If you want to experience Penang in a limited period of time, Penang has plenty of must-see attractions you can cover in your itinerary. We ignore the unimportant sights in our list of Top 10 Items to Do in Penang, and instead concentrate on areas that can be seen as the essence of the island-so much so that skipping them will be as good as not having been to Penang in the first place.

Daylight activities

Must-see attractions to experience Penang in a short space of time. 

Night activities

All this adds up to a range of experiences for the visitor who wants things to do.



The Malaysian state of Penang is made up of an island and a peninsula connected to each other by the country’s two longest bridges. See our list of top tourist attractions in Penang if you’re looking for ideas about how to spend your time once you get to Penang.

1. Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm

Location: Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang

Entopia is the latest butterfly farm in Penang, a huge glass conservatory where waterfalls, lush tropical greenery, and re-created natural features reside for over 15,000 free-flying butterflies.

There are two major areas of Entopia: Natureland and Cocoon. In addition to wetlands and special areas where snapping turtles, frogs, iguanas, and a variety of large insects live, Natureland is a living garden vivarium that contains the largest butterfly area. Cocoon is the discovery hub for Entopia, where visitors can learn more about butterflies and take part in hands-on experiences.

photo by tripcarte.asia


2. Kek Lok Si Temple

Location:  Penang, Air Itam

Kek Lok Si, over a hundred years old and Malaysia’s largest Buddhist temple, is home to a seven-tiered pagoda, over 10,000 Buddha statues, and a 37-meter-high bronze sculpture of Kuan Yin, the benevolent Buddhist Goddess. There are 100 smaller sculptures of the Goddess, each two metres high, around the largest monument, the world’s tallest Kuan Yin monument. The temple is considered a primary destination for pilgrimages, and it draws Buddhists from all over Southeast Asia.


This Photo was taken by Supanut Arunoprayote.

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The top options for nightime activities usually revolve around the beach, as for most island holidays, for sunbathing and swimming eating up a portion of your time-and Penang is no exception.

1. The Habitat Sunset Walk

Location: Jalan Stesen, Bukit Bendera Air Itam

A nice spot for those looking for nature and the chance to stroll from the starting point for about a mile. The Habitat tells you about the past; the past of Penang Hill and how the trail formed hundred years ago by the British and what they really do at this place and why this place is chosen as a residential place, not just for enjoying a nice time with nature.

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2.  Penang Sunset Cruise

Location: 09100 Baling Kedah
Operation hour: 24 hours

Penang’s National Park is a perfect bet for travellers interested in enjoying the outdoor scenery of the island, but visiting it at night is another adventure in another world. The Penang Sunset Cruise, which will take you on a tour of the park’s 1181 hectares of woodland and 1381 hectares of wetlands, will make it to our list of top 10 nightlife experiences in Penang.


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