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10 Awesome Activities To Do In Penang [2023]

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Awesome Activities Penang

Awesome Activities Penang
Awesome Activities Penang

Penang is a beautiful state which has a wonderful atmosphere with people from different cultures and communities integrating with one another. This city, known as the ‘Pearl Of The Orient’, is filled with historical and cultural landmarks. Moreover, the city is alive with its unique street mural drawings and vintage old buildings.

Hence, we will be sharing with you the 10 awesome activities to do in Penang! These activities listed will definitely captivate your mind and give you an unforgettable travelling experience. Thus, do try out these fun activities when you’re in Penang.

Before we delve right into the list, why not check The Fun Empire’s very own awesome team-building activities that can also give you an enjoyable time!

1. The Habitat

Key ServicesAwesome Activities Penang: Nature Preserve
AddressThe Habitat Penang Hill.
Bukit Bendera, Penang
11300 Malaysia
Operating Hours8:30am to 6:30pm (last ticket sold at 5:00pm)

The Habitat Penang Hill is a world class rainforest discovery centre set on the fringes of an ancient rainforest. They are situated atop the storied Penang Hill, the oldest British Hill Station in Asia. Their park is a gateway to a treasure trove of diversity; over 2,500 wildlife species call this place home. All proceeds of their park go towards promoting innovative environmental and conservation initiatives via The Habitat Foundation.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, experience being in a lush and pristine rainforest just 6km from the city George Town, Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage City.
  • Secondly, enjoy breathtaking views atop Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk, the highest viewing platform in Penang and walk along Langur Way Canopy Walk, the longest double span ribbon bridge in the world and the only one of its kind in a rainforest.
  • Thirdly, all proceeds generated by the park are channeled to The Habitat Foundation, which drives conservation and habitat restoration efforts in Penang and beyond.

Client Testimonial

Our first time here and we were blown away. The rainforest was so alive. Sound of bugs, insects and trees. We didn’t expect it to be so fun. We took our time to experience nature at its best.” 

-seorangjalanan (TripAdvisor)

2. Penang House Of Music

Key ServicesAwesome Activities Penang: Community Museum
AddressPenang House of Music L4-02, Level 4, ICT Digital Mall KOMTAR, Jln Penang, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Phone04-370 6675
Operating Hours11:30am til 2:00pm and 2:30pm til 4:00pm

The Penang House of Music is located in KOMTAR, the tallest building in the heart of Georgetown, Penang. It is a gallery that celebrates Penang’s glorious musical heritage and cultural diversity. You can immerse yourself in a kinesthetic experience through a guided tour. The exhibition covers the cultural period of communal practices and traditions from the 1920s to the “pop” music culture of the 1960s. It combines old artefacts with some
modern technology features. These includes the listening chair and dome, broadcasting room, virtual reality room & augmented reality visual.

The other 2 components of PHoM are a 100-seater Black Box and the Resource Centre. The Black Box used for performances, forums, workshops, exhibitions. Meanwhile, the Resource Centre houses an ever-growing collection of vinyl records, books, programmes, and many others in the Centre’s library and archives.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, it is the only one in South East Asia
  • Secondly, it is an interactive Music Gallery
  • Thirdly, No. 10 in TOP 25 things to do in Penang CNN (

Client Testimonial

The musical artefacts displayed I the gallery, which showcases some of the history and influences that make up Penang’s rich musical inheritance from the 1940s to 1960s and beyond, are complemented with high-tech systems to tickle not only the minds of history buffs but also the tech savvy

N. Trisha (The Star May 8th 2017)

3. Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm

Key ServicesAwesome Activities Penang: A butterfly and insect garden
A nature learning destination for local and international visitors
A pre-wedding photo shooting venue
We conduct nature learning programmes and team building workshops for students and private groups of all ages
We offer meeting packages and venue rental services
AddressNo. 830, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang, Malaysia
Operating Hours9:00am – 6:00pm (Days of operation may vary subject to the current CMCO / RMCO in response to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.)

Entopia is a centre for nature learning about the world of invertebrates and plants together for everyone to experience the harmony in nature. Within Entopia lies two worlds; The Natureland and The Cocoon. The Natureland is a shared ecological space for a variety of animals from invertebrates and reptiles living in their re-created natural habitat. It is the largest butterfly garden in Malaysia with approximately 15,000 free-flying butterflies at any one time consisting of up to 60 species.

The Cocoon is an indoor discovery centre featuring two floors of learning exhibition and indoor activities. Visitors can self explore and engage in a variety of fun learning activities. Nature activities are available at scheduled hours daily. Entopia offers team building and learning workshops for all ages too. Visit for more information.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, the largest butterfly in Malaysia with approximately 15,000 free-flying butterflies at any one time consisting of up to 60 different species.
  • Secondly, visitors can have their first ever, unique dine-with-butterflies experience at Tapestree. This offers Asian and Western mix cuisine with quality selections of snacks, cold drinks, tea and coffee.
  • Thirdly, they set the record for the biggest green-wall in Malaysia with certified entry into the Malaysia Book of Records in 2017.

Client Testimonial

I had medium expectations but was pleasantly surprised. There was plenty of parking and while there were quite a number of visitors due to the school holidays, the staff still managed to keep everything well organized and a pleasant experience for everyone. They adhered to safety measures 100%. I also had no idea they had 3 levels until I walked out after finishing the main area and the girl at the entrance told me there were 2 other areas that I didn’t visit yet. So they need to work harder on improving their signage to guests.

Nevertheless, it’s great entertainment for toddlers and school-going children, as the experience is very informative and educational. I saw butterflies up close and learnt many new things about not just butterflies but all sorts of insects and reptiles as well. Prepare to spend at least 1.5 hours here, or at least 2 hours if you’re in a big group. Definitely organize your school outing here!

Marie Cassandra (Tripadivisor)

4. Suffolk House

Key ServicesAwesome Activities Penang: Garden House And Restaurant
Address250, Jalan Air Itam 10460 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 4-228 3930
Operating HoursMonday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Have you ever step foot into a garden mansion? If not, you might want to drop by Penang’s Suffolk House. This garden house and restaurant is Penang’s first ‘Great House’ ,which is inspired by the Anglo-Indian Garden and houses a Georgian Mansion. Built in the early 1800s, the Suffolk House used to be the British Governers’ residence in the past. Take the chance to roam around the rooms and spaces that are furnished with Anglo-Garden antiques.

In addition, you can indulge in the taste of life with their exclusively cooked cuisines for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner at the Suffolk House Restaurant. Moreover, if you’re looking to organize an event, they do offer spaces for such purposes. Hence, do check them out for a unique and high-end travelling experience!

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, it is known as the ‘Anglo-Indian’ garden house and Malaysia’s only surviving Georgian Mansion.
  • Secondly, it offers a guided tour that relates to the building’s rich and extraordinary history.
  • Thirdly, they have spaces for events.

Client Testimonial

First dinner I had in penang was at Suffolk house. The service was wonderful and ambience is great. The menu was well-thought out and well executed. Staff were incredibly attentive and were on standby the whole time. Definitely worth a visit!! The place is a little hidden though, so do be sure to give your grab driver clear instructions.

Ri Chang

5. Tropical Spice Garden

Key ServicesAwesome Activities Penang: Park
AddressLot 595 Jalan Teluk Bahang 11050 Pinang, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 12-423 6797
Operating Hours09:00 – 18:00

Come by the Penang Tropical Spice Garden to learn more about how spices and other plants from around the world shaped our global history. This bio-diverse living museum houses six landscaped acres of garden containing more than 500 living specimens of exotic flora. Through this museum, you can also learn more about Malaysian flora and fauna. They also conduct cooking classes where you will be taught by experienced chefs on spice-laden cuisine.

Those with children can bring their kids along for the museum’s nature education. There will be a lot of fun activities including the Spice & Herb tour, scavenger hunt, overnight camps and arts & craft. Penang Tropical Spice Garden is the place for you to have fun while learning!

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, they have an all access membership program called Spice Fam.
  • Secondly, cooking classes are conducted.
  • Thirdly, you can book spaces for team-building and events.

Client Testimonial

Great escape! I’m a little bit of a plant fanatic so this was a big hit for me! I enjoyed seeing how the local flora was used in dishes. The place was wonderful for walking and also very educational. We got a complementary glass of lemongrass tea in the tea section

Samera Roe

6. ESCAPE Penang

Key ServicesAwesome Activities Penang: Water Park
Address828 Jalan Teluk Bahang 11050 Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 3-3310 0229
Operating HoursMonday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 AM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 AM

If you’re looking for an exciting escapade, then this place might be the perfect spot for you!

Head up to ESCAPE Penang and have fun at the wide range of awesome recreational facilities. These includes the Coco Climb, Gecko Tower, Family Twister and many more. At ESCAPE Penang, they aim to provide an awesome experience and impart eco-friendly values on visitors. Spent the entire day playing outdoors and splashing around in rivers while appreciating the nature.

Take this opportunity to bring your family along for an enjoyable and refreshing bonding time! Hence, do check them out the next time you’re in Penang.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, they aim to raise awareness about positive social and environmental values.
  • Secondly, they have a camping program called “Base Camp”.
  • Thirdly, they smashed the previous record for world’s longest tube waterslide held by Action Park, a theme park in Vernon, New Jersey.

Client Testimonial

The theme park is divided into adventurous park and water park. Both parks are fun and worth visit. The park is big enough so that you no need to queue. There are a lot of unique equipment and games. 8 hours is not enough. The staffs are enthusiasm and willing to help you. This is the third time I visit to escape park. This is a good place to relax and play.

Wei En Enna

7. Penang 3D Trick Art Museum

Key Services Awesome Activities Penang: Art Museum
Address10, Lebuh Penang 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 4-263 1628
Operating HoursMonday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Located in the heart of Georgetown, enjoy yourself in The Penang Eye Trick museum. This museum houses 40 pieces of artworks including optical illusion paintings and sculptures. The artworks uses technique that transforms 2-dimensional painting into 3-dimensional images. All arts are created by local artists in Penang and Malaysia. These artworks will definitely offer an interactive experience that will stimulate your imagination.

Moreover, most of the art works present in the exhibition are inspired by the daily lifestyle of the locals. Don’t forget to snap some interesting photos of the art works too! Do drop by the museum and trick your mind with all the 3D artworks.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, Penang is the first state in Malaysia to offer this unique art museum.
  • Secondly, there will be 2 themes in their museum’s exhibits, namely All about Penang Life and Modern Classic.
  • Thirdly, all artworks are made locally.

Client Testimonial

Absolutely fantastic 3D museum. We were the only family there in the first hour to enjoy the amazing place to ourselves. Ticket prices are affordable. We bought 3 photos of our whole family at only RM60. Extremely glad we can experience this 3D museum in Penang Island and not in far far away places!

Boo Ritzman

8. Penang Hill Train

Key ServicesAwesome Activities Penang: Light Rail Station
AddressPerbadanan Bukit Bendera Pulau Pinang ,Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera, Air Itam 11500 Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 4-828 8880
Operating Hours630AM – 11PM

Penang Hill is a one-stop place which houses and organizes a wide range of activities and tourist attractions. It is well known for their trains and railway which cuts through the beautiful hill. Enjoy the breathtaking view that you will get from the comfort of the moving train. This attraction is a must for all tourists as they will be able to snap some beautiful pictures on the way up to the peak.

Aside from the train, tourists can stay in a nearby accommodation, roam around the cultural trail, enjoy some good food and many more! Travel to Penang Hill if you’ve never taken a train up the hill.

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, they have hiking trails for visitors.
  • Secondly, visitors can enjoy the beautiful view of Penang from up top of the hill.
  • Thirdly, it was built in 1901 but went through a revamp in 2010 to turn it into an electric system

Client Testimonial

Historical in Penang island : Penang Hill,so Amazing and very nice view for Sunrise & Sunset,good environment suitable for tourism, Family short trip and photoshoots gallery, Awesome

David Lim

9. The TOP Penang

Key ServicesAwesome Activities Penang: Amusement and Theme Park
AddressNo 1, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10300 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 4-375 9800
Operating HoursMonday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The TOP Penang is the home to a wide range of attractions in Penang. Dubbed as the “Highest Iconic Entertainment Tower”, it houses more than 18 themed attractions and shopping outlets. Take the opportunity to experience an exhilarating lifestyle and create memorable moments. Don’t forget to check out their awesome attractions such as Rainbow Skywalk, Tech Dome Penang, The Gravityz and many more!

In addition, the tower also offers a unique dining experience at their top view restaurant. Indulge in the delicious food while you enjoy the breathtaking view of the city. Therefore, do head up to The TOP Penang for an awesome and enjoyable time!

Key Differentiators

  • Firstly, the tower houses more than 18 themed attractions.
  • Secondly, it is the largest indoor theme park.
  • Thirdly, visitors can take beautiful pictures from the observatory deck and Rainbow Skywalk.

Client Testimonial

Really comfortable visit in current time. Easy go anywhere with kids using stroller because currently not lot of people visit. If don’t visit right now until may 2021, you will faced lots of people visit. Go!

Muhammad Firdaus Zamani

10. Penang Wonderfood Museum

Key ServicesAwesome Activities Penang: Food Museum
Address49, Lebuh Pantai 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone+60 4-251 9095
Operating HoursMonday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Are you an avid food enthusiast? If your answer is yes, this bigger than life food museum might be the perfect place for you! Penang Wonderfood Museum is the home to unique and ultra-realistic replicas of well known cuisines. The museum showcases Malaysia’s diverse food culture. The common concepts that you will notice in this museum include Penang’s street food such as Nasi Kandar, Banana Leaf, Char Kway Teow and many more. In addition, you will also get to learn more about the history and origin behind these cuisines.

Hence, do head to Penang Wonderfood Museums and snap some pictures with the realistic replicas of cuisines there!

Key Differentiator

  • Firstly, they aim to educate about Malaysian local cuisines.
  • Secondly, they display large and ultra-realistic food replicas.
  • Thirdly, they were awarded the Certificate of Excellence Awards from TripAdvisor.

Client Testimonial

Great place! You absolutely have to visit this place before anywhere else in Penang. It details the various types of Penang food and where you can find it down to the address! Great friendly staff

Ethan Ganes

Awesome Activities Penang

And there you have it; 10 awesome activities in Penang. If you’re looking to have an awesome and fun time in Penang, do check out these places. Hopefully, it will value-add to your travelling experience in Penang!

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Rachel Tan is the editor at FunEmpire Media Malaysia. She has over 8 years of experience in the media industry discovering the best local businesses, places and things to do in Malaysia. From lifestyle, entertainment, food, travel, education and more, Rachel is a trusted source to curate the very best Malaysia has to offer.