Anyone looking for a beautiful holiday destination in South East Asia need look no further than Penang in Malaysia. This very scenic place is located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia and has many wonderful things to see and do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, apartments, villas and B&Bs.
Penang is a popular tourist destination with some beautiful sandy beaches ideal for sunbathing. Various watersports can be tried here especially kayaking, boating, sailing, swimming, jet-skiing and fishing. There are many spas here for holidaymakers to take a relaxing massage or enjoy treatments.
There are some very scenic areas through the forest areas and along the coast for hikers, cyclists and horse riders. Golfers can enjoy a round or two at one of the courses located in Penang such as Penang Golf Resort. Visitors can get lessons in martial arts such as kung fu and capoeira.
Numerous restaurants, bars and cafes are located in the region offering local fare as well as some Chinese, Thai and Indian influenced dishes. Penang is a major shopping destination in Malaysia and has several shopping malls. Self catering holidaymakers may also like to visit the traditional bazaars, where they can purchase foodstuffs, local produces and other souvenirs.
Penang offers many interesting places for holidaymakers to visit during their stay here. For example there are many beautiful parks and gardens such as the Penang Botanic Gardens, where a cascading waterfall can be seen. Nature lovers should pay a visit to the Penang Butterfly Farm and the Penang Bird Park in Seberang Jaya. Visitors can see a diverse mix of architecture including British, Indian and Chinese influenced structures. There are some attractive looking mosques and temples to be seen here. Tourists will find several museums and galleries in Penang such as the Penang Museum and Art Gallery and the Penang War Museum as well as a toy museum and a forestry museum. Holidaymakers can take trishaw rides or walking tours of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site too. Regular ferry services take passengers to the Malaysia mainland.
Temperatures in Penang range between 29 and 35 degrees centigrade during the day and 26 to 29 degrees centigrade during the night, with the months June to August being the hottest. Visitors can expect sunshine throughout most of the days but with rainfall in the evenings during periods of monsoon winds. The wettest periods are from April to May and from October to November.
Visitors can fly to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), which has flights from many international airports. These include Amsterdam (AMS), Beijing-Capital (PEK), Frankfurt (FRA), Istanbul-Ataturk (IST), London-Heathrow (LHW), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Rome-Fiumicino (FCO) and Tokyo-Narita (NRT) amongst others. Passengers can get a connecting flight to Penang International Airport (PEN). Alternatively, the national train company KTMB runs a daily route from Kuala Lumpur to the Butterworth railway station in Penang.