Hello, fam! We are one day closer to Hari Raya! Can you feel our excitement? There are so many preparations to do. We need to start getting ready our kuih raya, get our grocery shopping done for rumah terbuka, and of course, beli baju raya! Itu paling best! Well, if you’re looking for other activities to do during Raya, here are 10 Fun Places In Penang To Bring Your Out-Of-Town Friends & Family During Raya.
Things To Do During Raya Holidays
1. Explore One Million Books At BookXcess
Can you count all the books in BookXcess Gurney Paragon? Probably not, ’cause it houses more than one million books! Situated on the 7th and 8th floor of Gurney Paragon Mall, it is the biggest bookstore in the northern region. Hands down, it is going to make your friends and family’s jaw drop! Vast amounts of books are housed in BookXcess’ two iconic features, the tallest bookshelf and the longest bookshelf in Malaysia, turning it into one of the most Instagramable spots in Penang. BookXcess is the perfect place to spend your duit Raya. With their wide selection of books ranging from fiction, non-fiction, as well as children’s books, BookXcess will definitely please the fussiest book enthusiasts! Check out the Café Wolf article here as they also serve really good cakes and coffee in their in-house café!
Location: Level 7 & 8, Gurney Paragon, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: Opens daily, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
2. Go Zip Lining At The Habitat
Do you have a friend that is an adrenaline junkie? Say no more! Be adventurous hike all the way up, or use the conventional way and take the hill train. Find The Habitat counter and get some tickets. The Habitat is really exciting as you can be one with nature. Go for a guided zip lining and learn everything flora and fauna in between. Highly recommended if you’re up for some adventure!
Location: Jalan Bukit Bendera, 11500 Bukit Bendera, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: Opens daily, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
3. Visit The Scenic Penang Floating Mosque
Visiting Penang Floating Mosque during Raya season is a must. Penang Floating Mosque is definitely one of the most beautiful mosques we have in Penang. Situated in between Tanjung Bungah, and Batu Ferringhi, the brightly coloured building is very hard to miss. You will love it when you see it! If you would like to visit the mosque, please do remember to dress conservatively.
Location: Tanjung Bungah Road, Pulau Pinang, 11200, Penang
Operating Hours: Unknown
4. Explore Cubopark, One Of A Kind Container Mall
Cubopark is one of the latest addition to the nightlife in Penang. Nestled in Jalan Tanjong Tokong, Cubopark features a variety of coffee shops, dessert cafes, and retails. There are many things to see, and very little parking space. So, if you would like to visit one of the coolest place in Penang, you can consider taking Grab, or even public transport. Oh, did we mention it one of the best places in the island to snap an #OOTD?
Read Cubopark Is Having A Food Carnival With Creative Food & Local Delights This June
Location: 6 Jalan Tanjung Tokong Tanjung Tokong, 10470 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: Opens daily, 4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
5. Check Out Georgetown At Rainbow Skywalk
We are all the way up! Apart from catching the views of Air Itam at Penang Hill, you can do the same for Georgetown here. Rainbow Skywalk is located on the rooftop of the iconic KOMTAR. It features glass flooring! Yes, you can literally look down and see tiny cars moving. It is definitely an unforgettable experience with your loved ones. Tickets are required for Rainbow Skywalk.
Location: 1, Jalan Penang, George Town, 10000 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: Opens daily, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
6. Grab Limited Edition Raya Cakes At IKEA Batu Kawan
The crowd at IKEA Batu Kawan has been absolutely crazy since the opening in February. However, we think that it is getting better. IKEA has just released three brand new cakes in conjunction with Raya. The cakes feature local flavours including ondeh-ondeh and pulut hitam. So, if you’re looking for something elevate your rumah terbuka, this is something that you can bring home!
Location: Batu Kawan, Simpang Ampat, Penang
Operating Hours: Opens daily, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
7. Go For A Stroll At Botanical Gardens
Prepare for that extra weight, or get rid of that extra weight at Botanical Gardens. Botanical Gardens is a good place to bring your out-of-town friends and family to because of a) it is a good place to have a stroll and start small conversations, b) fresh air everywhere, and c) it is the perfect place to exercise for your next rumah terbuka. If you have kids with you, opt for Youth Park. They will love the playground!
Location: 673A, Jalan Kebun Bunga, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: Opens daily, 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
8. Snap #OOTD At Butterworth Art Walk
Raya is the season whereby you need to match your outfits with your family! Of course, we will need to take photographs to keep them as memories. We have been featuring a lot of Penang Street Art, perhaps it is time to shine some light on Butterworth Art Walk. Butterworth Art Walk is complete with beautiful colourful murals of animals, scenes, and other art!
Location: 1, Lorong Bagan Luar 1, Bagan Luar, 12000 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang
Operating Hours: 24 hours
9. Check Out The Bubble Tea Scene In Penang
Oh, hello. It feels that the bubble tea scene in Penang has been booming this year. We have our little bubble tea street situated at Icon City. There are many brands to look forward to including Royaltea, and The Alley. One of the most highly anticipated Taiwan brand, Xing Fu Tang, has also opened its door in late May. The queue was extremely crazy as customers need to wait for more than an hour to order!
Location: Lorong Sentul 6, Taman Sentul Jaya, 14100 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang
10. Eat The Best Durians At Balik Pulau
It is not only Raya season, but it is also durian season in Penang. Eat your heart out at Balik Pulau, the best place to chow down different types of durians for an affordable price with your family. While you’re at it, there are some beautiful spots to visit in Balik Pulau including a nutmeg factory, goat farm, and horse stables. The first two places mentioned are free admission!
Read 8 Places For Durian Lovers To Indulge In Penang (2019 Guide)
What Are You Doing This Raya?
Are you going to stay at home and chill with your family, or are you heading out to check out one of these activities? Personally, we think it is great if you have a good balance of both. After all, we are almost sure that your out-of-town friends and family would love to catch a glimpse of Penang before heading back. Tag them in the comments to start planning the fun trip!
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