6 Amazing Travel Experiences in Penang!

When you think of travelling to Penang? What do you think of? The UNESCO heritage site of Georgetown? The vibrant (and delicious) hawker food scene? Or simply chilling at Batu Ferringhi beach? In this post, we’ll show you 6 Amazing Travel Experiences in Penang that you won’t want to miss!

1. Exploring Batu Ferringhi Beach

Batu Ferringhi Beach Penang
Batu Ferringhi Beach Penang
Batu Ferringhi Beach Night Market
Batu Ferringhi Beach Night Market
Rock Spa Experience
Rock Spa Experience

Most people discount the fact that Penang does have an excellent beach that faces the Andaman Sea and Malacca Straits. Batu Ferringhi is its name. Located at the northern tip of Penang, Batu Ferringhi offers beach goers all you’d expect at a reputable beach – fine pristine sand (especially at Hard Rock Hotel Penang), beach activities (including para-sailing, banana boat rides and jet skiing) and even horse back riding by the beach.

After all the fun you’ve had at the beach, head on out to one of the many excellent spas located along Batu Ferringhi beach – including the award winning Rock Spa @ Hard Rock Hotel and Chi Spa @ Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa.

As the evening winds down, check out the night markets along the roads next to the beaches. Many road side stalls open till late at night offering tourists the option of souvenir shopping (including sun glasses, hand bags and wallets) and late night supper at Batu Ferringhi.

2. Looking Out for Street Arts & Wall Murals

Street Art Penang - Less Salt Thinning Hair
Street Art Penang – Less Salt Thinning Hair
Penang Street Art - Budget Hotel
Penang Street Art – Budget Hotel
Penang Street Art - Trishaw Mural
Penang Street Art – Trishaw Mural

Penang is littered with amazing street arts and wall murals. One of the most famous one is this mural of a trishaw uncle in the heart of Jalan Penang that almost covers the entire building facade. We also noticed several comical street art that brings across daily conversations in Penang through light-hearted colloquial jokes.

3. Wandering the Streets of Georgetown – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Penang Historic Streets
Penang Historic Streets
Colonial Buildings Penang - Birch House
Colonial Buildings Penang – Birch House
Colonial Buildings Penang - Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Colonial Buildings Penang – Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Colonial Buildings Penang - St Jos Gurney Paragon
Colonial Buildings Penang – St Jos Gurney Paragon
Fort Cornwallis Penang
Fort Cornwallis Penang
Blue Mansion Penang - Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Blue Mansion Penang – Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Since 2007, Penang’s Georgetown has been named as an UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the rich history of this precinct. You will be able to spot many colonial-styled buildings such as the Eastern & Oriental Hotel and Birch House as well as the many traditional chinese architectures along the streets. Fort Cornwallis, one of the best preserved forts in Malaysia also bears testament to Penang’s colonial roots.

To round off this historic trip, check out Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (better known as the Blue Mansion). Within, you’ll be able to see how the ultra-rich pampered themselves in this 38 room mansion – luxurious even by today’s standards.

4. Trishaw Ride in Penang

Trishaw Uncle Penang
Trishaw Uncle Penang
Trishaw Ride Penang
Trishaw Ride Penang

Trishaw Ride Penang Video

Another amazing experience in Penang that you should try is the trishaw ride. We took a trishaw ride from Komtar back to our hotel at Eastern & Oriental. The ride took about 10 minutes and cost 15RM. What we enjoyed about this ride was the “alfresco” style of the ride. As the sun shone while we rode past the historic lanes (with winds gently blowing against your face), that made the ride really worthwhile. Be ready for a bit of excitement while the trishaw weaves in and out of traffic!

5. Penang Hawker Food

Ah Leng Char Koay Teow
Ah Leng Char Koay Teow
Penang Char Hor Fun
Penang Char Hor Fun
Penang Road Teochew Chendul
Penang Road Teochew Chendul

Penang is the home to Malaysian hawker food. Here you will be able to find famous Penang hawker fare such as Penang Char Koay Teow, Char Hor Fun, Penang Road Teochew Chendul and much much more. Check out our post on the “13 Penang Hawker Food and Nonya Restaurants that You MUST TRY” to find out more!

6. Penang Nonya Food

Mama's Nonya Cuisine
Mama’s Nonya Cuisine
Nonya Curry Chicken Rice RM8.80 (小娘惹)
Nonya Curry Chicken Rice RM8.80 (小娘惹)
The Little Nonya Cuisine (小娘惹)
The Little Nonya Cuisine (小娘惹)

Still on food (what else? :p), one must try Penang’s nonya food. The Little Nonya Cuisine (小娘惹) as well as Mama’s Nonya Cuisine offers some of the best nonya food in Penang at an affordable price.

Where to stay in Penang?

Hard Rock Hotel Penang
Hard Rock Hotel Penang
Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang
Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang
Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang
Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang

Our top picks for hotels at the Batu Ferringhi area includes the Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa as well as the Hard Rock Hotel Penang. In Georgetown? The famous Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang!

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Things to do in Penang Malaysia
Things to do in Penang Malaysia

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