Penang is known for all kinds of attractions, from heritage sites, beaches and nature spots, to tasty local food joints. Whether you love nature, culture, or food, there’s definitely something for everyone in Penang.
Here’s how you can travel around Penang like the locals do:
1. Take photos at the picturesque Kek Lok Si Temple
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Head over towards the centre of Penang Island and visit Kek Lok Si Temple, located on the foot of Air Itam Mountain. There are photoworthy arches, ponds, lush gardens, and beautiful backdrops all over this colourful Buddhist temple, so come with your cameras ready!
Kek Lok Si Temple
Opening hours: 9am to 6pm
Entrance fee: RM2 for pagoda, RM2 for inclined lift
2. Queue up for one of Penang’s famous nasi kandar
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You’ve not been to Penang without trying nasi kandar, a.k.a rice, vege, and meat (or seafood) doused with all kinds of curry. Every Penangite has their own favourite joint, so make sure to drop by at least one of these spots during your trip. (Pro tip: Order a salted egg to go with your nasi kandar)
Restaurant Deens Maju Nasi Kandar
Operating hours: 2pm to 11pm
Operating hours: 10am to 10pm
Restoran Nasi Kandar Line Clear
Operating hours: 24 hours
Nasi Kandar Beratur
Operating hours: 10pm to 8.30am
3. Reconnect with nature at Entopia, Penang’s butterfly farm
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Get up close and personal with over 15,000 butterflies of about 60 species. Meant to mimic a butterfly’s natural habitat, Entopia is a living garden vivarium with 200 species of plants, a variety of animals, as well as waterfalls, ponds, caves, and other garden features. Perfect for kids and adults alike, Entopia is located up north and nearby Batu Ferringhi beach.
Opening hours: 9am to 6pm
Entrance fee: RM65 (Adults), RM45 (Children & Senior Citizens)
4. Wind down with coffee, cakes, and drinks at Chinahouse
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Located just a short walk away from the famous Penang murals, Chinahouse is a unique cafe which consists of three linked heritage buildings. Spend the afternoon over a tiramisu and a cup of coffee, and come back at night for drinks and live music.
Operating hours: 9am to 1am
5. Enjoy breathtaking views on top of Penang Hill
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Ride the train up to Penang Hill and take in the gorgeous views - on a good day you can even see the mountains of Langkawi. There are various attractions atop Penang Hill, including a tree top walk and canopy walk. If you get hungry, there’s even a food court featuring local delicacies.
Operating hours: 6.30am to 11pm
6. Visit Padang Kota Lama and fill your tummies right after
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Situated by the sea, you’ll find the City Hall, Fort Cornwallis (now under renovation), and other monumental buildings surrounding Padang Kota Lama. Right beside is a famous food court among locals for Mee Sotong, coconut shake, and Hainanese chicken chop.
Hameed Pata Mee Sotong
Operating hours: 11.30am to 8pm
7. Get artsy and creative at Hin Bus Depot
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Tucked between unassuming Penang streets, Hin Bus Depot is a haven for creativity. With exhibits, pop-up markets, workshops, and mural paintings, Hin Bus Depot is a must-visit if you love art. There are also small shops, cafes, and bars around the area, each with its own flair. Come during weekends to get the most out of your visit.
Hin Bus Depot
Operating hours: 12pm to 8pm (bars are open past midnight)
8. Round your trip up at Kimberley Street Food Night Market
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From 5pm onwards, Kimberley Street turns into a bustling food night market, serving up special treats like duck kway chap, char koay teow, and tong sui. It’s the best way to end the night and fill your tummies before the next time you visit Penang again.
Kimberley Street Food Night Market
Operating hours: 5pm to 11pm
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