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3d/2n Penang Tour

Country: Malaysia
City: Penang
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Family Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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3D/2N PENANG TOUR

DAY 01 :

Upon arrival at Penang Airport, transfer to Pen hotel (SIC transfer)

DAY 02 :

Hotel breakfast

9 am 1/2 day Pen Explorer City tour (4 hrs SIC); all admission fees on pax account

DAY 03 :

Hotel breakfast

12 pm check out / transfer to Penang Airport (SIC transfer)

=== end of tour ===

2 nights stay at Sentral Sea View Hotel Penang (3* beach hotel with swimming pool) at sup room with daily breakfast for 2 pax

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TO PENANG

Penang is both an island and a province stretching along Malaysia’s northwestern coast, but it’s the island—Pulau Penang—that draws nearly four million tourists each year. From the mainland, crossing the channel is a 10-mile journey over aquamarine water with ample time to admire the approaching cityscape of beachside high-rises set below mountains of the uninhabited jungle. It’s only eight miles wide and 16 miles long.

Many people visit Penang to wander the narrow lanes of its attractive colonial-era capital—and UNESCO World Heritage site—George Town, armed with their cameras. One of the best ways to explore the town is to follow the mural trail: in the area around the old British fort, there are over 50 murals and sculptures on the walls of its 19th-century buildings, many of which were once Chinese storefronts.

Penang is known as a regional food paradise, with a rich cuisine shaped by the island’s many cultures, including Hokkien, Hakka, and Teochew-speaking Chinese communities, Indian Tamils, Malays, and the British. Malaysians from elsewhere drive hours to visit one of Penang’s famous holes-in-the-wall or hawker carts for fragrant spicy noodle soup (laksa) or a superlative steamed bun. Penangites have turned an obsession with discovering the best flavors into a sport. To get in on the game, visit as many hawker stalls in a day as you can. You can also take a food tour, a cooking class, or retrace a local food blogger’s must-eat list (try Ken Hunts Food).

When it gets too hot, make sure to stop for an icy bowl of cendol. Stubby green, pandan-flavored noodles are mixed with dark sugar syrup and coconut cream and ladled over a flaky scoop of shaved ice. Who makes the best cendol is a matter of rigorous debate, but the Penang Road Famous Teochew Cendol stall is definitely a contender.

With four major religions represented—Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity—there is a high chance that public holidays and festivals will affect your travel experience. The best time to catch a festival (and the worst time to get anything administrative done) in the fall, when Penang celebrates Diwali, the Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival, and this year, Muharram, the Islamic New Year. Avoid traveling the week of Hari Raya (currently in July) when most of the Malay population visits family, clogging roads and filling hotel rooms. Make sure to check a Malaysian calendar before planning your trip.

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