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Holidays to Penang

Georgetown, the capital of the region, is one of the busiest cities in Penang. It is filled with World War II era buildings as well as colonial-era churches and temples. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site because it is one of the historic cities of the Strait of Malacca. When enjoying holidays in Penang, visiting Georgetown will reveal much about the colonial ways of life: visit the Cheong Fat Tze Mansion built in the 1890s and the Penang City Hall to see this at its most pronounced. The Queen Victoria clock tower, presented in 1897 to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, is also not to be missed. Georgetown is particularly noteworthy for its grand places of worship; Buddhist, Christian, Islam and Taoist temples greet visitors to Georgetown with their elaborate architecture, impressive statues and beautiful works of art.

Keeping with the religious theme, Penang holidays would not be complete without a visit to the Temple of Supreme Bliss, or Kek Lok Si, the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. It features a Chinese-style tower, the Ten Thousand Buddhas' Tower which you can climb for a small fee, and a small train that connects to the top of a large hill that features a 120ft statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin. The hill with views to the statue is reportedly much cooler than the rest of the island and provides a wonderful reprieve from the heat. Finally the Nibong Tebal, referring to the fireflies that hover gracefully over the mangrove forests at Sungai Kerian, is free to watch and will likely be an image of beauty that stays with you for years to come.

The Penang Botanic Gardens also provide a relaxing trip when taking holidays on Penang Island. These gardens were established in 1884 and are known as the Waterfall Gardens by the local community because of the small, pretty waterfall located within. The gardens host an annual international floral festival as well as a world music celebration.

Also on Penang Island, you can visit Batu Ferringhi on the north coast. This spot is popular with both locals and tourists, and houses many of the luxury hotels in the area. Many holidays in Penang are based in this area. Head there for gorgeous expanses of white, sandy beaches and warm seas. Near Georgetown is Bayan Lepas, Penang’s main electronic goods manufacturing area, which provides an insight into the local economy.

If you are thinking about taking your holidays in Penang, make sure you experience the local cuisine along with the island’s natural beauty and culture. Malaysian curries are particularly popular in the area. There are a lot of local restaurants that provide an authentic taste of Malaysia. There are many places to visit on a Penang holiday, and plenty of enjoyable things for a family, couple or solo traveller to experience.


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