok Si Temple and Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas.  ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.23

Private Tour: Orangutan Island, Taiping Zoo and Perak Museum from Penang

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Get a close look at endangered orangutans in the wildlife reserve at Orangutan Island and see a variety of animals at the Taiping zoo, then stroll through the ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.60

Penang City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Penang has perhaps the largest and well preserved colonial-era old town, with excellent examples of Chinese clan houses, colonial homes, public buildings and ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.66

Monkey Beach Excursion including BBQ Lunch from Penang

4 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

A white, sandy tropical island off Penang is today's calling. Take a short boat trip to an uninhabited island for a day of fun in the sun, sand and sea. Enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.00

A Taste of Penang: Small Group Food Tour

Penang showcases some of the best street food with Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine. On this 3-hour walking tour you get to sample more than a dozen ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00

Best Pulau Payar Marine Park Snorkeling Tour from Penang

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Explore the colorful underwater world of the Pulau Payar Marine Park on this great day trip from Penang.

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.99

Penang Island Discovery Morning Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 61 Reviews

Explore Penang the 'Pearl of the Orient' from its sandy shores to the quaint countryside. Visit a traditional Batik Factory, Snake Temple, International ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.66

Penang National Park Half-Day Trek

Explore the hidden natural beauty and habitats of Malaysia’s tropical rainforest at Penang National Park on this half-day adventure. Trek an easy path around ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.32

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Luang Prabang International Airport

Pre-book your private departure transfer and travel comfortably from your hotel to Luang Prabang International Airport . This one-way, door-to-door service  ...  Read more

Location: Luang Prabang, Laos
Duration: Varies

From USD $6.99

Best 4-Day Penang Heritage Tour with Malaysian Cooking Class

Spend three nights in Penang to explore historical Georgetown, the capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit colonial-era landmarks on a trishaw ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $565.33

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