Top 10 Everything Penang
The Best of Penang
Penang, also known as the Pearl of the Orient, is fondly regarded as the hawker food capital of Malaysia and is home to picturesque places of interest such as the sandy beaches of Tanjung Bungah, the landscape from the summit of Penang Hill and the vipers in the Snake Temple. Penang also has a vibrant nightlife scene, where throngs of late night revellers can be seen making a beeline for the pubs, bars, nightclubs and karaoke lounges dotting the major cities. From massive shopping malls to bustling night markets and antique shops, Penang is also frequently visited by shopaholics thanks to its diverse retail landscape.
In short, Penang is a popular one-stop destination for travellers and locals, so we’ve compiled a comprehensive Top 10 guide of the best places to visit, shop, dine, and party in the Pearl of the Orient.
- Traditional English Afternoon Tea at the Eastern & Oriental Hotel
- City Half-Day Tour
- EZhopper Sightseeing Bus Pass
- Georgetown by Night Tour
- Island Half-Day Tour
- Private Penang Hill & Temple
- Heritage Trishaw Tour
- Private Penang Hill & High Tea at David Brown's Restaurant
- Botanic Gardens & Tropical Spice Garden Tour
- Penang Hill & Kek Lok Si Temple Tour
Best of Georgetown10 Best Everything Georgetown
Pedestrian-friendly Georgetown, Penang’s capital, is a city that is just so interestingly vibrant. There is a wealth of creativity here, with atmospheric temples, street art-filled streets, brightly-coloured trishaws and mega malls found in abundance in this beach town. A great destination for gourmet travellers, it is one of the best places in the country for food, with all types of cuisine represented – whether you are looking to sample local hawker delights, haute French cuisine or fine dining western fusion food.
Shopping-wise, Georgetown is a treasure trove of fabulous finds, with upscale designer labels, homemade handicraft and vintage bargains easily found at its array of street markets, independent stores and shopping centres.
Best of Batu Ferringhi10 Best Everything Batu Ferringhi
Teasing the ocean's edge, Batu Ferringhi is unquestionably a tranquil and friendly place. That is not to say that it is a boring seaside strip, on the contrary, Batu Ferringhi is the perfect place to head to when you are looking for a wet and wild time in the water, or just interested in immersing in local culture.
What is more, Penang’s reputation as Malaysia's unofficial food capital is more than apparent along Batu Ferringhi, where you can find an array of cuisine offerings, from an informal food court, to a funky American gastro pub. Speaking of bars, the nightlife offerings along this stretch are not exactly great for dancing - rather, they are perfect for live music entertainment or just relaxing with a drink and some bar snacks. Check out our lists of favourite things to see and do, places to eat and grab a drink in Batu Ferringhi.
Best of Gurney Drive10 Best Everything Gurney Drive
A tourist-friendly seaside promenade in Penang, Gurney Drive is a wonderful combination of traditional and modern aesthetics. It is widely known as the all-day hawker food capital of Malaysia, with mouthwatering delicacies like assam laksa (noodles in a fish-based sour broth) and rojak (fruit and vegetable salad dish) that are of unparalleled taste and quality.
Gurney Drive also houses many historical relics and architecture dating back to the 1800s, namely the Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram and the Dharmikarama, as well as modern shopping malls that cater to the varying needs and preferences of shoppers. Head on to our Top Ten lists to experience the best of what Gurney Drive has to offer.