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The potpourri of Penang's diverse cultures is best sampled through a steaming hot serving of the many cuisines on the island. Constantly voted as one of Asia's best locations for sumptuous street food, the melting pot of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European culinary traditions is a stimulating adventure for the tastebuds. Make your way to a street stall in Malaysia's food capital and dig into famed favourites like nasi kandar, char kway teow or laksa.
A large island off the northwestern coast of West Malaysia, Penang is a charming Asian city fused with a dazzling array of well-preserved classical Victorian architecture, mostly found within the capital of the city, Georgetown. Colonial-era buildings like Penang City Hall, Fort Cornwallis and the Penang State Museum make an interesting sight for history buffs and architecture fans alike.
You will be photographing colonial architecture, dunking your coins into the wishing well at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple, and listening to the calls of prayer at the Kapitan Keling Mosque, all in one afternoon on this culturally diverse and harmoniously multiracial island. A must-see is the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, a restored mansion filled with enthralling antiques from around the world which recreates the lavish lifestyle afforded by wealthy Chinese Straits families in the past.
Take a break from the city for a hike or camp in the Penang National Park, where animal lovers can spot a wide range of wildlife from nesting green turtles to the majestic Brahminy Kite eagles. Explore the nearby Penang Butterfly Farm, a tropical fairyland of winged beauties well-loved by both adults and children. And be sure to check out the Tropical Spice Garden, one of Malaysia’s premier eco-tourism destinations featuring more than 100 herbs and spices growing wild.
For some great views over Penang, head to the top of Penang’s tallest building, Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak, shortened to KOMTAR, which has a viewing platform. Most visitors stay in central Georgetown and the city can mostly be covered by foot. The Rapid Penang bus routes provide a convenient way to get to places further away from the city centre. When in Georgetown, look out for the free Central Area Transit (CAT) shuttle bus, which services major attractions in the area.
The island's tropical climate makes it an attractive year-round destination. With its blend of cultures, it is very easy for your visit to coincide with one of the numerous cultural celebrations. Some of the more dazzling ones include the Chinese New Year celebrations in the Kek Lok Si Temple, and Deepavali, the five-day Hindu “Festival of Lights”, held between October and November.
A: Take your holiday to the next level with your very own rental car. Whether you're exploring the sights and sounds of Bukit Mertajam or going out into the wider Penang area, having your own vehicle allows you to do your holiday your way. Butterworth and and its surrounding region are also best seen from behind the wheel. So what are you waiting for? Browse our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Penang today.
A: Your holiday to Penang will probably begin by arriving into Penang Airport (PEN-Penang Intl.). This major airport has around 1,256 international flights per month.
A: There's plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation in Penang. The most popular style are hotels. But if you're after something else, you can also pick from apartments, guest houses, hostels and much more.
A: It's entirely your choice. Bundle cars, flights and hotels, or simply pick one option. You can also add some top activities and attractions to your itinerary. Whatever it is you're looking for, we can help you organise a holiday that's perfect for you.
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A: A few hours at State Mosque is an essential part of any Bukit Mertajam holiday. Mengkuang Dam and AEON Mall Bukit Mertajam cap off the ideal day out in this interesting city.
Excellent and very professional service. Clean room. Originally was given a room with a very poor view facing the roof of the shopping centre at low floors. The staff was kind to change our rooms to higher floors at level 14 which we could have a glimpse of the Georgetown coastal sea. Really grateful ...
Extremely clean, well maintained, comfortable bedding, tasty cookie upon check in, nice facilities
All the staff were extremely friendly and always polite, and always have a smile when they greet you. We loved the pool. And able to walk to the local night market and food centres.
Privacy n cosy plce to stay for relaxing.nearby to feringghi
Amazing service in all the hotel departments. Location makes it difficult to do anything off site but the hotel amenities were great. Water sports like kayaks would be great since you can’t swim at the beach. Rooms are beautiful & plunge pool is awesome.
Everyone was very helpful and the hotel is nice, but sad that I was forced to leave because of NO MOVEMENT ORDER in Malaysia.