Free Things to Do in Penang Island

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  • youwahlai@SEU338E
    Kluang, Malaysia87 contributions
    One of the most visited places when visiting Penang. Really enjoy the iconic murals and historical buildings while looking for the street.
    Written 21 June 2021
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  • Manickjg
    1,204 contributions
    Came to Penang on holiday and stayed at Batu Ferringhi. While it was pretty crowded over the weekend, there was always a spot to put your things down and join in the fun on playing on the sand or jumping into the sea - the water was very warm and lovely. There is plenty of paid water sport activities to do however we did not participate in any of them and just enjoyed the sun and surf. Most pleasant and the beach was the best part of the holiday. Would like to come back and spend more days at Batu Ferringhi Beach.
    Written 15 April 2022
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  • Bobo Ngan
    Hong Kong, China427 contributions
    As I visited here 7 years before, this time I just bring my friend to here to have some photos and stay only 1 hours. Both of us have no time to hike inside to the beach. I find here more family come than 7 years ago. Sign name at receiption and get a pass to hike inside.
    Written 14 May 2020
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  • Adam0418
    George Town, Malaysia4 contributions
    Due to Covid, almost no tourists visiting this night market. Only some and limited stores still running.

    A nice and slow walk after dinner. Hope that when Malaysia is allowing tourists to return, this will inject life to the business again.
    Written 24 December 2020
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  • RajdeepBhattacharjee
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India1,824 contributions
    On our way to visit Gurney drive night market at Batu Feringghi, we visit this place as planned and this half an hour break worth it.

    There are numerous landmarks in Penang that are sights to behold. One of them is none other than the Floating Mosque of Tanjung Bungah. Situated along Tanjung Bungah’s stretch of beach, gives a 360-degree panoramic view of the sea.

    It’s the first mosque in the country to be built on the sea, with pillars and stilts supporting its majestic structure.Tanjung Bungah is pretty quiet when compared to its more touristy neighbors, Batu Feringghi, Gurney and Georgetown.

    Watching the boats on the sea near beach in evening make you will feel like its a picture from any fantasy novel. You will definitely love the scenic beauty of the place and peacefulness.

    You can’t miss Tanjung Bungah as the place is on the way to Batu Feringghi – just make sure you don’t forget to stop by and pay a visit.
    Written 31 July 2020
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  • youwahlai@SEU338E
    Kluang, Malaysia87 contributions
    Quite a nice and convenient mall with many shops and also a variety of eateries. Usually will go there when hang out with friends. Overall is a great place to pass time especially during the weekend.
    Written 16 June 2021
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  • Ramon T
    Emeryville, CA135 contributions
    After posting another review on Tripadvisor, I happened on the previous reviews of this waterfall from another reviewer. Well, I googlemapped it and it turn out to be about 1.6 kilometers from the hotel we were staying. I figured out a route along the beach, turned into the main road and crossed it, turned left at an Indian restaurant and found the unmarked road that led into the jungle.

    We hiked a few hundred meters up a gravel road. Yes, there were several unfinished construction sites along the gravel road and some trash but the walk was pleasant enough.

    After about 400 meters from the road, there was a house with some barking dogs, a small old rusting bridge, the road turned into a swampy trail. My girlfriend and I managed to avoid the boggy parts and advanced up the rocks, following the stream to the waterfalls and there was no one there. It was pretty. There were some macaque monkeys chattering in the distance but they left us alone.

    We didn't take a dip but we just lounged around and enjoyed the butterflies and dragonflies as the dipped around the waters around our feet. Really nice secluded spot. Highly recommended if you are staying around this area.
    Written 29 November 2019
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  • rudicheu
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia21 contributions
    Nice little family run goat farm. Friendly owners. Their goat milk yogurt was amazing. Also showed us around their fruit farm. Genuinely nice people.
    Written 19 December 2020
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland5,373 contributions
    Only place in Batu Feringhi worth to go shopping or at least browsing is an old Chinese shop selling delicate handicrafts and batik art, some quite old. Figures carved in bone, small wooden statues, cloissonnee clocks, paintings on glass done from the reverse side and other small curio objects make one wonder if all this will be lost when the craftmen die.
    Written 24 February 2020
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  • Alfred C
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia7 contributions
    This street are full of shop selling tourist sourvenir, drinks and food. but dont let that distract you from appreciating the history behind this street. This street is attributed to the Armenian Family that contributed to the development of george town including E&O hotel that was part of the heritage. at the end of this street there was Two famous street art ( 1 bicycle and another one a boy trying to reach for a fruit which sadly gave way to development).
    Written 11 May 2022
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  • azra h
    Surfers Paradise, Australia344 contributions
    we stayed in Penang for three weeks and went to the markets every Tuesday. we loved the freshness of the food , fruit and most of all veggies. it was vibrant , great smells from the hawker stalls and a Durian stall that sells the best Durians. we would spend hours walking around and people watching. we enjoyed the freshly cooked corn, Durian, mangosteens, rambutans, mangoes, guavas that we bought to take back to the hotel. not the Durian as we ate it at the market or they might kick us out of the hotel if we take it back. it smells a little:(
    Written 16 July 2019
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  • mudcow
    George Town, Malaysia322 contributions
    The temple that runs this wonderful experience charges nothing. However a few "enterprising touts" will charge anybody approaching a parking or entry fee.

    Challenge them in BM and you might avoid the "entry fee". Show them a Malaysian government ID and they'll run a mile. Basically these are scammers ruining an otherwise rather lovely place.
    Written 1 November 2021
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  • 128lhrh
    110 contributions
    Parking is challenging if you go too late in the day. 10am is good to find parking. There's parking at the base of the hill and the midway at Kuan Yin prayer hall which is part of the huge temple complex.

    The wishing ribbons were meaningful with ribbons representing your wishes like good health, success, support from benefactors, world peace, safety in journey etc. Each ribbon costs $1 ringgit.

    There's a vegetarian restaurant at the basement of the Kuan Yin prayer hall.

    If you come earlier in the morning, the market area on a Sunday at the town nearby seems worth visiting to see the local sights and food.
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • G2Kpauly
    Melbourne, Australia1,501 contributions
    I had a look around this beach today and it's quite nice. Had to walk through someone's yard to get to it.
    Written 11 September 2019
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  • BenYorkie
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,377 contributions
    We were not sure what we would find when we went off to these gardens. But - happily - we were very pleasantly surprised. Well laid out, well kept, the plants and tress are well labelled. A very enjoyable stroll through a set of gardens with a lot of variety and different views to enjoy.
    Only problem is that some of the plant house cannot be entered at the moment because of Covid.
    One complaint - the Japanese garden needs a lot of work - it is quite scruffy/untidy.
    But - we had a good visit and would put it on out agenda to go again when next in Penang.
    Written 30 December 2020
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