Penang means “coconut”, due to the presence of large numbers of coconut trees on its land, and Penang is also known as the “pearl of the East”, due to the fact that it was famous for its beaches that are suitable for water sports, in addition to its resorts with international specifications that extend along the coast.
The capital of Penang is Georgetown, which is distinguished by its cultural diversity. It combines Asian and Islamic heritage, in adition to its Chinese shops and its narrow paths that were built during the British colonization.
Penang Island can be reached from Langkawi Island by express ferry linking the two islands, and the journey takes about three hours.
Here we have chosen the top five popular activities for you and your family during visiting Penang:
Upside Down Museum
This museum is located in Penang, a 7-minute walk from the city center, with an area of 1700 square feet. The museum is a complex of upside-down rooms in addition to a group of strange places installed, consisting of approximately 22 rooms and each of them has a special feature that will excite your curiosity and motivate you to take crazy pictures.
The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 08:45 am until 06:30 pm, on Saturday and Sunday from 08:45 am until 07:00 pm. Entrance tickets prices: adults $6.5, children 5-12 years old $4.
As the name implies, this city is dominated by the European character, which dates back to the colonial days and is reminiscent of them, and it is a popular city for European tourists. Georgetown is famous for shopping streets filled with people, which have turned into an art gallery that fascinates visitors with three-dimensional graphics that paint the walls of buildings and shops, in which cafeterias, cafes and shops abound, and the area surrounding the Komtar tower is the city’s main center for shopping and business. The tower is divided into a large shopping mall on the lower floors, while its upper parts occupy offices and companies.
Located on Penang Island, this hill is very high with relatively cold weather and can be reached by train or car. A visitor can see Penang Island from the top of the hill and take great photos. It is located at an altitude of 830 meters above sea level.
There is in this wonderful hill a railway and the visitor can go by this train so that it moves from 6:30 am and stops at 10:30 pm. Almost there is a new train movement every half an hour, you must change the train in the middle of the road and complete the journey in a second train.
The ticket price for the round trip is MR 30 for adults and MR 15 for children.
At the top, you will find a tea stall, restaurants, small hotels, and souvenir shops. There is also a Hindu mosque and temple. And the most wonderful thing is that this hill has an atmosphere cooler than the bottom of the island, and this is fun because the atmosphere at the bottom of the island is relatively hot.
Penang National Park
It is located on the tip of Taman Negara Pulau Pinang. The park abounds with rainforests and sunny beaches, making it an ideal place for forest and camping trips as well as for fishing and closely monitoring wildlife and birds, or just for relaxing on one of its beautiful beaches. The entrance to the park is free, but you must register at the gate.
The park can be reached by taking bus no. 101 to Taman Negara.
For forest trips there are two hiking trails that pass through the woods, if you are going to try the two paths you will need to take two separate trips. Forest trips are known to be difficult, as the lands are sometimes wet and full of roots, tree trunks and sometimes you will have to climb.
One way connects you to the beach of monkeys known as Teluk Doyoung, while the other takes you to Pantai Kerachoot Beach where you will find a rare lake consisting of layers of sea water and fresh water without mixing with each other and you will also find a refuge for Penang turtles. There green turtles come to the beaches to lay their eggs between April and August, and Ridley’s olive turtles come between September and February. If you are there in time, you can also see the newly born turtles.
Moreover, you can rent a boat to take you around the coast and take you to the Apes Beach as well as to the Turtle beach. Perhaps the most suitable time for a boat trip is at sunset as the scene will be romantic and dreamy.
It will be a great experience for your family to stay at least two days at Hard Rock Hotel. Hard Rock Penang Hotel is located on Batu Ferringhi Beach, one of the most important coasts on Penang Island.
The hotel has a 2415 m² outdoor pool, water slides, luxurious poolside cabins and lots of water-friendly activities for kids. Guests can also enjoy meals from 3 hotel dining options or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available in all rooms.
The elegant rooms feature modern décor that varies from room to second, with custom-designed furnishings to add a charming aesthetic touch. The hotel also has a very nice ocean view and green surroundings.
Hard Rock Hotel Penang is within a 5-minute walk from the local night market, a 30-minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site Georgetown, and a 45-minute drive from Penang International Airport.