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Penang is replete with numerous cultural hotspots and temples that are the top lures for international travellers apart from the numerous aquatic and beach fun activities on offer. Its capital, Georgetown, pampers visitors with copious choice like other Malaysian destinations. Popular choices here include the Armenian Street & World Heritage Zone, Kek Lok Si Temple, Snake Temple, War Museum and Toy Museum. Nature lovers are sure to be enthralled by the beauty of the Penang Hill, Botanic Gardens, Butterfly Farm, Pulau Jerejak Resort, Durian Farm and Fruit Farm. Adventure lovers can choose from endless possibilities with the availability of numerous hiking and camping opportunities amidst several forests in the nearby areas.
Penang International Airport is the top international gateway to Georgetown, the capital city of Penang as well as its nearby areas. Billed as one of the largest and busiest airports in Malaysia, it handles domestic flights as well as international flights from all over the world including those from the UK. Located among picturesque surroundings, this airport is close to the heart of Georgetown hence easy to access by public transport and taxis. This world class airport is replete with a range of passenger amenities like classy restaurants and cafes as well as special services for physically and visually challenged travellers.
Being a popular tourist attraction, Penang is well connected by air to major cities worldwide, however most long haul flights to Penang like those from the UK are directed through hub airports of the airlines. Top picks among those purchasing air tickets to the island from leading airports in the UK include British Airways and Malaysia Airlines due to the high frequency of their operations. Middle East and Europe based carriers such as Qatar Airways, Etihad, Lufthansa and KLM Royal Dutch also operate scheduled flights to the destination. Other options for netting air tickets to the island are Eva Air, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways.
Penang is ranked among the top tourist destinations of Malaysia, Thailand and it lives up to its fame as a resort town through its numerous hotels across various price points. The top picks for an opulent holiday in this resort town include Golden Sands and Rasa Sayang of Shangri La, Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Lone Pine, Park Royal Penang, Hard Rock Hotel and many more. Vacationers seeking affordable luxury may alternately book with leading budget establishments such as Rainbow Paradise, Bayview, Holiday Inn, Cathay and Oasis. There are other cheap establishments too that cater to those with a limited budget.
Penang like rest of Malaysia features a tropical climate with high temperatures and high humidity round the year but the best weather for a visit is during the winters. Though it would be a stretch to call the weather cool even in December and January, that period is the peak travel season. This often makes netting cheap flights and accommodations tricky. For holidaymakers who do not want to spend an arm and a leg on booking hotels and air tickets to Penang, the shoulder months of February and March are the best bet as the tourist traffic is relatively less.
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