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Make your way to the Blue Mansion, dating back to the 1880s, and snap a photo from outside or take a tour of its 38 rooms. Or check out the Pinang Peranakan Museum, housed in a 19th-century mansion, where you'll see intricate Peranakan clothing, jewelry and the history of the island and people.

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Genting Dream current location is at South East Asia (coordinates 2.98565 N / 101.33356 E) cruising en route to PORT KLANG. The AIS position was reported 8 minutes ago.

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The 2016-built MS Genting Dream cruise ship was the first vessel in the fleet of the Chinese premium brand Dream Cruises (Genting Hong Kong/GHK-owned subsidiary company launched in November 2015). One of the world's largest passenger liners , the 151300-GT-ton vessel debuted in November 2016. Its former fleetmates were World Dream/Manara (2017/sistership), Resorts World One (1999-built as SuperStar Virgo, named Explorer Dream after the transfer from Star Cruises in 2019) and the larger Global Dream/Disney Adventure (2020/GLOBAL-class).

The vessel (IMO number 9733105) is currently Bahamas- flagged (MMSI 311000319) and registered in Nassau .

Since May 2022, Genting Dream operates for Resorts World Cruises ( new travel brand ) established by GHK's former owner Lim Kok Thai.

MS Genting Dream's last drydock refurbishment was in 2023 (February 17 through March 1), being previously refurbished in 202 (January). Both drydocking renovation projects were conducted in Singapore (at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard).

History - construction and ownership

In late-April 2022, Asian online media reported that Genting Dream becomes the first liner in the fleet of "Resorts World Cruises" - a Singapore -registered company (incorporated on March 9, 2022) established by Lim Kok Thay (Genting Group/Genting Cruise Lines). Also was reported that Resorts World Cruises is in negotiations with banks and investors to acquire Dream Cruises' other two vessels (Explorer Dream, World Dream).

The company's management team is led by Colin Au (CEO and Executive Director) and Michael Goh (President and International Sales Directors). Resorts World Cruises opened bookings for Genting Dream on May 18, 2022.

The parent company "Resorts World" is a Genting Group-owned subsidiary (Malaysian hospitality and casino franchise) and brand used across all Genting-owned resorts and casinos worldwide. Resorts World has ultra-premium properties (46 total/as of 2022) in Asia (Malaysia's Pahang, Terengganu, Langkawi-Kedah, Singapore's Sentosa Island, Philippines' Newport City-Pasay, Entertainment City-Paranaque, Macau's Nam Vam Lake), also in the USA (Winchester Nevada, Queens NYC, Kiamesha Lake NY, Miami Florida), Bahamas (North Bimini) and Europe (Solihull-Birmingham, England UK).

On May 18, 2022, at a news conference, Resorts World Cruises officially announced that as a "gesture of goodwill" the new company will offer complimentary FCCs/future cruise credits of "equivalent value" to all customers affected by World Dream's cancellations ( cruises to nowhere from Singapore/bookings for voyages scheduled for departure between March 2 and August 31, 2022). The FCCs were valid for the period June 15, 2022, through March 31, 2023, and applicable only to affected World Dream bookings that had not yet received any refund from the original booking source.

According to Colin Au (Resorts World Cruises' CEO and Executive Director, also GHK's former Deputy CEO), as the provisional liquidator couldn't revive the brand (Dream Cruises), they had worked with the Chinese lessors (Genting Dream's shipowner) and had decided to restart operations under the new "Resorts World" brand.

MS Genting Dream cruise ship

GHK is a global entertainment, hospitality, and leisure company based in Hong Kong . For its new Dream Cruises brand, GHK ordered two custom-built vessels to serve the Asian market, specifically China. GHK's other two cruise market segments were served by separate brands - Crystal Cruises (ultra-luxury) and Star Cruises (contemporary).

On October 7, 2013, Star Cruises announced that GHK signed a shipbuilding agreement with Meyer Werft ( Papenburg Germany ) for the construction of a new vessel for Star Cruises, with scheduled delivery in 2016-Q4. On February 10, 2014, was ordered a sistership, with scheduled delivery in 2017-Q4. Both vessels were with gross tonnage 150,000 GT tons and double-occupancy passenger capacity 3364.

However, later GHK decided to create a new brand (Dream Cruises) and both newbuilds were transferred to the new company. MS Genting World's (later renamed "MS World Dream") steel-cutting ceremony was held on February 9, 2015, at Meyer Werft Papenburg shipyard. MS Genting Dream debuted in November 2016. The sistership World Dream was launched in November 2017. On August 20, 2016, Genting Dream was floated out of the covered building dock 2 at Meyer Werft Papenburg.

MS Genting Dream cruise ship

Decks and Cabins

MS Genting Dream staterooms (1686 total) accommodate between 3376-3400 passengers served by 2020 crew, meaning a crew-to-guest ratio of 1:1.7, which is the highest in comparison to any Asia Pacific ship. The German-built vessel is also designed with spacious interiors.

~70% of all staterooms are with private step-out balconies, and 100+ cabins are connecting (with adjoining interior doors) making them suitable for families. Suite services include special perks, privileges, professional European butler service.

The largest accommodations are the Dream Grand Villas (sized 224 m2 / 2410 ft2). Other Dream Suite categories Executive (56-80 m2 / 600-860 ft2) and Deluxe (43 m2 / 460 ft2).

"THE PALACE" is a ship-within-ship concept/exclusive complex consisting of 154x premium Palace Suites (sized 37-40 m2 / 400-430 ft2), with exclusive dining and lounge venues/areas, butler service, suite-only perks. The 5-star luxury complex is sized nearly 10,000 m2 (108,000 ft2) and includes The Palace Restaurant, Gym, exclusive sundeck with a swimming pool. The all-inclusive luxury experience features Seafood Buffet (The Palace Restaurant), complimentary Premium Beverage package (in all onboard bars and restaurants), Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party, Crystal Life Cafe (healthy breakfast, vegetarian lunch), dedicated Kids Program (for children 2 to 12 yo), dedicated "Connoisseurs Circle" (enrichment program), complimentary fitness classes, complimentary shore excursions, priority services, specialty dining shipwide.

The boat has 18 decks , of which 14 are passenger-accessible and 10 with cabins.

Note: Deck 15 is actually the ship's "Deck 14". This enumeration is due to the fact that for the Chinese, numbers that include 4 are considered unlucky - similar to the Western practice about the number 13, and the Italians' number 17.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Genting Dream features 35 bars and restaurants, offering a wide choice of dining experiences for her guests. The restaurants offer regional cuisines, with an emphasis on Chinese and Asian dishes, as well as international flavors like Southeast Asian, Japanese, Italian and more. A 610 m wrap-around promenade is a special place for dining and offers seaside dining and lounging from early morning to late evening in various themed venues.

Follows the complete list of Genting Dream restaurants and food bars.

  • Genting Dining Room (300 indoor seats) is a complimentary restaurant open for breakfast (7-10 am), lunch (12-noon - 2 pm) and dinner (5-8 pm). Chinese dishes and vegetarian options are always available.
  • Dream Dining Room (872 indoor seats / 370 upper & 502 lower level) is a complimentary restaurant open for breakfast (6-9 am), lunch (12-noon - 2 pm) and dinner (5-8 pm). Chinese dishes and vegetarian options are always available.
  • The Lido (629 indoor seats, 194 outdoor seats) is a complimentary buffet (self-serve) restaurant open for breakfast (7-10 am), lunch (12-noon - 2 pm) and dinner (5-8 pm). Breakfast options include made-to-order dishes (omelets, pancakes, waffles). Lunch and dinner options also include made-to-order dishes (pasta, salads), fresh-baked pizzas, soups, carving stations (roasts), Asian entrees, vegetarian dishes, separate salad bar, fresh fish (catch of the day), desserts (incl sugar-free items). In November 2018, Dream Cruises introduced on Genting Dream Halal cuisine options, which made the liner currently the only one in Asia with JAKIM Halal food certification (granted by Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia). The Halal food (permissible by the traditional Islamic law) is offered at a dedicated buffet section in the Lido Restaurant. Among the popular dishes are Ayam Madu (honey chicken), Pari Asam Pedas (stingray), Opor Ayam (chicken in coconut milk), Tandoori Kambing (mutton), Gulai Daging Kawah (beef), Tempe Goreng Pedas (fried soya bean cake).
  • Silk Road & Cabaret is a Chinese specialty restaurant (144 seats, area 355 m2 / 3.820 ft2, at surcharge, reservations-only) with original dishes created by Asian Chefs, an extensive wine list and an extensive Baiju list. In the evenings (11 pm till late), Silk Road transforms into the Cabaret (show lounge).
  • BISTRO by Mark Best (165 indoor seats / Chef's Table has 10 indoor seats) is an a la carte priced restaurant (reservations-only) serving western dishes (international cuisine specialties), fine wines (by the glass), a selection of domestic and international beers, specialty coffees/teas. The BISTRO is open for breakfast (7-10 am), lunch (12-noon - 2 pm) and dinner (5-8 pm).
  • BISTRO Chef's Table (10 indoor seats) is part of the Bistro restaurant. This is a Private Table (dining room) available for individual and group booking. Each of the dishes is paired with fine wines. Chef's Table becomes active only when at least 8 passengers book in.
  • BISTRO Grill Outdoor (54 outdoor seats) is also part of the Bistro restaurant. The grill is reservations only and opens for lunch (12-noon - 2 pm) and dinner (5-8 pm).
  • Umi Uma (44 indoor seats / 42 outdoor seats) is a Japanese cuisine specialty restaurant (at surcharge, reservations required) open for dinner-only - between 5-8 pm.
  • Umi Uma Tepanyaki (78 indoor seats) is a live cooking venue where dishes are prepared by the ship's master chefs. The restaurant is at a surcharge and opens for dinner-only - between 5-8 pm.
  • Umi Uma Sushi Bar (13 indoor seats) is a specialty restaurant (at surcharge, reservations required) open for lunch (12-noon - 2 pm) and dinner (5-8 pm). The sushi bar offers signature dishes and an extensive Sake menu.
  • Lobby Bar (40 seats, open between 7 am - 1 am) serves the lobby area with non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks.
  • BreadBox is a bread shop (onboard bakery) / Snacks & Refreshment bar selling fresh-baked gourmet bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies, specialty coffees (Espresso, Latte, Cappucino, Viennese), Tiffin take away menu. BreadBox is open between 10 am - 8 pm.
  • Lobby Cafe (7 seats, open between 7 am - 8 pm) is a takeaway cafe bar offering Southeast Asian favorites. To go dishes are in Tiffin boxes.
  • Bar 360 (27 seats) offers premium Bourbons, cocktails and other beverages.
  • Blue Lagoon (172 seats) is a 24-hour open restaurant (at a surcharge) with an a la carte priced menu and chefs live cooking stations. The restaurant also offers specialty coffees/teas and gourmet desserts (incl ice cream. Blue Lagoon is closed only between 4-5 am.
  • Red Lion Pub (75 seats) is an English pub bar serving draft beers, international bottled beers, a variety of pub drinks and snacks, also full pub food menu. The pub is open 24 hours. The lunch menu is served between 12-noon - 2 pm, and dinner menu - between 6-10 pm.
  • Johnnie Walker House (first at sea)
  • BAR CITY 256 indoor / 177 outdoor seats - total 341) is a lounge complex that includes The Whisky House, Mixt and Bubbles.
  • The Whisky House (30 indoor / 47 outdoor seats) offers an impressive selection of top-brand whiskies, exclusive service, whisky tasting courses matched with gourmet meals paired with each vintage. The Whisky House is open between 11 am - 12-midnight. Bookings for special and whisky tasting events are required.
  • Mixt (159 indoor / 44 outdoor seats) is a beverages only / cocktail bar with a separate snack menu.
  • Bubbles (50 seats) is a premium Champagne bar lounge open between 11 am - 12-midnight.
  • Boba Cha (14 outdoor seats) is open between 10 am - 6 pm and offers non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Gelateria (20 outdoor seats) is an ice cream bar open between 10 am - 6 pm. The a la carte priced menu has a variety of ice creams, toppings, sherbets, frozen yogurt, fresh strawberries, home-baked cookies.
  • Hot Pot (108 seats, open between 5-10 pm) is an outdoor dinner-only restaurant (at surcharge, reservations-only) offering poultry, meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes.
  • Crystal Life Cuisine (61 indoor seats) is a healthy food restaurant (at a surcharge) also offering fresh-squeezed juices for the gym users. Crystal Life Cuisine is open for breakfast (8-9 am), lunch (12-noon - 2 pm) and dinner (5-8 pm), and reservations are required.
  • Genting Club (60 indoor seats) is an exclusive (Dream Mansion passengers only) restaurant with an exclusive wine list. Genting Club is open for breakfast (7-10 am), lunch (12-noon - 2 pm) and dinner (5-8 pm). Reservations are required.
  • World Grill (258 outdoor seats) is an outdoor complimentary dining venue open for breakfast (7-10 am), lunch (12-noon - 2 pm) and dinner (5-8 pm). Throughout the day, World Grill serves the pool deck with fast food/snacks. In addition to the grilled food, during breakfast and lunchtimes is offered the Lido's menu.
  • Pool Deck Bar is open between 7 am - 6 pm and serves with drinks at the swimming pool area. The bar offers cocktails and mocktails and serves a total of 380 outdoor seats plus 330 sunbeds.
  • The Living Room (42 indoor seats) is an exclusive (Dream Mansion passengers only) lounge manned by Butlers and open between 7 am - 1 am. The lounge serves complimentary drinks (upon request) and snacks (in the mornings and afternoons).
  • Dream Mansion Lounge (31 indoor seats) is an exclusive (Dream Mansion passengers only) lounge open between 7 am - 1 am. It is manned by Butlers and offers complimentary beverages.
  • Genting Club Restaurant & Lounge (37 indoor seats) is an exclusive (Dream Mansion passengers only) with an exclusive list of premium wines (offered complimentary by the glass). Genting Club Lounge is open between 7-10 am, 12-noon - 2 pm and 5-8 pm. Here are served various complimentary beverages, including specialty coffees/teas.
  • Sun Deck Bar (portside/starboard); Sundeck Bar Portside and Sundeck Bar Starboard have 38 outdoor seats (each) and serve refreshments (incl beer, cocktails, mocktails) between 7 am and 6 pm.
  • Dream Mansion Cafe (140 indoor seats) is an exclusive snack and refreshments venue open between 7 am - 1 am.
  • The Market is an outdoor venue serving non-alcoholic drinks only.
  • Palm Court (101 indoor seats, area 495 m2 / 5.328 ft2) is a premium bar (open between 7 am - 12-midnight) with Afternoon High Tea service (between 2:30-5 pm).
  • Function 8 (88 indoor, 26 outdoor seats, area 254 m2 / 2.734 ft2) is open between 10 am – 6 pm and offers non-alcoholic beverages.

In late-July 2020, Dream Cruises debuted (on MS Explorer Dream) the "Flexi-Feast" - a completely customized shipboard dining (food and beverage) concept that allows passengers to choose from more venues. Upon boarding the ship, cruisers receive a set of complimentary dining vouchers which can be used at designated restaurants, as well as OBC (onboard credits) for ordering meals at specialty restaurants, beverages at bars and also for room-service orders.

Genting Dream has the world's first-at-sea "Penfolds Wine Vault" via partnership with the Australian winemaker Penfolds) served by certified wine connoisseurs and offering an array of rare wines and premium vintages from the winery. The Vault's wine list includes unique selections like "Penfolds Bin 170" (celebrating the winemaker’s 170th anniversary) and "Penfolds Grange 2010" (a vintage top-rated by highly respected international critics) and "Penfolds Yattarna" (a special Chardonnay). The unique venue (open between 11 am - 12 midnight) offers food pairing (expert chefs and sommeliers select the finest wines to match the dishes) and also hosts wine-tasting events (reservation-only as part of the cruise brand's onboard enrichment programming.

The exclusive Genting-Penfolds partnership also resulted in the ultra-rare "Penfolds Aevum Imperial Service Ritual" - a distinctive vessel specially handcrafted by Saint-Louis Crystal (European glass- and crystal maker). It is also one of only five in the world. Designed to hold the 2012 Penfolds Grange Imperial in honor of the winemaker's flagship brand and one of the most highly regarded Grange vintages, the Aevum Imperial Service Ritual (hand-blown crystal masterpiece objet d'art) aboard Genting Dream is the only one showcased at sea.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Plenty of recreation venues are available aboard Genting Dream, including multiple pool types, 6 water slides, rope-climbing course, playrooms, card rooms, mahjong, bowling alley, and duty-free shopping. health and wellness facilities include state-of-the-art Western and Asian spas, Health Club, Beauty Salon, Barbershop, and enhance the guest experience.

Among the ship's most popular public spaces are the Zodiac Theater (999-seat main show lounge), numerous food and drink venues, Dream Palace (private clubhouse), Zouk Beach Club, outdoor adventure zone, Crystal Life (Spa and Fitness complex), Bistro (restaurant by Australian chef Mark Best), Johnnie Walker House, Little Pandas Club (kids facilities). The ship is also famous for its state-of-the-art outdoor LED lighting system.

MS Genting Dream cruise ship

Onboard entertainment features a comprehensive Dreamscape educational and enrichment program, Crystal Life (health and wellness facilities), large (over 1100 m2) duty-free shopping complex, 6-slide waterpark, ropes course, zip-line, the world's first "Johnnie Walker House" at sea, the world's first Penfolds Wine Vault at sea, private board rooms, real-time language translation capability (up to 4 languages) in the Zodiac Theatre for 400 guests.

Other activities include inspirational speeches and wine tasting to enrich passengers' time at sea.

MS Genting Dream Cruises ships mini-submarine

Each Dream Cruises ship offers unique underwater excursions via 2 mini-submarines (underwater craft). They are able to carry cruise passengers deep under the sea while the ship operates in select Asian destinations. Each minisub carries 1 pilot and up to 4 passengers at a time.

Follows the complete list of Genting Dream lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Zodiac Theatre (999 indoor seats, area 1.585 m2 / 17.060 ft2, real-time language translation capability / up to 4 languages)
  • Tributes (120 indoor / 20 outdoor seats, area 244 m2 / 2.626 ft2) is a live show lounge and bar also hosting specially themed events. The full-service bar offers spirits, cocktails, beers, wines, fresh-made snacks. Tributes Lounge & Bar are open between 10 am - 11:30 pm.
  • Zouk (126 indoor seats, area 345 m2 / 3.714 ft2) is the ship's disco nightclub that during the day doubles as a sports bar. It is open between 8 pm - 2 am and features 4 bowling lanes and pool tables, and reservations are required.
  • Zouk Beach Club (267 outdoor seats, area 680 m2 / 7.320 ft2) offers cabana seating, swimming pool, a giant LED screen for movies under the stars and for live sporting events, two private outdoor decks. These venues can also be booked for private or corporate events.
  • Karaoke (49 indoor seats) is a complex of 5 karaoke singing rooms, open 24 hours, with luxurious furniture, premium alcohol (cognacs, Armagnacs, whiskies, wines), gourmet snacks.
  • Star Club; Star Club II; Premium Club; Humidor (smoking-allowed cigar lounge); Mahjong Room (Card Room).
  • Crystal Life Asian Spa, Wellness & Fitness
  • Le Salon (Beauty Salon/hairdresser, manicure-pedicure)
  • The Gentlemen's Barber (barbershop)
  • Boutiques (1100 m2 duty-free shopping arcade); The Dream Boutiques
  • Boardwalk / Promenade is a 610 m (2000 ft) long wraparound outdoor promenade deck lined with outdoor seating venues.
  • Little Pandas Club (kids club with complimentary children programming - Little Dreamers, Mermaid Academy, Astronaut Camp at Sea, dress-up parties)
  • Meeting Rooms: Bintan (24 seats, area 40 m2 / 430 ft2), Langkawi (30 seats, area 50 m2 / 538 ft2), Penang (31 seats, area 71 m2 / 764 ft2)
  • Kids Aqua Zone. The Waterslide Park has a total of 6 slides, of which 5 are for adults only (tubed) and 1 water slide is for kids only. The adults-only waterslides' entrances are on deck 20 (aft). All slides are free of charge.
  • Sun Deck (sunbathing area with loungers)
  • Rock Climbing Wall (height 7 m / 24 ft.) is free of charge.
  • The Ropes Course attraction offers many outdoor activities and also unique photo opportunities. Part of the course is the Zip Line (length 35 m / 115 ft) available only for adults. The Zip Line is located aft, above the sea and over the portside. For children and teens is available the "Walk the Plank" (also above the sea)
  • Mini-Golf Course is a 9-hole putting green course (free of charge).

Sportsplex is a 90-pax multi-sport course (full-size basketball court) also used for playing volleyball and 5-a-side football (soccer).

Resorts World Cruises' Genting Dream itineraries

For Resorts World Cruises, Genting Dream's itinerary program is currently based on homeporting in Singapore (docking at MBCCS-Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore). The liner arrived at MBCCS on May 29th, 2022, and was scheduled to start operations for Resorts World on June 15th (Maiden Voyage out of Singapore).

In early-June 2022, Resorts World announced that the brand's inaugural schedule will include Singapore roundtrips to destinations in Indonesia ( Bintan Island and Barelang Islands/Batam-Rempang-Galang), Malaysia ( Port Klang-Kuala Lumpur City , Port Dickson-Malacca City , Georgetown-Penang Island ), Thailand ( Phuket , Krabi ) and Indonesia (Bali Island's northern coastline).

  • The first 2-Night Indonesia "Bintan and Batam Weekend Getaway" departed on July 1, 2022.
  • The 3-Night Indonesia and Malaysia "Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Penang" voyages depart on Sundays, while the 2-Night "Kuala Lumpur and Malacca" voyages depart on Wednesdays. 
  • The Thailand and Indonesia program started in October 2022.

On July 18, 2022, was inaugurated Genting Dream's homeporting in Port Klang/Kuala Lumpur.

  • 2-night roundtrips from Kuala Lumpur (to Singapore) depart on Thursdays/Saturdays
  • 3-night roundtrips from Kuala Lumpur (to Penang/Singapore) depart on Mondays.
  • Departures from Singapore are on Wednesdays/Fridays/Sundays.
  • Since July 22, 2022, are operated cruises-to-nowhere from Singapore (2-night "High Seas Weekend Getaway") departing on Fridays.

Resorts World Cruises' dual homeporting targeted the ~10 million population of Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia) living within a short drive distance of Port Klang. With the Kuala Lumpur Airport located nearby, foreign tourists now have more flexibility in choosing airlines, flights and fares.

Dream Cruises' Genting Dream itineraries

When operated by Dream Cruises, Genting Dream had 3 official homeports - Hong Kong , Sanya and Guangzhou (Nansha Port) . The vessel targeted residents of China's Pearl Delta and Hainan regions, as well as fly-cruisers served by the airports of Guangzhou, Macau, Hong Kong, Sanya, Shenzhen, and Zhuhai.

Genting Dream's itinerary program started with year-round 2-night weekend cruises from Guangzhou-Nansha (departures each Friday) to Hong Kong, and 5-night itineraries (departures each Sunday) to Danang Vietnam , Sanya and Halong Bay Vietnam . The ship also offered 7-night itineraries out of Hong Kong to Guangzhou, Danang, Sanya, Halong Bay, and Shenzhen/Zhuhai. Sanya roundtrip itineraries were 7-night (to Guangzhou, Shenzhen/Zhuhai, Halong Bay, Danang, Hong Kong).

During Summer, the ship also operated 7-night Guangzhou roundtrips to Japan, with 2 seadays followed by Naha (Okinawa Island) and Miyakojima .

In 2018, Genting Dream was homeported in Singapore. Between early December 2017 and late March 2018, the ship operated on a series of 5-night roundtrip itineraries (Sunday departures) combined with 2-night weekend mini-cruises to destinations in Strait of Malacca and the Java Sea. Passengers also had the choice to combine Malacca Strait and the Java Sea voyages into a 12-night B2B cruise , with the option of spending the weekend either onboard or in a Singapore hotel. Between April and October 2018, the ship's schedule had listed destinations in the South China Sea and the Java Sea, visiting ports in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam.

Departing from Singapore from December 3, 2017, thru March 25, 2018:

  • 2 Nights Weekend Mini Cruise (departures every Friday)
  • 5 Nights Singapore to Kuala Lumpur-Penang-Phuket (departures every Sunday on the odd week)
  • 5 Nights Singapore to Surabaya Java -North Bali (departures every Sunday on the even week)
  • 12 Night back-to-back cruise with optional Singapore hotel stays instead of the weekend voyage.
  • Note: Surabaya's Port Tanjung Perak allows max draft 14 m and has a cruise terminal.

Starting July 6, 2018, Genting Dream includes Pulau Bintan island as call port on 2-night weekend mini-cruise itinerary roundtrip from Singapore. The ship docks directly at Bintan Resorts area. This is an alternative to weekend getaways on which (especially during summer) hotels are most expensive,

For summer 2020 season (April through November) the cruise liner visits some of Southeast Asia's best-known island destinations and ports of call. From homeport Singapore, Genting Dream cruises on 2-3-4-5-night voyages that vary from weekend getaways (2-day mini cruises) to 7-day roundtrips. The longer itineraries target mainly elderly couples, families and groups (exhibitions, incentives, group meetings, business conferences). Ship's special summer voyages (April-November 2020) include:

  • 2-night Malacca
  • 2-night Port Klang
  • 2-night Bintan Island
  • 3-night Langkawi - Phuket
  • 3-night Penang -Langkawi
  • 3-night Penang-Phuket
  • 4-night Malacca-Phuket
  • 5-night Belitung - Christmas Island
  • 5-night Kota Kinabalu - Palawan (Puerto Princessa)
  • 5-night Koh Redang- Koh Samui - Laem Chabang
  • 5-night Penang-Phuket-Langkawi-Klang

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Genting Dream Wiki

In January 2017, Dream Cruises announced the inaugural cruise itineraries of their first newbuild Genting Dream. The homeporting in Singapore (starting December 3, 2017) made it the first large-sized cruise ship based there for year-round operations. Genting Dream is the latest generation vessel (Germany-built) and is calling at more than 10 ports in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam during 2018.

The vessel (Meyer Neptun yard/hull number S712) has volume 150695 GT-tons, DWT-deadweight 15370 tons, mx width 44 m (with the bridge wings), max draught 8,6 m. The powerplant is based on MAN B&W marine diesel engines (model 14V48/60B) with combined output 62,4 MW (83680 hp).

Before Resorts World Cruises, the registered shipowner were three Genting Hong Kong Ltd-owned companies (Xiang CR18 HK International Ship Lease Co Ltd, Sea 172 Leasing Co Ltd, Compass Shipping 32 Co Ltd) while the registered operator was GENTING CRUISE LINES.

The vessel's physical construction/assembly officially started on December 4, 2015, with the keel-laying ceremony held at Meyer Werft GmbH's Neptun yard in Papenburg Germany . During the ceremony, a massive keel block (number 2 / one of the ship's all 92 building blocks) was lifted into the dock to officially start the assembly process. GHK's Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay laid the traditional "lucky coin" (a good fortune symbol) under the block to bless the new vessel.

The vessel was floated out from drydock on August 20, 2016. Its conveyance (northbound route to North Seas along Ems River) started on September 18, leaving the Papenburg shipyard at around 2 pm. It entered the North Sea waters on Sept 19, at around 6 pm. After the scheduled sea trials, the ship docked in Bremerhaven (at Columbus Cruise Center).

On November 14, 2016, was the christening ceremony held at Guangzhou (Port Nansha) . The ship's godmother is Mrs. Puan Sri Cecilia Lim - wife of Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay. He is Chairman and CEO of GHK (Genting Hong Kong) and second son of Genting Group's founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong. The naming ceremony was attended by over 900 distinguished guests, including numerous VIPs (prominent Chinese government officials, top executives from the cruise industry and shipping trade). Among the VIP guests were Cai Zhaolin (Guangzhou's Vice Mayor), Zeng Xiaofeng (Tourism Administration of Guangdong Province's Deputy Director), Chen Hongxian (Guangzhou Port's Chairman), Cai Jinlong (Guangzhou Port's General Manager). The welcome aboard event was held at the ship's Zodiac Theater (999-seat show lounge) led by Thatcher Brown (Dream Cruises' President). Next spoke Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay (GHK's Chairman and CEO). Followed the traditional for China exchange of gifts.

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On October 12, 2016, the vessel was officially delivered to Dream Cruises by Meyer Werft in Bremerhaven. Ships' hull art (titled "Voyage of a Lover’s Dream”) is by the Chinese artist Jacky Tsai.

Wartsila Funa was the supplier of the ship's unique external "Dynamic Exterior Lighting" system. The order was placed in 2016-Q1. The innovative lighting system provides stunning visual effects (color, movement, and video) to the vessel's exterior. The technology is based on custom-designed and individually controlled LED RGBW lighting units. Wartsila Funa specializes in audio, video and lighting control design for large land-based public facilities (including theme parks, attractions, museums) and for cruise ships.

Ship's first Captain (Master) was Jukka Silvennoinen.

In late-September 2019, GHK (shipowner) sold Genting Dream (via sale-and-leaseback deal) to a consortium of three Chinese banks. The liner was sold for USD 900 million (~EUR 805 million) or 80% of its current market value (EUR 1,055 billion / USD 1,18 billion). According to a previous filing, as of June 30, 2019, the vessel's unaudited net asset value was ~USD 862,5 million (~EUR 777,3 M). The deal was finalized on January 15, 2020. The liner was immediately bareboat chartered (leased back to GHK) for 12 years, which means it will be purchased back by GHK in 2031.

The vessel's sale and leaseback transaction was with a 4-party consortium of Chinese financial companies - Bocomm Leasing (Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co Ltd, 2007-founded), CMB Financial Leasing Co Ltd (part of China Merchants Bank), CCB Financial Leasing Corporation Ltd (part of China Construction Bank) and CDB Leasing (China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co Ltd). GHK's Financial advisor was DNB Markets (2003-founded, part of DNB Bank ASA / fka DnB NOR Bank).

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In January 2020, the ship was drydocked for 3 days at Sembcorp Marine Shipyard ( Singapore ) for general maintenance works and technical updates. During the drydock was installed a new dual water hybrid scrubber (exhaust gas cleaning system, supplied by Valmet) and 2 new overboard discharge valves (for the Valmet scrubbers). Maintenance works also included hull cleaning, swimming pools modifications (for reducing the vessel's draft/draught) and equipment tests - conducted by specialists from the companies Wartsila (engines), ABB (propulsion system) and DNV GL (classification society). Refurbishment works / new flooring received the World Buffet (Lido restaurant).

Genting Dream was last drydock refurbished in 2023 (February 17 - March 1) at Singapore's Sembcorp Shipyard. The drydocking was mainly for regular maintenance (technical and class works).

Itineraries 2017-2018

Genting Dream is departing from Singapore between December 3 (2017) and March 25 (2018), operating on the following itinerary routes:

  • 2-Night Weekend Cruise (Every Friday)
  • 5-Night Singapore-Kuala Lumpur-Penang-Phuket Cruise (Every Sunday on Odd Week)
  • 5-Night Singapore-Surabaya-North Bali Cruise (Every Sunday on Even Week)
  • 12-Night B2B cruise (back-to-back) combining the above 3 itineraries with the alternative of a land hotel instead of the weekend cruise.

In September 2017, CLIA Australasia (abbrev "Cruise Lines International Association") held its annual "Masters Conference 2017" onboard Genting Dream. The conference sessions were lead by Scott Koepf (motivational speaker) and were focused on the cruise industry's trends and how travel consultants can benefit from the sector’s growth. The annual event is open to consultants with "CLIA Ambassador" level accreditation and employed by CLIA member travel agencies. Masters Conference 2017 commenced in Hong Kong (China) on September 16. All booked travel agents enjoyed 1-night pre-cruise accommodation before boarding the ship for a 5-night cruise to Japan visiting Naha (Okinawa Island) and Miyakojima . Participation fees were included in cruise prices (USD 1880 pp double occupancy/airfare excluded).

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Penang Itinerary: The Best 3 Day Travel Guide You’ll Love

Penang Itinerary

This super-detailed Penang itinerary will guide you through the best sights and things to do during your 3-day stay on this stunning island.

Plus, I’ll share with you must-try foods on the island that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

So, let’s check out my Penang 3-day itinerary below for the best places to explore and eat in this amazing island ! 🙂

Day 1: Wonder Food Museum, Peranakan Mansion, The TOP Penang and Others

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Day 1 in Penang Route

Kickstart your Penang itinerary in the beautiful and colorful Georgetown. There are lots of spots to explore here , from museums to mansions. You’d also come across different religious and cultural sites.

And of course, I’ll recommend the best places to eat in the area . So, ready yourself for a fun-filled trip!

1. Wonder Food Museum – 1 hour (9:00 AM to 10:00 AM)

Wonder Food Museum

If you’re looking for a fun morning activity to include in your Penang schedule , make sure not to miss the Wonder Food Museum .

Inside this unique gallery are impressive food-themed creations and interactive installations.

Be amazed by the oversized food sculptures and life-sized local cuisines displayed around the tables . There’s so much to uncover in each section that highlights the history and culture of Malaysian dishes .

Penang Asam Laksa Exhibit

One of the famous exhibits in the museum is the Penang Asam Laksa . Take a closer look at this famous dish and marvel at the realistic designs.

Surely, this is a great way to learn more about the country’s rich culture and food history.

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2. Penang Peranakan Mansion – 5 hours (10:00 AM to 11:30 PM)

Penang Peranakan Mansion

No itinerary of Penang is complete without a visit to the Penang Peranakan Mansion. This cultural spot is helps you understand the history of the Peranakan people.

So, enter this beautifully-restored structure and get to know more about the Malay and Chinese heritage .

Walk around the mansion and discover its culture through the antique furniture and stunning carvings . There are also plenty of traditional textiles and clothing on exhibit.

a. Inner Courtyard

Inner Courtyard

Wander around the inner courtyard and get mesmerized by the gorgeous architectural designs. These are highly recommended for backdrops.

So, if you’re looking for a photogenic background, this is such a good choice .

b. Dining Hall and Kitchen Area

Dining Hall

Walk into the dining hall that is filled with breathtaking furniture and cultural pieces . The area itself is another gorgeous location for some photography sessions.

c. Family Hall

Family Hall

Continue the tour inside the family hall where lots of historical charms are displayed all over the walls. There are also several furniture pieces around this section that add up to its beauty.

d. Bridal Chamber and Bedroom

Bridal Chamber and Bedroom

Drop by the bridal chamber and for sure you’ll love the colourful interiors. From the beds to the tables, there’s so much to unravel here.

3. Penang Little India – 15 minutes (11:30 PM to 11:45 PM)

Penang Little India

Carry on with the adventure as you explore Penang Little India . This is somehow the same as Singapore Little India, which gives you a peek at the Indian heritage .

While wandering around, you’d be surprised at how well the Indian culture blended with Malaysian customs.

Check out the breathtaking murals and architectural styles. And don’t forget to visit one of the local stores that sell handicrafts, textiles, and jewelry pieces.

4. Goddess of Mercy Temple Penang – 15 minutes (11:45 PM to 12:00 PM)

Goddess of Mercy Temple Penang

Before taking your lunch, stop by the Goddess of Mercy Temple or also known as the Kuan Yin Temple . This was built during the 17 th century , making it the oldest Taoist temple in Penang .

Aside from its historical significance, the temple’s architectural style is also a stunner. See the beautiful paintings and sculptures within the temple .

And, don’t miss the large statue of Kuan Yin that is located in the main prayer hall .

5. Kapitan Keling Mosque – 10 minutes (12:00 PM to 12:10 PM)

Kapitan Keling Mosque

Another famous religious location is the Kapitan Keling Mosque . Visit this mosque that was built by early Indian Muslim settlers .

Because of its cultural roots, this is acknowledged as one of the key sites that made George Town a UNESCO world heritage site .

6. Bee Hwa Café or Hameediyah Restaurant (Lunch) – 50 minutes (12:10 PM to 1:00 PM)

Option 1: bee hwa café.

Koay Teow Th'ng, White Curry Noodle and Char Koay Teow a at Bee Hwa Cafe

Dine in at Bee Hwa Café , which is a long-running restaurant with over 20 years in service .

Some of their bestsellers are the Koay Teow Th’ng (Penang Chicken Soup) and White Curry Noodle.

They also offer Char Koay Teow, Hokkein Noodle, and Fried Rice. Each of these costs RM 6. But if you are on a tight on budget, the most recommended choice is their White Curry Noodle .

Option 2: Hameediyah Restaurant

Hameediyah Restaurant

If you’re looking for another option, there’s Hameediyah Restaurant . This is a famous eatery that offers a variety of delectable Malay cuisines .

Check out their signature dishes like Chicken Biryani Rice (RM 16), Fried Noodle (RM 7), and Beef Rendang (RM 17) .

7. Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion – 1 hour (1:00 PM to 2:00 PM)

Cheong Fatt Tze

After your lunch, spend some time at Cheong Fatt Tze . It’s quite easy to spot this structure because of the vivid blue color of the lower section.

Aside from the gorgeous hues, the architectural design of the mansion itself is breathtaking . No wonder it earned the coveted UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award .

Architectural Styles of Cheong Fatt Tze

The beauty of the mansion extends inside the premises, where you’ll find a glimpse of Chinese and Western cultures.

Explore the hallways and get dazzled by the distinctive ornaments and decorative floors all over the place.

8. Penang 3D Trick Art Museum – 5 hours (2:00 PM to 3:30 PM)

Penang 3D Trick Art Museum

Don’t miss the fun as you visit the Penang 3D Trick Art Museum . This is a famous artsy destination for families and groups of friends who want to experience art like no other.

Here, you can pose with the 3D art installations and showcase your acting skills . Try to be as creative as possible and be surprised with the result.

And since there are lots of art pieces around, for sure you won’t run out of photography ideas !

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9. Clan Jetties of Penang – 30 minutes (3:30 PM to 4:00 PM)

Clan Jetties of Penang

Keep exploring and you’ll come across the Clan Jetties of Penang . It is nestled along the beautiful waterfront of Georgetown.

This traditional village once served as the home of the early Chinese settlers back in the 19 th century.

Narrow Wooden Walkways of the Jetties

One of the unique features of the Clan Jetties is the vibrant way of living. As you step into the wooden walkways, you’ll be transported to how these immigrants lived in the past.

Capture the colorful surroundings with your family and friends. And for sure, you’ll experience a unique culture through the rustic houses with elaborative designs.

Folklore by the Sea Mural

Breathe in the fresh air that surrounds the Folklore by the Sea mural. And of course, take a photo of the cultural mural on one of the houses on the stilt .

10. Dark Mansion – 3D Glow In The Dark Museum – 1 hour (4:00 PM to 5:00 PM)

Dark Mansion Museum

Discover the Dark Mansion and be amazed by the fascinating 3D art installations. This top-rated museum is filled with paintings and optical illusions that radiate in the dark .

During your visit, make sure you snap a photo of Edgar Muller’s masterpiece . The artwork is recognized to be the biggest glow-in-the-dark painting in the world .

3D Glowing Art in the Museum

Since there are 5 themed attractions in the museum, you’d certainly enjoy your time here.  So, snap a lot of photos and have fun .

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11. The TOP Penang (Rainbow Skywalk & Obervatory Deck) – 5 hours (5:00 PM to 7:30 PM)

The TOP Komtar Penang

When planning an itinerary for Penang, be sure to include The TOP Penang. Towering at 816 feet, this is considered the highest entertainment building in Georgetown .

And with its soaring height, it’s a popular location to capture the entire cityscape .

a. Indoor Observatory Deck

Indoor Observatory Deck

Head to the observatory deck, which is located at level 65 of the tower. This is a favorite spot among locals and visitors who want to catch a bird’s eye view of the island .

While on top, you’d be able to see top tourist sites like Gurney Drive, Penang Hill, Penang Bridge, and Penang Jetty .

b. Rainbow Skywalk

Rainbow Skywalk

Watch the sunset while wandering around the Rainbow Skywalk.

However, this might not be for the faint-hearted. It’s because the observation deck comes with a glass bottom . This means you can also see the buildings if you look below!

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12. New Lane Hawker Centre or Village Fish Head Bee Hoon (Dinner) – 1 hour (7:30 PM to 8:30 PM)

Option 1: new lane hawker centre.

New Lane Hawker Centre

Dig into New Lane Hawker Centre and enjoy a hearty meal! You won’t be disappointed with the options here, from noodles to barbecued foods.

Some of the most popular dishes are the Charcoal Seafood Char Kuey Teow (RM 9), Loh Bak (RM 15), and Wonton Noodles (RM 6.50).

Satay is also recommended, and this comes in either pork (10 sticks – RM 14) or chicken (10 sticks – RM 13). Other tasty dishes include chicken wings (RM 3 per piece), fried oysters (RM 13), and a lot more!

Option 2: Village Fish Head Bee Hoon

Village Fish Head Bee Hoon

The second option would be the Village Fish Head Bee Hoon . This is highly suggested if you’re looking for a Tom Yum noodle soup paired with fried fish fillets .

Fascinatingly, you can pick your preferred ingredients to be added to the soup . Some of the options include fish balls, prawns, meatballs, eggs, sausages, and the like .

The price starts around RM 15, depending on your chosen ingredients.

Day 2 in Penang Route

The second day of this plan begins at Penang’s most iconic street art murals.

You’ll also stop by some cultural sites, temples, and local restaurants . And of course, this is the day when you’ll visit the scenic Penang Hill .

1. Penang Street Arts – 30 minutes (9:00 AM to 9:30 AM)

Brother & Sister on a Swing, Auntie Selling Soya, Hoola Hoop Basketball and I Want Bao Murals

Start your day by checking out the “Brother & Sister on a Swing” mural. This is one of the striking paintings that portray the lifestyle of the early settlers.

Also, make sure not to miss the other wall paintings in the area. Check out the remarkable “Auntie Selling Soya” as well as the “Hoola Hoop Basketball” designs. Lastly, see the nostalgic “I Want Bao” art.

2. Street Arts and Floating Colorful Umbrellas – 30 minutes (9:30 AM to 10:00 AM)

Kids on Bicycle, Boy on Motorbike, Boy on Chair Murals and Colorful Umbrellas

Continue with the cultural escapade as you stop by the “ Kids on Bicycle” . This section is quite popular in Penang and is visited by many tourists all year round .

Aside from this street art, you’d also come across the “Boy on Motorbike” and “Boy on Chair” murals. Completing the list is none other than the “Floating Colorful Umbrellas” .

3. Armenian Street – 20 minutes (10:00 AM to 10:20 AM)

Armenian Street

After seeing the murals, navigate around Armenian Street . This historic pathway shelters a number of antique buildings in Penang .

Here, you’d find the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi as well as the Choo Chay Keong Temple.

The building walls are also fringed with gorgeous artwork embellishments that add up to the charms of the place.

And while walking around, don’t forget to shop from one of the traditional shops . There are plenty of unique handicrafts and ornaments perfect as souvenirs .

4. Choo Chay Keong Temple – 10 minutes (10:20 AM to 10:30 AM)

Choo Chay Keong Temple

Pay a visit to Choo Chay Keong Temple , which is an important religious site in the island . Finding this shrine is quite easy. It’s because of the Chinese architectural design that exudes all over the temple’s exteriors.

The dragon pillars and the intricate elements on the front porch also make the shrine eye-catching. So, try to be creative and use the beautiful facade as your photo background .

5. Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi – 30 minutes (10:30 AM to 11:00 AM)

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi

Keep on with the morning exploration and uncover the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi . This spectacular Chinese temple was built by the Khoo clan in the 19 th century .

As part of the most powerful Chinese clans in the past, they created a temple that stood the test of time.

Main Entrance of Leong San Tong

Admire the magnificent exteriors with intricate roofs and ornamented pillars.

And, before you enter the breathtaking temple, look closely at the stone carvings of lions and dragons. These creatures were believed to protect the shrine from bad spirits and bring in fortune.

Inside the Main Altar

As you enter the temple, you’d be captivated by the golden interiors engulfing the premises.

Scan the main altar and discover different ceramic and wood sculptures. There are also plenty of mural paintings displayed around the walls.

6. Upside Down Museum – 5 hours (11:00 AM to 12:30 PM)

Upside Down Museum

One of the top attractions on a Penang itinerary is the Upside Down Museum . Unlike typical museums, this is highly interactive because of the uniqueness of the art pieces .

All the displays and designs are positioned upside down. This means that you need to showcase your creativity to capture the essence of the art.

Toilet Upside Down

Equipped with themed rooms, you’d have lots of opportunities to highlight your skills here. Explore the living room, kitchen, and bedroom and take all sorts of photos.

The staff members will assist you with taking photos and offering helpful tips on how to pose correctly in the upside-down environment.

7. Mural – “Love on Bicycle” – 5 minutes (12:30 PM to 12:35 PM)

Love on Bicycle Mural

Before taking your lunch, swing by the Love on Bicycle mural . This is another favorite street art among locals and travellers alike. So, try to photograph this location as you pass by the area .

8. Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul – 10 minutes (12:35 PM to 12:45 PM)

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul

Take a break and head to Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul to try their best-selling dessert . This is such a perfect treat that you wouldn’t want to miss.

The dessert contains green pandan-flavored noodles with shaved ice and sweetened coconut milk . It also comes with some red beans . You can get this delicious dessert for only RM 4.50 per cup .

9. Joo Hooi Café (Lunch) – 45 minutes (12:45 PM to 1:30 PM)

Char Koay Teow, Laksa and Crispy Chicken Skin at Joo Hooi Cafe

Now, for your lunch, go to Joo Hooi Café . Brimming with traditional vibes, this café is definitely a great location to relax while eating some local dishes .

Their best-sellers include the Penang-style Char Koay Teow (RM 8.50), Laksa (RM 7), and Lor Bak (RM 10 to RM 15).

You may also want to try their Crispy Fried Chicken Drumsticks (RM 6 per piece) and Crispy Chicken Skin (RM 6 per cup) .

10. Kek Lok Si Temple – 5 hours (2:00 PM to 4:30 PM)

Kek Lok Si Temple

After a hearty meal at the local café, it’s time to discover the Kek Lok Si Temple . As a famous Buddhist temple in Penang, many tourists visit this location .

a. Main Prayer Hall and Grand Hall

Main Prayer Hall and Grand Hall

When you enter the temple, you’d be surrounded by magnificent carvings and stunning murals . These decorations blend well with each other, making the temple more attractive.

b. Standing Buddha, Seated Buddha, and Beautiful Garden

Standing Buddha and Seated Buddha

There are also several Buddha statues inside and outside the shrine .

Aside from the religious sculptures, the temple contains a number of scenic gardens . Here, you can unwind and take some photos of the lush scenery and vibrant flowers .

c. 7-Tier Pagoda

7-Tier Pagoda

While wandering around the gardens, make sure you drop by the 7-Tier Pagoda . This towering structure is one of the key parts of the temple .

d. Goddess of Mercy

Goddess of Mercy

Perched on top of the hill is a breathtaking bronze statue that would surely catch your attention. It was made to honor the Goddess of mercy and compassion, Kuan Yin .

Standing at 30 meters tall , this spectacular figure is considered the country’s largest statue . Because of its soaring height, you need to ride the Sky Lift to reach the hilltop.

Alternative Solution: Join this famous Bus Tour in Penang. It covers Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill! 🙂

11. Penang Hill – 5 hours (4:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

Penang Hill

Visiting Penang Hill is a must-add to your travel plan when exploring the island. It’s a well-known destination that lets you explore up to the peak of the hill .

So, here are some of the spots in Penang Hill that should be included during your visit.

a. Viewing Deck

Viewing Deck in Penang Hill

Be one with nature as you unwind at the viewing deck. This is a scenic location for relaxation and simple conversations with your loved ones.

b. Sky Terrace

Sky Terrace Penang Hill

If you want to listen to some live music, move to the Sky Terrace. Aside from the romantic vibes, this place also serves tasty snacks .

For only RM 32 each, you can buy a Cheesy Chicken Burger, BBQ Chicken Burger, or Fish Burger.

Additionally, they have Twister Fries, Cheesy Wedges, and Smoked Cocktail Sausage. Each of these costs RM 20.

c. Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple

Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple

The next destination would be the Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple , which is made in honor of Lord Murugan .

Navigate around the area and marvel at how this religious site has been preserved for many years.

Even as one of the oldest Hindu shrines in Penang , the beauty of the place still remains. Look closely at the vivid designs and capture its charms with your camera.

d. Gate House Bel Retiro

Gate House Bel Retiro

Did you know that the Gate House Bel Retiro is considered one of the most prominent properties in Penang?

This was constructed during the 17 th century as a tribute to the governor of the island. Because of its elegance, the structure is quite popular when it comes to picture-taking .

e. Astaka Cliff Café

Astaka Cliff Cafe

Another remarkable dining spot in the area is the Astaka Cliff Café .

Uniquely, this nestles on a cliff, so you’d get panoramic views of the towering hills of Penang while eating your food. So, order one of their delicious meals and capture the gorgeous beauty of Penang Hill.

Apart from meals and snacks, you’d also love the selection of hot and cold drinks.

They have fresh juices, hot coffee, tea, and more, ranging between RM 2.50 to RM 6.50 . The Ice Kacang is a must-try dessert too. It costs around RM 6 to RM 15 , depending on the flavor.

f. The Habitat

The Habitat

Finish off your adventure in this hill resort by strolling around The Habitat .

This is the best place to capture the beautiful rainforest in its purest form. Since the site quite extensive , you need to allocate at least an hour here .

12. Keat Seng Restaurant (Dinner) – 1 hour (8:00 PM to 9:00 PM)

Hokkien Mee and Fish Fillet Noodle Soup at Keat Seng Restaurant

Spend your dinner at the Keat Seng Restaurant , which is located nearby the Penang Hill Lower Station . You can choose from the array of local dishes as well as some Chinese, Indian, and Japanese cuisines .

Their best-sellers include the Hokkien Mee (RM 6), Fish Fillet Noodle Soup (RM 11), and Fried Oyster Omelette. Other options are the Tau Foo, Tomyam Noodle Soup, and Curry Mee.

Day 3 in Penang Route

Your itinerary’s last day is the perfect time to explore some of Penang’s famous attractions . These include TeddyVille Museum , Entopia , and Escape Penang .

And after the fun-filled day, you’d be capping off the trip at Gurney Drive Hawker Center and Gurney Plaza .

1. TeddyVille Museum @ Batu Ferringhi – 1 hour (9:00 AM to 10:00 AM)

TeddyVille Museum

Commence your day with a trip to the TeddyVille Museum . This is a perfect choice for those travelling with kids or anyone who loves teddy bears.

The museum offers an impressive collection of charming and cuddly bears in various colors and sizes .

And uniquely, there are some teddy bears that are dressed in local costumes to portray different cultures . So, go around the exhibits and meet these cute figures. Pose with them or use them as your backdrop .

2. Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm + Lunch – 2 hours (10:20 AM to 12:20 PM)

Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm

After your teddy bear encounter at the museum, it’s time to unravel the beauty of Entopia Penang . The place houses more than 60 different butterfly species . At present, they have over 15,000 butterflies .

Spiders, Scorpions and Insects

They also have an extensive collection of insects, reptiles, and more . Check out their habitat one by one and unravel their unique features through the compartments.

Garden and Colorful Butterflies

Stroll along the lush garden bursting with beautiful flying creatures. There’s also a small waterfall inside the farm that is very scenic .

And during your trip, try to revisit the life cycle of a butterfly or get to know more about the characteristics of these insects.

Beetles and Mantis

Aside from the exhibits, the farm also offers a lot of interactive learning programs and fun educational activities. So, if you’re with kids, this is a great opportunity for them to learn more about these animals.

How to save on entrance tickets? Take advantage of online offer and book your Entopia tickets online to enjoy up to a 10% discount.

Lunch (Tapestree Café @ Entopia): Take a break and have your lunch at Tapestree Café. This dining spot offers a wide selection of tasty Asian and Western snacks and meals.

You can try their Chicken Rendang with White Rice (RM 26), Chicken Chop with Fries (RM 26), or Chicken Rice (RM 24).

If you want a lighter meal, they have Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Chicken (RM 24) and Fish & Chips (RM 26).

3. ESCAPE Penang Theme Park – 5 hours (12:30 PM to 6:00 PM)


After filling your stomach, embark on a journey to ESCAPE Penang . Visiting this theme park is a must, especially for those with a penchant for outdoor fun.

Ready yourself for an exciting adventure loaded with thrilling activities. Try the world’s longest zip coaster and experience the thrill as you travel through the breathtaking nature scenes at a fast pace .

Play House, Speed Racer, Tubby Racer and Monkey Business

There are also water slides for adults and kids. If you have the guts, take on the world’s longest tube water slide . And of course, the obstacle courses are totally fascinating.

So, make sure you don’t forget to add ESCAPE Penang to your must-go list  to experience a day of fun and excitement.

Discounted Entry Tickets: Why pay more on-site? Book your Escape Penang tickets online to get cheaper prices!

4. Gurney Drive Hawker Centre (Dinner) – 1 hour (6:30 PM to 7:30 PM)

Gurney Drive Hawker Centre

Following a fun-filled day at ESCAPE Penang, it’s best that you eat dinner at Gurney Drive Hawker Centre . Here, you have lots of tasty food options according to your liking .

If you’re craving some noodles, you can try the Prawn Noodle (RM 6.50), Asam Laksa (RM 5.50), or Char Koay Teow (RM 7) .

Fried and grilled foods are readily available too like the Fried Oyster (RM 18) and Lok Lok (RM 1.30 per stick).

5. Gurney Plaza – 2 hours (7:30 PM to 9:30 PM)

Gurney Plaza

Complete your trip by shopping at Gurney Plaza , which is located within the Gurney Drive section of Penang. This offers an impressive variety of shops, making it one of the favorite spots among shopaholics .

Go around the massive mall and visit different luxury shops and local stores. There are heaps of clothing lines, fashion brands, beauty items, and skincare products .

And of course, dining is not a problem here. You’d find several fast-food restaurants and cafes around to satisfy your needs.

Some of the most recommended dining areas are Ippudo Ramen and Sushi Tei as well as Din Tai Fung and Canton-i Restaurant .

Individual Ticket vs PG Multi Attraction Pass

If you’re considering a trip to Entopia Penang, The Top Komtar, and Escape Penang, the combined cost of tickets would be RM 269.10 (For Malaysian) and RM 283.50 (For Non-Malaysian).

However, with the Penang Multi-Attraction Pass , you can enjoy all these attractions for just RM 220 (For Malaysian) and RM 225 (For Non-Malaysian), saving you RM 49.10 (For Malaysian) and RM 58.50 (For Non-Malaysia) . The more people in your group, the more you can save on your overall expenses .

The Penang Multi-Attraction Pass offers flexible options such as a 2-Attraction, 3-Attraction, or 4-Attraction pass . This pass cover up to 9 tourist spots in Penang . For more details, just check out the link below.

Also, gives you the freedom to pick and choose which attractions to visit and when to visit them , depending on your preferences and schedule.

  • Check out Penang Multi-Attraction Pass here

Penang Itinerary Map

The map above is created by me to make it easier for you to understand my 3 days trip in Penang .

Georgetown Penang

Although there are lots of options at hand, the best area to stay in Penang for tourists is Georgetown .

The place itself is brimming with advantages. Below are some of the key elements that make this highly recommended for tourists:

  • Culture and History: As a UNESCO World Heritage site, you’d be surrounded by all sorts of colonial structures and cultural charms. These include museums, temples, street murals, and more.
  • Abundance of Dining Options: Of course, the food choices here are top-notch. You’d love the street food scene that is filled with fast-food restaurants, local eateries, and hawker stalls. So, if you’re craving some local and international dishes, it’s easy to find a place to eat.
  • Proximity to Key Sites: Since it’s situated in the heart of Penang Island, you can conveniently visit one attraction to another. It’s a strategic base point when exploring different tourist sections.
  • Vibrant Night Scene: Lastly, the nightlife scene here is outstanding. You can enjoy the night at some cafes or restaurants. There are plenty of bars in the area too.

Sunway Hotel Georgetown

Recommended Hotels in Georgetown

  • Sunway Hotel Georgetown : This 4-star hotel is just a minute’s walk to New Lane Hawker Centre. It’s also 5 minutes away from The TOP Penang, providing easy access to attractions in Georgetown. Plus, you won’t have a hard time booking a grab car in the area.
  • Eastern & Oriental Hotel : If you’re looking for a historic and scenic accommodation in Penang, this is the best choice. Fringed with rich history and cultural elements, this luxurious hotel offers a lot of sophisticated rooms.
  • Hotel NEO+ Penang : For travellers on a tight budget, this 3-star hotel is the answer to your needs. It’s an affordable accommodation with comfortable rooms. On top of that, it is situated close to Sunway Hotel.
  • OZO George Town : This is another recommendation that provides cosy and modern rooms. It also comes with a rooftop pool that is a perfect spot to wind down after your day-to-day activities.

1. Grab Car

One of the most convenient ways to explore the island is by booking a ride through Grab Car . This is highly suggested if you want a competitive and clear pricing. To use this, you just book via the mobile app .

2. Join a Guided Tour of Penang

Guided Tour of Penang

When it comes to cheaper transportation, the best option would be to join guided tours .

Apart from its affordability, tours are very convenient . It’s because the tour company prepares your agenda to save time and effort .

And since you’d be guided by the locals, it’s a great way to learn more about the island’s history and culture . As of this writing, there are 2 popular guided tours available in Penang – Guided Tour 1 and Guided Tour 2 .

The first option covers the Kek Lok Si temple and Penang Hill attractions . On the other hand, the second tour brings you to Georgetown .

3. Car Rental with a Professional Driver

Car Rental with a Professional Driver in Penang

For a more personalized trip, you may rent a car with a professional driver. This is highly suggested if you want to tailor your schedule at your own pace and discover Penang with no restrictions from tours.

Plus, this is a remarkable choice if you hate long taxi and public transportation queues . It could also be a great option for those travelling with kids or even groups of friends .

You may check out the private car services here and find out more about the current car hire prices for half and full day services.

4. Rent a Car and Drive Yourself

Car Rental Penang

If you know how to drive, then you can rent a car and explore the island on your own . This is the best choice for those who want to visit the top tourist spots and even some hidden gems in no hurry .

Moreover, renting and driving a car is a commendable choice for groups and families. For reference, try to check out car rental online and see the car rental options available.

1. Rapid Penang

Rapid Penang

The Rapid Penang is one of the two airport transportation options.

This public bus ride operates from 6:00 AM to 11:15 PM , with a frequency of every 60 to 80 minutes . As to the bus fare, it’s currently priced at RM 4 per person .

If you choose this, you just ride Bus 102 from Penang Airport to Georgetown . The travel time would probably reach an hour or so .

Although this is a good choice, I do not recommend this if you have lots of luggage . It’s because the bus does not have enough space for storage .

2. Private Airport Transfer by Car or Van

Penang Private Airport Transfer

If you prefer door-to-door transportation , it’s ideal that you book a private airport transfer . This is very convenient , especially for those who want seamless transportation from the airport to your hotel .

Since this is a direct transfer, you won’t have to deal with lots of stops . Plus, you can choose either a car or a van, depending on your preference .

So, try to check out the private airport transfer here and pick the vehicle that best suits your needs.

If you’ve got extra days in Malaysia, don’t hesitate to explore Genting SkyWorlds in Genting Highlands or Kuala Lumpur . These two are spectacular places that also deserve a visit.

Genting Highlands is recommended if you love theme parks, shopping malls, and casinos.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur is very popular because it’s the capital of the country. So, it’s filled with modern structures and cultural landmarks like the Petronas Twin Towers, Merdeka Square, and Batu Caves.

And of course, the vibrant and diverse food options make it more exciting to visit!

Thank you for taking the time to read my complete Penang holiday itinerary . I hope this article will be a useful resource for you in planning the perfect trip to this wonderful island. 🙂

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George Town, Penang, Malaysia is a top travel destination – and it’s easy to understand why. Penang Island boasts incredible street art, delectable local cuisine, lush nature, amazing beaches and a well-preserved history. For our trip, we created an absolutely perfect Penang Itinerary and are sharing it with our fellow travelers!

How Many Days in Penang, Malaysia?

In our Penang, Malaysia Itinerary, we outline the best way to spend 5 days in Penang. We think that is the ideal amount of time to visit all of the George Town Penang attractions, abundant nature and sunny beaches. 

However, we understand that some are planning a Penang one day trip, while others only have 2 days in Penang or are trying to plan a 3 day Penang itinerary. To help travelers create the best itinerary to Penang, we outline alternative Penang itineraries for shorter stays at the end of the article.

About Our Penang Itinerary 5 Days

Lanterns hang from temple at Chew Jetty in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Our Penang 5 Day Itinerary covers the best Penang destinations. We highlight the top things to do in George Town Penang – as well as feature top Penang Island tourist spots, like beaches and temples. 

For each day, we detail what to see in Penang and include informational details about each attraction. Additionally, we provide a useful Penang attraction map with tourist spots so that you can easily route your way to each sight.

Save, Pin or Bookmark our Penang Travel Guide to plan your trip to Malaysia!

George Town, Penang History

Classic architecture in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Before we jump into what to see and do in Penang, Malaysia, let’s talk a little about the history of Georgetown Penang. 

The city of George Town in Penang, Malaysia is the country’s second-largest city (after Kuala Lumpur ) – and the Penang tourist spot. Many of the top things to do in Penang are in the historical core of George Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but there are top attractions in Penang just outside the city center, too.  

Origins of Georgetown

Chinese Chamber of Commerce building in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Understanding the history of George Town in Penang, Malaysia is essential in making sense of the differing architectural styles and sights in the city.

Established as a port by the British East India Company in 1786, George Town officially became a British Colony in 1867. It wasn’t until 1957, when George Town became independent.

Because of the many different cultures that settled in George Town, the architecture is incredibly varied. Temples are found just steps from mosques and traditional Peranakan row houses are found just around the corner from grand colonial structures. The differing styles are what makes the George Town historical core the most interesting place in Penang. 

Penang Street Art

Festive character street art mural in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Whether taking a Penang 1 day trip or creating a 5 Day Itinerary Penang, seeing Street Art should be part of your trip plan. 

After earning the UNESCO World Heritage Site title in 2008, the city sought ways to present its history – and “Marking George Town Street Art” was the winning idea in 2010. Using steel rods, a team of artists created 52 sculptures that humorously tell the story of the town. The popular project, which integrated art into existing features on buildings, paved the way for other street artists.

Penang Art District

Man's mouth over archway street art in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

In 2012, Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic, painted a series of murals in George Town called “Mirrors George Town” that depict scenes of everyday life. His street art often incorporates tangible items into the murals and invites viewers to be interactive with the art. Since then, Penang has been flooded with artists leaving their mark on buildings all over town. 

Street Art Penang: What To See

Cat peeks outside wall art mural in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Because seeking out street art is one of the top things to do in Georgetown Penang, we have included the most popular wall art murals in our Penang trip plan. That said, there are numerous works of art throughout the town that are lesser known, but still interesting. 

The Best Penang Itinerary  

Man wearing Malaysia shirt Street Art mural in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Our day-by-day itinerary outlines what to see in Penang, Malaysia. In addition to must see sights, we also include a few unusual things to do in Penang. 

DAY 1: Visit Penang Itinerary

Padang Esplanade in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Day 1 of our Penang trip itinerary begins near the Penang port, Swetternham Pier, and includes the top 30 places to visit in Penang in George Town. We outline a self-guided walking tour of the must-visit places in Penang. In the afternoon, cool down with a cold drink at a café. Then, partake in the best night attraction in Penang, feasting on fabulous street food. 

What To Do in Georgetown Penang

Spend the day on a self-guided Penang city tour that features the best George Town, Penang attractions. On our self-guided George Town day tour, we have highlighted 30 Penang historical sites, Georgetown attractions and Penang street art sites.

Georgetown Penang Attractions Map

We’ve included a Penang attractions map of sights at the end of the post that include markers for all 30 stops on our outlined George Town city tour. You can also pick up a Penang tourist map at the airport or tourist information center.

Walking Tour Penang: A Self-Guided George Town, Penang Sightseeing Tour

Seeing George Town sights is a must-do in Penang! Gorgeous architecture and intriguing art murals are the highlight. No need to worry about where to go in George Town, Penang – our outlined Penang city tour itinerary includes the best places to visit. 

Our walking tour in Penang could take as little as 3 hours. However, we recommend slowing your pace, savoring the sights and spending an entire day sightseeing in George Town. 

#1 Queen Victoria Memorial Clock (Jubilee Clock Tower)

Start your Penang day tour walking expedition at the Queen Victoria Clock. Standing at Light Street and Beach Street is the Memorial Clock that was dedicated to the queen in 1897 to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

#2 Fort Cornwallis

Canons can be seen on the walls of Fort Cornwallis, a fort built in the 18th century by the British East India Company. It is one of the top places in Penang to learn about the history of the city. 

#3 Penang Town Hall and City Hall

Two historic places to visit in Georgetown Penang that are still used as originally intended are the Town Hall and City Hall. Built in the 1880s by the British, the Town Hall was used for social functions and administration offices. The City Hall building was completed in 1903. 

#4 St. George’s Anglican Church

Designated a National Treasure of Malaysia in 2007, St. George’s Anglican Church, which was consecrated in 1819, is one of the top Colonial tourist attractions in Penang George Town. The Neo-Classical structure features Doric columns, a gable roof and an octagonal steeple.

#5 Church of the Assumption

Designated a World Heritage Church, the Church of the Assumption dates to 1860 and is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Malaysia. 

#6 Cheong Fatt Tze Blue Mansion

Historic Blue Mansion in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Designed as a traditional Chinese house, the Blue Mansion was built in the 19th century by Cheong Fatt Tze, a successful business man, for his family. Today, the landmark building is both a museum and a boutique hotel and it’s one of the most interesting places in Penang to visit. Tours are offered (for a small fee) a few times a day. 

#7 Trishaw Man Mural

As we mentioned, street art is a tourist attraction in Georgetown Penang – and the Trishaw Mural is the first artwork featured on our walking tour.

The 50-foot wall mural of a trishaw pedaler was painted by Ernest Zacharevic in 2012 and is one of his largest murals in the city.

#8 Thean Hou Temple

Renovated in 1995, the Thean Hou Temple features intricate stone carvings that depict Chinese stories and Hainanese culture. Although the temple is a Penang, Malaysia tourist spot, it is also a place of worship.

#9 Kung Fu Girl Mural

Kung Fu Girl street art mural in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Also known as the Little Girl in Blue, the Kung Fu Girl mural was painted by Ernest Zacharevic and incorporates the building’s windows into the work of art. For many visitors, this artwork is a George Town sightseeing must-see. 

#10 The Indian Boatman Mural

The Indian Boatman wall mural in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Painted by Russian artist Julia Volchkova, the Indian Boatman mural is located on Stewart Lane, which is also called Boat Alley – a lane that once housed the Hainanese Mariners building.  

#11 Goddess of Mercy Temple  

Kuan Yin Temple, Goddess of Mercy Temple  in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Built in 1728, the Goddess of Mercy Temple is the oldest Taoist temple in the city. The temple is a Penang must-visit; both tourists and devotees visit with offerings and to light joss sticks.

#12 Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion museum in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

The opulent Peranakan Mansion museum is one of the historical places in Penang. Visitors can learn about the lifestyle of wealthy Peranakans (who are locally-born Chinese people, also called Babas and Nyonyas).

#13 Little India

Colorful street in Little India district in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Located in the heart of the city, the colorful Little India district is one of the top places to visit in Penang. Covering three streets, Little India is known for textile shops, Bollywood music and Indian cuisine. Visiting the Little India district is one of the top things to do in George Town, Penang.

#14 Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Colorful tower at Sri Mariamman Temple in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Built in 1833, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Penang. The entrance tower (gopuram) is 23-feet-tall and features incredibly detailed statues of gods and goddesses. Note: Visitors can only enter the temple from 6:30am to 12noon and from 4:30pm to 9:00pm – so if you want to go inside, be sure to keep an eye on the time while exploring George Town.

#15 Kapitan Keling Mosque

Entrance to Kapitan Keling Mosque in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Built in 1801 and renovated in 1930, the Kapitan Keling Mosque sits in the center of the city in the Tamil Muslim neighborhood (and just steps from the Sri Mahamariamman Temple). The mosque was the first Muslim structure built in Penang.

#16 Yap Temple

The small, but classic, Yap Temple is a clan temple of Lum Yeong Tong Yap Kongsi House and one of the Penang interesting places to see. Inside the temple, the Yap family ancestral tablets are on display.

#17 Sun Yat Sen Museum (formerly Sun Yat-sen Penang Base)

Built in 1880, the residential dwelling was used by Sun Yat-sen (known as the founding father of the Republic of China) as the headquarters of his political party in the early 1900s. It was from this site that Sun Yat-sen gave a rousing speech, which led to the China Revolution of 1911 and the overthrow of the Qing dynasty.

#18 Penang Islamic Museum

Dedicated to the role of Islam in Malaysia, the Islamic Museum is housed in the 1860 villa. It is one of the places to visit in Penang Island to learn more about the diversity of Penang.

#19 Lebuh Aceh Mosque

Built in 1808 in the heart of the Muslim settlement, the Lebuh Aceh Mosque is most-known for its unusual Egyptian-style minaret.

#20 Reaching Up Mural

Boy on chair reaching up street art mural in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

A painting by Ernest Zacharevic, the Reaching Up street art mural depicts a little boy standing on a chair and reaching up toward a small, square window.

#21 Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi

The Chinese clan, Khoo Kongsi, can trace its lineage back 650 years. On your Penang visit, find the impressive clan house that is hidden among shophouses and dwellings.

#22 Armenian Street Penang

Once called Malay Lane for the Malays that settled on the street, in the early 1800s, the name was changed to Armenian Street for the Armenian traders that took up residence there. Today, the street is multicultural and is popular with tourists, who come in search of street art. Strolling the length of the lane is one of the best things to do in George Town, Penang.

#23 Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple

The pretty Taoist Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple was built in 1845 – and was once the meeting place for a secret Chinese society (which is why a Kuan Kong statue is placed on the roof).

#24 Children on Bicycle Mural

Kids on Bicycle street art mural in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

One of Ernest Zacharevic’s most loved pieces of artwork in Penang, Children on Bicycle is a small painting of two kids enjoying a bike ride…on an actual bike. It’s one of the best places to visit in Penang to see how real items can be incorporated into street art.

#25 Seh Tek Tong Cheah Kongsi Clan House

Ornate Cheah Kongsi Temple in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

The ornate Cheah Kongsi dates to the year 1873 and incorporates multiple architectural styles, including Malay, Straits Chinese and European influences.  

#26 China House

The China House is a conglomeration of shops, cafes and galleries, which are housed in three historical buildings. The popular bakery is one of the best places in George Town, Penang for dessert – as the China House offers 30 different cakes.

Top Tip: Keep an eye out for the many opportunities to take fun Penang photos throughout the China House.

#27 Boy on Motorbike Mural

Boy on Motorbike street art mural in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

The Boy on Motorbike Mural, created by Ernest Zacharevic, depicts a familiar scene in the city: a motorbike driver looking over his shoulder for oncoming traffic. The mural incorporates the building doors and an actual motorbike in the painting.

To the left of Boy on Motorbike is Boy with Pet Monster Mural.   Also, painted by Ernest Zacharevic, Boy with Pet Monster Mural captures the imagination of a child. This is one of the most popular and best places to visit in Penang for Street Art. 

#28 Children Playing Basketball Mural

Artist Louis Gan (who is both deaf and mute) created Children Playing Basketball, utilizing a real basketball hoop.

#29 Brother and Sister on Swings Mural

Brother and Sister on Swing street art mural in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

The most popular painting in Penang by Louis Gan is Brother and Sister on Swings, which is on (now named) Step By Step Lane. The artwork uses a swing set and features the painting of two young kids standing on one swing, while the other swing is open for people to become part of the artwork. Top Tip: Go ahead, take a seat and snap a picture – posing with the artwork is one of the fun things to do in George Town, Penang, Malaysia!

#30 Chinese Clan Jetties

Kuan Yin Floating Temple from Chew Jetty in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

There are six clan jetties in George Town – and a top place to visit in Penang. Rather than sidewalks, planked boardwalks line the neighborhood of houses that stand on stilts over the water. Visitors are free to walk around, but should be mindful that they are essentially in someone’s ‘front yard’.  

Chew Jetty is the most commercialized and tourist-friendly of the clan jetties in George Town. Shops and cafes line the walkway and boats docked along the planks offer tours to visitors. However, respectful visitors are free to explore the other jetties as well. 

Kuan Yin Floating Temple Buddhist (Hean Boo Thean Temple) sits at the end of the Yeoh Jetty and is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy. Originally a small shrine on stilts, the temple was overhauled in 2012 and now features lights that illuminate the sea after dark.

After Your George Town Penang Walk

Clan Jetties in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

That wraps up our self-guided walking tour in Penang! After visiting the George Town attractions and famous places in Penang, give your feet a rest and cool off for a bit. Either head for a café, rest in the air-conditioning of your room or dive into the hotel pool (more on where to stay at the end of the post). 

In the evening, delve into the wonderful world of Penang food! We feature the best places to eat in Penang later in the article.

Looking for a Penang tour guide to lead the way through George Town? While our self-guided tour is one of the best free things to do in Penang, we understand that some travelers would rather the company of a professional guide for their city tour. Book one of the popular Penang tours – like this one. The private Penang city tour features the best of the city and includes hotel pick up!

DAY 2: Penang Activities on Penang Hill

Sunset behind Penang Hill in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Penang island attractions aren’t limited to the city of George Town! On Day 2 of your Penang itinerary, check out the top things to do in Penang Hill.

Located just 3.5 miles from George Town is a range of peaks, generally known as Penang Hill. Developed in the late 1700s as a British retreat, the hilltop remains popular today for it’s cooler temperatures and stunning views.

There are multiple top tourist attractions around Penang Hill. Temples, gardens and nature walks can be combined together to crate a one-day trip in Penang.

Getting from Georgetown to Penang Hill

Going to Penang Hill – and including multiple sites on your Penang day tour itinerary – requires transportation. While it is possible to use public transport to get to some of the attractions, we recommend taking a taxi or using the Grab app.

Renting a car for the day is another idea, but not an option we would recommend. Alternatively, you could hire a private driver or book a Penang Hill Tour Package.

Ascend to The Top of Penang Hill

The top things to do in Penang Hill…is go to the top of the hill! Although it is possible to trek to the top, riding the funicular is one of the fun things to do in Penang. The Penang Hill Railway transports passengers up the steep 1+ mile slope in about five minutes.

Once at the top, here are a few ideas of what to do in Penang Hill: Take in the vista from the viewing deck, take a nature walk to explore the flora and fauna and learn about the history of Penang Hill (including Bel Retiro and the bungalows).

Top Tip: Buy Skip-the-Line tickets in advance – this is essential if you plan on visiting more attractions near Penang Hill on this one-day Penang itinerary!

Kek Lok Si Temple

Located at the base of Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si Temple is one of Penang’s top tourist attractions. 

The Buddhist Kek Lok Si Temple, which faces the sea, was built from 1890 to 1930. The complex is comprised of several structures – the most impressive being the seven-story, nearly 100-foot-tall Pagoda named Ten Thousand Buddhas. Also on site is a 99-foot-tall statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy (which was erected in 2002).

Top Tip: Book a private combo tour to Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple for a better experience! 

Penang Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is a top place to visit in Penang – and it can easily be included on your Penang Island tour on Day 2 of your itinerary. 

The Penang Botanical Garden, which was founded by the British, dates to 1884. Often called Waterfall Gardens, the park has numerous sections and is comprised of tropical rainforests, as well as collections of rare plants.

Walking paths weave through the park, where visitors might encounter resident monkeys. The Botanical Gardens are one of the most beautiful places in Penang to enjoy nature.

Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

Located near the Penang Botanical Gardens, the Hindu Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple is a peaceful Penang place to go – and is a must-see sight to include in your Penang day trip itinerary. 

Nicknamed Waterfall Hill Temple, the origins of the temple date to the 1800s. (Although, the current temple was just built in 2012). The temple features the largest Lord Murugan temple outside of India – and to reach the hilltop temple, visitors must climb 513 steps.

Top Tip: The temple is closed mid-day, re-opening at 4pm – which is why we include it as a last stop on your Penang 1-day trip itinerary. 

DAY 3: Penang Beach and Temples

On Day 3 of your Penang trip plan, you will embark on another one day trip in Penang to see iconic temples and spend the afternoon on the beach. 

The two temples we recommend visiting are located just north of George Town in the Pulau Tikus suburb – and they sit on opposite sides of the street. Because they are on the way to the beach, it is an easy detour to visit the temples, too. 

While there are several beaches in Penang, Batu Ferringhi is – by far – the most popular. Most of your day – and into the evening – will be spent partaking in the best Penang beach activities. 

Getting from Georgetown to Batu Ferringhi

As the Batu Ferringhi Beach is a Penang must visit, there are several ways to get there. The bus is the cheapest (but also the longest) method of transport. While a one-way taxi can cost around 75rm, it also only takes about 25 minutes to get there. 

Visit Penang Temples

Before sinking your feet into the sand, make a quick stop to see two beautiful temples. Pro Tip: You can use the public bus to get to these two temples…then continue your journey and hop on the bus to Batu Ferringhi. 

Wat Chaiyamangalaram and Dhammikarama Burmese Temple

The Wat Chaiyamangalaram and Dhammikarama Burmese Temples are both found on the same street, Burmah Lane, standing on opposite sides. It is a popular place in Penang for both locals and tourists to visit. 

The typically Thai-style Wat Chaiyamangalaram features one of the largest reclining Buddha statues in the world. Dhammikarama Burmese Temple dates to 1803, making it the oldest Buddhist temple in Penang, and is a colorful temple.

Batu Ferringhi

As an island, one of the top Penang places to go is the beach, which is why we recommend including Batu Ferringhi in your itinerary for Penang. Hands down, Batu Ferringhi has the best beach on the island. 

Boasting a 2.5-mile stretch of sand, the Penang beach in Batu Ferringhi is the most popular for both tourists and locals. The city evolved from a quaint fishing village to a resort haven in the 1970s.

The top things to do in Batu Ferringhi are beach activities, but other Batu Ferringhi attractions include a night market, cultural events and nature activities. We highly recommend staying into the evening to visit the Batu Ferringhi Night Market – it is a top Penang place to visit at night!

DAY 4: Discover More Things To Do in Penang Georgetown

Interacting with street art in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

After two long days of tours, spend Day 4 of your Penang Itinerary relaxing in George Town. Wander the streets without purpose, visit museums that you skipped on Day 1, go shopping or take a cheap ferry boat ride across the Straits of Malacca.

Explore Penang George Town without a Checklist

We featured some of the best places to to in Penang in our walking tour of George Town, but – trust us – there is so much more to see in the city!  Slow down the pace of your vacation in Penang and spend a few hours just rambling around town, letting your instincts guide the way. 

We guarantee you will find fun photo ops and other cool stuff to do in George Town when you just set off without a destination in mind. In fact, we think this is a must do in Penang! 

More Fun Activities in Penang

After a morning of freely exploring the city, spend the afternoon at a museum, shopping mall or on a ferry boat. We detail more options for top Penang, Malaysia things to do in more detail below.

DAY 5: Penang National Park Day Trip

What we love about longer Penang trips is that it really gives you enough time to discover the great diversity of the island. This is exactly what you will do on Day 5 of your Penang, Malaysia Itinerary. 

Penang National Park

For many people, the national park is one of the top Penang highlights of a trip. Home to secluded beaches and dense forests, Penang National Park can provide a full day of adventure. 

Penang NP is Malaysia’s smallest national park, but it offers an abundance of outdoor activities. Visitors can go jungle trekking, take a boat to visit the pristine Monkey Beach, stop by the Penang Turtle Sanctuary and hike up to Muka Head Lighthouse.

How To Get to Penang National Park (and How To Get Inside)

Travel in Penang is fairly easy using the local buses. From George Town, take the 101 bus to get to Penang National Park. The ride takes about 1.5 hours and costs 4rm. 

Once at the park, although it is free to enter, visitors are required to register with the park service (so bring a copy of your passport). Rather than sorting out the details on your own, join this half-day tour !

What To Do at Penang National Park

The National Park in Penang is a haven for nature lovers. The park features hundreds of species of flora and fauna – and it is a top spot to encounter wild monkeys. 

Trails lead through the thick canopied forests to stunning, untouched beaches – but it is not an easy trek. Hikers should bring plenty of water and be prepared for high humidity. 

More Things To Do in Teluk Bahang

Just outside the national park is the town of Teluk Bahang – and there are a few reasons to hang around after spending time in nature. 

Escape Theme Park

The Escape Penang Theme Park is an adventurous and fun attraction. The waterpark features pools and slides – as well as an obstacle course and ziplines. 

Penang Butterfly Farm

The Entopia Butterfly Farm in Penang is one of the fun things to do in Penang for families. The educational venue features butterflies and other insects – as well as lush gardens.

Tropical Spice Garden

A landscaped garden of herbs and spices, visitors can tour the grounds at their own pace with a helpful audio guide (via the app). Just be sure to grab some insect repellent for the mosquitos! 

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Penang Food and Drink

Man with food cart street art mural in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Some people say the best thing to do in Penang is eat – which is why we dedicate an entire section of this Things To Do in Penang blog post to food. Even on a short trip to Penang, visitors should get a taste of the local food. We also include a few tips for where to go in Penang at night for a few drinks. 

Penang Foodie Haven

If you are wondering what to do in George Town, Penang for dinner, there is no need to agonize. Some foodies have labeled Penang as a Food Capital of the World for the incredible street food offerings that can be found throughout the city. In fact, many people travel to Penang just for the food (and we don’t blame them!). 

Penang food attractions include an array of cuisine – such as traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes. We’ve heard it’s nearly impossible to have a bad meal in Penang, but we have a few meal suggestions for those interested in creating their own Penang food trip itinerary.

Street Food in Penang

Grazing on street food is one of the top things to do in Penang at night. Some of the best places in George Town, Penang for street food are in hawker stalls – and we always recommend eating from the stalls with the longest lines (which usually indicates the best food!). If you don’t have dietary restrictions, be adventurous! 

What and Where to Eat in Penang

We are highlighting the must-eat dishes in Penang – and the best place to eat them! We don’t have a separate Penang Food Map, but you will find all of our recommended dining establishments on our Penang Map below!

Char Koay Teow

Char Koay Teow (also sometimes spelled Char Kuey Teow) is a stir-fried noodle dish that ranks as a Malaysian favorite – and many stalls specialize in making this one and only dish. We like ours with chicken, shrimp and duck egg, but no cockles.

Recommended Place to Eat Char Koay Teow: Tiger Char Kway Teow located inside Kafe Ping Hooi, but they often run out of food by noon! Top Tip: Another stall at the cafe is Lobak King – order Siu Yuk Fried Pork and Lobak.

Tandoori Chicken

An Indian dish of marinated chicken roasted in a tandoor (clay oven).

Best Restaurant in Penang for Tandoori Chicken: Kapitan , open 24 hours. Also order Cheese Naan.

Beef Murtabak

Popular Malaysian street food, Murtabak is an omelet pancake folded around meat and vegetables and often cut into squares.

Top Restaurant in Penang for Murtabak: Hammediyah , a 100-year-old Penang restaurant; also order Nasi Kandar.

Like a spring roll, a thin crepe wrapped around a mixture of ingredients (turnip, jicama, beans, sprouts and bean curd being some key items).

Top Hawker Stalls in Penang for Popiah: New Lane Hawker Stalls .

Oyster Omelet (Oh Chien)

An egg-potato omelet made with small oysters and accompanied with spicy sauce.

Where To Get The Best Oyster Omelet Penang: New Lane Hawker Stalls.

Nasi Kandar

Originating in Penang by Indian Muslims, Nasi Kandar is a rice-based dish that comes with a variety of side dishes, such as fried chicken, beef or calamari and is topped with a spicy curry sauce.

Best Penang Restaurant for Nasi Kandar: Line Clear , which opened in 1930, is open 24 hours and is accessed via a narrow alley.

Considered the national dish of Malaysia, Nasi Lamek is a meal of fragrant rice garnished with cucumber slices, fried anchovies, peanuts, fried egg and sambal – a spicy sauce. It originated as a breakfast meal, but is now eaten any time of day.

Top Penang Foodie Breakfast Spot: Ali Nasi Lemak for a snack portion.

Crispy Duck with Rice

Chinese-style duck with rice. Crispy duck with noodles and crispy pork are two other popular items. 

Top recommended spot: Kimpo Famous Roasted , located inside Red Garden restaurant.

Noodle dish topped with char siew and pork-filled dumplings.

Best Street Food Wanton Mee: Chulia Street Wanton Mee Cart (the one with the longer line!).

Fruit Rojak

A Malaysian fruit salad with spicy, sweet and sour sauce. 

Best Place for Rojak: Gurney Drive Hawker Center

Penang Night Market

There is a Penang night market every day of the week – but in different places each night. The most popular one in George Town is the Monday Macallum Street Night Market .

International Food Penang

Need a break from Malaysian fare? There are a few international restaurants that might suit your palate! For a taste of Mexican, go to Holy Guacamole (quesadillas and tacos highly recommended!).

Food Tour Penang

If you are feeling timid about the experience of eating street food in Penang, let a guide lead the way on a Penang Food Tour! Local guides know where to find the best food in Penang – and sometimes share insider secrets with visitors. 

There are several food tours Penang that feature superb dining experiences – start your search for the top-rated tours on Get Your Guide . 

Penang Nightlife

We often struggle in Malaysia to find bars that fit our style and budget. As a predominantly Muslim nation, alcohol is not widely sold (or consumed) and it is never cheap. That being said, there are a few places to visit in Penang at night for a cold beer that should be on your Penang travel itinerary.

  • Antarabangsa Enterprise – This liquor store with tables out front offers the cheapest and most fun drinking experience in George Town. 
  • The Original Reggae Club – Chill bar where ladies drink for free until 9pm.

More Things To Do in Penang, Malaysia

Girl on moto scooter street art mural in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Need more ideas? Well, we have a few more suggestions for Penang sights and activities. Use this list for ideas on the afternoon of Day 4 of our Penang Itinerary. 

Penang Museums

There are numerous museums in Penang. We already mentioned the Blue Mansion, the Peranakan Mansion and the Islamic Museum – but there are many other Penang museums to visit.

  • Penang State Art Gallery – A good place to learn about the culture and people of Penang. 
  • Penang War Museum – Built as a British fort, but used as a POW camp by the Japanese during WW2.
  • Penang House of Music – Learn the history of Penang music in this highly-rated museum. Buy tickets in advance !
  • Interactive Museums – Fun spots for Instagram photo ops, there are several museums in Penang that are designed to be interactive – like the Upside Down Museum, 3D Trick Art Museum and Made In Penang Museum.

Shopping in Penang

There are ample opportunities for Penang shopping – from wet markets to local products to mega malls. We are highlighting a few of our top choices.

  • Hin Bus Depot Sunday Market – If you happen to be in Penang on a Sunday, support local businesses and artists at the Hin Bus Depot . 
  • Chowrasta Market – For a traditional Malaysian shopping experience, head to Chowrasta – a wet and dry market, recently renovated.
  • Gama Department Store – Visit the Malaysian Gama Department Store for a look at everyday shopping. 
  • KOMTAR Mall and Viewing Platform – The 68-story KOMTAR building is an attraction on its own, but the lower floors host numerous stores and boutiques. Buy your ticket to access the top floor viewing deck in advance of your trip!

Penang Activities

  • Escape Penang – We already mentioned this as an activity on Day 5, but it’s worth repeating. Escape is an adventure theme park that is fantastic fun for the family! It is often ranked as one of the most fun things to do in Penang with kids. Learn more !
  • Snake Temple – As the name indicates, it is a temple filled with live snakes.
  • Penang Spa – Pamper yourself with a traditional spa treatment! Read reviews for the best spa in Penang .

Google Map Penang

This Penang Travel Map includes all of the attractions and restaurants featured in our itinerary for Penang. You will also find the numbered sights that correspond to our Self Guided Penang Walking Tour on the Penang Map.

Use this  Google Map for an online version of our Penang tourist attractions map below.

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Additional Penang Suggested Itineraries

Colorful mural at temple in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Our above Penang tour itinerary features the top things to do in Penang in 5 days. However, we understand that vacation time is limited and not all travelers are planning 5 days on the island. To help, we have created ideal trip plans for shorter time – that squeeze in as much sightseeing as possible! 

Penang Half Day Trip

Visitors with only a half day in Penang will be challenged with creating a succinct trip plan. However, it is possible to see a lot of the city in a short time! On a DIY half day trip to Penang, we recommend using our outlined Self-Guided Tour to the top sights in George Town. 

Alternatively, visitors can book a Penang City Half Day Tour that highlights the best city sights – like this one!

Penang Itinerary 1 Day

For visitors limited to one day in Penang sightseeing, we created an ambitious itinerary. It focuses on the absolute best things to do in George Town, Penang and the surrounding region.

Begin your one day trip to Penang with one of the best activities in George Town: exploring the city on foot. Use our Self-Guided Walking Tour to discover the city sights. 

Because we think even a Penang 1-day trip itinerary should include sights outside of the city center, spend the afternoon at one of the must-visit places in Penang beyond the George Town. Select one place to see – like Penang Hill (buy your skip-the-line ticket in advance!) or one of the temples. 

End your Penang one-day trip by feasting on local Penang food specialties from street vendors or at top-rated restaurants.

2 Day Penang Itinerary 

Planning what to do in Penang in 2 days allows for more sightseeing and island exploration – but it is going to be a jam-packed trip! 

Day 1 – Take a quick self-guided tour of the best places in George Town, Penang. In the afternoon go to Penang Hill or Kek Lok Si Temple. If your hotel has a pool, cool off with a swim before indulging in tasty Penang Food for dinner.

Day 2 – Take a day trip outside of the city center to the best nearby attractions. First, visit Wat Chaiyamangalaram and Dhammikarama Burmese Temple and then continue north to Batu Ferringhi for an afternoon of sea and sun at the popular Penang beach. Stay for the Night Market.

Penang Itinerary 3 Days

Deciding what to do in Penang in 3 days is a little easier – as you will have much more time to explore at a more relaxed pace! 

Day 1: Tour George Town, Penang (as outlined in our Self-Guided Walking Tour) at a more leisurely pace, including time to relax in cafes and visit museums – and maybe even swim in your hotel pool in the afternoon. At night, join one of the Penang Food Tours or set off to explore the food scene on our own. 

Day 2: Spend the day at the beach in Batu Ferringhi – but first stop and see the temples on the north side of George Town. Stay in Batu Ferringhi for the Night Market – and when you get back to George Town, hang out at one of the bars. 

Day 3: On the last day of your 3 days in Penang, spend another day outside of George Town – this time going to Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si Temple, the Botanical Gardens and Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple (time your visit to the temple for sunset, if possible). 

Alternatively, you could create a 3 Days Penang Itinerary by following the above 2 day plan and then take a trip to Penang National Park.

Penang Itinerary 4 Days

With 4 days in Penang, you have ample time to create an itinerary that showcases the best of Penang. Plus, have plenty of time to devour more incredible Penang food! Our Penang 4-Day Itinerary looks like this:

Days 1, 2 and 3: Follow the above Penang 3-Day Itinerary.

Day 4: Choose between a day in nature at the national park or day of shopping near George Town. Alternatively, fill your last day by visiting some of the unique museums. 

Penang Travel Tips and Trip Planning

Trishaw driver sits on street corner in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

Now that you know what to do in Penang, Malaysia, we have a few tips about how to get to Penang, where to stay and our top packing hacks . You can find all of our travel tips on our Travel Planning Page . 

Planning a Trip to Penang

You will need to stay organized as you make your plans! Use our Printable Travel Planner to keep track of your research and bookings in Penang and throughout Southeast Asia. 

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Getting to Penang

The best way to get to Penang is by plane via the Penang International Airport (PEN). That said, the city can also be reached by car, bus or cruise ship. Our preferred method of getting anywhere is by flying, we are JetSettingFools, after all! We flew to Penang from Phuket, Thailand and departed on a flight to Bali, Indonesia .

If coming – or going – to  Kuala Lumpur , we recommend flying as the easiest route. We start our search for the best deals on airline tickets on Skyscanner.

Budget conscious travelers may opt to take the bus, but the time and hassle is not worth it, in our opinion. It’s also tempting to plan a stop in the Cameron Highlands between KL and Penang. Bear in mind that getting around Cameron Highlands without a car is incredibly difficult. Here is information about the bus from Penang to KL . 

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Getting Around Penang

Row of trishaws in Geroge Town, Penang, Malaysia

There are many options when it comes to getting around Penang. In George Town, we walked everywhere – but hiring a trishaw is a unique way to get around the city…and there are plenty of peddlers who are willing to cart tourists around! Outside of the city center, options are: taxis, Grab, public bus, private guide and Hop On Hop Off Bus .

Where To Stay in Penang, Malaysia

We think the heart of George Town is the best place to stay in Penang. We stayed in a Chulia Street Penang hotel, Chulia Mansion . The reason we loved this hotel was for its central location, affordability, incredible included breakfast and rooftop views. 

However, there are many Penang Hotels to choose from in – or close to – the city center. Where you choose to stay will likely depend on your Penang trip budget. Start by checking out these top-rated hotels (based on guest reviews) for your upcoming trip. The Edison George Town , Campbell House or Tien Hotel Residence.  

Budget travelers looking for a fun place to stay might want to check out Wassup Youth Hostel – which gets fabulous reviews!

Looking for a posh beachfront hotel? Check rates and availability at the Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort in Batu Ferringhi Beach.

 Read our Tips for Finding the Best Hotels for Cheap !

What To Pack for your Penang Trip

Whether visiting on a day trip or spend an entire week in Penang, you will want to make sure you are properly packed for your trip. Get your Free Packing Checklist to make sure you don’t forget a single thing!

Walking Shoes for Penang

We cover some ground in our Penang Itinerary! While Penang is a very walkable place, you will want to pack comfortable shoes ! I like to wear these shoes by Columbia – and Kris prefers wearing his Merrell trail shoes for both city and nature exploration. For short walks in the city and nighttime feasting, I wear my favorite flip flops . 

Best Travel Camera to Photograph Penang

Penang is an incredibly beautiful city filled with unique architecture and intriguing artworks. It is best to use a real camera (rather than a phone) to capture the sights. We travel with a Canon Rebel and use a 18-135mm lens . The camera is easy to use and takes excellent, high-quality photos – plus it’s a great budget camera for travelers !

Penang Weather-Appropriate Gear & Day Bag

The weather in Penang is often sunny, hot and humid! Be prepared with sunscreen , a  travel hat or umbrella for shade.

Whether you travel with a backpack or a suitcase , you will certainly want a great day pack to organize all of your essential travel items .

Travel Insurance for your Penang Vacation

If you haven’t already obtained coverage for your trip to Malaysia, consider traveling protected with World Nomads .

Start planning your trip to Malaysia ! Search for the lowest airfares , the best accommodations and fun things to do …then start packing !   Want more travel advice? Head over to our Travel Planning Page for tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides Page !

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See the best of Southeast Asia and the beautiful Malaysian coast on a Penang cruise with Celebrity. The island of Penang is a vibrant mix of the many layers of culture and history that make Malaysia so unique. The region is known for its tropical setting, Hindu-inspired Buddhist temples, historic forts and villages, and its bustling port city of George Town. Penang boasts European colonial, Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian cultural influences that seep into every part of its colorful charm. 

Visit ornately adorned temples showcasing both Hindu and Buddhist iconography, or admire colorful shophouses protected by UNESCO. Relax on sunny beaches just a few miles from the port. Shop for Chinese and Malay antiques in one of George Town’s markets. Explore the wonders of local nature preserves, and sample delicious food blending Chinese, Malay and Indian influences, as well as local fusion dishes. Experience Penang in style on a luxury cruise to Southeast Asia with Celebrity Cruises.

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Top sites & attractions for cruises to penang, kek lok si temple.

The Kek Lok Si Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia and the center for many religious pilgrims who make the journey each year from all over Asia to visit. The temple is famous for its striking, seven-story pagoda which towers over brightly-colored terraced buildings, many of which date back to the late 1800s. The Kek Lok Si Temple has a mix of Chinese, Thai, and Malay influences, and is considered an iconic representation of both the region’s diverse contemporary culture and history.

Clan Jetties of Penang

The Clan Jetties of Penang comprise stilt houses built over the water on long, narrow walkways. They feature rustic homes, small trinket shops and food stalls, and well-preserved facades. Penang’s Clan Jetties originated as homes for many of the city’s Chinese clans and were some of the first Chinese settlements on the island. There are considered cultural heritage sites in Penang, and there are six that still stand today, accessible by foot just south of the cruise terminal.

Gurney Drive

If you’re looking for modern urban shopping, a glittering skyline, and some of the best dining options in Penang, then a visit to Gurney Drive is a must. This popular seafront esplanade in George Town runs along the city’s waterfront and is ideal for a stroll by day, or a night out on the town. If street food is on your agenda, you’ll find some of the best in Malaysia at the many hawker stalls along Gurney Drive. There are also many traditional and upscale dining options available, including restaurants with sea and skyline views that offer more refined cuisine.

Things to Do in Penang

Visit fort cornwallis.

The British colonial influence on Penang is present in many ways, and none is more iconic than the former seaside military fortress of Fort Cornwallis. Built by the British East India Company in the late 18th century, this well-preserved fort is popular with visitors who want a first-hand glimpse of Penang’s colonial past and learn about the spice trade and subsequent conflicts. The fort has an authentic drawbridge as well as a statue that pays tribute to its founder, Sir Francis Light. Local legend says that placing flowers in the cannons at Fort Cornwallis will bring fertility, so if you see them during your tour, be mindful of the tradition.

Tour the Tropical Spice Garden

At first, these gardens appear to be more like a nature preserve or national park, but within them grow some of the most valuable spices on earth. The gardens are home to over 500 different tropical plant species. The herbs and spices that are grown and cultivated here have shaped the deep traditional flavors in the local cuisine and are part of the region’s cultural and culinary heritage. Book a cooking class at the Tropical Spice Garden to get a fabulous hands-on experience and tease your taste buds with some authentic Malay dishes.

Travel by Tram Up Penang Hill

For unbeatable panoramic views of the city and its lush green surroundings, take a ride on the tram up Penang Hill. The Penang Hill railway is one of the oldest funicular trams in the world, and offers a unique perspective from an altitude of over 2,500 feet, with sweeping views across George Town to the distant mainland. From the top, cooled by gentle breezes, you can take a short or long hike through one of the hill’s nature trails, looking out for lemurs, colorful birds and dazzling butterflies, or visit the nearby Botanical Gardens.

Top Food and Drink Near the Penang Port

On a Penang cruise, you’ll get to taste some of the most diverse cuisines in Asia, with flavors and styles from all over the region on offer. Near the port in George Town, you’ll find excellent Chinese dim sum, traditional Malaysian street food like Char Koay Teow noodles, and Malay-Chinese fusion restaurants. There are authentic Indian restaurants in George Town’s Little India district, too, just a few minutes away from the cruise terminal. Be sure to try a cool and refreshing Teh O Ais Limau, or iced lime tea, before ending your stay.

Culture & History of Penang

Penang’s culture and history have been influenced by the island’s roots as a former international spice trading hub. Much of Penang’s modern history was defined by the British East India Company, which purchased the island from the Sultanate of Kedah in the late 18th century. Contemporary life in Penang is a mix of modern maritime commerce, tourism, and local Malay traditions. There is also a heavy Chinese influence and a large community of Indian and other Asian cultures that share the island as their home. English and Chinese are widely spoken as second or third languages, and ancient Malay culture is still honored and prominent throughout the island as well.

Penang Port Facilities and Location

The Penang cruise port is located at Swettenham Pier, just blocks from some of the main attractions in the capital, George Town, such as Weld Quay, Beach Street, and the Jubilee Clock Tower. The port facilities have convenient access to water ferries, taxis, and shuttles right out front of the cruise terminal.

Transportation in Penang

Penang has many options for transportation, and all are available conveniently outside of the cruise terminal and around the center of George Town. There are many options for group travel via shuttle or bus if needed. If you prefer to travel by taxi, try to book one while inside the terminal. For a really fun local experience, take a ride on a pedal-powered rickshaw, or trishaw, to get around the center of town.

Shopping Near the Penang Cruise Port

You’ll find lots of great shopping options near the port while on a Penang cruise. Head to Gurney Plaza for higher-end fashion brands and electronics shopping, or peruse the many souvenir stalls that line the jetties, specializing in Chinese goods and trinkets. Look out for spices, preserved tropical fruits, silks, and batik. For a unique shopping experience, visit the flea market at Lorong Kulit, but make sure to go early, as it closes each day in the early afternoon.

Local Currency & Tipping Options

The local currency in Penang is the Malaysian ringgit. You’ll find plenty of ATMs and banks within the central area of George Town where you can withdraw cash, but fewer as you go out into the countryside. It’s recommended to use cash when you can, as skimming can often happen with cards in certain areas, and small vendors may not accept card payments for low-priced purchases. Tipping is not customary, however many taxi and rickshaw drivers, hotel staff, and tour guides are accustomed to receiving small tips from visitors who find their service accommodating.

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Penang Day Trip Guide: Exploring Georgetown During a Cruise Stopover

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Penang to me is a nostalgic safe haven where I look forward to rediscovering again and again. Officially inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, Penang’s capital Georgetown holds more than just history to her lands. The ever-changing scapes of Georgetown prove that there’s always space for creativity and new ideas within the old and static.

A state that celebrates ethnic diversity, Penang’s vibrant colours reflect the multiculturalism of her people that’s not only evident in her streets but also the food. Also, its proximity makes it the perfect short getaway if you do not have much time to spare.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of Must-Sees and Must-Eats of Penang’s Georgetown. If like us, you find yourself in Penang from a short stopover from the cruise, we’ve included our exact itinerary at the end of this post!

Travel Essentials for Penang

Getting around: Georgetown is discoverable by foot, or you can rent a bicycle and explore on two-wheels ! Taking a Grab Car around is cheap too.

Staying connected:   Or the lack thereof. Many cafes in Georgetown has free wifi, so it’s not really necessary to purchase a SIM card for Malaysia. For us, we downloaded Google Maps offline onto our phones (do it before you leave Singapore!) to navigate our way around Georgetown. No problems at all!

Essentials: Bring around ~RM 150 (~S$50) in cash. Also, pack along your shades, sunscreen, and fans (paper fans, portable USB fans, etc.), as the sun and heat in Penang can be unforgiving.

Things to do in Penang

1) visit the old chinese clan entities of penang, i) clan jetties.

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While most of the residents no longer depend on fishing as a livelihood, there are still six clans residing permanently by the waters. Visitors are allowed to explore the clan jetties at any time but do keep in mind to take only pictures and leave only footprints .

ii) Majestic Clan Houses and Mansions

Khoo Kongsi - Penang Food Guide

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi:  A significant piece of heritage, the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi (or just “Khoo Kongsi” ) is the largest clan house in Malaysia. Many have also dubbed it the most extravagant clan house in the whole of Southeast Asia with the intricate wood carvings and gilded gold leaves.

Entrance Fee: RM10/pax Address:  18, Cannon Square, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Opening Hours: 9AM – 5PM daily

Blue mansion Penang - Penang Day Trip Guide

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (Blue Mansion):  If there’s a colour I could paint my entire house in, it’d be blue. In Fengshui, blue represents water, and water brings growth and wealth. That’s probably what 19th-century Chinese businessman and politician, Cheong Fatt Tze, had in mind when he had his house, the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion , built.

This historical landmark is also a boutique hotel now, and there are guided tours conducted thrice per day for curious visitors. Be ready to feast your eyes on the once-lavish life of Cheong Fatt Tze and his many wives.

Blue Mansion Penang - Penang Cruise day trip

Entrance Fee:  RM17/pax Address:  14, Leith Street 10200 Penang, Malaysia Guided Tour Timings:  11AM, 2PM, and 3:30PM daily  

2) Exploring Iconic Old-School Streets

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Love Lane:  Besides being a food paradise, Georgetown of Penang is also known to many for her quirky street art and mushrooming hipster cafes. Love Lane is of the most visited lanes of Georgetown where many of the rustic old shophouses have been turned into trendy cafes and cheap backpackers’ hostels.

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Location:  Love Ln, Georgetown, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia

3) Street Arts in Georgetown

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There are a lot of murals (more than 50!) around Georgetown, and some of the more notable ones* are actually located within walking distance of each other. Hunt for some of them at back alleys and forgotten streets while on your way to the next cafe.

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If you’re tight on time, you’ll really only need to visit two streets —  Ah Quee Street  and  Lebuh Armenian .

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*The murals come and go! Some of which we saw on our previous trips have either faded over time or have been repainted over!

Read also: Guide to Georgetown’s Street Art

4) Wonderfood Museum

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Penang is known as a food haven, and there’s a place that amplifies this fact. At Wonderfood Museum , you can find Penang street food of all kinds made into the giant versions of themselves. The whimsical museum celebrates local cultures and tastes of the food people consume in their everyday lives.

Entrance Fee: RM 25/pax Address: 49, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Opening Hours: 9AM – 6PM daily

What to Eat & Drink

1) moh teng pheow nyonya koay & canteen.

Moh Teng Pheow Nonya Koay Penang

Hidden in a quiet back alley is one of Penang’s oldest confectionery shop — Moh Teng Pheow Nyonya Koay & Canteen , a household name that many go to for childhood delights.

This canteen serves a colourful array of traditional kuehs handmade from scratch, a taste that is hard to find now in today’s world.

Moh Teng Pheow Nonya Kueh - Cruise Penang Day Trip guide

Price:  RM0.60–RM1.50/piece Address:  off 10200, Chulia Street Night Hawker Stalls, Lorong Chulia, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Opening Hours:  10:30AM – 5:30PM (Closed on Mondays)

2) China House

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We’ve introduced them to you before, and really don’t mind mentioning them again just because their cakes are dope. Get lost  your creative juices flowing in the  longest cafe in Penang  —  China House .  

Cakes and drinks at china house - Penang Cruise Day trip guide

Provided with a cup of loose crayons, patrons are encouraged to draw on the mahjong papers lined on the tables. The best ones get displayed around the cafe! If you think this is just another novelty cafe, you’re wrong. China House’s specialty coffees and the wide selection of cakes are the highlights one must not miss. The signature Tiramisu cake (RM18) got me hooked.

Costs: RM 10.80-20.80/piece Address: 153, Lebuh Pantai, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Opening Hours: 9AM – 1AM daily

3) 888 Hokkien Mee

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This makan place is slightly out of the way from the heart of Georgetown but is one I’ll gladly travel to just to satisfy my cravings for prawn noodles. It is here where you can get more than what you pay for. A basic bowl of prawn noddles cost RM 4.50 (that’s S$1.50), and every additional item such as eggs and pork ribs cost from RM1-2/pc (S$0.30-0.70).

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Located approx. 15 mins’ walk away from China House, 888 Hokkien Mee sees mostly locals who crave for the local Malaysian Chinese taste, a generous bowl of hot savoury prawn noodles. For food we can walk, alternatively, a Grab ride should cost less than RM10 for that distance.

Cost: RM4.50/bowl; add-ons at RM1-2/ea Address:  67-A, Lebuh Presgrave, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Opening Hours: 5PM – 11:45PM daily

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4pm: moh teng pheow nyonya koay & canteen.

Moh Teng Pheow Nonya Koay & Canteen

Upon disembarkation, take the free shuttle bus towards the heart of Georgetown (Red Line from Cruise stop marked “10”). We alighted at Leith Street and headed to Moh Teng Pheow Nyonya Koay & Canteen. This old-school confectionary is hidden in a small backstreet, and it takes more than just keen eyes to find it! Though it’s our second time to this place, we’re sure we’ll be back for more!

4:30PM: Exploring Love Lane

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Having a romantic name does come with its perks, like how Love Lane became to be one of the most visited streets of Georgetown. There’s no exact answer to this lane’s alluring name, but one thing we’re sure is that it’s here to stay. While we were there, we couldn’t help but pose in front of the old shophouses’ doors for some OOTD shots. Lovely!

5PM: More sweets at China House

China House Cakes- trendy places in Georgetown_

There’s always room for desserts, so we went all out with desserts when we’re in Penang. After having tasted traditional Chinese kuehs at Moh Teng Pheow, we treated our tastebuds with western delights such as tiramisu and carrot cake.

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6PM: Hunting-down Street Arts Around Georgetown

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While we definitely would like to pose with every single mural we saw on the streets of Georgetown, time constraint meant that we only had time to see some of them. We were lucky though, as the area we were at is exactly where the more iconic murals are at.

7PM: Catch the sunset at Clan Jetties of Penang

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Getting ourselves back to the vicinity of the port, we realised we still have some time on hand before we needed to embark on the cruise. Chasing that golden glow that’s soon to merge into the horizon, we made our way to one of the clan jetties of Penang — Lim Jetty.

What pulled us to Lim Jetty instead of the more famous Chew Jetty was precisely the void of a crowd. Also, there are many decorative lights and lanterns along the jetty planks.

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Lim Jetty is just a 10-min walk away from the Swettenham Pier, but do be there at least an hour before the stipulated boarding time.

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12 best Panama Canal cruises for a bucket-list trip

Donna Heiderstadt

A Panama Canal transit is a rite of passage for many cruise lovers. Experiencing this marvel of early 20th-century engineering appeals to those with a wide array of interests, from history and politics to colonial architecture and wildlife. Built by the U.S. government between 1903 and 1914, this 50-mile waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans revolutionized shipping by creating an expedited route for the transit of cargo and, ultimately, cruise ship passengers.

Panama Canal itineraries are offered by almost every cruise line. Thanks to a 2016 canal expansion project, a third set of locks can now accommodate larger vessels. It's possible to cruise the Panama Canal on ships of all sizes (from 148 guests to more than 3,000) on itineraries that range from a week in the sun to a six-month world cruise.

Some ships sail a full transit of the canal, from the Atlantic to the Pacific or vice versa. These one-way journeys between Miami or Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles or San Diego visit ports in Central America, South America, Mexico and California.

Others sail only a partial transit, entering the locks from the Atlantic and cruising into Lake Gatun before turning around and exiting again. These itineraries, sailing round-trip from Florida ports, combine the canal experience with island hopping in the Caribbean.

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The array of options means that a Panama Canal cruise experience is possible even if you're short on time or have a limited budget — and chances are high that your favorite cruise line offers one or more itineraries. Most sailings attract couples, typically retirees, but if the timing is right, a Panama Canal cruise can also be a great multigenerational experience.

Here are a dozen of the best Panama Canal cruises to consider.

Holland America's 14- to 17-night Panama Canal cruises

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Holland America offers a variety of Panama Canal cruises , but the most popular itineraries span 14 to 17 nights. They offer a full transit between Fort Lauderdale or Miami and San Diego, Seattle or Vancouver, British Columbia, or vice versa and are offered on multiple ships, including Koningsdam, Zuiderdam, Zaandam, Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam. These sailings call on Cartagena, Colombia; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Huatulco and Puerto Vallarta or Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Longer sailings also call on several Caribbean islands.

Who should go : Holland America ships sailing a full transit are popular with retired couples who appreciate the cruise line's consistency and good value. All four ships accommodate between 1,432 and 2,650 passengers and offer signature onboard experiences that include the Greenhouse Spa and the World Stage for evening production shows. The larger Eurodam, Koningsdam and Nieuw Amsterdam feature additional specialty dining options, such as Tamarind and Nami Sushi, as well as popular music venues B.B. King's Blues Club and Billboard Onboard.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises' 16-night Los Angeles-to-Miami cruise

Regent Seven Seas Cruises ' newest ship, Seven Seas Grandeur, debuted in November 2023 and will transit the Panama Canal on several occasions in the next few years. The 16-night Miami-to-Los Angeles (Dec. 13-29, 2024) and 16-night Los Angeles-to-Miami (Jan. 8-23, 2025) transits offer luxurious all-inclusive pampering, plus port calls in Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Corinto, Nicaragua; Panama City; Cartagena, Colombia; and George Town, Grand Cayman.

Plan even further ahead for Grandeur's 22-night Miami-to-Los Angeles transit (Jan. 3-25, 2026) to enjoy additional Caribbean ports of call. From Jan. 25 to Feb. 9, 2026, the ship will sail a 16-night Panama Canal transit from Los Angeles to Miami with an itinerary similar to the 2024 and early 2025 cruises.

Who should go : This itinerary can be a wonderful splurge for a couple seeking to celebrate a milestone anniversary or birthday in a memorable way on a luxurious new ship. Prices start at a hefty $10,099 per person for a spacious balcony suite, but they also include airfare, transfers, gratuities, dining and beverages, Wi-Fi and shore excursions — meaning you'll hardly have any other vacation expenses.

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Celebrity Cruises' 11-night Panama Canal & Southern Caribbean cruise

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For a Panama Canal experience that begins and ends in Fort Lauderdale, Celebrity Cruises ' 11-night Panama Canal & Southern Caribbean itinerary is a great option. There's still time to book the Dec. 2, 2024, cruise or the half-dozen almost identical sailings that follow through April 2025. All sailings are aboard the 3,260-passenger Celebrity Beyond and visit Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Oranjestad, Aruba; Kralendjik, Bonaire; and George Town, Grand Cayman (Willemstad, Curacao, replaces Grand Cayman on some 2025 sailings).

Who should go : Celebrity Beyond and its Edge-series sister ships appeal to millennials, Gen Xers and young-at-heart baby boomers who appreciate innovative design, entertainment and dining options. The ships are geared toward couples or groups of friends, but families with older teens might also enjoy the onboard vibe. There are no splash pools or waterslides for younger kids, although calls on three Caribbean islands offer aquatic fun.

Windstar Cruises' 7-night Costa Rica & Panama Canal cruise

To explore the Panama Canal region in a relaxed manner aboard an intimate motorized sailing yacht or small ship, check out Windstar Cruises' seven-night Costa Rica & Panama Canal itinerary. Bookable on more than a dozen dates from November 2024 through March 2026, the itinerary is offered aboard 148-passenger Wind Star or Wind Spirit (in 2024 and 2025) and 312-passenger Star Pride (in 2026). The ship will travel from Colon, Panama, to Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica (or vice versa), transiting the canal. Passengers can visit Panama City and Isla Parida in Panama, plus Golfo Dolce and Quepos (for Manuel Antonio National Park) in Costa Rica.

Who should go : Fans of small-ship cruising who enjoy a casual onboard ambience, are interested in nature and wildlife and wish to sample the regional flavors of Central America should consider a Windstar cruise . All accommodations on the sailing yachts are in snug yet well-designed staterooms with windows but no balconies. Wind Star and Wind Spirit are cozy and social four-deck ships, each featuring a pool and pool bar, a lounge and two restaurants. Star Pride is the better option for those who prefer a more spacious suitelike cabin with a balcony and a larger bathroom.

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Silversea's 18-night Fort Lauderdale-to-Los Angeles cruise

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Silversea Cruises ' 18-night Fort Lauderdale-to-Los Angeles transit aboard 596-passenger Silver Moon offers a luxurious and leisurely way to experience the Panama Canal along with top ports in four countries and 10 sea days. The itinerary includes Cartagena, Colombia (where the ship overnights); Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The sailing takes place from April 1 to 19, 2025.

Silver Moon is one of four Silversea ships to feature the S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste) program, which combines regionally inspired dining in S.A.L.T. Kitchen, cooking classes and demonstrations in S.A.L.T. Lab with culinary-inspired shore excursions.

Who should go : Silversea's clientele is mostly mature couples with a luxury mindset and an appreciation for elevated dining with a strong regional focus. They also appreciate the cruise line's all-inclusive ease. An almost three-week itinerary such as this is likely to attract retirees seeking an extended warm-weather escape.

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Carnival Cruise Line's 8-night Panama Canal cruise from Tampa

Experiencing the Panama Canal doesn't have to be time-consuming or budget-busting. Carnival Cruise Line 's eight-night Panama Canal from Tampa itinerary offers a round-trip, partial-transit sailing aboard the 2,124-passenger Carnival Legend and Carnival Miracle. The ships call in Limon, Costa Rica, and George Town, Grand Cayman. Itineraries are available on several dates in 2024 and 2025, and cruise fares begin at under $900 per person.

With multiple pools (including the adults-only aft Serenity Pool), a WaterWorks aqua park, the Camp Ocean kids club and a wide array of restaurants, these ships offer enough diversions for sea-day fun, even at half the size of Carnival's newest megaships.

Who should go : Carnival's action-packed ships and affordable cruise fares appeal to families, friends and couples of all ages who enjoy a lively onboard ambience and casual complimentary dining options (including a Guy Fieri burger venue).

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Seabourn's 34-night Caribbean Gems & Panama Canal cruise

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For a one-way Panama Canal transit that visits 12 countries (St. Barts, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, the British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Curacao, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico) and offers 15 relaxing and luxurious days at sea, consider Seabourn 's 34-night Caribbean Gems & Panama Canal cruise. The 450-guest Seabourn Sojourn will sail from Miami to Los Angeles, departing in November 2025.

You'll enjoy beach time as you island hop in the Caribbean, while calls on Golfito and Puntarenas in Costa Rica offer access to eco-adventure. Visits to Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala and Puerto Chiapas and Huatulco in Mexico feature excursions focused on pre-Spanish-colonial culture, coffee cultivation and more, while a call on Cabo San Lucas offers whale watching, deep-sea fishing or tequila tasting opportunities.

Who should go : Work-from-anywhere entrepreneurs and retirees who enjoy the luxury and refinement of small-ship cruising will enjoy this monthlong Panama Canal transit. Seabourn Sojourn pampers its guests with attentive service, elevated cuisine and all-ocean-facing suites featuring walk-in closets and spacious marble bathrooms. Seabourn's all-inclusive cruise fares also cover gratuities and complimentary wines and spirits.

Princess Cruises' 12-night Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean cruise

While Princess Cruises does offer several longer ocean-to-ocean Panama Canal itineraries, its popular 12-night Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean cruises conveniently sail round trip from Fort Lauderdale on more than 20 dates in 2024, 2025 and 2026.

What's more, you can choose between two ships: the 3,140-guest Caribbean Princess or the 3,080-guest Emerald Princess. In addition to the partial transit, these sailings call on several Caribbean islands, including Aruba, Curacao, Jamaica and Grand Cayman, as well as Cartagena, Columbia; Limon, Costa Rica; and Colon, Panama.

Who should go : Couples who enjoy a ship with a more traditional vibe and families with kids who are content to participate in interactive learning activities and nature-based adventure (versus waterslides) will enjoy this cruise. Princess ships are known for their Movies Under the Stars screenings, multiple pools, specialty dining options, such as Sabatini's Italian Trattoria and The Salty Dog Gastropub, and Crooners piano bar.

Related: The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Princess Cruises ship

Norwegian Cruise Line's 12-night South America: Peru, Colombia & Ecuador cruise

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There's no "Panama Canal" in this itinerary's name, but Norwegian Cruise Line 's 12-night South America: Peru, Colombia & Ecuador cruise (Feb. 27-March 11, 2026) does a full canal transit as it sails from Miami to Lima, Peru. The 2,402-passenger Norwegian Jade will visit historic Santa Marta and Cartagena in Colombia; Panama City; Manta, Ecuador; and Trujillo and Lima in Peru.

Who should go : Couples and friends interested in experiencing not just a Panama Canal transit but some of the top coastal experiences along the Pacific coast of South America should choose this itinerary. Norwegian Jade is an older, smaller vessel that was refurbished in 2022 and features a top deck more conducive to sunning than thrill rides. The ship also has a surprising number of restaurants for its size: two main dining rooms, a buffet restaurant, a pub-style bar and grill, an Asian restaurant and an outdoor grill on a complimentary basis, plus six specialty dining venues (including a steakhouse and venues showcasing French, Italian and Japanese cuisines) for an added fee.

Oceania's 16-night Miami-to-Los Angeles cruise

Oceania Cruises ' 1,200-passenger Vista — which debuted in May 2023 as the first new-build ship in Oceania's fleet in more than a decade — will offer back-to-back, 16-night Miami-to-Los Angeles (Jan. 8-24, 2025) and Los Angeles-to-Miami (Jan. 24-Feb. 9, 2025) itineraries. Both sailings visit six countries with port calls that include George Town, Grand Cayman; Cartagena, Colombia; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico. (The second sailing visits San Diego instead of Ensenada.)

Who should go : Oceania's newest ship offers a great compromise between a small and medium-size vessel and is ideal for those seeking a premium cruise experience with casual sophistication. Older couples especially will appreciate the ship's elegant cabin decor in soft hues of wheat and seagrass, mix of grand and intimate spaces and wide array of dining options. (Two new and noteworthy venues on Vista include Ember for inventive American cuisine and Aquamar Kitchen for wellness-focused breakfast, lunch and dinner.) A more immersive mixology program features curated cocktail menus, indulgent pairing experiences and specialty beverage carts.

Related: The 5 best destinations you can visit on an Oceania Cruises ship

Cunard's 26-night Southampton-to-San Francisco cruise

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Cunard's brand-new 2,996-passenger ship Queen Anne, which debuts in May 2023, will make both its first transatlantic crossing and its first Panama Canal transit on this historic 26-night Southampton-to-San Francisco sailing (Jan. 9-Feb. 4, 2025). The ship will first cross the Atlantic and then overnight in New York before calling on Aruba, transiting the canal and visiting Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It will conclude with an overnight in San Francisco.

The winter transatlantic crossing might not be right for everyone, but the second half of this voyage explores warm-weather destinations with plenty of relaxing sea days for sunning, reading, taking dance lessons and enjoying expert lectures.

Who should go : British cruise line Cunard appeals mainly to older travelers who savor the line's formal traditions. This cruise is for you if you enjoy afternoon tea, dressing up for dinner, gala evenings and dancing to big-band orchestras. This particular itinerary appeals to retirees who wish to visit several cruise regions in one sailing.

Viking's 180-day World Voyage

For the ultimate cruise indulgence, Viking's 180-day World Voyage I includes a Panama Canal transit (on Christmas Day, no less) as 930-passenger Viking Sky cruises from Fort Lauderdale to New York City (Dec. 19, 2024-June 17, 2025). This round-the-world cruise will visit 37 countries as guests enjoy Viking Sky's modern Scandinavian interior decor, soothing LivNordic Spa, two pools (including one with a retractable roof) and six onboard restaurants. Pricing includes airfare, gratuities and complimentary wine and beer with lunch and dinner.

If this longer voyage is sold out, consider the 138-day Viking World Cruise (departing Dec. 19, 2025), also on Viking Sky. This sailing, which travels from Fort Lauderdale to London (Greenwich), visits 28 countries and transits the Panama Canal on the eighth day.

Who should go : With cruise fares that start at $79,995 and $59,995 per person, respectively, these extended adventures at sea require a luxury budget. Viking 's base clientele is mostly retired or close-to-retirement-age professionals who enjoy the cruise line's focus on educational enrichment (via onboard lectures) and serene ambience (there's no casino, and the nighttime vibe is on the quiet side).

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