Floating Mosque, Toy Museum, and 8 Other Must-See Attractions in Penang

A holiday and stay in a beach resort in Tanjung Bungah will not just let you enjoy inspiring views of the ocean. It will also bring you close to several tourist attractions that define Penang’s beauty and culture. Located a short drive away from the heritage city of George Town, this top destination in Malaysia has a lot to offer that will keep you occupied for days on end. To make the most of your getaway, here are 10 must-see points of interest.

1. Floating Mosque of Tanjung Bungah
Regarded as Malaysia’s first floating mosque, Masjid Terapung boasts a beautiful architecture that combines local and Middle Eastern elements. This iconic structure features a towering minaret where the call to prayers or azan is performed at specific times of the day. It is easily accessible from the main road. You can also take the Rapid Penang buses 101, 103 and 104 to get here.

The mosque is not actually floating, but rather standing on pilings and stilts. [image is from http://melasiapay.blogspot.com/]
The mosque is not actually floating, but rather standing on pilings and stilts. [image is from Melasiapay blog]
2. Penang Toy Museum
The Penang Toy Museum houses more than 100,000 collectibles making it the largest of its kind in the world. This depository is divided into different categories, which include Chamber of Comic Book Heroes, Hall of Virtual Reality, Hall of Celebrities and Cartoons, Star Wars Collections, and more. One of the most expensive items in this museum is the Gundam robot that stands 1.8 meter tall.

The museum is included in Malaysia Book of Records as the country's first toy museum with the largest toy and figurine collection. [image is from http://wiki-turizm.ru/]
The museum is included in Malaysia Book of Records as the country’s first toy museum with the largest toy and figurine collection. [image is from Wiki Turizm website]
3. ibox Museum of Glass Penang
Here’s another museum that you check out while billeted in a resort in Penang. The Glass Museum is a private specialty depository that showcases various techniques of glass ornamentation, such as stained glass, fused glass, and sandblasted glass.

The longest glass artwork in Malaysia, as certified by the Malaysia Book of Records, is found here. [image is from Glass Museum Penang Facebook page]
The longest glass artwork in Malaysia, as certified by the Malaysia Book of Records, is found here. [image is from Glass Museum Penang Facebook page]
4. Penang Tropical Spice Garden
Your family will definitely have a fun day in this garden that is set out over 8 acres of greenery. Kids can learn about over 500 species of tropical flora and fauna, while adults can take Malay or Indian cooking lessons. The Spice Garden also has an outdoor cafe overlooking the Straits of Malacca.

[image is from http://tropicalspicegarden.com/]
[image is from Tropical Spice Garden website]
5. Penang National Park
Considered as a protected area, Penang National Park is defined by lush rainforests and immaculate beaches. Here, you can go camping, jungle trekking, fishing, bird watching, and swimming.

This is the Kerachut Beach at Penang National Park. [image is from https://www.flickr.com/]
This is the Kerachut Beach at Penang National Park. [image is from Flickr]
6. Penang Botanic Gardens
Also known as the “Waterfall Gardens”, this place is a former quarry site that was developed to be Penang’s seat of botanical conservation and education. During your visit, look out for the wildlife inhabiting the gardens. Visitors usually spot monkeys, long-tailed macaques, giant squirrels, and a myriad of butterflies.

The Gardens also play an important role in the field of horticulture and landscaping development. [image is from http://botanicalgardens.penang.gov.my/]
The Gardens also play an important role in
the field of horticulture and landscaping development. [image is from Penang Botanic Gardens website]
7. Straits Quay Mall
After your nature trip, head to Penang’s first and only seafront retail marina where you can relish great food that is served against scenes of sailboats and seas. Straits Quay Mall also has more than a hundred bistros, and bars if you want to have a few bottle of drinks.

There are a lot of fun activities at Straits Quay during Christmas and Chap Goh Mei. [image is from www.visitpenang.gov.my]
There are a lot of fun activities at Straits Quay during Christmas and Chap Goh Mei.  [image is from Visit Penang website]
8. Tanjung Bungah Market
If you’re looking for affordable goods, go to Tanjung Bungah Market. This is one of the largest wet markets in Penang where you can find local fruits, fresh produce, and street snacks. Adjacent to the market that is located behind the Geok San Soo Temple is a hawker center.

Every Tuesday night, this market becomes a bustling night bazaar. [image is from http://www.gopenang.my/]
Every Tuesday night, this market becomes a bustling night bazaar. [image is from Go Penang website]
9. Gurney Drive
Your holiday in Penang won’t be complete without a food trip in Gurney Drive. This well-known tourist place is a deluge of hawker delights and exciting restaurants in a seafront promenade in Georgetown. Gurney’s hawker center has both halal and non-halal sections.

[image is from http://www.thedreamerlab.com/]
[image is from The Dreamer Lab blog]
10. PKSA Penang Water Sports Center
If you wish to enjoy kayaking and boating, this is the go-to place. Here, you can rent kayaks and boats to explore the sea off the Tanjung Bungah shore or the Pulau Tikus, a nearby islet. There are several resorts in Tanjung Bungah, like the Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort, that also offer watersports facilities.

Single and twin rower kayaks are available. Life jackets are also provided. [image is from PKSA Penang Water Sports Center Facebook page]
Single and twin rower kayaks are available. Life jackets are also provided. [image is from PKSA Penang Water Sports Center Facebook page]
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