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Must-Visit Attractions in Penang- Grab the most amazing experiences of all!

An off-the-beaten-path island destination adorning the West Coast of Malaysia, Penang is an irresistible medley of colonial grace, contemporary street art, and breathtaking escapes into nature. Here's where your Penang adventure simply must take you.


An all-in-one tourist haven

The perfect blend of balmy island vibes, historic graciousness, and modern amenities, Penang is a well-rounded destination to satiate every brand of wanderlust. For instance, if you're enamoured by spun-sugar sands and silvery-blue ocean perfect for parasailing, the Batu Ferringhi Beach is an essential stop, and the Escape Theme Park has all manner of wild water rides and natural jungle gyms if you crave a spurt of adrenaline. This tiny islet is also iconic for museums proffering eccentric and state-of-the-art immersive experiences, from the smart 3-D exhibits of the Made in Penang Interactive Museum to the gastronomic displays of the Wonderfood Museum. If you are hard-pressed to choose between all these enticements, here is a checklist of 6 hotspots you absolutely shouldn't miss.


Venture into tropical jungle

Penang lets you intimately explore the ancient and exotic rainforest realms teeming with nature trails interspersed with lookout points yielding multiple panoramic views. From the Langur Way Canopy Walk, where you can stroll into the sunset over treetops or zipline over acres of virgin jungle to the Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest for cycling in calming greenery, wading into crystal-clear streams, and camping out in starry nights.


Experience heritage-rich sites

If you're a fan of UNESCO-listed storybook settlements, the Clan Jetties is a glimpse into the postcard-perfect 19th Century waterborne village of Chinese immigrants, and George Town, the picturesque Capital is a study in bold caricatures, cross-cultural street food, and a potpourri of architecture styles from Anglo-Indian to Chinese-Malay. From the eye-catching Penang Floating Mosque caught in the salty ocean currents and the gracious ivory Penang State Museum with its art galleries to the oriental beauty of the vibrant Pinang Peranakan and Cheong Fatt Tze mansions, there's no shortage of character-enriching buildings to peruse. If you're searching for sophisticated Penang serviced apartments located near iconic sights like the Penang Bridge, look no further than Sky Residence Prai.


Get personal with butterfly multitudes

Infuse your trip with flutters of joy at the Entopia Butterfly Farm, where you can bask in the vibrant beauty of these free-flying critters amidst caves, waterfalls, and rock sculptures spilling lush greenery. This fairy-tale 'living museum' also presents a valuable learning experience with fun activities for children and adults.


Roam the delicious night markets

Shopaholics will adore Penang's abundant road markets, packed with colourful stalls selling everything imaginable, from mouthwatering roasted chestnuts and fresh fruit to realistic duplicates of high-end clothing brands. The Batu Ferringhi Night Museum is a feast for all five senses, where you can dive in for beautiful batik and handcrafted souvenirs while snacking on the likes of seafood satays grilled to perfection and refreshing sugarcane juice.


Visit the Tropical Spice Garden

One of the unique recreation spots in Penang, this fragrant rainforest garden is complete with waterfalls, bridges, and idyllic structures built out of recycled materials. Here, you can learn all about cooking Asian delicacies with freshly sourced produce you can pick right there!


Take an exhilarating train journey

If you want to whizz through the steepest tunnel track in the world past open green vistas with wonderous peeks of the city below in a modern train with its own café, the Penang Hill Funicular proffers the ride of a lifetime!

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