Penang International Airport (PEN) is located in Bayan Lepas, an area on the southeast of Penang Island, Malaysia. It is a mid-sized international airport that mainly serves routes within Southeast Asia region. The airport also serves as a primary domestic airport. It is the base of Firefly and AirAsia. It is the only civil airport in Penang.
The airport is 8.7 miles west of George Town, the capital city of Penang. An average taxi ride from the airport to George Town should cost about 73 HKD. Some popular airlines that fly from Hong Kong to Penang are AirAsia, China Southern, Dragonair, JetStar Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Tiger Air.
Hong Kong citizens can enter and remain in Hong Kong without a visa for 30 days, given that their passports have a minimum validity of 6 months.
As a city that is highly developed, Penang is an important economic state of Malaysia. Penang residents are from a vast diversity of cultures, languages, ethnic origins and religions. Owing to its beautiful beaches and cheap shopping options, Penang has been rising as a tourist destination in Asia. Notably, architecture in Penang has a good mix of local influence and British influence. Penang is also famous for its vibrant cuisines, refreshing street art and various festivals that happen throughout the year.
Some well-known tourist destinations in Penang are:
Beaches: There are a few beaches in Penang that have got their names into one of the best beaches in the world. Among them, the 3 famous names are Tanjung Bungah, Batu Ferringhi, and Teluk Bahang.
Gruney Drive: It is a seafront promenade in Georgetown that is frequented by tourists. Known popularly for its hawker food (food that is sold from stalls along the street), this is the center of the intriguing cuisine scenery of Penang. Some of popular dishes from the hawker stalls are Char Koay Teow (fried noodles), Hokkien Mee (stir-fried noodles in Hokkien style), Jiu Hoo Eng Chye (spinach with cuttlefish), Mee Goreng (stir-fried spicy noodles), soya bean curd and many more.
Kek Lok Si: Believed to be the biggest Buddhist temple in South East Asia, this temple faces the sea and offers its visitors amazing views. The main attraction of the temple is the seven-storey Pagoda of Rama VI (Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas), which contains more than 10000 statues of Buddha, and the 99-feet tall bronze statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.
Penang has a tropical climate, like many other Southeast Asian countries. It also experiences a touch of monsoon climate. The weather is generally hot and humid all year round, with temperature averaging 25 – 35 °C. Thanks to its position, which lies next to the sea, the heat is not overwhelming and the winter is not too cold. During July to September, Malaysia may experience haze that is carried by the wind from its neighbour country Indonesia. The haze is created due to forest fires. We recommend that you visit Penang during summer to have the best enjoyment of its beautiful beaches.
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