Archive for the 'Penang' Category

Jan 15 2014

Thaipusam in Penang

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Of all Penang’s culturally varied religious celebrations, none is more colourful than Thaipusam. Every January or February, on the full moon of the 10th month in the Hindu calendar, festival frenzy descends on the island, drawing hundreds of thousands of devotees and spectators onto the streets. Of course, there is a serious side to Thaipusam, … read the full post

Jan 11 2014

What is the best time of year to visit Penang?

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When it comes to visiting Penang, there are plenty of reasons why the island should be included on a Southeast Asian sojourn, but determining when to come is perhaps a little more difficult. The weather, the tourist season and the local festivals can all have a big impact on how much you enjoy your experience … read the full post

Jan 02 2014

How long should you spend on Penang?

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As one of the major settlements in peninsular Malaysia, there is more to do on Penang than your average small island. Georgetown’s fascinating fusion culture and architecture draw hundreds of thousands of tourists a year, while many make the pilgrimage to the country’s ‘food capital’ simply in order to stuff themselves with the huge variety … read the full post

Nov 04 2013

Malaysia eats: Shaved ice desserts in Penang

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The word ‘dessert’ takes on a whole new meaning in Southeast Asia and while Penang’s savoury dishes are a positive draw for travellers, the island’s sweet offerings are, perhaps, less so. If you are looking for rich chocolate cakes, fruit-filled pies or puddings served with cream or custard, prepare to be disappointed: the shaved ice … read the full post

Oct 16 2013

How to spend a rainy day in Penang

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The southwest monsoon typically dumps close to 400 millimetres of water on Penang during the month of October — it’s the wettest time of the year to visit the island. If you find yourself here during October, therefore, it probably pays to have a wet-weather plan up your sleeve, just in case, so here are … read the full post

Oct 09 2013

What souvenirs should I buy in Penang?

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Shopping for souvenirs and gifts for loved ones back home when you’re travelling can be a fraught affair. If left until the last moment, it often results in panic buying of things that seem a good idea at the time, but later just leave you asking yourself: Why? Undertaking this task in Penang might throw … read the full post

Sep 23 2013

Bukit Genting: the other side of Penang

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Sunset from the top of Bukit Genting takes some beating.

While most of Penang’s attractions are concentrated in the narrow, built-up strip of coastal belt on the eastern and northern coasts, there is a whole other side of the island to explore. Those who dare to venture off the beaten tourist track will be rewarded with an altogether more relaxed experience of Penang, and the … read the full post

Sep 11 2013

Review: Penang Butterfly Farm

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With up to four thousand butterflies flying around at any one time, competition for the best nectar can get a little heated.

Advertised as ‘the tropical world’s first live butterfly and insect sanctuary’, Penang Butterfly Farm is a great place to bring the kids and is also a good rainy afternoon-filler. For travellers with a particular penchant for Papilionoidea – that is, butterflies — the conservation centre offers the chance to see a huge number of these winged … read the full post

Sep 05 2013

The changing face of Georgetown

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The old traveller mantra, ‘Go and see it before it gets spoiled!’ has been used so many times that it’s almost become a cliche. Unfortunately, like all the best (or worst) cliches, it is also enduringly true and for some places it is already too late. Happily, though, Southeast Asia remains home to some places that … read the full post

Aug 28 2013

Review: Roomies, Penang

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Accommodation for backpackers in Penang has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. A slick new breed of affordable hostels has popped up in Georgetown, with dorms styled in the latest boutique hotel trends and kitted out with an attention to detail and comfort that would put many more expensive places to shame. Now … read the full post

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