Things to do in Penang

Our most recommended things to do in Penang

Private Half Day Penang Tasty Local Street Food Tour

1. Private Half Day Penang Tasty Local Street Food Tour

This 4-hour tour will start from your hotel lobby at your chosen time slot of 9:00AM or 2:30PM. Meet and greet your professional English-speaking driver or guide and start your tour in a clean air-conditioned vehicle. Explore the back lanes of Penang off the beaten track, where you’ll make four or five stops to taste delightful snacks, drinks, and desserts. Along the way, listen to your foodie guide describe the street-food phenomenon in Penang. Infused with a variety of spices, Malaysian food showcases Malay, Chinese, and Indian flavors. Try traditional fritters such as prawn, tofu or yam; bite into Penang lobak, a spiced deep-fried pork roll; slurp signature noodles; and sample delicious seafood among other savory snacks. When it’s time for dessert, sink your teeth into a sweet Indian pancake called an apom — deliciously crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Or, try a bite-sized kuih, a traditional sweet treat made of sticky glutinous rice. Other delectables available are heow piah (brown-sugar biscuits), coconut tarts and a variety of tropical fruits: jackfruit, assorted guava, coconut, dragon fruit, rambutan, and mangosteen. Drink it all down with a local favorite, choosing from a variety of non-alcoholic options including lime juice with sour plum, nutmeg juice, Chinese herbal tea, grass jelly, chrysanthemum, winter melon, fresh calamansi lime juice with plain or rose syrup, and more.

George Town: Half-Day UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

2. George Town: Half-Day UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour

Discover George Town's heritage sites on a half-day tour with included hotel pickup and drop-off in George Town or Batu Ferringhi. Get the most out of your exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a private, English-speaking guide.  Begin your tour with hotel pickup, then head to the Khoo Kongsi, a Chinese clan house with stunning architecture, with your guide. Continue to be amazed as you visit Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple and the oldest clan temple in town, Cheah Kongsi. Hear all the background stories and insights from your expert guide. Don't miss a visit to the Taoist Chinese temple, Yap Kongsi, and Ciji Temple. Enjoy the last highlight with a visit to Pinang Peranakan Mansion, a house museum dedicated to Penang's Peranakan heritage which once served as the residence and office of a 19th-century Chinese tycoon, Chung Keng Quee. After 4 hours full of history and cultural insights, you will be dropped off back at your hotel in George Town or Batu Ferringhi.

Private Tour: Top Seven Wonders Of Penang Exploration Tour

3. Private Tour: Top Seven Wonders Of Penang Exploration Tour

Begin your tour after a 9:00am pickup by visiting Clan jetty, a small floating village filled with souvenir shops and food stores. Move on to Kuan Yin, Penang’s oldest temple, built in 1728 by early immigrant settlers from China. Head to Masjid Kapitan Keling to see a 200 year-old masjid. Head out to Sri Maha Mariamman, a beautiful south-Indian style temple covered with carvings of gods and goddesses. Move on to St. George Church, a fine example of Georgian-style architecture with displays of its history. Proceed to Pinang Peranakan Mansion and experience what it feels like to be one of the richest Malaysians. Full of old world charms and collections, this is a great place for photography. Your next stop is Fort Cornwallis, an example of British Colonial architecture from this period. Finally, end the tour with some mouthwatering local dishes, before your hotel drop-off.

Penang: 3-Hour Heritage Tour with Trishaw Ride

4. Penang: 3-Hour Heritage Tour with Trishaw Ride

Begin your tour by meeting your informative, English-speaking guide at your hotel lobby. Then, discover the city of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for the next 3 hours. Ride for 1 hour in a traditional trishaw, a 3-wheeled taxi, and enjoy the great sights of the city's streets in comfort. Learn the background stories as you ride past the town's historical attractions such as Fort Cornwallis, Penang Town Hall, Beach Street, Khoo Kongsi, and Acheh Street. Visit Kapitan Keling Mosque and the Goddess of Mercy Temple. After your last stop at Little India, you will be dropped off at your hotel in George Town or Batu Ferringhi.

Private Penang City Tour with Kek Lok Si Temple

5. Private Penang City Tour with Kek Lok Si Temple

Your tour begins with pickup from your hotel at Georgetown on time. Meet and greet your friendly driver at the hotel lobby and proceed for your tour. Your driver will pick you up from your respective hotel then you will head out to visit Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, and the streets of George Town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After that, you will visit Kek Lok Si Temple. Built in 1891 as a small shrine, it has since expanded to become one of the most majestic and largest temples in South-East Asia. Since its founding in 1930, the “Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas” is considered one of Penang’s most beautiful architectural wonders as it is able to incorporate 3 cultures into one structure – with its Chinese octagonal base, Thai middle tier, and Burmese Crown. A 30.2m Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) bronze statue was erected in 2002 on the highest point of the temple. It can be reached via an Inclined lift at the middle. On the way, you will stop for some free sampling of Penang’s famous White Coffee/Tea at Coffee Tree.

FullDay Pulau Penang Exploration with English Speaking Guide

6. FullDay Pulau Penang Exploration with English Speaking Guide

The Batik factory, for starters, is a highlight of this Full Day Penang tour (SIC). Meet a professional local batik painter working at one of the island's first batik factories. Aside from Durian, Original Nutmeg juice is a hallmark of Penang fruit. Then, at Saanen Dairy Goat Farm, sample exquisite handcrafted goat's milk produced by a friendly Penang local family. Not only that, but tour four significant religious buildings in Malaysia that stand strongly on the same street line, as well as a display of more than 50 amazing murals of Old Penang Street Art. Then, Visit Floating Village on stills above the water, Clan of Jetties of Chinese settlement since 19th century and enjoy a visit at The Top Komtar, Rainbow Skywalk offers fabulous seamless views of Georgetown and incredible sunset spots.

Malaysia: eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

7. Malaysia: eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Malaysia hassle-free with a convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in Malaysia and other countries. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. Upgrade to coverage in 8 Countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, South Korea. All iPhone models launched after iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after installing this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): internet Malaysia: Celcom/Digi The rest of the countries will be available in the voucher info in your GetYourGuide app after purchase.

George Town: 'The Habitat Penang Hill' Admission Ticket

8. George Town: 'The Habitat Penang Hill' Admission Ticket

Enjoy the 'The Habitat Penang Hill' with this day pass to an authentic, diverse and educational Malaysian rainforest experience. Follow a naturalist guide along a nature trail to uncover a myriad of flora and fauna that occupy this unique area.  Starting at the forest floor, naturalist guides take you on a journey along a nature trail to see the plants, trees, insects, birds, reptiles, and mammals that call 'The Habitat' home. Explore the biodiversity of the rainforest canopy on a 230-meter Langur Way Canopy Walk. Visit the Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk at the top of Penang Hill and embrace the 360-degree panoramic views of Penang Island from the highest viewpoint in Penang. Head to the Shop on the Hill to buy educational and ethically produced, nature-themed merchandise  Stay late and watch the nocturnal creatures wake with a night and sunset walk. Purchase something to eat at the Habitat Café with refreshments ranging from artisanal coffee, gourmet cakes, and Malaysian culinary delights, to Penang-themed craft beer.

Penang: Private Airport Transfer by Car or Van

9. Penang: Private Airport Transfer by Car or Van

Experience complete convenience on your visit to Penang with this private airport transfer service. Save time searching for a local taxi and enjoy a hassle-free transfer from the airport to your accommodation on the island of Penang, or vice versa. Choose between an air-conditioned car for up to 3 people or an air-conditioned van for up to 7 people. For arrival transfers, your personal driver will monitor your flight and pick you up straight after you land in the airport arrivals area. Look out for a sign with your name on it. After meeting your driver, get assistance with your luggage, be escorted to your vehicle, then drive directly to your hotel or condo in Penang. For departure transfers, meet your driver at the lobby of your hotel or condo in Penang. Sit back and relax in complete comfort before leaving the island.

George Town: Dark Mansion 3D Glow in the Dark Museum Ticket

10. George Town: Dark Mansion 3D Glow in the Dark Museum Ticket

Expereince the wonder of the 'Dark Mansion - 3D Glow In The Dark Museum' in George Town with this attraction ticket. Capture pictures of yourself interacting with the otherworldly art in this modern museum.  Enter a space of glowing forests, fantasy landscapes, and creative art. See how art, science, and technology combine in this unique space. The artists apply special painting materials and light settings to produce brilliant glowing effect and astonishing “day-to-night” transitions. Go a step beyond the existing 3D art painting techniques, as Dark Mansion presents a new dimension of 3D art by incorporating the amazing glow-in-the-dark effect into 3D paintings and artwork. Share pictures of you becoming part of the art in this trendy museum. 

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What people are saying about Penang

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 56 reviews

Excellent experience! Our guide, Sarah, and driver, Aldrin, were exceptional tour guides, friendly and very knowledgable. The tour was great as they showed us around the city and took us to all of the historical and photo-worthy spots. The trishaw ride was also an amazing experience and took us through the old heritage town! The tour was also tailored to where we wanted to go afterward and the guides were very accommodating to drop us and show us where to eat. Very sweet tour with a good balance of history, culture, and activity! Definitely recommend if you're visiting Penang.

We had a wonderful and tasty street food tour in Penang. Our guide Aldrin did not only take us to different local cafés, restaurants and street food stalls, but also some cultural/heritage sites. He generously shared knowledge about the food, places and people we came across. This tour exceeded our expectations, we truly had a great time with Aldrin. We would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to experience the food and culture in Penang.

Highly recommended! Installing the eSim was very easy and the mobile signal was fast and highly reliable throughout our trip from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. We were able to travel comfortably knowing that we can easily access our vouchers, messaging apps, Grab, Google maps, and plenty more. I would recommend this service to anyone traveling to the countries included in this eSim plan.

Mr Robbie was an outstanding driver and tour guide with years of experience. I still can't believe how much I was able to experience and see in one day. It was an amazing day. Thanks very much!

Easy process. Pick-up at airport arrivals gate, good service, friendly and professional.