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Top Day Trips from Penang

By Viator, May 2018

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Located off the northwest coast of Malaysia, Penang Island enjoys abundant natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage, earning it the nickname “Pearl of the Orient.” Here are some of the best Penang day trips for exploring the island and its surroundings.

Monkey Beach—14 miles (22 kilometers) from Penang City
Monkey Beach (Teluk Duyung) is part of Penang National Park on the northwest corner of the island. Named for its resident group of crab-eating macaques, the island is otherwise uninhabited—an ideal setting for a relaxing day of sun, sand, and sea. Tours to the island often include a barbecue lunch cooked right on the beach.

Pulau Payar Marine Park—about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from Penang City
The four uninhabited islands of Pulau Payar Marine Park, located a short ferry ride from Georgetown, are surrounded by clear waters teeming with large coral species and a colorful diversity of marine animals. If you want to explore Malaysia below the surface of the water, this is a great place to snorkel and scuba dive.

Orangutan Island—47 miles (76 kilometers) from Penang City 
Observe free-ranging orangutans in their forested habitat in Semanggol with a visit to the conservation facility Orangutan Island. Visitors are protected by a meshed-in path during guided tours with an island ranger.

Tempurung Cave—114 miles (184 kilometers) from Penang City
Tempurung Cave (Gua Tempurung), also known as Coconut Cave, ranks among the largest cave systems in peninsular Malaysia. Explore over a mile (2 kilometers) of subterranean passages filled with illuminated limestone pillars, stalactites, and stalagmites. Visitors can choose between a paved trail through the caves or a longer journey that involves getting a bit wet and muddy.

Hat Yai—134 miles (215 kilometers) from Penang City
Visit two countries in one day with a trip to Hat Yai on the southern tip of Thailand. The busy city is a cultural mishmash where Malaysian day-trippers mingle with Cantonese street vendors and expats from all corners of the globe. On a guided tour of the city, visit the Four Faces Buddha Temple, catch some rays on the white sands of Samila Beach, and sample Thai food from the Hat Yai floating market.

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Private Tour: Penang the Pearl of the Orient, Penang, null
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Private Tour: Penang the Pearl of the Orient

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Penang is known as the pearl of the orient and you will get to see why during your private day tour. On every street corner of this beautiful city, you will ...  Read more

Location: George Town, Malaysia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.00
Pulau Payar Marine Park Snorkeling Tour from Penang, Penang, Private Day Trips
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Pulau Payar Marine Park Snorkeling Tour from Penang

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 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 $144.00
Monkey Beach Excursion including BBQ Lunch from Penang, Penang, Day Trips
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Monkey Beach Excursion including BBQ Lunch from Penang

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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 $86.00
Gua Tempurung Cave Exploration from Penang, Penang, Day Trips
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Gua Tempurung Cave Exploration from Penang

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Explore Gua Tempurung, one of the largest caves in Peninsular Malaysia, on this day tour from Penang. Prepare to be amazed by the wonder of this natural site ...  Read more

Location: George Town, Malaysia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Orangutan & Charcoal Factory Tour, Penang, Day Trips
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Orangutan & Charcoal Factory Tour

Enjoy a scenic drive to the Mainland through one of the world’s longest suspension bridge - the Penang Bridge, to the state of Perak. You will take a short ...  Read more

Location: George Town, Malaysia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Private Half-Day Discovery Tour of Penang Island, Penang, Day Trips
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Private Half-Day Discovery Tour of Penang Island

Engage with Penang Island on your own private discovery tour with a personal guide. Visit the Tropical Spice Garden, observe batik crafting at a batik ...  Read more

Location: George Town, Malaysia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.00
GUIDED HATYAI (THAILAND) DAY TOUR FROM PENANG (MALAYSIA), Penang, Private Day Trips
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GUIDED HATYAI (THAILAND) DAY TOUR FROM PENANG (MALAYSIA)

Sit back and relax as you enjoy a tour from Penang Island Hotels To Hatyai Day Tour. Enjoy scenery without having to worry about traffic or maps  ...  Read more

Location: George Town, Malaysia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.00
Penang City Tour With Tropical Fruit Farm Admission Tickets, Penang, Day Trips
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Penang City Tour With Tropical Fruit Farm Admission Tickets

Explore the Penang city which is  rich in history as it is in culture, tradition and diversity. Visit the many historical buildings and temples such as  ...  Read more

Location: George Town, Malaysia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.10
Penang City Tour With Entopia Butterfly Farm Admission Tickets, Penang, Day Trips
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Penang City Tour With Entopia Butterfly Farm Admission Tickets

Explore the Penang city which is  rich in history as it is in culture, tradition and diversity. Visit the many historical buildings and temples such as  ...  Read more

Location: George Town, Malaysia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.20
Penang City Tour With Fort Cornwallis Admission Tickets, Penang, Day Trips
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Penang City Tour With Fort Cornwallis Admission Tickets

Explore the Penang city which is  rich in history as it is in culture, tradition and diversity. Visit the many historical buildings and temples such as  ...  Read more

Location: George Town, Malaysia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $21.10

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