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10 Hidden Gems in Penang - Your Future Home Awaits!


Written by Fazrina

Penang is not only an exciting hub of culture and nature but can also be known for the best Malaysian food and art. PropertyGenie believes that there's no better way to experience the island's best attractions than by enjoying the 11 top attractions in Penang that can be your future home!

What to do and Where to live in Penang?


1. The Forgotten Peranakan Mansion

Step into a bygone era at this opulent mansion, showcasing the unique Peranakan culture, including their unique cuisine, language (a blend of Chinese dialects with Malay and other languages), clothing, and customs related to weddings, festivals, and daily life. The Pinang Peranakan Mansion also well known as an architectural splendour that’s home to over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display. This will give you the opportunity to capture memorable moments of exploring a new culture, interact with locals and fellow travellers, and share experiences and stories.

Admission Ticket:

  • Adult : RM25.00
  • Children : RM 12.00
  • Jr. Children (below 6) : FREE

Property Connection: Tri Pinnacle, Mont Residence  and Taman Terubong Indah

Tri Pinnacle, Mont Residence and Taman Terubong Indah, conveniently located near the Peranakan Mansion, allow you to delve into Penang's Peranakan heritage. Experience the grandeur of the past while residing in the lap of luxury and a blend of traditional charm and modern comforts.


2. Breathtaking Panoramas from The Habitat Penang Hill

One place that’s an absolute must-visit is The Habitat Penang Hill, which gives you the vibe of the most authentic and diverse Malaysian rainforest experience. Reconnect with nature in its purest form as you immerse yourself in our 130-million-year-old rainforest. And the best part is that there are plenty of fun things to do here, like the Canopy Walk, a 230-metre-long walkway above the trees offering a unique perspective of the forest and its inhabitants, and the Curtis Crest Tree Top Walk, a 13-metre-high viewing platform that offers spectacular panoramic views of the island and the Malacca Straits.

Admission Ticket:

  • Ticket price depends on the type of entry pass and add-ons you choose.

Property Connection: Marriott Residences or Quayside Condominium

Living close to the Habitat Penang Hill at Marriott Residences or Quayside Condominium provides a harmonious blend of eco-friendliness and modern living. Revel in the greenery and sustainable lifestyle choices this property offers.


3. Spot of Magic with Penang’s Avatar Secret Garden

Have you ever dreamt of wandering through a mystical world akin to the stunning scenes in the blockbuster movie Avatar? Well, this your time to experience Eywa, the mythical Tree of Souls, with your own eyes. 

Penang Avatar Secret Garden in Tanjung Tokong, a hidden oasis that comes to life with mesmerising light displays. The enchanting lighting and natural setting create a magical and dreamlike atmosphere that is particularly attractive at night when the LED lights are lit, giving a unique and beautiful nighttime activity for both locals and tourists. You can just stroll through the garden, enjoying the beautiful light displays and capturing memorable photographs.


Admission Ticket:

  • FREE, no entrance fee

Property Connection: Skycube Condominium

The Avatar Secret Garden, a hidden gem, enchants visitors with its mystical lights and ethereal atmosphere. Skycube Condominium, a property nearby, complements this experience by providing a cozy retreat after a magical evening in the garden.


4. A Twilight Bazaar of Batu Ferringhi Night Market

When you talk about night market in Penang, the first place that comes to mind will definitely be Batu Ferringhi Night Market! This night market isn't just like any other night market; it is known as Pasar Malam Batu Ferringhi, which stretches for over one kilometre and captivates the attention of a huge number of tourists. This Pasar Malam not only offers a variety of food at an affordable price but is also full of all sorts of souvenirs, like handicrafts, batik, bags, wallets, and scarves.

Batu Ferringhi Night Market is an absolute one-stop destination for all things vibrant, flavorful, and, oh, so Malaysian! With a vibrant kaleidoscope of colours, lively chatter, and a heady aroma of street food that teases your senses.

Property Connection: Gurney Park and Silverton Condominium 

Strategically situated, Gurney Park and Silverton Condominium provides the perfect base for avid shoppers. After a delightful spree at the Batu Ferringhi Night Market, retreat to this cozy abode and relish your newfound treasures.


5. The Tales of George Town's Historical Streets

Let's take a glimpse into the past and a walk through the annals of time through the History of George Town. George Town's Historical Streets isn't just a mere town; it's a living museum that stands as a testament to Penang's rich multicultural heritage, showcasing an exquisite blend of Asian and European influences that have shaped its history.

George Town's Historical Streets is a must-visit destination in Penang where you can go street art hunting and discover murals by Ernest Zacharevic that vividly depict the town's history and culture. It's like an open-air art gallery! Or you can just take a leisurely stroll through the historical streets, each with its own tale to tell. Admire the colonial architecture, vibrant street art, and intricate clan houses that adorn the streets.

Property Connection: Delima Palace and The Peak Residence

Delima Palace and The Peak Residence, strategically located near George Town's Historical Streets, allow you to immerse yourself in Penang's rich heritage. Live amidst the historical charm while enjoying modern comforts.


6. Ultimate Beach Gateaway at Batu Ferringhi Beach

If you are looking for a first-rate beach vacation in Penang, Batu Ferringhi beach is the answer for you. Pantai Batu Ferringhi is more than just a beach; it's a symphony of experiences with the perfect blend of sun-kissed relaxation and an adrenaline rush. As you set foot on Batu Ferringhi Beach, a sense of calmness envelopes you. The sun-kissed shores and the gentle sea breeze make it a relaxing spot. The beach is also well-maintained, clean, and safe for families or even solo wanderers.

Thus, if you don't fancy swimming, you can just take a leisurely walk along its shores, but if you are seeking water adventures, Batu Ferringhi Beach offers you the thrill of vibrant activities like jet skiing, parasailing, and banana boat rides.

Property Connection: Penhill Perdana Condominium

Imagine waking up to the sound of waves and a gentle sea breeze. Penhill Perdana Condominium offers the perfect beachfront retreat for those seeking to be in close proximity to Batu Ferringhi Beach, with its stunning views and easy access to this serene coastal paradise. An ideal haven for beach lovers


7. The Secret Garden of Tropical Spice Garden

The Tropical Spice Garden is a magnet for those seeking a deeper connection with nature. Imagine meandering through lush pathways adorned with vibrant flora, each corner revealing nature's secret spices. This garden is a treasure trove of more than 500 living specimens of lush and exotic flora from around the world. It's like a botanical treasure hunt that captures the hearts of all who wander here.

One of the activities that awaits you here is to explore and discover the diverse flora that Mother Nature has crafted, or you can join a cooking class and whip up tantalising Malaysian dishes that will leave your taste buds dancing.

Admission Ticket:

  • Ticket price depends on the type of package you choose

Property Connection:  All Seasons and Serina Bay

Nestled in this natural paradise, properties like All Seasons and Serina Bay provide residents with a tranquil environment, allowing them to coexist harmoniously with the verdant surroundings. 


8. Wonderfood Museum

Wonderfood Museum

Explore the vibrant realm of Malaysian cuisine through a unique and entertaining visit to the Wonderfood Museum. This unconventional experience allows you to engage with the renowned dishes of Malaysia in a way that transcends the sense of taste. 

Immerse yourself in larger-than-life exhibits showcasing the country's famous and traditional culinary delights, while delving into the fascinating heritage of Malaysian food. The museum offers interactive zones where you can strike creative poses for unforgettable photographs, making it a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts seeking a novel and visually appealing adventure!

Admission Ticket:

  • Child: RM15
  • Adult: RM25


9. Penang Ghost Museum

Penang Ghost Museum

When it comes to offbeat museums, the Penang Ghost Museum stands out as a unique and must-visit attraction in Penang. Having personally explored it, I can assure you that it's not your typical haunted house experience!

Instead, think of it as an interactive journey delving into the intriguing world of Malaysian folklore, urban legends, and mythical creatures. While some exhibits may appear intimidating, rest assured there are no jumpscares to give you a fright, making it a fascinating and non-terrifying exploration of supernatural tales.

Admission Ticket:

  • Weekdays Admission Ticket (MyKad Holder): RM21
  • Weekends/Holidays Admission Ticket (MyKad Holder): RM23
  • Weekdays Admission Ticket (International Tourists): RM31
  • Weekends/Holidays Admission Ticket (International Tourists): RM33


10. Penang Bird Park

penang bird park

Penang Bird Park stands as Malaysia's inaugural and most extensive aviary. Since its establishment in 1988, this sprawling five-acre park has become a haven for over three hundred native and exotic bird species, with some even freely roaming outside their enclosures.

Visitors to the park can revel in the symphony of chirping birds while strolling through walk-in aviaries, immersing themselves in a vibrant display of colors and sounds. Beyond the visual and auditory delights, families can partake in engaging shows and feeding sessions. The park also offers children a chance to interact closely with various bird species, making it a delightful and educational experience for all.

Admission Ticket:

  • Adult: RM45
  • Children (below 12 year-old): RM20
  • School Children (with Malaysian National School Uniform): RM 10


Penang's hidden gems offer more than meets the eye, showcasing how properties can enhance the experience of these unique attractions. Whether you're a tourist seeking adventure or an investor looking for a slice of Penang's beauty, these hidden gems, coupled with the right property, promise a delightful journey on this captivating island.

Read more about other fun places to visit:

- Top 5 Best Malaysian Breakfast Spot

- Penang Hill Railway: A Gravity-Defying Odyssey to Panoramic Majesty!

- 5 Top Malaysia's Most Expensive Hotel

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