Penang is one of the most accessible islands in Asia, lying just off the coast of Peninsula Malaysia, it can be reached by road across one of two bridges that are attached to the mainland or by air as there are many frequent daily flights available.
If you’re looking for gorgeous beachfront hotels, a bit of vibrant nightlife, fabulous local cuisine and a variety of cultural activities and experiences, Penang could be the perfect holiday destination for you.
Penang is the perfect destination to combine with a city break as you will be able to experience the busy capital of Kuala Lumpur or the ultra-modern city of Singapore before heading off for a bit of relaxation in one of the fabulous hotels that are dotted along the northern coast of the island. The most popular resort runs along the stretch of the Batu Ferringhi beach. Numerous international hotels line this stretch, many with enviable locations right on the beach. Whilst relaxing on the beach or by the pool during the day is popular, during the evening, the main road which runs through this resort comes to life and is teaming with numerous market stalls selling all kinds of souvenirs and gifts. Here you can get a real bargain if you search for the best deal and don’t remember to bargain hard – if your expectations are realistic, the stall holders enjoy this experience just as much as you will!
Another thing not to miss is the local cuisine – if food is top of your list, you will not be disappointed with Penang. Probably one of the best places to experience the fabulous Malay cuisine, here there are many Indonesian and Thai influences from these neighbouring countries. One of the favourite dishes is Char Kuey Teow, a stir-fried dish of flat noodles mixed with vegetables, prawns and chicken – simply delicious.
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