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15 Romantic Activities for a Penang Couples Staycation

Looking forward to some quality time with your loved one in Penang? Consider a romantic vacation in the food capital of Malaysia. 

From historical sites to quirky museums, picturesque gardens to cultural sights, there is no shortage of dreamy Penang local attractions to visit. These couple-focused getaways are ideal for a couples staycation with your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend. 

Before you book your Penang local getaway, here is a suggestion on where to stay.


Where to Stay During your Getaway


What better way to start your romantic vacation on the right foot than at a dreamy location by the beach? Facing one of the most well-known beaches in Penang, the Batu Ferringhi Beach, PARKROYAL Penang Resort fits the bill wonderfully. Pick either the deluxe sea-facing room or the Premier Seaview Room (with an executive work area) and awake to a fantastic view of the clean, sandy beach and sunny tropical blue skies. 



Ease into your staycation-for-two with an escape to the sanctuary for the senses at St. Gregory Spa, conveniently located at level one of the resort. With the spectacular view of the Andaman sea as a backdrop, both you and your beloved can indulge in a deep massage that kneads away all your tension. We recommend the Balinese massage, which is designed to relieve muscle soreness and improve blood circulation.


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Top Activities in Penang for Your Anniversary or Honeymoon Staycation

Chasing the sunrise, dining in a magical garden, or basking in the arms of nature, make beautiful memories with your significant other. These engaging and romantic activities will take you through the finest which Penang has to offer.


Chase Penang’s Sunrise and Sunsets


Straits Green Park By The Sea, 11200 Tanjung Tokong, Penang, Malaysia
Address: Jalan Batu Ferringhi Batu Ferringhi, 11100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia


Rise at dawn to witness the birth of a new day at Straits Green, the ideal spot to watch the gorgeous sunrise. The stretch of promenade makes a great morning walk as you gaze at the sky turning from twilight to a simmering red, then orange and golden yellow before the vibrant hue of sky blue takes over. 

As dusk sets in, stroll along Batu Ferringhi Beach to feel the embrace of the gentle sea breeze. Watch with your beloved as the sky dances with colours of blue, giving in to yellow and orange splashes and gradually purplish-pink as the darkness descends. 


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Glow in the Dark at the Avatar Garden

Surreal Tree at Avatar Garden Surreal Tree at Avatar Garden


Penang Avatar Secret Gardens

Address: 336, Jalan Tokong Thai Pak Koong, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang
Opening hours: 8am to 12am


Stand under showers of vivid pink, purple, green and blue fairy lights at the Penang Avatar Secret Gardens. Conjuring images from the movie 2009 Avatar, the light-themed garden turns into a surrealistic wonderland at night. The highlight here is the enormous tree in the centre, draped in colourful LED lights, giving you the feeling that you have indeed landed in Pandora! 


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Embark on Flights of Colour at the Entopia Butterfly Park

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Entopia Butterfly Park

Address: Entopia Butterfly Farm, No. 830, Jalan Teluk Bahang, 11050 Teluk Bahang, Pulau Pinang
Phone Number: +60 4 888 8111


Delight in the colourful wings of fluttering Lepidopterans at the Entopia Butterfly Park. The giant greenhouse is home to 15,000 butterflies belonging to 200 tropical species—an ideal spot for capturing picture-perfect Penang photos. Decorative waterfalls, caves and ponds add an enchanting touch to the inhouse greenhouse, creating a mini utopia for lovebirds to make lasting memories. 


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Go Topsy Turvy at the Upside Down Museum


Upside Down Museum

Address: 45, Lebuh Kimberley, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone Number: + 60 4 264 2660
Opening hours: 8:45am to 6:30pm (Monday to Saturday), 8:45am to 7:30pm (Sunday)


Wish to turn the world upside down? Experience unparalleled fun at the Upside Down Museum, where things are never what they seem. 

This playful museum is filled with optical-illusion rooms, making it look like visitors are upside down. Each room depicts a scene right out of a book or a movie—like  hovering over a witch’s brewing pot, or hanging out in an upside-down washroom— creating plenty of opportunities for amusing and disorienting photos. 


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Get in Touch With Idyllic Nature

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Penang Botanical Gardens

Address: Kompleks Pentadbiran,Bangunan Pavilion, Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone Number:  +60 4 226 4404
Opening hours:  8am to 5pm (Monday to Friday), Closed on Saturday and Sunday


If you and your partner love nature, consider wandering the expansive fields of the Penang Botanical Gardens. The well-lined and meticulously labelled plants and trees make your stroll here both enriching and serene. Take a break from your walk and rest by the lily pond—a tranquil aquatic sanctuary blanketed by water lilies with a mini waterfall on the side. 


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Admire Heritage-Rich George Town and its Charming Street Art

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Spend an artistic afternoon exploring George Town’s fascinating murals. Depicting scenes of everyday life in the area, these works of art offer great photo op backdrops and insights into how life was like in the neighbourhood. The most photographed murals here are ‘Children on Bicycle’ and ‘Boy on Motorbike’ by Lithuanian-born Ernest Zacharevic.  


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Where to Dine in Penang on Your Anniversary or Honeymoon Staycation

From isolated romantic backdrops to heritage and culture-rich settings, international cuisines to local street favourites, dining in Penang, Malaysia’s food capital, can be highly satisfying. 


Romantic Dining at the Beach

Gustavo at the Beach

Dining by the beach Dining by the beach


Address:  PARKROYAL Penang Resort
Phone Number: +60 4886 2288
Opening hours: 5pm to 10pm daily


Take your romance up a notch with an unforgettable beachfront dining experience at Gustavo by the Beach right at PARKROYAL Penang Resort. Feast on authentic Italian cuisine as you gaze at the mesmerising Penang sunset view. As dusk turns to twilight, your dinner magically turns into a romantic candlelight affair. 


Embark on a Gastronomic Journey of Asian Cuisine

Cinnamon Asian Kitchen Cinnamon Asian Kitchen


Cinnamon Asian Kitchen

Address:  PARKROYAL Penang Resort
Phone Number:  +60 4886 2288
Opening hours: 12:30am to 3pm, 5pm to 10:30pm (Monday), 6:30am to 10:30am, 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10:30pm (Tuesday to Sunday)



Savour Asian culinary delights in the crisp garden air at Cinnamon Asian Kitchen, also at PARKROYAL Penang Resort. Pairing the freshest ingredients with spices and herbs, the curated menu features a wide range of dishes with flavourful twists. 


Immerse in Nature with Garden Dining


Ferringhi Garden Restaurant

Address: 78, 6, Kampung Batu Feringgi, 11100 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone Number:  +60 1 6415 8835
Opening hours:  5pm to 10:30pm daily


Walk into welcoming lush greenery at the Ferringhi Garden Restaurant. The alfresco dining experience is best enjoyed at night when the garden is illuminated, creating a magical woodland atmosphere. Serving Western, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, the culinary standouts here are the steak and seafood dishes. 


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Be Filled with Colonial Culture at the Suffolk House

Suffolk House

Address: Suffolk House Restaurant, 250, Jalan Air Hitam, Georgetown, 10460 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Phone Number: +60 4 228 3930
Opening hours:  10am to 8pm daily


Winner of the 2008 Award of Distinction in the Asian-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, the Suffolk House is a shining example of an Anglo-Indian garden house. Its charming decor and romantic ambience make it the perfect setting for a couple to dine in. Try the much-vaunted Afternoon Tea set which comes with mouth-watering pastries and delightful cakes.


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Dine Like the Locals

Laksa, Curry noodles and Char Koay Teow Laksa, Curry noodles and Char Koay Teow


There is no better way to enjoy Malaysia’s food capital than to take a food tour in George Town. Discover heritage-rich hawker dishes that have been around for generations when you sign up for it’s Lunch Hop tour. From perennial favourites such as Char Koay Teow, Penang Laksa to the Chendol dessert, you can taste these street favourites while learning about their fascinating origins.  


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Best Cultural Places in Penang for Your Anniversary or Honeymoon Staycation

Steeped in history and culture, there is something special about exploring Penang's historical and cultural sites with your significant other. 


Admire the Architecture of the Kek Lok Si Temple

Overview of the Kek Lok Si Temple Overview of the Kek Lok Si Temple


Kek Lok Si Temple

Address 1000L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Air Hitam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone Number:  +60 4 828 3317
Opening hours:  8:30am to 5:30pm daily

Marvel at the beauty of the architectural style of Malaysia’s largest Buddhist temple, the Kek Lok Si Temple. The majestic temple offers visitors a peek into the history of Buddhism, told through its labyrinthine rooms and structures. One structure you cannot miss out on here is the striking seven-storey Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddha. Once you’re inside, you will come face-to-face with a resplendent 36.57 metres tall (120 feet) bronze Goddess of Mercy. 

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Snap Instagram-Worthy Photos with an Eclectic Heritage Building

Exterior of the Blue Mansion Exterior of the Blue Mansion


Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Address:  Lot 22, 14, Lebuh Leith, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone Number:  +60 4 262 0006


Nothing screams Instagrammable photo better than the eclectic architectural style of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, also known as The Blue Mansion. Its striking indigo blue exterior draws you in, but it is the fusion of architectural style in its interior that awes. While the Chinese influence much of the structure’s design, you can also spot other architectural styles, such as it’s Gothic louvred windows and Art Nouveau stained windows. 


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Walk Down History at Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis Fort Cornwallis


Fort Cornwallis

Address: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Phone Number: +60 261 0262
Opening hours: 9am to 6:30pm daily

If you have a shared love for history with your significant other, it is fitting to visit Malaysia's biggest standing fort at Fort Cornwallis. Interestingly, while the fort is battle-ready, it was never in operation. Standing tall and proud on the banks of Light Street shores, Fort Cornwallis offers sweeping views of the ocean and a dreamy spot for couples to snap some Penang memories together. The highlight here is the historical Seri Rambai cannon—a 17th-century Dutch cannon, it is the largest bronze gun in Malaysia. 


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Need more recommendations for your romantic Penang staycation? Read more about what to do in Penang, or get in touch with our team at PARKROYAL Penang Resort. We look forward to hosting you soon.


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