Tiny, yet versatile, the city of Penang is well worth a visit as both a part of a Malaysian itinerary and as a separate holiday destination.
While its name literally means Betel nut Island, Penang is far from a small anonymous location. With its history as a British colony, its location, status as a business centre and its natural attractions, Penang is a destination that’s much sought after by tourists. Getting cheap tickets to Penang is quite easy because of the island’s location in South East Asia, close to Thailand and Singapore. Further, this is a sector that frequented by low cost flights; so there are several cheap flights to Penang from different parts of the world.
How To Reach
There are several flights to Penang from both domestic as well as international locations. You can get cheap flights from domestic locations like Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Lagkawi and from international airports like Singapore, Bangkok and Taipei because there are many budget flights operating in these regions. Penang is also accessible by train, ferry and by bus. However, it’s better to book your airline tickets to Penang in advance because flying in is an easier option and often very cheap.
Being a resort town, there are several choices for accommodation here ranging from dormitories to villa resorts. So whether you’re on a budget or out to splurge, Penang has the right place for you.
The weather in Penang is more or less constant throughout the year with August to November being rainy months. Peak tourist season is in December and January, but these are also the months when the island is most crowded. So if you want a nice vacation without too much crowd, book your flights to Penang for the months between April and June.
Penang for Tourists
Penang has an equal share of natural and ethnic attractions to keep tourists occupied for days. The regular tourist routine in Penang includes the Kek Lok Si Temple, the Penang Hill, Botanic Gardens, Penang Butterfly farm, Penang Bridge and Pulau Jerejak Resort. The Toy Museum, Bird Park and Spice Garden are other optional visits.
The Teluk Bahang is a great place for forest trekking and camping. Though Penang is not as popular as other Malaysian coastal resorts in terms of water sports, there are quite a few options for tourists. The real attraction of Penang lies in its food, culture and history as well as its plentiful shopping centers. Malls and street markets compete with each other to woo locals and tourists to their inexpensive merchandise. Street food is also very popular here; in fact, Penang is called the food paradise of Malaysia because of its multi-cuisine treats and popular food outlets.
Penang for the Budget Traveler
Unlike other resort towns, Penang can be quite cost effective for people who want value for their money. With cheap flights, affordable accommodation and inexpensive food options, not to mention the shopping, this island should be on your must-visit list if you’re on a budget holiday.