Visit Penang, Malaysia
The afterglow of colonialism lingers in Penang alongside ancient temples, as bicycle rickshaws ply the twisting streets of George Town, the capital.
This island is often only thought of as a beach resort but with its long British history and arguably the best food in Asia, it has a lot more to offer.
A pleasant circuit around the island takes in butterfly farms and the fascinating villages with thriving local markets as well as the funicular railway up Penang Hill with its fabulous views and gardens.
Penang National Park
Penang National Park in the northwest corner of the island makes a great day trip from George Town or the beach resorts of the north coast. With both wetlands and dipterocarp forest it is best explored on foot or by boat. Though one of the world’s smallest national parks, it plays host to an impressive range of wildlife. Soaring in the skies above you may see brahminy kites, sea eagles and crested serpent eagles whilst the diverse flora includes pitcher plants, ferns and orchids.
The main focus is on turtle conservation: four species are known to nest here including the world’s largest, the leatherback.
Suggested itineraries featuring Penang
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Penang, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Penang
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Places near Penang
- Belum Rainforest 69 miles away
- Langkawi 75 miles away
- Pangkor Islands 87 miles away
- Cameron Highlands 98 miles away
- Fraser's Hill (Bukit Fraser) 153 miles away
- Taman Negara National Park 155 miles away
- Perhentian Islands 169 miles away
- Kuala Lumpur 183 miles away
- Redang Island 187 miles away
- Kuala Terengganu 193 miles away
- The East Coast 236 miles away
- Malacca 260 miles away
Photos of Penang
Accommodation choices for Penang
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Penang. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
This newly opened small private hotel of only 18 suites is by the award-winning hoteliers Karl Steinberg and Christopher Ong. It successfully captures and celebrates the spirit of this world heritage town and its unique Peranakan culture.
23 Love Lane is one of a growing number of lovely boutique hotels in Georgetown. The hotel has great access to the main UNESCO sights and boasts quaint and intimate charisma.
Ideally placed to explore George Town this is by far the most luxurious option in the city despite the rooms now looking a little tired.
Muntri Mews offers unique affordable boutique accommodation ideal for guests who desire to be in the heart of George Town.
Ideas for experiencing Penang
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Penang, and which use the best local guides.
Among the highlights of the tour is Fort Cornwallis, built on the site of Francis Light's historic landing in 1786, it today houses the Dutch Canon presented to the Sultan of Johore by the Dutch East India Company.
This day long excursion will take you through the mangrove forest of Penang's north-western tip before trekking through the dipterocarp forest of the national park.