Penang might be well-known for its art, heritage and food but largely overlooked are its recreational forests and golf courses. Don’t be fooled by the size of the state, it packs in a lot more than one assumes. Nature lovers and sports enthusiasts who seek a break from the usual tourist activities will be pleasantly surprised by what Penang can offer.

Pockets of greenery can be easily found once visitors head away from the UNESCO heritage zones. One can breathe easy and be revitalised by a good round of golf or an invigorating hike at a recreational forest.