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    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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    Take the funicular up to Penang Hill

     

     

    Take the funicular up to Penang Hill

    Take a trip on the famous funicular that runs from George Town station all the way up to the summit of Penang Hill and the nation’s oldest hill station. At the top enjoy the incredible, panoramic views of the city below, not forgetting to look out for the wildilfe on the way including many beautiful local birds and the ever present monkeys. From here you can continue on to the impressive temple of Kek Lok Si, one of southeast Asia’s most impressive architectural complexes and known as the ‘Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas’.

    Cycle around the South

     

    Cycle around the South

    Head for this quieter and slower-paced part of the island, away from the busy capital of George Town and the tourists at Batu Ferringhi. One of the best ways to see anywhere properly is by bicycle and the district of Balik Pulau is a great place to ride around safely whilst experiencing many rustic Malay Villages and traditional paddy fields. This region is also famous for the durian – a foul smelling yet deliciously tasty local fruit – possibly only tried by the more daring of holidaymakers!

     
    George Town Street Art

     

    George Town Street Art

    You can choose to book onto a private tour or simply take yourself off independently around the streets of the capital George Town to hunt for the amazing local street art that can be found across the city. The street art here is not only eccentric but also cutting-edge and captures life-size drawings such as the ‘Boy on the Bike’. This art is something that is quite unique to George Town and really does capture the current culture of the city.

     
    Spoil yourself with a Spa Treatment

     

     

    Spoil yourself with a Spa Treatment

    Whether it’s a deluxe manicure or pedicure, an aromatherapy facial or a more vigorous sports massage, you simply cannot come to Penang and not treat yourself to a couple of hours in the Spa. Many of the international hotels have their own spa that you can indulge in; if your chosen hotel does not, head to the beautiful Bayview Beach Resort where the spa is open to non-resident guests.

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