Penang is one of the most famous tourist spots in Malaysia and deservedly so. It has so much to offer to any traveller looking for both excitement and healing in the city. Check out our informative article on this lively destination here. Below, we have prepared a three-day itinerary for you to get the best out of your trip.
You can easily take a flight to Penang or drive there. Both experience has it’s perks as a flight would be much shorter but a drive would allow for some bonding time with your fellow travellers.
On your first day it would be best to visit Penang’s main tourist attraction and start your trip with a bang! George Town is an accurate representation of Penang’s heritage and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage zone. Here, you will be in awe of the traditional architecture of the shophouses and how the city itself is formed with many tiny streets almost like a maze just waiting for you to explore.
For the second half of your first day, you’re bound to feel a little tired from the travel and this is the perfect time to enjoy penang’s nightlife, we don’t mean the clubbing scene but something even better: the food scene! This foodie destination offers a huge variety of options for you to keep sampling all night long. Check out our recommendations on what and where to eat here.
On your second day, we recommend some fun outdoor activities such as hiking and enjoying nature. We recommend the beautiful eco-tour of The Habitat Penang Hill surrounded by all angles with lush rainforest. Definitely not one to miss, it’s family friendly and also has something to offer for the thrill seekers. You could even take a morning bicycle tour in Balik Pulau or simply walk around and take in the various art murals surrounding the cities.
For the rest of the day take advantage of the adrenaline flowing through your body and have some fun at the Escape Theme Park where you can let out all your stress and do something fun with the whole family. However if you feel a little tired from the previous activities you can visit attractions such as the Dark Mansion Museum (check our guide to this Insta-perfect spot here) and Penang 3D Trick Art Museum.
A trip to Penang wouldn’t be complete without hitting the beach. There are several gorgeous spots to enjoy the sun, sand and water. Penang’s main beach is Batu Ferringhi Beach, which is popular among locals and tourists alike. It has tons of space so there is no need to worry about crowds as you can always find a shady spot.
Finally, on your last day you obviously need to buy souvenirs and do some serious shopping. There are tons of things you can buy in Penang for your loved ones or as a treat for yourself. Take some time to check out the famous markets known for their variety of unique finds. Here are our favorite shopping spots in Penang:
Batu Ferringhi Night Market
Opening Hours: 6 PM – 12 AM
Address: Jalan Batu Ferringhi, Penang
Lorong Kulit Flea Market
Opening Hours: 6 AM – 1 PM
Address: Lorong Kulit, Georgetown, 10460 Penang
Little Penang Street Market
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 5PM (every last Sunday of the month)
Address: Upper Penang Road, Georgetown
Macallum Street Night Market
Opening Hours: 7 PM – 11PM
Address: Lintang Macallum 1, Pengkalan Weld, Georgetown
There you go! An itinerary jam-packed with excellent ideas for you to make the best out of your Penang trip. Start planning your trip now so you’re all set once travel restrictions are lifted.
Words by Trisha Ganan
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