This trip only deals in major attractions, and starts with a visit to one of the largest Buddhist temples in Malaysia. Kek Lok Si features a colossal seven-story pagoda, and has buildings spread out over 30 acres of land. The next place on the agenda’s pretty grand, too. Pinang Peranakan Mansion is a residence-turned-museum that’s filled with thousands of historic artefacts and antiques. Next, you’ll head to one of George Town’s most iconic sights – a temple that’s home to a huge reclining Buddha statue. It’s the third largest in the world and sprawls out for more than 100 feet. Cast an eye over the detailed fabrics at a batik factory, then round things off at Penang Botanic Gardens – a former quarry on the outskirts of the capital that’s been transformed into waterfalls and flower-lined grounds.
You’ll need to dress modestly for the religious sites. Shorts and short skirts aren’t allowed, and women need to cover their shoulders. You’ll also need to take off your shoes before entering the temples, so it's best to bring some socks, as the pavements can get hot.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.