Situated near Malaysia’s western coast, not far from the border of Thailand, the island of Penang attracts many visitors to its unique heritage and beautiful beaches. Since its time as the first trading post of the British in the Far East, Penang has experienced a unique mix of Eastern and Western traditions, with a particularly strong Chinese influence. Follow all the latest premier league scores here.
The Penang Turf Club at Jalan Batu Gantung is the venue for exciting races, held at two successive weekends once every two months. At other weekends when the races take place at Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, the turf club is open for ‘off-course’ betting.
Penang offers visitors a good choice of outdoor activities. Being an island, it naturally lends itself to water sports. But the interior of the island also offers many pastimes including golf, bird-watching and horse racing.
People who enjoy waking up early in the morning will be able to arrange treks through the jungle to take in the sight of gently flowing streams and cascading waterfalls. Food packs are generally provided. Check with your hotel for times and prices as there are plenty of options available. Solo explorers should make sure that they pick up a copy of the Malaysian Nature Society’s publication, The Nature Trails of Penang, which provides a complete guide to trekking in Penang.
Beach hotels offer options for a multitude of water sports including sailing, water skiing, windsurfing, parasailing and canoeing, while exciting speedboat rides are also available. Arrangements can be made for trips to nearby islands, where crystal clear waters hold some of the most captivating attractions of Malaysia’s underwater world.
Covering an impressive 23 hectares of pristine tropical rain forest, nature lovers will want to make sure that they have plenty of time to explore Sungai Tukun. Bird watchers will be in their element here among the stunning species of birds that are just waiting to be spotted are rare white bellied eagles, richly colored kingfishers and eaglets.