Penang with Kids: Family Travel Guide

Our updated and detailed guide to Malaysia’s most happening island.


“There are so many things to do in Penang with kids. In fact, I would recommend this little Malaysian island is as a starting point for families traveling to Southeast Asia for the first time. It’s safe, affordable and welcoming, with a unique mix of the familiar and the exotic. There are a dizzying array of cultures and cuisines to experience, and most locals are helpful and fluent in English. Like the rest of Malaysia, the mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and British history permeates Penang as well, but while Kuala Lumpur has the urban sprawl, this little island near the Thai border has beaches, parks and the UNESCO Heritage site, Georgetown.

We’ve in and out of Penang multiple times, and I can say that it is one of our children’s favorite places in Southeast Asia. Below I’ve listed up a few of our favorite things to do on the island, as well as a few favorites of fellow family travelers.”

Over 6300 words. Nearly 30 images. dozens and dozens of useful links and detailed information.

Read the entire post at An Epic Education

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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