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Why fly to Penang?
It is a colorful mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures, which usually means Penang is usually in the midst of celebrating one festival and also getting ready for another.
Penang sits at the top of Malaysia and is divided into two parts, Penang Island and Seberang Perai. The state's capital is George Town, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the city's unique architecture. Colonial era buildings are evident everywhere with some of the best examples being the present day town hall as well as the Penang Musum.
The mix of tradition and culture makes for a truly unique visiting experience. Travel down one road and you could pass an old Buddhist temple, next to a church and the next turn could bring you face to face with a mosque while a little further down is a Hindu mandir. One of the neat things to see in the city is old jetty living. If you head to Weld Quay in George Town you will find Chinese families living much like they did a hundred years ago on the water in their jetties.
Penang beach vacations are popular in the country, you can spend your holidays at one of the resorts that sit on Batu Ferringhi Beach or pop by for an afternoon of sunbathing. The beach area is also a nice place to enjoy a meal as the sun sets and then take in the night market for a little craft shopping.
Night markets are a tradition across Penang, additionally if you are looking for a mall experience you can head to one of the many shopping centers like Gurney Plaza. Alternatively, there are also several shopping districts like Little India, where you can pick up traditional handmade goods.
For more Western-style shopping head to Penang Road. After you've finished your shopping trip you can visit one of the many high-end restaurants that line the strip and then take in the nightlife. There are numerous nighclubs and hugely-popular Karoake places sprinkled throughout.
Penang is a buffet for the senses and will keep you happy and truly culturally-inspired throughout your trip.
Penang is hot with average temperatures in the mid to high 20s. The winter months can cool down to the low 20s. Monsoon season arrives in the beginning of April and lasts though until October. Both September and October experience some of the heaviest rainfall
When to fly to Penang
Winter and spring are popular seasons to visit Penang as the temperatures are warm and the heavy rain danger of the summer and fall does not exist. You will see that flight tickets are particularly high in December.
The heavy rains keep tourists away in the summer and early fall months, which means flight ticket prices drop. You can of course find some good deals, but remember to check weather forecasts for extreme weather.
Getting into Penang
Your portal to Penang opens up at the Penang International Airport which is located on Penang Island close to 20 minutes south of George Town. From the airport you can either take the bus or grab a fixed-rate taxi outside the terminal.
Getting around Penang
The city has a great public bus service that will get you around the city. There are also free shuttle buses for short distance travel. In additions, there is a rail line, ferries as well as a funicular to get up Penang Hill.
- Visit Pulau Jerejak, which is an island located between the two parts of Penang. The island offers spa relaxation and on the flip side - jungle tours, a little something for everyone.
- If you are looking for a night of drinking and dancing than head to George Town's Upper Penang Road where you will find all sorts of clubs and pubs as well as karaoke to keep you busy well into the night.
- All major cities, or in this case state, show their world muscle by way of a tower that ascends into the clouds, most towers having been built with the hopes of being the tallest in the world. Penang's answer is the KOMTAR tower, which is 230 meters high. In addition to providing great views of Penang, it also houses shops, restaurants and offices.
- Visit Fort Cornwallis. This huge fortress is laid out int he shape of a str. Inside the sturcture is a prison, old cannons one of which is called Seri Rambai and legend has it, that it is a positive influence for female fertility.
- One of the most magical places to visit in the city is the Butterfly Farm. Colorful butterflies, flutter about while the knowledgeable staff share valuable information about the butterfly research center and butterfly breeding.
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