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How to Spend 2 Days in Penang

How to Spend 2 Days in Penang

Two days in Penang allows you to dive headfirst into the cultural diversity of the island city. Discover the sights and street food of UNESCO-listed Georgetown; visit temples that reflect Malaysia’s religious harmony; and explore Penang’s natural landscape. Here’s how to make the most of two days in the Pearl of the Orient. 

Day 1: Essential Penang

**Morning:**Kickstart your stay with a walking tour of Georgetown, a distinctive enclave that's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Exploring on foot allows you to see the neighborhood details, which are integral to Georgetown’s charm. Admire the colorful colonial mansions and heritage houses, and pose beside iconic street art. 

**Afternoon:**Penang boasts some of the most impressive temples in Malaysia, so dedicate the afternoon to learning about the religions that coexist harmoniously on the island. Highlights include Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, and the Thai Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram temple, home to glittering dragon statues. 

**Night:**No visit to Penang would be complete without a stop at Penang Hill. Options for ascending the peak include a package with afternoon tea or dinner, plus round-trip transport to the hill,  a 30-minute drive from Georgetown. Skip-the-line tickets are essential to avoid waiting hours for the funicular. 

Day 2: The Great Outdoors

**Morning:**Rise early and beat the midday heat on a morning tour of Penang National Park, home to lush rainforest trails, a canopy walkway, and Monkey Beach, populated by hundreds of grey macaques. Tours are designed to increase your chances of spotting wildlife and typically include a boat ride back to the city. 

**Afternoon:**Following your energetic morning, spend the afternoon either relaxing on Batu Ferringhi beach or learning to make Malaysia handicrafts at a family-friendly workshop. Alternatively, enjoy Penang’s famous cafe culture by hopping among quirky cafes in Georgetown or checking out some of the city’s novelty museums, including the Upside Down Museum. 

**Night:**Your final evening is all about Penang’s food scene, one of the best in Asia. The names and ingredients of the hundreds of dishes on offer can sometimes be overwhelming for first-time visitors, so opt for a food tour that lets you sample to best of Penang’s diverse culinary offerings. 

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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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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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