Discover Penang in 24 Hours

What to Do and See in Penang in One Day

Penang is a vibrant island where cultural heritage and cosmopolitan structures go hand-in-hand, and discovering its many sights and sounds within 24 hours can be a challenging yet fulfilling experience. When it comes to accommodation, Penang caters to any budget and style, where you can enjoy a good night’s rest in quaint heritage hotels, guesthouses and hostels, or do it in style at a top five-star resort.

Perfect for when you only have a day in Penang, we’ve compiled a helpful mini guide that includes a visit to Georgetown, a pedestrian-friendly district that’s filled with ornate temples, colonial buildings and colourful street art, followed by Gurney Drive, which hosts massive shopping malls and a myriad of local delicacies – the place to be for unapologetic food lovers.

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How to Spend the Morning in Penang

Kick-start your day in Penang by exploring Georgetown’s Lebuh Armenian, Love Lane and Lebuh Muntri heritage streets – on foot or trishaw. Here you’ll find plenty of well-preserved temples and museums with vibrant artwork by Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevi, adorning the narrow walkways.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, standout attractions in Georgetown include the blue-hued Penang Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Peranakan Museum, Kuan Yin Temple, Khoo Kongsi clan house and Kapitan Keling Mosque. Lastly, make your way to the Clan Jetties, which is a series of six wooden jetties that are more than 100 years old. Do note however, that people still live in this water village so be mindful when you take pictures.

Penang Khoo Kongsi

Penang Khoo Kongsi

A kongsi is a building in which Chinese families of the same surname gather to worship their ancestors. Read More...

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

The house is open for visitors to learn more about Cheong's history through antiques and paraphernalia displayed in the Read More...

Kapitan Keling Mosque

Kapitan Keling Mosque

Situated along Pitt Street, the Kapitan Keling Mosque is Penang’s first-ever mosque built in the 19th century, which is Read More...

Spending the Afternoon in Penang

No trip to Penang is complete without sampling its diverse range of dessert offerings, all of which are best enjoyed during the scorching afternoon. Definite must-tries include the smooth and creamy cendol at Penang Road’s Famous Teochew Chendul, Kafe Kek Seng’s ais kacang, and apom balik at Apong Guan, Burma Road.

Georgetown is also the place to visit remnants of colonial structures such as Malaysia’s largest standing fort, Fort Cornwallis and the Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower, both of which are well preserved relics from the British colonial era. To reach these historical landmarks, it is a 15-minute walk from the Penang Clan Jetties.

The Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower

The Queen Victoria Memorial

One of the most recognisable icons in Penang, was commissioned by a local millionaire, Cheah Chen Eok, to commemorate Read More...

Clan Jetties

Clan Jetties

Consisting of a row of wooden houses on stilts along a planked walkway built over the water, The Clan Jetties are Read More...

5 Best Desserts in Penang

Perfect for any unapologetic sweet tooth, check out our handpicked selection of the five must-try desserts in Penang... Read More...

Spending the Evening in Penang

After a day of sightseeing in Georgetown, take a 10-minute taxi ride to Gurney Drive’s most popular shopping malls, namely Gurney Paragon Mall and Gurney Plaza. Set along Persiaran Gurney, the former is a seafront complex that houses more than 40 fashion boutiques and 30 restaurants while the latter houses the Golden Screen Cinemas Cineplex and 380 stores with upmarket brands such as Versace, Fossil, and Coach.

Gurney Drive is also the place to get you fill of fresh seafood and hawker cuisine in Penang, so make sure you head to Gurney Drive Hawker Centre (next to Gurney Plaza) for dinner. Open from evening till late, this al fresco food court houses numerous stalls selling char kuey teow (stir-fried rice noodles), curry mee, assam laksa (noodles in a fish-based sour broth), and rojak (a fruit and vegetable salad dish).

Gurney Plaza

Gurney Plaza Shopping Mall

Gurney Plaza is Gurney Drive’s premier shopping mall, with over 400 retail outlets on 7 levels of space including a Read More...

Gurney Paragon Mall

Gurney Paragon Mall

Set along Persiaran Gurney and incorporating a heritage building into its design, the seafront Gurney Paragon Mall is Read More...

Gurney Drive Restaurants

Gurney Drive Restaurants

Gurney Drive is most well-known for its food courts and hawker stalls that open well into the night. But look closer and Read More...

Spending the Night in Penang

The best way to end your one-day excursion in Penang is by partying the night away with the locals and fellow travellers. Penang Upper Road is hailed as the centre of Georgetown’s nightlife, where rows of pubs and nightclubs come alive with vibrant lights, burlesque shows, and resident DJs spinning dance-worthy tunes until the hours of morning.

Slippery Senoritas

Slippery Senoritas

More than just a dance club, Slippery Senoritas stands out not only for its great repertoire of music and good-looking Read More...

Soho Free House

Soho Free House

An old school British tavern with a friendly crowd of predominantly-expat locals, Soho Free House is a long-standing Read More...

Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant & Rooftop Bar

Three Sixty Rooftop Bar

Topping Bayview Hotel Georgetown, this rooftop bar and revolving restaurant combination is the first of its kind on Read More...

Top 10 Best Hotels

Top 10 Best Hotels in Penang

Compiled a list of Penang’s Top Ten beachfront and city hotels and resorts – their flawless service and value for money Read More...

Top 10 Luxury Hotels

Top 10 Luxury Hotels

So treat yourself to the very best and you won't regret it. Have a look through our Top Ten Luxury Hotel listings and Read More...

Top 10 Budget Hotels

Top 10 Budget Hotels

It's the same story with accommodation and if you choose to go budget you'll find that there is no shortage of choices Read More...

Top 10 Beach Hotels

Top 10 Beach Hotels

Having your hotel by a beach is therefore a prerequisite for beach lovers so have a look at our Top Ten Beach Hotel Read More...

10 Best Hotels Discounts in Penang

Our list of the 10 best hotel discounts in Penang offers incredible room rates that are great for a budget-friendly stay Read More...

10 Hotels Travellers Love Most in Penang

These hotels travellers love most in Penang have earned rave reviews for providing excellent guestrooms, top-notch Read More...

10 Best Boutique Hotels in Penang

The best boutique hotels in Penang boasts well-appointed guestrooms with chic décor, unique design concepts, and Read More...

10 Best Business Hotels in Penang

The best business hotels in Penang are fitted with quality guestrooms, efficient service, and onsite facilities that are Read More...

Best Spa Hotels in Penang

The best spa hotels in Penang cater to travellers looking to relax and rejuvenate throughout their holiday, featuring Read More...

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