Penang is said to have some of the highest no. of attractions in Malaysia and elsewhere. In fact, you should allot at least 5-6 days for Penang in your entire travel itinerary. I recommend you to skip unimportant sights to make time for your visit to Penang. The attractions here truly have some kind of essence to them. I have made a curated list of the top places you can visit in Penang, which I think are quite qwerty and will, be the perfect places to visit along with your family. Also, make sure to travel to these places by bus as Penang has some of the best-planned bus routes to ferry you around town without any hassles.
It is a well-known fact that Malaysia has some of the best road networks compared to the rest of the world. The roads here have been strategically planned and made to reach every corner of the city. In stark contrast to the monorail here, the roads here provide true point-to-point connectivity to the most important landmarks. Locals have always preferred buses to cabs for this very reason. Apart from this, the fares of buses are fixed and do not change depending on the hour of the day. The buses are always on time and have real time tracking systems so that you are not left waiting at the bus stop either. You do not have to carry cash or change thanks to this website redbus.my, which lets you book tickets and pay for them online so you just need to get out of your hotel, board a bus and zip through the city. They also have some exciting discounts to offer!
Standing tall at 821 metres above sea level, it is a complete nature’s retreat and is one of the most visited places even by the locals of Malaysia. The easiest way to reach on top without tiring yourself is to board a train that will take you directly to the peak. There are buses that will drop you off directly to the boarding point of this train. On the peak, you will get to see a Hindu temple, a church and a mosque signifying the unity among the three religions. You can also hold a python just for the shutter bugs but it will come to you at a cost. You can board bus numbers 201, 203, 204 and 206 from Kek Lok Si to reach the board of the train here.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Located on Leith Street, it was an industrialist area in the 1890’s. It is one of the highly acclaimed and award winning mansions of Malaysia. It has been designed completely based on Chinese Architecture. The structure includes 5 granite courtyards and 38 guest rooms. It was restored in the year 1989 and was transformed into a heritage hotel. You can opt for a guided tour, which will come at a cost, but it is definitely worth it. You can board a bus from Sungai Petani, which will drop you off directly to the entrance of this magnificent mansion.