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10 Things to Do in Penang, Malaysia

Penang is a state in northwest Malaysia. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the country.
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Apart from the Malays, the place is home to a large Chinese as well as Tamil population. Hence the place has a mixed culture. Penang is noted for its delicious cuisine which reflects its diversity.
Pay Homage at the Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram Temple
The Thai temple dates back to 1945. A must-see is a 108 feet long reclining Buddha statue. Colorful murals painted on the temple walls enlighten visitors about the life of the Buddha.
This is a nature lover's paradise. The farm boasts of over 4000 butterflies. A must-see is the endangered Yellow Bird wing butterfly.
Admire Butterflies at the Penang Butterfly Farm
The historical structure is the country's oldest and largest fort. It features a 17th century chapel and old bronze cannons.
Explore History at Fort Cornwallis
One of the cannons is called Seri Rambai. The cannon is believed to enhance fertility as per the locals. Many, place offerings of flowers here.
Set inside a colonial heritage building the place serves up some of the best food in the world. It also boasts of a bakery, bars, art gallery and library.
Taste the food at China House
Popular activities here include water skiing, parasailing and jet-skiing. Some folk like to sunbathe or relax here.
Indulge in Water Sports at Batu Ferringhi Beach
This is a top entertainment destination for children and adults alike. On offer are over 30 activities. The drop slides here are particularly recommended.
Have Fun at the Adventure Zone Theme Park
Board the funicular train that takes passengers to the summit. Once at the top you can enjoy spectacular views of the island. Locals flock here to get a respite from the heat of the city.
Go on a Train Ride to Penang Hill
The Snake Temple in Penang is home to many snake most of which are pit vipers. A favorite activity here is posing with snakes and taking photographs.
Have an Encounter with Snakes
Most of the snakes here have been defanged. The temple is pretty close to the Penang Island's airport.
Penang offers amazing street food. One of the best places to enjoy it is Chulia Street Night Market. The food here has a large variety and is quite affordable.
Feast at Chulia Street Night Market
This is a great shopping destination. Perfect for getting stuff at a bargain. The market offers DVDs, apparel, watches, souvenirs and more.
Shop at Batu Ferringhi Night Market