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Penang

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

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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To see

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 Tha´pusam festival.

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.

pros

  • +  The kindness of local people
  • +  The temples

cons

  • -  The presence of jellyfish in the sea
  • -  The insufficient cleaning of the beaches

To think about

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.

To try

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.

To bring back

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...

Weather Penang

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Penang . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Penang so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Penang , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather August
Overall rating 49/100
  • Temperature indicators 66% Very hot

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 33°C and 36°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 8% Heavy rain

    Heavy rain - averaging over 4.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 18% Mostly cloudy

    Mostly cloud (80% to 100% cloud cover).

  • Swimming indicators 88% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 76% Light warm breeze

    Near optimal comfort: moderate to light winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph) in a warm enviromnment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 64% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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