Penang, the term literally meaning 'betel nut', is a small island that lies off the North Western coast of Malaysia. The majority of the residents in the city are ethnic Chinese. This place has the third largest economy in Malaysia and focuses on tourism and electronic factories to boost its market. The western side of this island, however, is not very well developed and still retains the serenity of a village. The best time to visit Penang is between December and February, when the coasts are sun-drenched and a delight to visit. Let us explore its tourist attractions.
Kek Lok Si (Temple Of Supreme Bliss)
Reputed as the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, Kek Lok Si is located near the village of Air Itam. The temple is turned into a nighttime wonderland during the Chinese New Year, when it is decorated with hundreds of lanterns.
Bukit Bendera (Penang Hill)
The best possible view of Georgetown and Penang Bridge can be got from Bukit Bendera, especially at night. The peak can be reached by means of the Penang Hill Funicular or, for the more adventurous, by taking a hike up the hill.
Penang Botanic Gardens
Also known as the Waterfall Gardens, as they have a small waterfall within, Penang Botanic Gardens are the perfect location for a morning walk, exercising, jogging, trekking or just relaxing.
Penang Butterfly Farm
This place houses a large collection of butterflies, apart from reptiles, scorpions, fish and snakes. Surely, an interesting and safe place to visit!
This is a military fortress that has now been abandoned. The British Royal Engineers built it in the 1930s. This fort is replete with underground tunnels, sleeping quarters, halls, offices, intelligence and logistic centers, a kitchen and an infirmary.