5 Exciting Things You Should Be Doing In Penang Besides The Usual Touristy Attractions

There's even an 'Avatar' inspired, full on glow-in-the-dark forest here!

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This Spotlight is sponsored by AirAsia.

Getting tired of visiting Penang with your friends and family and doing the same things over and over again? We're falling asleep just thinking about it.

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Of course, places like Penang Hill or Fort Cornwallis are great must-visits, and the food trail here is in a class of it's own. The mural trail is exciting to follow too, if you're a first time visitor, but as returning visitors those things get old pretty fast!

However, Penang has so much more to offer than these usual attractions! 

Check out these 5 unique and exciting attractions you have to visit next time you're in Penang:

1. Hangout amongst 15,000 species of butterflies @ Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm

A great place for families to spend quality time while learning the immense beauty of mother nature, you could visit Malaysia's Largest Butterfly farm in Teluk Bahang.

Be awed as you'll be surrounded by over 15,000 species of colourful free-flying butterflies, 250 species of flora, and 150 species of fauna which includes many wonderful bugs, insects, snakes, worms, spiders, and more!

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Hosting multiple educational and special nature-themed interactive exhibitions throughout the year, you'll definitely have a fun-filled yet educational trip when you visit with the fam!

Location: No.830, Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Teluk Bahang, Pulau Pinang
Time: 9am - 6pm 
Contact: 04-888 8111
For more info visit their website.

2. Be amazed by a panoramic view of Penang's skyline @ The Top Komtar

Get the best eagle's eye view of Penang from the 68th floor of Komtar Tower, the sixth tallest building in Malaysia!

Walk the Rainbow Skywalk, a glass walkway, and embrace the beauty of this island as you'll have the privilege of overlooking a stunning panoramic view of the George Town skyline.

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Chill out with your loved ones at rooftop Coco Cabana Bar and bistro, while dining to some great tapas food, overlooking the Penang skyline. You could also head down to the 58th floor air-conditioned observatory deck that offers an equally impressive view of the island, and all the way across to the city lights of Penang's mainland.

Location: 1, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Time: 11am - 8pm (Weekdays) | 11am - 9pm (Weekends)
Contact: 04-262 3800
For more info visit their website.

3. Shop for everything without slimming your wallet @ Design Village Outlet Mall

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Shop to your heart's desire at Design Village Outlet Mall, the biggest outlet mall in Malaysia!

Housing various international brands like Adidas, Timberland, Ed Hardy, Guess, and more, you'll have the chance to upgrade your entire wardrobe at a quarter of the price as all their goodies are heavily discounted (think 20%-60% off)! 

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Fashion not your thing? Design Village also houses many eateries and stores that sell anything from soft-furnishing and kitchenware, to health and beauty products by popular brands such as Akemi Uchi, Chester London, Sasa, and more!

Location: 733, Jalan Cassia Barat 2, 14110 Bandar Cassia, Penang
Time: 11.30am - 9.30pm (Mondays - Thursdays) | 11.00am - 10.00pm (Fridays - Sundays)
Contact: 04-589 9888
For more info visit their website.

4. Hang off a building 249m above sea level @ The Gravityz

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Also located at Menara Komtar, adrenaline junkies bring their thrills to new heights (literally) by going through the world's highest rope course challenge!

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For the tame hearted, this is a chance for your to face your fear of heights, while friendly and professional instructors ensure a safe environment for you, all while having a spectacular view of Penang! #noregrets

Location: 65 Floor, Jalan Penang, George Town, the top @komtar, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Time: 10am - 7pm
Contact: 018-772 2231
For more info visit their website.

5. Be awed by a full re-creation of Pandora's forest @ Avatar Secret Garden

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Delve into David Cameron's world of wonders, and experience Penang's natural rainforest like never before. Penang Avatar Secret Garden is inspired by 2009 Blockbuster hit 'Avatar', and features our Malaysian tropical rainforest that's illuminated with vibrant coloured lights, trees, vines, flowers and even boulders!

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Be awed by the dazzling display of lights as it greatly contrasts against the backdrop of the rich blue-black night sky.

The best part? This attraction is completely FREE! 

Location: 336, Jalan Tokong Thai Pak Koong, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang
Time: 8am - 12am 

Don't know where to stay? Rest your feet and find some solitude in the heart of a tropical jungle at Fig Tree Resort's luxurious hill villas

After a day's worth of walking and exciting activities we've listed above, surround yourself in the tranquility of the Malaysian rainforest.

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Located near Sungai Ara, enjoy a panoramic view of untouched lush greenery while relaxing in your personal wooden villas. Find solace as you wade around in their natural hill-water swimming pool, or plan an exciting cultural tour around Penang island, that could be easily arranged by their concierge.

Location: Jl. Kenari, Sungai Ara, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Contact: 019-362 0270
For more info visit their website.

With so many things to do in Penang, it's time to plan your next trip there!

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AirAsia flies to Penang daily from five local airports. And the best part is that they're having a promo for flights to Penang now! 

Here are the fares:

KL to Penang - RM43
JB to Penang - RM76
Langkawi to Penang - RM29
Kota Kinabalu to Penang - RM142
Kuching to Penang - RM104

Do take note of the booking and travelling dates too:

Booking period: Now till 11 June 2018
Travelling period: Now till 30 November 2018

Book your trip to Penang on now

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