Cruise Holiday Travel Guide: Penang


Choose an Asian cruise which stops in Penang and you will be rewarded with sun, sea and a melting pot of European, Malaysian, Arabic and Chinese cultures. This diversity makes for an interesting and enjoyable visit that you remember for years to come.

Read on to find out more about Penang, or click here to see the latest Asian cruise deals from Cruise 1st Australia.

About Penang

The name Penang comes from the modern Malay word meaning “island of the areca nut palm”, and the island has often been referred to as the Pearl of the Orient – which gives just a hint of its natural beauty. Today, the state of Penang is a bustling, cosmopolitan metropolis, but which still retains its character and unique charm.

The city of George Town is a fantastic example of how this flourishing city has maintained its heritage and exotic blend of cultures. George Town is possibly the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia and boasts numerous temples, mosques and Chinese clan houses. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

If you need to escape the sticky heat of George Town then take a ride on the funicular railway up to Penang Hill and take in breathtaking views of the town and island below. There is also a restaurant, a beautifully decorated Hindu temple and a mosque at the top.

For a real taste of Malaysian culture and history you should visit the Penang Museum. Occupying the original Penang Free School, this impressive building was constructed in 1821 and houses collections of maps, photographs as well as Southeast Asian artefacts and arts.

No trip to Penang would be complete without a visit to the famous Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This is a typical Thai temple which houses the world’s fourth-largest reclining Buddha at over 100 feet long, draped in a gold-leafed saffron robe.

Also well worth a visit are the Botanical Gardens. Set in over 30 hectares the gardens are also known as the Waterfall Gardens due to the stream which flows down Penang Hill. They have also been referred to as the Monkey Gardens due to the many long-tailed macaques which live here. The gardens are beautiful and boast and orchid house, palm house and cactus garden with all exhibits labelled in English. You can also follow the path from the gardens up to Penang Hill.

Cruise lines currently sailing to Penang include Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises.

Book your Penang Cruise

Visit our Asia deals page to see the very latest offers on cruises to Penang. Meanwhile here is just a sample of our recent deals.

Malaysia and Thailand – Fly/Stay/Cruise
Cruising with Royal Caribbean International on Mariner of the Seas
20th October 2015 for for 10 nights

Setting sail from Singapore Harbour Front you will then cruise to Port Kelang, then onwards to Penang, Langkawi and Phuket before returning to Singapore Harbour Front. This deal includes a hotel stay in Singapore.

Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Davidlohr

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