Travel back in time to old Penang and visit the historic buildings and colonial structures that reigned at one time. A lot of these landmarks are located within the UNESCO World Heritage Zone and Armenian Street in downtown George Town. There, you can fawn over the intricate designs of Khoo Kongsi Clan Temple, Kapitan Keling Mosque and Pinang Peranakan Mansion.
The best place to be at night is Penang Hill (also known as Bukit Bendera). Easily accessed by railway, it takes a quick five minutes to reach the summit. You can also choose to hike up, which may burn 2 - 3 hours depending on your speed. Dine at the summit’s restaurant and enjoy unobstructed views of George Town over a nice tipple.
Keep a look out for a trail of wall murals done by Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic. He depicts every day scenarios of the town-folk in an innocent, cheeky and creative way. The Penang Street Art movement has since seen droves of younger visitors coming to George Town in search of these illustrations.
If you’re looking to get back to nature, look no further than Teluk Bahang, which contains the Penang National Park. The smallest national park in Malaysia, it is also the newest, having been officiated only in 2003. Embark on a series of jungle trails, or simply kick back on one of the island’s beaches.