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Penang Things to Do – Attractions & Must See

Penang Things to Do

As soon as you arrive on Penang Island you’ll immediately see the possibilities of things to do are endless. Whether you’re looking to explore history and culture or find adventure on the beach, you’ll find the best of both worlds.

Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)

Penang Hill is the highest point on Penang Island. Many travelers say it’s worthwhile to take the time to make the trip to the top where you’ll see most of Penang. When you reach the summit, you’ll find the Sky Walk Tower which is a round platform where you can see more views, along with several other things to do (there are some temples and other places here to visit). Be sure to get to the cable car early in the morning so you can make the most of this outing, the lines can get long.

Beaches and Watersports

The beaches are a huge draw in Penang and there are many of them to explore. Watersports and other outdoor activities are extremely popular here and include swimming, parasailing, jet skiing, sailing, horseback riding, picnicking and biking. There are no waves for surfing, but you can experience foot reflexology massage. The beaches are public so you can just walk in through a public access area if you are not staying at a hotel on the beach. You should know that some of the beaches do have water that is kind of murky and polluted. No matter where you are though, the views are said to be sensational.


Other popular tourist attractions include the many temples to be found on the island. Other places to see include the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Fort Cornwallis, Penang War Museum, Penang National Park, Gurney Drive, Tropical Spice Garden, Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Clocktower, Penang Chinatown and the Komtar Complex, to name a few.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Penang.

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