Top 10 activities to do in Penang, Malaysia

Nightlife in Penang

The nightlife of Penang is to be experienced to be believed. It turns into a different city altogether as the night comes in. The pubs and the clubs get ready with whatever sources of entertainment they have. The city of Batu Ferringhi has the greatest nightlife in the island. It has something for both the young and the old generation. Some other popular nightspots include Alfrenso cafes like Baskin Robbins and Starbucks.


The beaches of Penang compel you to take part in various water activities like. Penang is haven for those people who are in touch with their adventurous side. Most of these activities are safe for children so even they can take part. Beware of unregulated water sport companies in the beaches of Batu Ferringhi though. Some of the most popular water sports include Kayaking, Catamaran Sailing, Sailing, Speed Boating, Jet Skiing, Scuba Diving, Speed Boating, Snorkeling, Angling, wind surfing, Banana boat rides and more.

Adventure Sports

Some more adventure sports other than water sports include the following:

  • Trekking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Yachting
  • Motor Racing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Para Gliding
  • Cave Exploration
  • Go Karting
  • Biking

Arts, music and culture

Penang is the cultural capital of Malaysia. It is always buzzing with music, whether new or old, at almost all times of the day. The island consists of several clubs dedicated to only music. These are always bustling with soothing strains and musical beats at night. The Penang YTL Arts Festival is one of the most popular ones in the island and is primarily aimed at people who are in love with arts, music and culture. You can enjoy a lot of performances like symphony orchestra, jazz sessions, art exhitions and live theatre. The music clubs are great sources of entertainment who are looking forward to mix recreation with some soulful tunes.

Jungle Trekking & Beach Camping

Jungle Trekking is a great way to explore the insides of the island. You can go for walking in the Teluk Bahang forest, which is a natural reserve or you can choose to explore the old lighthouses and the unspoiled beaches at the northwestern side of the island. For a more secluded experience, you can take a boat ride to some of the unspoiled beaches like Teluk Kampi, Pantai Kerachut and Muka head and camp in any of them.


The tourist information centre at Balik Palau offers daily cycling tours of the area. The tour starts at 4:30 PM and goes on for about two hours. The tour organizers provide tourist guides and refreshments.


If you do not have budget constraints, then you will like golfing at the Penang Island. Some of the best golf clubs are the Pearl Island Country Club, the Golf and Country Club and the Bukit Jawi Golf Resort. The golf course is spread over vast acres of land and the tee-off is usually held at early in the morning.

Walking through Little India

If you love music and crowds, then you will like taking a tour of Little India, a locality in Georgetown. It mainly comprises of the Indian community of Penang and is always bustling with activity. There is loud music always playing from the shops located in the area and it is a great place for buying authentic Indian things like spices, herbs and condiments.

More information about Penang Tourism Guide, please visit, An Overview on Penang, Pearl of the Orient.