6 Attractions That Make Your Penang Holidays Exciting
A wonderful mix of prominent eastern cultures, Penang is a beautiful state in Malaysia that delights you with its excellent architecture and rich cultural heritage. The Penang Island is a globally renowned island destination and has been ranked among ’10 Islands to Explore Before You Die’ by Yahoo Travel. The island was also listed in the best-selling travel guidebook by Patricia Schultz titled ‘1,000 Places to See Before You Die’. While holidaying in this part of Malaysia, you’ll get to explore its popular attractions: Georgetown: The capital city of Penang has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site owing to its brilliantly preserved heritage buildings. During your cheap holidays to Penang, you’ll get to explore its elegant shopping complexes, stylish cafes, boutiques, pubs, and other offerings. Don’t miss the delicious Chinese and Indian dishes that are served in its fabulous restaurants. Penang War Museum: This insightful museum was built during the 20th century by the British Army on top of Bukit Maung. It was used earlier by the Japanese army during the Second World War to keep the prisoners of war. As many of the prisoners had died due to torture, the hill on which the museum is located has gained notoriety among locals as being a haunted place. Arulmigu Karumariamman Temple: Another great attraction to explore during your Penang holidays is the Arulmigu Karumariamman temple. This Hindu temple beside the Penang Bird Park is dedicated to the mother deity of rural South Indians, Arulmigu Karumariamman. The foundation stone for the construction of this temple was laid in the year 1997. It has the largest main sculpture tower or ‘rajagopuram’ in Malaysia and was constructed at a cost of 2.3 million Malaysian ringgit. Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest: Spread over 37 hectares, this forest reserve rises to an altitude of 457 metres and has some fascinating sites for camping. The lush green hilly terrain has an abundance of streams that lead to shallow ponds and offers a 4-kilometre hiking trail. You’ll also enjoy a refreshing splash at a small waterfall in this part of Penang. This recreational forest can be reached from the Butterworth Ferry Terminal. Batu Ferringhi: One of the popular places visited by tourists enjoying their cheap Penang holidays, Batu Ferringhi has an extensive stretch of white sands and provides several choices in dining and accommodation. The beach area is popular with individuals who wish to enjoy their favourite water sports, such as parasailing, jet-skiing, and windsurfing. You can also browse through some exciting offerings at the night market. Millionaire’s Row: This used to be the abode of Europeans during the early days of Penang and was later occupied by the rich Chinese patriarchs. In recent times, the descendent Chinese have taken over the charming Straits-style bungalows. This seafront neighbourhood is popular with many tourists who arrive at this place to take some snaps of the sprawling homes that have been built using varying architectural styles.