Referring to Penang (Malaysia), visitors will imagine an island owning not only the beautiful landscape simply, but also the characteristics of traditional local culture. The following article will suggest some interesting activities to explore Penang culture in your journey. Let’s discover!
Visiting Penang Hill by the electric train
Owning the height of 821 meters, Penang Hill is one of the preferred destinations in Penang, Malaysia. You can enjoy a spectacular natural landscape when climbing to the top of the mountain. The train journey up to the mountain takes about half an hour.
On top of Penang Hill, there is a Hindu temple, a mosque and a snake circus performance. If you are brave, you can take a photo shoot with a snake or python. In particular, here you can visit the Love Lock Bridge and record the love with your lover.
Exploring the world’s smallest national park: Teluk Bahang
With an area of 2,300 hectares, Teluk Bahang deserves to be one of the attractions of Penang Malaysia for the beautiful Muka Island.
This Penang National Park is a popular picnic spot to explore the natural beauty of Penang. In 2000, an expedition of the Nature Conservancy of Malaysia noted 417 species of plants, 143 species of animals in this park. Especially, the pristine Monkey Beach is also located in Teluk Bahang National Park.
The park is the only place in Malaysia that contains five different habitat types: meromictic lake (seasonal lake), wetland, mangroves, mudflats, coral reefs.
Some of the common activities here are fishing, swimming, and hiking. In addition, you can also visit the Turtle Sanctuary at Pantai Kerachut after lunch.
Visiting the “Green Villa”: Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
As soon as you step into Cheong Fatt Tze, the eye-catching blue color will make you impressed. This mansion is a representation of 19th century Chinese architecture in Malaysia. Built on a feng shui architecture, it took seven years to complete. There are 38 rooms, 7 stairs, and 22 stained glass windows. In 1989, Cheong Fatt Tze was renovated and moved to a high-end museum hotel.
Climbing 7-storey tower at Keh Lok Si temple
Kek Lok Si was built in 1893 with the combination of Chinese, Thailand and Burmese architectures. Kek Lok Si Temple, also known as Cuc Lac Pagoda, is the largest and most important Buddhist temple in Penang.
It is very attractive to tourists in Penang Malaysia because the temple is located in the middle of the Ayer Itam Hill in the suburban, facing the sea, including many majestic items such as 10,000 stately carved statues, the 30-meter Buddha Statue, and the 7-storey tower. Up to here, guests have to climb quite tiredly but when seeing the panoramic view of the island from this location, you will feel really excited.
Visiting the unique park in Malaysia: Escape Adventure Land
If Teluk Bahang Park gives you a gentle feeling, Escape Adventure Land gives you a dynamic and full of fun experience.
To visit some of the park’s amusement areas, you will soon discover these exciting things: Monkey Business with exciting climbing experiences like real monkeys or Jungle Swinger where you can turn yourself into Tarzan, or Spiderman climbing like in the movie…
Joining in sports activities in Batu Ferringhi Beach
Batu Feringghi is one of the famous beaches in Penang Malaysia. Next to the sandy beach is a beautiful tourist area with a range of budget hotels, restaurants as well as lively night markets selling lots of interesting items. Alternatively, you can play water sports such as windsurfing, paragliding, Jet Ski, kayaking … or just relax on the beach and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
Taking pictures at Street Art
As a new wind blows into the old town of George Town, the works of Ernest Zacharevic have turned the streets of Penang into a special outdoor exhibition which is lively and impressive.
Since the 2000s, the Penang leader has invited the world famous Street Artist Ernest Zacharevic on George Town to make wall paintings depicting the everyday life of the people of Penang. Street Art is an exciting destination for tourists in Penang. Surely, you will have beautiful photos in here.
According to Malaysian travel experience, the best time to take pictures is around 4-5 p.m when the sun shines on you.
Exploring the night market
One of the experiences that travelers cannot ignore when traveling to Penang is exploring the night market. The night markets here usually operate from 5 p.m until midnight. Here, you can shop for countless unique souvenirs at affordable prices.
Enjoying many delicious dishes at Gurney
Opened from 5 p.m until 5 a.m in the next morning, the food street on Gurney Drive became a popular tourist destination in Penang. Here, you can find dishes from the most familiar to the strangest dishes in Penang at affordable prices.
Some famous dishes of Penang that you cannot miss are Asam Laksa (noodles cooked with fish soup), Char kway teow, Bak Kut Teh (rib soup) and Satay (grilled meat)…
Next to Gurney Drive is Gurney Plaza, a shopping complex with full of fashion boutiques ranging from luxury to casual brands which will satisfy all shoppers.
Outside Gurney plaza, there are two quiet cafes: the Starbucks and the Dome. If you do not like shopping, you can enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the exciting and vibrant scene of Penang.
The above activities are probably enough to make your visit in Penang unforgettable. Have a nice trip!