Friends come and go, but family is forever. Many of life’s significant milestones are shared with our family; the first day of school, graduation, getting married and countless more. It is a bond like no other, and going on a fun trip together is a good way to strengthen that bond. Looking for a family-fun destination? Look no further than Penang, the island of all things exciting!
Penang is never short of fun attractions for families of all sizes. It has foodie destinations, family-fun adventures, heritage buildings and timeless street art. Here’s a guide of things to do in Penang.
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What to do in Penang? The answer is eat, eat, eat! Penang is dubbed as the food haven of Malaysia. You’ll find delicious street food everywhere, be it hawker stalls or food trucks. Penang Road, one of the more famous places, houses the finest Teochew chendul and fried koay teow with duck egg in Malaysia. You’ll often see the queue stretch out all the way to the main road. Bringing your entire family over? No worries, as there are coffee shops nearby with seating options. During the durian season, you’ll spot plenty of durians being sold almost everywhere as Penang is full of durian farms.
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Going on an adventure with family
If you and your family of adrenaline junkies are thinking of what to do in Penang, there’s always Adventure Zone, Penang. Adventure Zone is a family entertainment centre with activities for both adults and children. It is one of the many fun things to do with your kids in Penang. Fancy something a little more extreme? Then, the ESCAPE Theme Park is the place for you. Another fun thing to do in Penang with the kids is to rent bicycles and go for a ride around the island together, as Penang is never short of bicycle rental services or shops. Some shops rent out four-person bikes. Get one and enjoy the breathtaking view of Penang together.
Bathe in the rich history of Penang
One of the most interesting places in Penang is the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. It is an exhibit that showcases the opulent lifestyle of the Peranakans, also known as the Babas and Nyonyas. Till today, their influence in Malaysia is still evident, particularly in Malaysian cuisines. Another interesting place in Penang is, perhaps, the most well-known temple in Southeast Asia - Kek Lok Si temple. This temple has been gracing the land of Penang since the 1990s. Families often go there for prayers during Chinese New Year. There’s also a giant wishing tree with hundreds and thousands of ribbons on it. All you have to do is purchase a ribbon, write down your wish(es) and toss it onto the tree, the higher the better!
Fill your social feed with beautiful street art
Along the various streets of the Penang island are beautiful street art, ranging from wall painting to urban street art made of metal rods. Most Instagrammers have at least one photo of Penang’s street art on their profile, so don’t miss out! Some of the wall paintings are perfected with props like bicycles and swings, such as the famous painting of siblings on a bicycle. Some of the wall paintings are drawn on canvases that are as huge as two-storey buildings – perfect for family group photos!
Going on a trip means visiting as many of the attractions as possible, if not all of them, but it can be really tiring at times. Fortunately, all of those attractions are within the vicinity of Sunway Hotel Georgetown, which is known for their family-friendly room packages. One of the most well-known Sunway Hotel Georgetown Family Room packages can comfortably accommodate a family of three. Furthermore, it comes with a complimentary high-speed WiFi and a HD LCD 32” TV with a generous amount of USB ports and entertainment channels. Catching up with work is also a lot easier and more comfortable, as the rooms include an executive writing desk and an IDD telephone. Furthermore, the entire hotel area is smoke-free, making it perfect for the kids.
Wait no more, start planning for the trip to Penang today.