Countryside Tour-Malay Traditional Village Experience
There are also several picturesque man made buildings to be seen around Penanti. One may still find traditional kampung houses in the villages that dot the district. Many of them now have contemporary features such as satellite television dishes, asbestos roof tiles and modern casement windows instead of those with customary Malay wooden frames. They nevertheless appear photogenic and unique compared to the staid modern concrete buildings that keep mushrooming all over the area.
The most visibly majestic building in Penanti is likely the Kubang Semang mosque. Built in 1977, it looms strikingly above the surrounding structures with its turquoise muralled dome, tall minaret and small horseshoe arches on its façade. Like other mosques in the country, the faithful congregate to pray here in especially high numbers every Friday. Interestingly, it was erected to replace the original timber mosque, now called Masjid Lama Kubang Semang, that was constructed over a hundred years ago. This small mosque still stands but is hidden from view along the main road by the larger new building. Though it is abandoned and some of its wooden planks are dilapidated due to disuse and lack of maintenance, much of its humble ornamental features have remained intact, and it continues to exude an irresistible sense of grace and nostalgia within its cosy confines. Beside the mosque compound is an ancient Muslim cemetery. On its other flank is a streetside “warung”, or neighbourhood eatery, where Muslims and non-Muslims alike mingle over breakfast, tea or a heavy meal.
The breezy rustic communal charm of Penanti is showcased for all to see when the area hosts the annual Penang Paddy Festival to celebrate its agricultural wares and the unwavering joy de vivre of village life. Held inaugurally at the rice fields of Kampung Terus, in a secluded northern corner of Penanti, in August 2018, the festival highlights the importance of paddy as a staple food crop for the local people. It also puts on display the enchanting pastoral appeal of Penanti with its vast green lands, swaying coconut trees, wild white storks and friendly communities who continue to persevere in this idyllic world as did their ancestors many decades ago.
- Penang Ferry Service heritage ride
- Scenic drive along paddy fields
- Sungai Perai river cruise
- View Malay traditional house
- Visit Malay traditional Mosque
- Rubber tapping demonstration
- Visit a stingless bee-honey farm
- Coconut fruits peeling demonstration
- 2nd Penang Bridge (return)