Fun Activities Around Penang Malaysia / Penang

Wow, we’ve been having so much fun in Penang! The island is full of entertaining and free activities right now, from jazz and orchid festivals to horse shows and dragon boat races. Most kids are out of school this month, which is why there’s more going on than usual. But even without all the extra activities, there’s a lot to do in Penang, and we’ve been keeping ourselves busy doing it, often with friends we’ve met since we arrived. Botanic gardens, unique temples and mosques, national parks, huge shopping malls, Chinese classes, a community children’s choir, and more restaurants than I could eat at in a year, are just some of the fun things we’ve been up to the past month.

Each of these activities deserves its own post, but because I’d rather be out doing more fun things instead of writing blog posts, I’m summarizing them all into one video, which you can watch below.

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Interestingly, even though Malaysia is a Muslim country, Christmas is still widely celebrated. The shopping malls contain elaborate displays for Santa to come visit the children, Christmas carols are played in stores and restaurants, and “Merry Christmas” (not “Happy Holidays”) is written on marketing material. Likewise, some restaurants have private booths so Muslim women wearing burkas don’t have to keep their faces covered while eating. And many restaurants advertise that they don’t serve pork (which Muslims aren’t allowed to eat). It’s great to see such religious diversity and respect here.

Anyway, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all my readers.

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Brandon is a location independent entrepreneur, musician, worldschooling father, and the principal author of this blog. He's all about reaching his potential and enjoying life to the fullest in each moment.


  1. Jennifer Pearce Says: December 15, 2011 at 9:26 am

    My favorite was the orchid festival and the jazz festival. Lots of fun things to do, but the best part is the people I get to do them with. :) I love my sweet family.

  2. That video just made me smile all the way through. I love to see the wonderful adventure of your every day life. You’re certainly in a rich cultural and natural environment there – such diversity!

    Emily’s yoga pose on the slide was awesome.

    And I love the song choice for the video – so glad you’re grooving on David…

    You can live your life completely
    that true path you’re here to find
    or stay scared and leave your destiny behind
    It’s right now
    here’s the turning point in time

  3. loved the vidio. what great experiences. Not so keen on the snakes.

  4. Great video. It makes me realize the place I am staying at is actually a lot fun.

  5. Malaysia looks so clean, organized and green with a TON of things to do. We enjoyed watching the video.
    It is a difficult balance to strike between blogging and going out to do stuff. Looking forward to your next travels.

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