Penang, a small yet beautiful state in Malaysia, situated on the northwest of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. Penang’s strategic location amidst Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia and Indonesia make it a famous tourism belt for South East Asia. This article is about tips where to stay, what to do, what to eat, what kids won’t forget and what parents won’t forget in Penang.
Where To Stay
Bayan Lepas has become an uprising leisure and tourism precinct in Penang. With development of infrastructure and expressway (Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu expressway) connected to key destinations within Penang, hotels and homestays service in this area have received an increasing demand. Bayan Lepas resides in the eastern coast of Penang island offers a number of leisure spots along the coastline to catch the panorama sea view of Bayan Lepas. There is also a special dedicated cycling lane along the coastline starts from Queensbay roundabout to George Town where cyclist can enjoy a breezy ride while appreciating the stunning evening skyline.
What To Do
Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in South-East Asia. It is also known as the Temple of Ten Thousand Buddha’s. The 7-tier Pagoda of 10,000 Buddha which dominates the temple is influenced by the architecture styles of the Thais, Burmese and Chinese. A beautiful Bronze Statue of the Goddess of Mercy overlooks the temple.
Next, you can take a tour to Penang Hill which is 833m above sea level and comprises several hills including Western Hill, Tiger Hill, Government Hill, Flagstaff Hill, Haliburton’s Hill and Strawberry Hill. Penang Hill is a fantastic landscape that offers beautiful panorama, unique plants, greenish nature and historical heritage. You can reach Penang Hill by taking the funicular train which operates daily from 6:30am to 10:00pm.
What To Eat
Penang Street Food is one of the major attractions to tourists coming to Malaysia. Being picked by World renowned travel guide publisher Lonely Planet as the top culinary spot for 2014, Penang Street Food has never disappointed the foodies. You have 100 fresh and must try food in Penang, including Char Koey Teow, Chee Cheong Fun, Nasi Kandar, Hokkien Mee, Penang Laksa, Mee Goreng, Cendol, Fried Oyster, Seafood, Wan Tan Mee, Ice Kacang, Roti Canai and many more.
What Kid’s Won’t Forget
The Escape is a new theme park in Penang and opened to public in 2012. The Escape re-introduces outdoor play of a childhood past in a contemporary setting through thought provoking activities and theme. Fun activities of this fun destination includes Atan’s Leap, gecko climbing tower, foxy burrow, zoom bug, Tarzan’s rope, coco climb, monkey business, tubby racer, Tot’s trail, discovery dig, dunk tank, serambi, flying lemur, jungle swinger and a lot more. This theme park is suitable for kids even below 4 and adults, senior citizen. So, it is a great place for family fun and outing. The opening times are Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
What Parents Won’t Forget
George Town, the capital city of Penang was named after King George III of England, is an interesting blend of the old and new. It is worth to note that Penang has one of the largest Colonial Buildings in South East Asia. The city explorer in George Town normally covers the Fort Cornwallis, built in 1808 which marks the spot where Sir Francis Light first landed on this island, Queen Victoria Memorial Clock Tower built in 1897 to commemorate Queen’s Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, State Assembly buildings, Cathedral of the Assumption, Goodness of Mercy Temple, Mahamariamman Temple and many more.
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