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  • Let's be clear, Penang is not a virgin island. Over the years it has grown into a real city, choreographed by its capital Georgetown. However, its authentic jungle still exists, inside which you will find a large variety of majestic trees. Penang also benefits from its ethnic and cultural diversity, mixing its Malay, Indian and Chinese origins, revealing many temples with many faces. Its past is filled ...
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Malaysia

Let's be clear, Penang is not a virgin island. Over the years it has grown into a real city, choreographed by its capital Georgetown. However, its authentic jungle still exists, inside which you will find a large variety of majestic trees. Penang also benefits from its ethnic and cultural diversity, mixing its Malay, Indian and Chinese origins, revealing many temples with many faces. Its past is filled with stories of merchants, because of its advantageous position in the Strait of Malacca. Many monuments show off this stormy past.
As for resorts, the beaches of Penang have suffered a lot from mass tourism and urbanisation. The government is supposed to look after the maintenance of the beaches. But there is a lot of waste in the sand...
Formerly an island, Penang is not as isolated as it used to be. Today there is a 8-mile bridge linking it to the mainland. This is the longest bridge in Asia.
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Penang: what to do?

A short trip to Penang Hill. There is a small train running to the top of the hill, culminating at 2,400 feet. Once there, the place offers a beautiful view of the island. The brave can get there on foot. Plan between three and four hours of walking. The Snake Temple is located near the airport. This temple, called Swimming Azur Temple, is known for the snakes allowed to live freely within its walls.

In Penang, you will find many temples, each one more majestic than the next, for example the Dhammi Karama Burmese Buddhist Temple, or the Sri Maha Mariaman Temple, starting point for the famous Thaļpusam festival.

  • The kindness of local people
  • The temples
  • The presence of jellyfish in the sea
  • The insufficient cleaning of the beaches

Reminders

Do not forget your sun protection creams, as the Malay sun can wreak havoc ! If you forget, you can always find and buy them on the spot. As for malaria, the urban and coastal areas are not considered as high-risk areas. However, the rest of the country is classified zone 3.

To avoid

During your cultural visits, do not forget to dress decently in order to enter the religious monuments, out of respect for followers. Remember that women are usually not allowed to enter mosques without their heads covered.

Penang: what to eat?

Penang is a destination renowned for its cuisine. Feel free to leave the hotel to find a typical restaurant, or to simply taste the dishes that are sold in small stalls along the streets. The favorite dish of local people is the laksa, a sweet and salty dish with noodles and scented herbs.

Penang: what to buy?

There are various objects in Penang from neighbouring countries, such as Thailand or Indonesia. The night markets are full of various gadgets, music CDs, DVDs, clothes...

Penang Reviewedhotels
  • 8.0 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Parkroyal Hotel Penang
    Penang - Malaysia
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Opened in 1990, the Park Royal is a big hotel ideal for a family ...

  • 8.0 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang
    Penang - Malaysia
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Shangri-La Rasa Sayang is located just next to the Shangri-La ...

  • 7.7 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Shangri-La Golden Sands
    Penang - Malaysia
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    The Shangri-La is in a nice spot on the edge of the Batu Ferringhi ...

  • 7.05 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Paradise Sandy Bay
    Penang - Malaysia
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    Open since 1994, the Paradise Sandy Bay is a family place although ...

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