If you’ve noticed recently, though our focus is aimed at culinary tours and food, this beauty of island offers abundantly in terms of attractions, spots to chill, activities to spontaneously involve in among others. So to speak, an all-rounder. And so featuring articles with a bit of everything, here we are this week to show you the hip part of Penang where Westerners make it their home as the grey hair outgrows Tanjung Bungah.
Top 10 Things To Do At Tanjung Bungah Penang
Tanjung Bungah meaning ‘Flower Cape” located in between Gurney and Batu Feringghi is a sea-side suburb that was initially a fishing village rose to fame over the years due to its distance to the beach. Watersports activities are most popular in Tanjung Bungah, with Penang Water Sports Centre based here among many other sights to witness and scrumptious dining spots to indulge in. Watcha waiting for? Hop op and let us guide you on the Top 10 Things to do At Tanjung Bungah.
1. Head to the Beach / Penang Water Sports Center
If you’re looking into heading to the beach in Penang, it’s either the furthest north or south. Located in the northern part of Penang, the beaches here welcomes you to sit back, get sun-kissed over a glass of margarita. Apart from that, Tanjung Bungah perhaps most well-known for its miles upon miles of sandy beaches thus making this a spot for water-based activities all year round.
With the Penang Water Sports Centre around the corner, we’re talking about kayaking, banana boat and even beach soccer at the center at reasonable price points. Perfect for the budget adventurous souls and the family.
Address: Jalan Tanjung Bungah, Tanjung Bungah (near to the Floating Mosque)
Tel: (604) 890 9373
See also: Top 10 Beaches in Penang To Chill
2. Roti Bakar @ Ah Wang Cafe
Drive straight up to the Tanjung Tokong route, then drive pass Tesco Sri Tanjung, and look for the first traffic light which you are about to turn right into Jalan Tokong Thai Pak Kong, Ah Wang should be located under a low-cost flat. Calling out the Kaya-lovers, this is the place to be. Enjoy your morning Malaysian style with some kaya and butter on toast ready to be dipped in a ‘Kau’ coffee alongside half-boiled eggs with a group of uncles talking about the recent election(when are they not) on a typical day 🙂 It doesn’t get better than that! Ah wang is loved by many that we took a video and featured it in our Top 10 Roti Bakar in Penang. Check it out.
3. Early Morning Run @ Botanical Garden
What a beautiful day to go for a Ru….*hides under the bed and never leaves!!! No kidding me forever. Though when there are days of motivation running through my veins to wake the hell up and get going, Botanical Garden is the go-to spot.
Set up by the British in 1884 by Charles Curtis of the Gardens & Forests Departments Straits Settlements, Botanical Garden is a well-landscaped place that contains a huge variety of indigenous and exotic plant species. Jogging, hiking or cycling, this place offers the space and the view of the journey. Comprising more than 10,000 species of plants, the team of nature lovers conducts free walk every Saturday to walk along and get to know more of the symbiosis of nature. What better way to spend the weekend than to connect with Mother nature and know beyond!
Since it’s free prior registration is required, for more information or register, please contact 017-4207942 or firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Authentic Malay-style lunch @ Noor Bee
Located right beside Ah Wang Cafe, Noor Bee is a small shop with nothing but a few plastic tables accompanied by plastic chairs serving nothing but the best Fish Head Curry that vanishes as the clock hits 12 (head early if you have your eyes on the head). If the foods good, Penangites will be spotted no matter the race, and Noor Bee has winning hearts serving authentic Malay dishes at an economical price range and the favorites of many for cooking crispy chickens, tangy yet complementing salad and whole lotta choices of gravy to choose from. Fan of pineapple curry? Try theirs and you will be!
Hours: 8.15am to 3am. Closed on Sundays
Phone: 013-744 0511
5. Chinese style Dinner @ Hai Wei (Precinct 10)
In the hunt for a new Chu Cha Restaurant? Look no further than one of the most affordable Chinese Restaurant you’ll ever step into serving dishes to impress the picky ones even. Located at Precinct 10, this place churns out some of the best Claypot Crab rice and Seafood restaurant. We’ve been to places that sell small portion dishes with a hefty price tag but this place isn’t in that list. With an option of small, medium and large with price as low as rm10 for the small that can feed up to 2 people, this gem of a place needs nothing but lots of love from Y’all. oh and the mango chicken. YUM!
Hours: 1130 am to 2.30 pm, 5.30pm to 10pm . Closed on Wednesday
Phone: 04-890 1813
6. Night Market on Tuesday Nights
As evening falls, the streets of town come alive with the bustling hawker stalls and street food lined along the road. Some would even consider it to perfect spot for a date night, nibbling on your favorite street snack hand in hand with your other favorite or you could just walk alone, Tanjung Bungah Night markets accept both! LOL.
On Tuesday nights, the market extends its hours and transforms into a bustling night bazaar filled with even more stalls. Bring small change and come hungry to sample a variety of snacks such as ban chang kuih (crispy pancakes), nutmeg juice and satay skewers.
Address: Tanjung Bungah Market, Jalan Sungai Kelian Penang 11200
Hours: Daily, 9am-12noon (day market); Every Tue, 7pm-11pm (night bazaar)
7. Stroll by the pathway at Straits Quay
The island’s first retail marina enclave, Straits Quay provides a comprehensive mix of outlets and attractions from boutiques to Western and Asian restaurants, cafes and bars with a panoramic view. There are bicycles for hire here if you’re interested to cycle around. Not sugarcoating it, there sure isn’t anything much to do here unless for specific purpose albeit if you need a place to unwind or go for a walk by the bay, this is it over a nice fish and chips at the Blue Reef Restaurant alongside a beer at the Irish bar. I take it back, Life is continuing adventure, there’s always something to do!
8. Butterfly Kingdom @ Entopia
Not exactly in the premise of Tanjung Bungah though with a 15 mins drive, you’ll be embarking on a bug adventure full of colors, shapes and fun for all ages!!!! Entopia is about so much more than tropical butterflies – even though there are some 13,000 of these beauties from around 120 species fluttering freely around the well-designed attraction’s outdoor gardens here in Entopia. You’ll also be able to see and learn about all kinds of insects and invertebrates while wandering around this large maze-like environment.
9. Pit stop for Dessert @ De Sweet Love Cafe
unlike those hipstery cafes in town, De Sweet Love Cafe takes on a different approach. The cafe is not hipstery decorated nor with elegant English setting but a cozy and comfortable setting indifferent to a cafe in the neighborhood. So what can one expect to see in such a cafe? Fresh, home-made pastries and cakes. Step in the cafe and you will be welcomed with a huge front counter that is cramped with a myriad of home-made Cakes and pastries; no, not the usual flavors that you can see but expect to see some really exotic ones.
Address: No. 12A, Lebuh Lembah Permai 4, 11200, Tanjung Bungah, Penang.
Business Hours: 2 pm to 9 pm. Opens daily.
Contact Number: 6019- 413 3847
We’ve written about this, shot it and it’s utterly mesmerizing! As the name may suggest, this attraction imitates the wonderful Pandora world from the blockbuster hit Avatar. The movie shows the beauty of dazzling colors in the forest as they inspire and wow the audience. Now, Penang Avatar Secret Garden brings the movie to life right here on this very island.
Address: 336, Jalan Tokong Thai Pak Koong, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang
Hours: 8am to 12am
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