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How to Spend 3 Days in Penang

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How to Spend 3 Days in Penang
With three days in Penang, you’ll have time to check off the top city sights and take a day trip elsewhere. Go hiking in the national park, observe orangutans and reef sharks, or even spend a few hours in a different country. Here are some options. 

Day 1: Gorgeous George Town 
Focus your first morning on George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its colonial architecture, cultural diversity, and tasty street food. Walk among the mansions and heritage houses, or see more in less time on a private tour with transport included. Later, explore farther afield on a half-day trip to Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple, two of the city’s most popular attractions. If you’d rather focus on religious landmarks, temple tours reveal a harmonious blend of Burmese, Thai, Hindu, and Muslim monuments. 

At night, delve deeper into Penang’s food culture. Some evening walking tours stop by Little India and Chinatown; others showcase the best of Penang’s renowned street food. 

Day 2: A Wealth of Wildlife 
On your second day, get out into Malaysia’s nature. Hike or take a boat ride to the pristine Monkey Beach, inhabited by hundreds of grey macaques, or observe endangered orangutans on a day trip to Taiping. A 2-hour speedboat ride from George Town, the tropical island of Langkawi offers travelers the chance to relax on white-sand beaches, reach dizzying heights on the Langkawi Sky Bridge, and discover mangroves replete with wildlife.

Also within day-tripping distance of Penang: Pulau Payar Marine Park, home to some of Southeast Asia’s most diverse marine life, and Hat Yai, a city on the southern tip of Thailand. 

Day 3: Alternative Penang 
On your final day in Penang, see an alternative side of the city. For the ultimate morning of family fun, check out a few novelty museums. Delight in mind-bending photos at the Upside Down Museum; pose beside gigantic snacks at the Wonderfood Museum; or become a part of famous paintings at the 3D Trick Art Museum. To skip the entry lines, book your admission tickets in advance. 

Nature lovers can spend time at Entopia Butterfly Farm and the Tropical Spice Garden, while history buffs might visit Fort Cornwallis. 

For a memorable final evening in Penang, dine with a view—at a restaurant on the summit of Penang Hill, or at a swanky rooftop restaurant in the modern part of town.
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Penang Hill Funicular Ticket

Penang Hill Funicular Ticket

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Secure tickets in advance to ride the funicular railway up Penang Hill. Glide around 1.2 miles (1,996 meters) up to the peak, where you can soak up sweeping views of the island from the viewing deck or admire the colonial-era bungalow Bel Retiro. Upgrade for skip-the-line access via the fast lane.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$8.15
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Private Half-Day Penang Highlights City Tour

Private Half-Day Penang Highlights City Tour

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Penang, culinary wonderland and Malaysian cultural gem, has a wealth of hidden charms. Orient yourself and see the best of the city on a private 3.5-hour sightseeing tour, which covers Penang highlights such as Little India, Penang State Museum, and Kuan Ying Teng temple. Explore the colorful colonial mansions of Georgetown, a UNESCO-listed enclave, purchase street food staples such as ‘chendol’ (iced dessert) and char sui pork, and receive undivided attention from a private guide.
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  • 4 hours
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US$51.29
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Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si

Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si

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Even if you have only a short time in Penang, soak up the key sights in just half a day on this action-packed door-to-door tour. Ride the funicular to the peak of Penang Hill; explore the streets of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site; watch pewter craftsmen; taste white coffee; and check off religious monuments from Kek Lok Si Temple to Wat Chaiyamangkalaram and Dhammikarama Burmese Temple.
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  • 6 hours
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US$70.26
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4-Hour Georgetown By Night Including Ferry Ride

4-Hour Georgetown By Night Including Ferry Ride

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Penang’s street food scene heats up after dark, so an evening tour is the perfect way to taste local cuisine and explore the city. Visit the Gurney Drive hawker centre for dinner (own expense), drive through the heart of George Town, cross the Penang Bridge to mainland Malaysia, then return on the vintage Penang Ferry. This 4-hour night tour includes pickup and drop-off at Penang island hotels, as well as transport by car and ferry.
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  • 4 hours
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US$45.39
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Half-Day Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple Private Tour

Half-Day Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple Private Tour

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Look down at George Town from a colonial-era hill station then explore fascinating Buddhist temples on a half-day, private tour to Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple. With the personal service of a private guide throughout the tour, you’ll ride a funicular to the scenic hilltop, see a colorful blend of Buddhist architectural styles, and make good-luck wishes at the Fountain of Life. This 3.5-hour private tour includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in the George Town area, with all transport in a climate-controlled vehicle. Both morning and afternoon departures are available.
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  • 4 hours
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US$69.24
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Orang Utan Island and Taiping from Penang

Orang Utan Island and Taiping from Penang

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Get an up close look at the endangered orangutan on this incredible tour of Orangutan Island, Taiping Zoo and Perak Museum from Penang. Experience some of the area’s most stunning natural highlights and learn more about local wildlife from your professional guide. You’ll walk through the Taiping Lake Gardens and wander the halls of Perak Museum, plus enjoy the air-conditioned comfort and convenience of your vehicle.
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  • 7 hours
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US$133.85
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Penang Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple

Penang Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple

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Your private tour of Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple, the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, is guaranteed to be a memorable one. Take a trip on the funicular railway up Penang Hill and experience the beauty that surrounds you on this half-day tour. Your local guide will share insight and history about the stunning hill country, the city of Georgetown and distant mainland Malaysia, as well as background on one of Southeast Asia’s most incredible Buddhist temples—known for its seven-tiered pagoda.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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US$67.12
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US$67.12

Round Penang Island Tour

Round Penang Island Tour

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Experience the beauty of the “Pearl of the Orient” on this Penang Island Discovery Morning Tour. Venture to the sandy shores and picturesque countryside as you make your way through some of the area’s most incredible sites. Visit a traditional batik factory, wander through the grounds of the famous Snake Temple, see handmade wonders at a local jewelry factory and interact with locals at Malay Kampung—an old-school Malaysian village. This four-hour morning tour hits all the highlights and insures you’ll leave Penang having seen the best of the best.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$23.08
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US$23.08
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Eat Like A Local: Penang Street Food Tour

Eat Like A Local: Penang Street Food Tour

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Indulge your taste buds and eat like a local on this street food tour in Penang. Step off the beaten track and mingle with the locals buying fresh snacks from food hawkers. Stop at several food carts with your guide and sample some of the tasty treats Malaysians love. Perhaps taste brown-sugar biscuits, spiced pork rolls or fresh guava, and gain insight into the herbs and spices used. Learn of the diverse Chinese and Indian influences Malaysian street food embraces, and sip refreshing tropical fruit juices.
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  • 4 hours
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US$62.00
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US$62.00

Guided Hatyai (Thailand) Day Tour from Penang (Malaysia)

Guided Hatyai (Thailand) Day Tour from Penang (Malaysia)

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Visit two countries in one day during a day trip to Hat Yai in Thailand from Penang. Taking a private day trip to Hat Yai ensures that you receive the undivided attention of your guide and enjoy the flexibility to customize your itinerary according to your interests.
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  • 12 hours
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US$197.44
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US$197.44
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Georgetown Sightseeing Tour

Georgetown Sightseeing Tour

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Explore colonial history and heritage in Penang’s ancient capital city on this private 4-hour sightseeing tour in Georgetown. Take a scenic drive through downtown Georgetown with your private guide and admire the UNESCO–listed colonial architecture you find. Explore Fort Cornwallis’ mighty perimeter and learn of Captain Francis Light’s first landing in the 18th century. Visit Clan Jetty then head into the bustling Chinatown and Little India districts by trishaw, and visit the Chinese clan house of Khoo Kongsi.
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  • 4 hours
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US$41.03
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Penang Islands Yacht Cruise with F&B

Penang Islands Yacht Cruise with F&B

Get a taste of the celebrity lifestyle on a private, luxury yacht experience from Penang Island. The unique environment and stunning setting have been at the heart of our city since 2017.  The most beautiful experience that you can truly indulge with your friends and loved ones and create an unforgettable experience by joining this tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$262.83
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US$262.83
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Heritage Food and Fun Tours in Penang

Heritage Food and Fun Tours in Penang

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Explore Penang’s vibrant cuisine on a morning or afternoon tour of markets and cafes with a local, food-loving guide. This 3-hour, small-group tour includes 10 tastings and starts at a central location in Penang, and is the perfect introduction to the best things to eat and drink in a Malaysian culinary crossroads.
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  • 3 hours
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US$62.00
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