So, you think Penang is all about heritage, culture and food? Not so, you need to have a look at the Penang sport orientated activities available for the energetic of limb and active of mind.
As you see, if you have the energy then Penang has the activities to participate in so you can work up a great appetite to tuck into all that tasty food that Penang restaurants are so renowned for.
If you are interested in watersports then the beach area of Batu Ferringhi can provide hours of entertainment with everything from Jet Skis, Para Sailing, Speed Boats, Leisure Boat Rides, Kayaking and even Horse Riding (on the beach).
Penang has a spine of hillsides spreading from north to south and there can be found interesting trails throughout this network of hills.
There are also some good trails around the Air Itam Dam, just remember when trekking in Penang to take lots of drinking water with you.
A little further south there is the Bukit Jambul hiking area with a 30 minute walk to the top that yields great views of the bridge, free Chinese Tea and if you have the energy a free open air Gym. Bukit Jambul Hiking Area is within walking distance of the Equatorial Hotel.
If you still have the energy after visiting all these and you like to go hiking (for hiking read Jungle Trekking) then you are absolutely spoiled for choice in Penang.
Other Penang sport clubs of note are the Penang Swimming Club, The Penang Sports Club, The Penang Water Sports Centre, The Penang Yacht Club and The Penang Motor Sports Club.
The Penang Squash Centre is famous for the discovery of the current world No 1 Nicole David, her success is already legendary as she dominates the world ladies squash scene.
The Bayan Baru area is home to Pisa Stadium which hosts an olympic sized swimming pool, gymnasium and indoor arena capable of hosting many sports and conventions.
The Bukit Jambul Country Club is another Penang Golf Course that is an 18 hole 5,763 metre, par 72 golf course.
The Penang Equestrian Centre (also at the turf club) facilitates both the leisure and the competitive show jumper.
The Penang Turf Club Golf Club is an 18 hole par 71course over 5651 metres that first teed off in 1948. It has seven of its holes within the racetrack and the picturesque 9th hole features a long waterfall.
Horse racing has a long history in Penang sport and The Penang Turf Club was first established as far back as 1864.
The twice yearly Penang Dragon Boat Racing Festivals are a joy to watch (usually July and December) attracting spectators from across the globe.
Then there are the trails in Penang National Park and the nearby Teluk Bahang which leads to the picturesque Monkey Beach.
Penang Sporting Activities
Next Dragon Boat Festival 7th-8th Dec 2013
Dragon Boat Festival 7th-8th June 2014
The 10th hole is the most famous at BJCC golf club, the 10th tee sits 100ft above the fairway in the valley below!
There are a plethora of Penang sport and leisure activities you can watch or participate in around the state of Penang.
Dragon boat racing is really popular in the pearl of the orient with Penang not just staging local events but international competitions as well.
The Turf Club located on Batu Gantong Road just outside Georgetown is not all about racing as there are other popular sporting facilities available here.
Penang Turf Club
The riding school will teach you good horsemanship through to dressage and showjumping.
This is a tight course that can be cruel to wayward shots and it was the venue for the 1992 Malaysian Open that was won by Vijay Singh who is now at the pinnacle of world golf.
There are many hiking trails that start in The Botanical gardens, some lead to the top of Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera) which is quite a hike, a famous trek here begins at the unmistakeable Moongate!