Nestled in Penang’s hinterland region, Permatang Pauh offers a range of traditional shopping and dining opportunities, along with convenient access to natural attractions. Permatang Pauh is also an excellent gateway to the naturally resplendent Penang Island.
Things to do
Retail therapy comes easy in Permatang Pauh, which boasts a central shopping district with multiple local supermarkets, Malaysian fashion outlets and homeware stores. If all that shopping makes you hungry, duck into 3228 HCH & Big Bouy for delicious Chinese cuisine or visit Butterfly Bistro, which specialises in authentic Thai dishes.
Those seeking natural tranquillity can stroll or cycle along the Perai River or drive about 15 minutes to the waterfront parks and harbour near Taman Pantai. Penang Bird Park is on the way and reveals over 300 native and exotic bird species, which can be seen in giant walk-in aviaries. You also have the opportunity to see a diverse array of plants, reptiles and mammals, such as deer, crocodiles and pythons.
Permatang Pauh is under 45 minutes’ drive from Penang Island, a scenic journey across the 13.5-kilometre-long Penang Bridge, which features two iconic concrete towers. Once you’ve reached Penang Island, head to the intricate Kek Lok Si Temple, a hilltop Buddhist temple with colourful architecture and Buddha imagery.
Afterwards, tick off Penang Hill, where you can enjoy scenic panoramic views of the countryside. The nearby waterfront township of George Town has a wealth of alluring attractions, including its Little India neighbourhood with Indian clothing, jewellery and food stores. Don’t miss the 18th-century Fort Cornwallis, which offers guided tours through its English-era fortifications.
The centre of Permatang Pauh is easily navigated on foot, but you will need a vehicle to explore the surrounding attractions. The township is about 45 minutes’ drive from Penang International Airport, which has flights from Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.