These daytime activities in Penang turn your dreamy island getaway into a fun filled adventure, leaving you with plenty of stories to tell your mates back home. As with the majority of island holidays, the top choices for daytime activities usually revolve around the beach, with sunbathing and swimming certain take up a chunk of your time - and Penang is no different.
However, the island is filled with so much quirky character and culture that it has so much more to offer than just lying on the sand all day. Each of these daytime activities in Penang presents a different experience for travellers of all ages, whether you are looking for a relaxing activity or an adrenaline-charged afternoon. Read on to discover the best thing to do during the day on Penang.
Penang Hill Train
A sure-fire winning way to start off your morning, Penang Hill’s funicular train is one of the most iconic attractions on the island, offering sightseers a chance to get some great views over Penang from 2750ft above ground level. The 2007 metre-long railway was built in 1901 but went through a revamp in 2010 to turn it into an electric system.
With the colonial hill station’s temperature rarely rising above 21◦C, it offers visitors a brief break from the island’s warm weather. Located in Air Itam, Penang Hill used to be called Flagstaff Hill when the British occupied the island, and a trip to the top on the train will cost RM30.
- Opening Hours: 6:30 – 22:00 Monday – Friday; 06:30 – 23:00 Saturday & Sunday
- Location: Stesen Bukit Bendera, Ayer Itam
- Tel: +604 828 8880 or +604 828 8839 or +604 828 8861
A great alternative to the beach, Escape Adventureplay Penang is a firm favourite with outdoor adventure seekers. This popular Penang activity specialises in zip-lining (a pulley suspended on a stainless steel cable, tied between two trees on an incline), but they also host other fun activities for all ages such as a free fall from a 20m jump platform, an inner tube slide and tree rope swing. Entrance is RM60 for adults and RM45 for kids; open from Tuesday to Sunday, the park also operates on Monday when it is a public or school holiday. There is a free hourly shuttle service from a couple of Jalan Batu Ferringhi hotels, or from Georgetown guests can hop on the Rapid Penang bus 101.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 Tuesday – Sunday
- Address: 828 Jalan Teluk Bahang,11050 Penang
- Tel: +604 881 1106
Adventure Zone Theme Park
With plenty of offerings to keep youngsters of all ages occupied, the 10,300sqft Adventure Zone Theme Park is a great daytime activity in Penang for families. The park has over 30 different individual activities, and is divided into three zones – the special features section, kids’ area and toddler sector with modular play equipment. Its major highlight are a series of slides – the first two (Astra slide and double drop slide with ball pit exit) is designed for children, but the third is a 24ft-bigh drop slide perfect for all ages. Meanwhile, at the kids’ area you can expect ladder climbs, swinging steps, pull up ramps and hurdles and more, while the toddler section is filled with padded ramps, climbs and tumble towers sure to excite kids under the age of four.
Made In Penang Interactive Museum
Helping to shake off the idea that museums are boring, old fashioned places to store stuffy art (at least that is what most kids think), The Made in Penang Interactive Museum offers visitors of all ages a fun, exciting way to view artwork. Quirky and cool, its exhibits have clever 3D imagery features, for example, a portrait of the Penang Snake Temple, with a large 3D snake slithering out from the framework. The best part is that the way the artwork is done allows visitors to get up-close interactive photos with them – our favourite is of a ship and cannon which you can simulate an ongoing battle. The trick is that artists have creatively used different colours, textured contours and some props to create each unique photo.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Address: No.3, Pengkalan Weld, George Town, Penang
- Tel: +604 262 6119
East Wind Watersports
A watersports outfit set on the beach in front of Shangri La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, East Wind Watersports offers a good array of island seaside activities to sail, paddle, float, dive, motor, ski and surf under or over the sea. One thing that sets them apart from other beach vendors is their professionalism and safety-first attitudes – doing their best to calm the nerves of first-timers and keeping seasoned enthusiasts happy.
Opened in 2006, for the slightly less adventurous there are banana boat rentals available, plus you can try jet-skiing, kite surfing and parasailing. Solo parasailing trips are cheaper, but you can also try a double trip (two people on one trip) which is a better option for nervous novices.
- Location: between Shangri La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa and Shangri La Golden Sands Resort, Jalan Batu Ferringhi
- Tel: +604 886 1911 (Shangri La Golden Sands Resort)