Malaysia's 'Pearl of the Orient' carries a natural beauty and cultural splendor like no other place. Its name comes from the Malay translation of betel nut - 'Pinang'. Every year, thousands of visitors come here to experience the unique cultural heritage and scenery. It is also a very cosmopolitan city, perhaps the second busiest in the country after Kuala Lumpur.
Today Penang Island is a major tourist destination, one of Malaysia's finest in fact. People from all over the world come here to experience its unique blend of different cultures, taste food that makes Penang famous throughout Malaysia, laze on its beaches and explore its old city enclaves and heritage sites.
Penang is a state in Malaysia and the name of its constituent island, located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. It is bordered by Kedah in the north and east, and Perak in the south. Penang is the second smallest Malaysian state in area after Perlis, and the eighth most populous.
Penang Island enjoys a warm equatorial climate just like any other parts of Malaysia. However, being an island, its temperature is often higher than the mainland, with temperatures reaching as high as 35°C during the day. In general, temperatures range between 29°C - 35 during the day and 26°C - 29°C during the night, with the months June to August being the hottest.
Best time to go:
Since August to November are the wettest months, it is better to avoid Penang during this time of the year. The period between December and February is pretty dry and is an ideal time to visit Penang.
Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa http://www.shangri-la.com/penang/rasasayangresort/
Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa is located beside the calm waters of the renowned Batu Feringgi Beach, offering vacationers a luxurious retreat in true Malaysian style. The location allows convenient access to the beach. All rooms and suites are well decorated in traditional Minangkabau style with extensive use of carved wood, traditional textures and colorful fabrics. As for dining, there are a total of seven in-house restaurants serving cuisines from around the world.
- Luxury five star hotel
- 45 minutes to the airport
- Best beach hotel in Penang
- Best for family(With kids club and kids pool)
Eastern And Oriental Hotel http://www.eohotels.com/
A classic and luxurious accommodation suitable for those that crave the nostalgia, traditional designs and influences of colonial Malaysia. Complimentary newspapers, 24 hour room service, internet and mini bars are a few of the amenities that await guests upon check-in. Never a dull moment when dining as the six onsite restaurants should keep one busy with choice and selection
- 20 minutes to the airport
- Five star hotel
- Colonial Style hotel
Visitors to Penang can expect sunshine throughout most of the days, but with rainfalls in the evenings during periods of monsoon winds. The wettest periods are from April to May and from October to November. While generally free from natural disasters, Penang Island was once hit by the Acheh tsunami in 2004, causing the authorities to implement tsunami warning measures along the beaches. Otherwise, Penang Island remains a safe place to visit weather-wise all year round. Just dont forget your sunblock the higher the SPF, the better.