Guide to Penang Island

The Penang peninsula of Malaysia has something for everyone, so it isn’t surprising that it is a popular tourist destination. There is a lot to do, and Penang hotel booking has been made easy as well by many websites and travel organizations. There are many beach side resorts as well as all the Penang hotels you may choose from.
The Island has a rich Chinese heritage, but is also modern in every sense of the word. There are new and ancient religious temples and mosques, wilderness areas, historical mansions a well as ruins of days gone by. Food is also something people in Penang take seriously, and its abundance is amazing. There are unique foods, as well as ones you may be used to, so choose your Penang hotel and enjoy this small island area of Malaysia.

Here are some of the top things to enjoy in Penang.


Batu Feringghi is a recreational area featuring resorts and restaurants with an European flair.

Escape Adventureplay is a theme park with zip lines and fun water jungle activities for all ages.

Penang Road is like Hollywood’s Rodeo Drive. It runs the length of the peninsula and is a central point for most anything to do with Penang.


Penang Toy Museum has more than 100,000 toys and collectibles. There is a Chamber of Horror and a Chamber of Beauties, as well as many other areas. There are many rare toys here that are interesting to all ages.

Penang war Museum marks the place where a battle against invading Japanese forces was lost. It was erected in the 1930s as part of a plan to protect the island from invaders.

Penang Wonderfood museum offers displays of Malaysian dishes that are larger than life, literally. The displays are hand crafted and is located in a historic building in Georgetown.

Sun Yat Sen museum marks the area in Malaysia where this leader came to prominence. He is world famous for an uprising that led to modernization of China.


Temples and religious sites

Masjid Terapung or the Floating Mosque was built to replace a temple damaged in the tsunami disaster of 2004. It has Moorish design and is built on the sea with pillars and stilts supporting the structure.

St. George’s Church reflects the many religions represented in Malaysia. This one was built in 1816 by the Anglican Church. The building is beautifully restored to its original appearance.

Sri Mariamman Temple is this oldest temple of Hindu faith in Penang. The temple has many carvings sand sculptures, some decorated with gold, diamonds and emeralds.


Penang National Park is a nature preserve on the north side of the island. There are several rare animal and plant species here. Many trails in the forest, along with its location on the sea, makes for great nature exploration.

Penang Butterfly Farm is one of the most popular tourist areas, with 4,000 butterflies as well as other insects and reptiles.

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