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How to Spend 3 Days in Penang

How to Spend 3 Days in Penang

With three days in Penang, you’ll have time to check off the top city sights and take a day trip elsewhere. Go hiking in the national park, observe orangutans and reef sharks, or even spend a few hours in a different country. Here are some options. 

Day 1: Gorgeous George Town

Focus your first morning on George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its colonial architecture, cultural diversity, and tasty street food. Walk among the mansions and heritage houses, or see more in less time on a private tour with transport included. Later, explore farther afield on a half-day trip to Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple, two of the city’s most popular attractions. If you’d rather focus on religious landmarks, temple tours reveal a harmonious blend of Burmese, Thai, Hindu, and Muslim monuments. 

At night, delve deeper into Penang’s food culture. Some evening walking tours stop by Little India and Chinatown; others showcase the best of Penang’s renowned street food. 

Day 2: A Wealth of Wildlife

On your second day, get out into Malaysia’s nature. Hike or take a boat ride to the pristine Monkey Beach, inhabited by hundreds of grey macaques, or observe endangered orangutans on a day trip to Taiping. A 2-hour speedboat ride from George Town, the tropical island of Langkawi offers travelers the chance to relax on white-sand beaches, reach dizzying heights on the Langkawi Sky Bridge, and discover mangroves replete with wildlife.

Also within day-tripping distance of Penang: Pulau Payar Marine Park, home to some of Southeast Asia’s most diverse marine life, and Hat Yai, a city on the southern tip of Thailand. 

Day 3: Alternative Penang

On your final day in Penang, see an alternative side of the city. For the ultimate morning of family fun, check out a few novelty museums. Delight in mind-bending photos at the Upside Down Museum; pose beside gigantic snacks at the Wonderfood Museum; or become a part of famous paintings at the 3D Trick Art Museum. To skip the entry lines, book your admission tickets in advance. 

Nature lovers can spend time at Entopia Butterfly Farm and the Tropical Spice Garden, while history buffs might visit Fort Cornwallis. 

For a memorable final evening in Penang, dine with a view—at a restaurant on the summit of Penang Hill, or at a swanky rooftop restaurant in the modern part of town.

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Penang Hill Funicular Ticket

Penang Hill Funicular Ticket

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Secure tickets in advance to ride the funicular railway up Penang Hill. Glide around 1.2 miles (1,996 meters) up to the peak, where you can soak up sweeping views of the island from the viewing deck or admire the colonial-era bungalow Bel Retiro. Upgrade for skip-the-line access via the fast lane.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
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Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si

Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si

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Even if you have only a short time in Penang, soak up the key sights in just half a day on this action-packed door-to-door tour. Ride the funicular to the peak of Penang Hill; explore the streets of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site; watch pewter craftsmen; taste white coffee; and check off religious monuments from Kek Lok Si Temple to Wat Chaiyamangkalaram and Dhammikarama Burmese Temple.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Half-Day Penang Highlights City Tour

Private Half-Day Penang Highlights City Tour

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Penang, culinary wonderland and Malaysian cultural gem, has a wealth of hidden charms. Orient yourself and see the best of the city on a private 3.5-hour sightseeing tour, which covers Penang highlights such as Little India, Penang State Museum, and Kuan Ying Teng temple. Explore the colorful colonial mansions of Georgetown, a UNESCO-listed enclave, purchase street food staples such as ‘chendol’ (iced dessert) and char sui pork, and receive undivided attention from a private guide.
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  • 4 hours
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Half-Day Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple Private Tour

Half-Day Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple Private Tour

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Look down at George Town from a colonial-era hill station then explore fascinating Buddhist temples on a half-day, private tour to Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple. With the personal service of a private guide throughout the tour, you’ll ride a funicular to the scenic hilltop, see a colorful blend of Buddhist architectural styles, and make good-luck wishes at the Fountain of Life. This 3.5-hour private tour includes pickup and drop-off at hotels in the George Town area, with all transport in a climate-controlled vehicle. Both morning and afternoon departures are available.
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  • 4 hours
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Guided Hatyai (Thailand) Day Tour from Penang (Malaysia)

Guided Hatyai (Thailand) Day Tour from Penang (Malaysia)

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Visit two countries in one day during a day trip to Hat Yai in Thailand from Penang. Taking a private day trip to Hat Yai ensures that you receive the undivided attention of your guide and enjoy the flexibility to customize your itinerary according to your interests.
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