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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ESCAPE Adventureplay Theme Park Entrance Ticket with One-Way Transport

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Bring the family to ESCAPE Adventureplay Theme Park, Penang’s world-class eco-theme park, for a day of adventure amid natural surroundings. A full-day entrance ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.50

Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple Afternoon Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 78 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 $48.03

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 $85.86

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 $130.66

A Taste of Penang: Small Group Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

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 $55.00

Penang Island Discovery Morning Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 63 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 $26.66
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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 $542.65

Private Museums Tour: Pinaon Time Tunnel, Camera Museum and Made in Penang Interactive Museum

Let a knowledgeable guide take you on a private, 3-hour tour of three unique museums in Penang, all conveniently located in Georgetown. Travel by comfortable ...  Read more

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

From USD $80.00

Eat Like A Local: Penang Night Street Food Tour

Brown-sugar biscuits. Spiced pork rolls. Fresh guava. Taste these Malaysian treats and more on this private 3.5-hour tour of Penang’s best street food. In the ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3.5 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.40
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Private Penang City Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Reviews

If you’d like to experience a bit of everything Penang has to offer, this grand tour of the island is for you! A private guide will accompany you by private ...  Read more

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 6-7 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.62

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