Penang tour packages & holidays
Penang is an island off the coast of peninsular Malaysia. It is also known as the pearl of the orient and directly translates to Betel Nut Island. In Malay, the island is known as Pulau Pinang. The island is shaped like a turtle and measures about 280 square kilometers. It is one of the oldest British settlements in Malaysia going back to the 1786. Penang is not only known for its breath taking, white, sandy beaches. It also prides itself to some of the best historical attractions in the whole of Malaysia. Georgetown for example, which is the capital of Penang Island, has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Kek Lok Si, a Buddhist temple; the Penang Hills; butterfly farm and the botanical garden are also sights to behold.
If not for the beautiful beaches, there are many other attractions that will make anyone want to visit Penang. The island is best suited for family tours, business vacations, honeymoons and even domestic tourism for the people of Malaysia. The nightlife in Penang is very interesting and anyone visiting will definitely want to check out several night clubs and pubs. Some of these attractions include, Slippery Senorita in Georgetown, Sunset Bistro in Batu Feringghi and75°C Restaurant and Bar in Gurney Drive among others.
Penang experiences an equatorial climate, which is quite suitable to travel at almost any time of the year. However, the best times to visit Penang are usually around the Christmas holiday, through to New Year's celebrations. This is the high season. If you want to find the best accommodation at the best price, you must make your reservation early enough because the high season is always packed and will definitely be costly. During this time, there are several festivals that you will not want to miss. One of them is the Chingay festival, which takes place together with the Chinese New Year festival. Another famous festival is the Dragon Boat festival which invites participants from all over the world and involves long boats with heads shaped like dragon heads. The festival is quite colorful and is a must visit.