Visit Penang

Kek Lok Si temple, Georgetown, Malaysia
Kek Lok Si temple, George Town

Visit Penang

Tethered to the mainland by two bridges, the island of Penang is an exciting mix of old and new, combining historic architecture with charming beaches and traditional fruit farms. Georgetown, Penang’s World Heritage-listed capital, is filled with British colonial history and Chinese temples, while its numerous food markets sell mouth-watering dishes with influences of Indian, Thai, European and Chinese cuisine.

If you're planning a holiday to Penang, talk to our Malaysia Travel Experts today on 0800 707 6010.

Food capital of Malaysia

Vibrant and sophisticated, Penang is a fascinating fusion of East and West. Wander through the World Heritage-listed capital of George Town to see the merging of past and present cultural influences in the city’s architecture, festivals and restaurants. From night markets and shopping strips to some of Malaysia’s most beautiful gardens and beaches, Penang has plenty to offer. Come hungry though, as Penang’s tempting curries and stir fries could keep you entertained for weeks! 

Did you know?

Char kway teow

Known as the Food Capital of Malaysia, Penang is stuffed with food carts, street food and restaurants serving up delicious delicacies, including local favourite char kway teow.

Ferry to Penang

Penang is a Malaysian state, made up of an island accessed by a bridge or a ferry from the mainland, and a strip of land on the Malay Peninsula.

Houses in George Town, Penang

Penang’s capital George Town is Malaysia’s second largest city and along with Malacca, forms one of the country’s four World Heritage sites. 

George Town view from Penang Hill

The best views of George Town can be found at the top of Penang Hill (830m), which is accessed by a funicular railway. 

How to get around

Trishaw, Penang

Take a trishaw

If you’re sticking to George Town, walking is the best and easiest way to see the sights, and walking tours are popular. However, if it’s a little too hot for walking, then taking a trishaw is the next best thing. These three-wheeled bikes have two-seater cabins, and your driver, who often doubles as a tour guide, can stop whenever you fancy taking a photo. Just agree the price before you get in. To explore further afield a taxi is your best bet, and you’ll need to catch a ferry, train or a bus to get back to the mainland.

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Experience Penang with the Experts

We love Penang at Round the World Experts. With this enthusiasm, our team can not only help you make the most of your time in Penang, but tailor make an entire trip for you that includes the island and George Town. To start planning your Penang holiday, talk to our Malaysia team today.

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