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The Pearl of the Orient

Kerachut Beach

What tourists said about Penang Island

“Camera Museum – A walk back in time for camera and photography enthusiasts”

Went in a group as company’s teambuilding activity. The museum’s staffs and guide were very friendly and patient to educate us about the evolution of cameras. Everyone had a great time fiddling with the vintage cameras and surprised on how vintage cameras can be so tedious compared to the modern ones.

There are many other vintage equipment used in the olden times to produce good quality photograph too, seriously an eye opener !

Overall, it is a very interesting and educational experience. Its highly recommended for camera lovers.

Visited September 2014

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Penang botanical garden.

“Tropical Spice Garden – Nyonya Cooking”

A must for anyone who is visiting Penang Island! We took part in a Tropical Spice Garden cooking course that focused on nyonya specialties with the wonderful and entertaining instructor Pearly Kee, an expert in nyonya cooking.

The cooking course also gave us admission to the spice garden and we had a wonderful tour by a very knowledgeable guide. A meal at Tree Monkey is highly recommended, which is located within the Tropical Spice Garden, but can be reached by a separate entrance for those who are simply interested in a meal at the restaurant.

Visited May 2014

penang georgetown

Georgetown is the capital city of Penang and is listed as a UNESCO heritage site.

“Butterfly Farm – Really Good Experience”

The variety of butterflies was just amazing. We went with 2 kids here, and they had a blast seeing all the different butterflies.

I highly recommend having the tour guide inside the premises take you around. It’s well worth walking around with him/her as they explain to you all the different things worth seeing in the farm.

Also, since we went on a weekend, we got to see a live show where they brought out some animals (insects and reptiles) and took volunteers as well.

Definitely worth the money and time spent here. I would recommend this for a family.

Visited September 2014

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The old charm of Penang – the trishaw.

“Peranakan Museum – Great family trip”

Visited Pinang Peranakan Mansion as two travelling families (4 adults & 3 kids ranging in age from 7-9). The mansion has been beautifully restored & is filled with beautiful old photographs & artefacts giving a real insight into the life & times of the Peranakans.

The guides were great, & while there were some “please do not touch/sit” signs around the mansion – one of the great things was that kids could touch & feel a range of things & sit on furniture (such as the central dining table where they could see how the mirrors were angled to give a view of the entire room & give the head of the table visibility of all parts of the house). This turned the experience from one of a dry history museum with lots of complex text (which doesn’t interest kids) – into an experience of imagining just what life for the Perenakans was like.

Worth every bit of the M20R entry fee (M10R for kids under 12).

Great insight into another time.

Visited October 2014

“Dharmikarama Burmese Temple – Colourful and artistic”

Peaceful place to visit, walked around to see all the well manicured garden and statues. Recommend to all, who’re interested in Buddhism

penang pagoda

The pagoda at one of the very famous temple in Penang.

“Kek Lok Si Temple – Blown away!”

I’m not a fan of touristy attractions so this was one of my favourites in my July trip to Malaysia. I was blown away by the stunning, elaborate designs! This is cheaper to go to than the nearby Penang Hill and had equally amazing views on the top.

I would suggest forgetting Penang Hill unless you want to do extras like ride dune buggies and go straight to this beautiful temple.

Visited July 2014
Source: Tripadvisor

penang town hall

The city hall is a colonial building that was built back in the 18 century.

About Penang Island

Penang is one of Malaysia’s most famous tourist destinations. The state consists of Penang Island and a strip of the mainland known as Seberang Perai.

Georgetown, its capital, is a fascinating metropolitan city with historical buildings and cultural landmarks. Penang is characterized by lovely beach resorts, old-world charm and colorful cultures.

Attractions of Penang Island

It is an island paradise in full blown and aptly hailed as the Pearl of the Orient. Penang’s northern shoreline, characterized by expensive stretches of golden sand and glittering waters, is a vacation spot for foreign and local visitors alike.

Batu Ferringhi, situated along the coastal road northwest of Georgetown, is the most popular beach in Penang. It is lined with a string of international-standard hotels and resorts.

penang sea view

A panoramic view of the island.

Things to do in Penang Island

Soak in the sun or unwind on the beach and enjoy a host of aquatic thrills from banana boat rides to canoeing and jet-skiing. For a spine-tingling adventure, try para-sailing to enjoy the view of the beach from the sky.

As the sun sets, Batu Ferringghi comes alive with a carnival-like atmosphere with an open-air bazaar selling anything from ornate curios to enticing souvenir items.

Watch local artisans demonstrate the intricate art of craft-making and batik-painting. Dubbed the Ferringhi Walk, the bazaar offers shoppers a host of attractions.

Batu Ferringhi Penang

Batu Ferringhi beach houses some of the best five stars hotels in the island.

A popular beach resort

Tanjung Bunga is another popular beach resort in Penang. The numerous luxury resorts here offer a relaxing seaside vacation. The most charming feature of Tanjung Bunga is its many secluded coves, nestled within the shelter of overhanging cliffs and gigantic rocks.

At the northwestern end of the coastal road lies Teluk Bahang. Its idyllic beach offers a solitary luxury hotel promising a tranquil ambience for those who prefer privacy. Nearby is the Tropical Spice Garden, a living collection of more than 500 varieties of flora from Malaysia and around the world. The eight-acre valley is reputedly the largest showcase of tropical herbs and spices in the region.

Batu Ferringhi Map

Batu Ferringhi, Teluk Bahang, Tanjung Bunga Area.

Further west from Teluk Bahang are several beaches which lie off the beaten track. Situated in Penang’s National Park, these pristine beaches make for excellent excursion to get a glimpse into the vast variety of the islands flora and fauna.

Secluded place in Penang

Monkey Beach, a secluded spot in the northwest of the island, is ideal for quiet picnics under shady casuarinas. Adventure lovers can explore the jungle trail from Monkey Beach to the Muka Head Lighthouse, perched atop a 785-feet-high cliff.

penang street art

The street art of Penang has been attracting the attention of a lot of foreign tourists.

Further away, Kerachut Beach offers an unspoilt environment and picturesque views. In the hinterland, a lake containing distinct layers of freshwater and seawater is an added attraction. Both of these beaches are only accessible by boat or by hiking trails from Teluk Bahang.

Enquire with the respective resorts or private boat operators. Avid birdwatchers or outdoor lovers can delight in taking the jungle trail to observe monkeys, squirrels and other small animals along the way.

Penang Island

View from Muka Head Lighthouse in Penang.

What to see in Penang

Jerejak Island, off the island’s east coast, makes an interesting escapade. This tiny island resort offers total privacy amidst lush greenery.

To experience the charms of Penang, take a city tour for a glimpse into its nostalgic past. The Esplanade in Georgetown is a delightful seafront for an evening stroll.

penang hill

Penang hill is a must visit tourist destination.

Distinctive landmark here is the Fort Cornwallis, erected by Captain Francis Light in the early 19th century. Hawker-style dining is the norm here and further up along Gurney Drive, a popular haunt for tourists.

Little India and Campbell Street delight with an endless assortment of bric-a-brac, souvenirs and antiques.

Getting To Penang

Penang Map

Penang fun map

By Road

Penang Island is accessible by road via the Penang Bridge. A toll is levied on the mainland’s side of the bridge.

By Air

Malaysia Airlines operates direct air services to Penang from Singapore, Bangkok, Medan, Xiamen and Taipei. The airline also provides daily shuttle services between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. AirAsia flies to Penang from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

By Rail

KTM or Malayan Railway provides train services to Butterworth from Kuala Lumpur, Alor Star and Padang Besar, as well as from Haadyai and Bangkok in Thailand.

By Sea

From Butterworth, ferry services are available for both passengers and vehicles. Fares are collected at the Butterworth terminal.

penang church

One of the beautiful churches on the island.

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Attractions in Penang that you might be interested



Famous Streets


  • Pinang Peranakan Museum
  • Khoo Kongsi
  • Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
  • Old Protestant Cemetery
  • Clan Jetties
  • Kapitan Keling Mosque
  • Gurney Drive

Shopping areas

  • Gurney Plaza
  • Gurney Paragon
  • Queensbay Mall
  • Prangin Mall
  • First Avenue



  • The Camera Museum
  • Penang State Museum and Art Gallery


Please visit the following flick photostream for more beautiful pictures of Penang.


Photo credits: gigibiru_kukunings, calflier001, Trevor Mills, Smartr, Andhika Padmawan, mickey, Hagens_world, Cindy.

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