Time to soak in some rich heritage, culture, and experience a gastronomical adventure! With direct flights from many major cities, Penang offers beautiful beaches, rich heritage, vibrant culture, delish food, and activities galore that are sure to please the whole family. Let’s explore!
Penang has so much to offer; beautiful beaches, laid back island vibes, tons of culture and history, and let's not forget about the food! While there's plenty to see and do in Penang for vacationers of all ages, finding the right family-friendly hotel is crucial, so we have searched the island high and low and have listed our top 10 favorite family-friendly hotels. They offer cribs and other amenities, pools for all ages, and large enough rooms to fit an extra family member or two. Jom! Let's go explore Penang!
For a break from the sun, head inside to Adventure Zone indoor playground featuring thrilling drop slides and play areas for children 3+ and adults. There are game consoles, board games, football and air hockey and pinball machines to keep older children (and their Dads!) happy.
Adventure Zone, Batu Feringgi Beach, 11100, Penang, Malaysia, +604 886 1911, www.adventurezone.com.my. Opening hours: 10am- 7pm daily. Admission prices start at RM 20 per child.
Take a funicular ride to the top of Penang Hill and see the wonderful view of George Town. The 7-minute train ride gets you to heart warming views and comfortable cooler temperatures (averages between 20-27 degree celcius) where you can check out the 19th century colonial bungalows and indulge in afternoon tea. It’s a memorable experience, particularly for first timers to Penang.
Butterflies, reptiles and insects. Creepy crawlies galore! You will be in awe of the wide variety of nature that surrounds you. In the early mornings, the plants and paths are covered in colorful butterflies. If you wear bright clothes it's quite likely that you will be too! There are two main areas to explore - The Natureland living outdoor gardens and The Cocoon indoor discovery centre. You will find over 150 species of fauna and more than 200 species of flora being showcased throughout Entopia’s entire exhibition.
In George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find craftsmen working at all hours, the smell of spices, majestic mosques as well as Buddhist temples. The colorful buildings, statues, animals, and ‘Willy Wonka’ like glass elevators are great family fun. Throw in some ice cream and gardens to run around in and you're set for a fun day out.
George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Getting there: Kek Lok Si is accessible from the Central Bus Station in Georgetown called Komtar. Take buses 201, 203, 204, 206, 306 or U502.
The largest in the world, with over 100,000 toys on display, Penang Toy Museum is a blast from the past and a history lesson in fun. The amazing personal collection of toys covers figurines from every genre that have been released over the last 5 decades. From Star Wars to superheroes, Barbie to Pixar... they're all here under one fun-filled roof.
Penang Toy Museum, Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Penang, Malaysia, http://www.penangtoymuseum.com/index.html. Opening hours: 9am-9pm seven days a week. RM10 for adults and RM6 for children.
Everyone, from tots to teenagers and adults will love shopping at the Night Markets or Pasar Malam in Penang. Where to find them: Monday Nights: Macallum Street Ghaut Tuesday Nights: Tanjung Bungah Market Wednesday Nights: Farlim, Pantai Jerejak Friday Nights: Taman Kheng Tian in Jelutong Saturday Night: Sungai Dua Sunday Night: Paya Terubong, Balik Pulau.
Food is a big part of Penang’s identity, so don’t miss out on taste-testing local delicacies. One place that is a must try is China House. With a mix of Asian flavors and Western technique, it offers fresh salads and kid friendly meals, homemade ice cream and best of all, brilliant cakes. Be sure to check out the art gallery upstairs!