The Best Beaches in Penang, Malaysia

Go parasailing on Batu Ferringhi in Penang
Go parasailing on Batu Ferringhi in Penang | © Jean Schweitzer / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Michelle Leong
21 June 2021

The waters aren’t clean and clear (recognize the singsong line?) like on the Perhentian and Redang Islands, but the beaches in Penang are bigger, wider and more varied. So, take your pick from our list.

Tanjung Bungah

Natural Feature
Map View
Fishing boats at Monkey Beach, Tanjung Bungah, near Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia
© Stuart C. Clarke / Alamy Stock Photo

Somewhere between tourist-dense Batu Ferringhi and shopper’s haven Gurney Drive lies this sleepy beach, unstirred except for the occasional sunset viewer. Locals swim, picnic and stroll along the shoreline, but it’s still relatively quiet, and dark enough after sundown to spot the starry constellations.

Monkey Beach

Bowling Alley, Natural Feature
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Monkey Beach in the Penang National Park in Penang, Malaysia.. Image shot 11/2014. Exact date unknown.
© Eric Nathan / Alamy Stock Photo

Named after the long-tailed macaques that occasionally make an appearance, this beach is located in Penang National Park. Trek the winding tree-shaded paths for 30 minutes, and you’ll arrive at this small, no-frills, no-fuss beach that tends to be pleasantly crowd-free.

These recommendations were updated on June 21, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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