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Penang City Tour:



Research networking takes place in an informal setting. 12th GCBSS Committee has organized a conference city tour and dinner. While touring, you build up the research team and increase your research output.

GCBSS Committee is organizing a FREE Penang City tour and dinner on 8 October 2021 from (6:00 PM to 9:00 PM). All 12th GCBSS GUEST ARE WELCOME.

Penang Tour Charges:

Fee Schedule for 12th GCBSS Delegates
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Climate and Average Monthly Weather in Penang, Malaysia:

What is the best time of year to go to Penang in Malaysia? Here are some average weather facts we collected from our historical climate data:
  • During the months of August, September, October and November you are most likely to experience good weather with pleasant average temperatures.
  • On average, the temperatures are always high.
  • A lot of rain (rainy season) falls in the months of: April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November.
  • On average, the warmest month is February.
  • On average, the coolest month is September.
  • October is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don't like too much rain.
  • January is the driest month.

Penang International Airport:

Penang International Airport is a medium-sized airport, servicing a large Asean region and providing extensive links with major cities across South East Asia and beyond. The airport serves most major airlines, including two local budget airlines, namely AirAsia and Firefly. The airport has a variety of retail and duty-free outlets, cafe and restaurants, as well as premium passenger lounges for travelling convenience and comfort.

Things to see in Penang:

Batu Ferringhi Beach:

Batu Ferringhi Beach is an adventure land where you can get your adrenalin racing while on a leisure holiday. The availability of Jet Skis and Parasailing sports by the seaside is a major lure that pulls every tourist who visits this town in Penang.

Apart from just laying around the beach and taking a sunbath, other things you can do here are getting a buggy ride on the golden sand, go deep sea fishing or revel in a banana boat ride.

Location: 11km from City Center, George Town

Timings: A few hours before sunset is apt so that you have enough time to beach stuff and adventure sports before watching the mesmeric sunset.

Penang Butterfly Park, Entopia:

If you haven't had the chance to connect with the charm of nature in a long time, then Entopia Penang Butterfly Park should be on your list of places to visit in Penang. This farm houses over 4,000 butterflies of about 150 species, each more ecstatic than the other drifting one into a fairytale land.

You can watch plenty of butterflies flutter around in freedom at the Natureland, or visit the cocoon, the abode for their little ones breathe into life.

Location: Jalan Teluk Bahang

Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m.

Penang State Museum and Art Gallery:

This 1821 colonial building is like entering into the doors of the ancient times because every corner right from the gate onwards narrates the history of Penang. Holding a significant place in the Penang tourist places, this museum is a treasure of galleries, artefacts, creativity, and costumes which express the events from the past in a manner that one can easily relate to.

The addition of structures inside that display the traditional houses and marriage centres in those times is a wonderful piece of art to adore.

Location: Lebuh Farquhar, Geroge Town

Time: 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. (Closed on Fridays)

Penang Hill Train

The Penang Hill Train or Penang Hill Funicular Railway is a rail service that helps people travel to the top of the Penang Hill that holds a marvelous scenic beauty. The Funicular Railway was remodeled and re-opened in 2011.

Highlights: Rapid Penang bus 204 is the only bus service that takes people to the Penang Railway Station. This bus service starts from Penang Jetty and crosses Esplanade to reach KOMTAR bus station and at last Penang Hill. During this route the tourists can also view the big temple at Kek Lok Si.

Location: Penang Hill Train is situated in Air Itam, Penang Island. There is a walking route of 5 Km which starts from Botanical Gardens and reaches the top of the Penang Hill.

Best Time: First train at 6:30am, while the last train at 11:00 pm on all days.

Price: Adult- 3RM, Children- 3RM and different prices for students and senior citizens.

Penang Bird Park:

Penang Bird Park is dedicated to preserving over 300 species of birds in as natural a habitat as possible with the environment of a pond, waterfalls, bamboo plants, and geodesic-domed houses where they can flutter with their free will.
You can spot birds like Swans, Flamingos, Ducks, and Pelicans, to name a few. Besides birds, the park also is home to crocodiles, turtles, monkeys, and pythons. They have also caged over 3000 birds to allow them to heal from diseases and breed in privacy.

Location: Lintang Kurau, Chai Leng Park (Near Sunway hotel Seberang Perai)

Location: 09.00 a.m. to 07.00 p.m.

Entry Fee: RM 20 for adults and RM 15 for children.

Penang National Park Hike:

Need to explore the nature in its pristine form? One surely has to visit Penang National Park which is spread across 2,563 hectares. This national park was officialised in April 2003 and consists of lowland forests, sandy beach habitats and some open coastal seas. The hike trail in this area is counted as the best activity. It mostly starts from Teluk Bahang and covers the hilly terrain that can reach up to a height of 75 metres.

Highlights: During the hiking session one can visit the fishing village, Pantai Kerachut and even Muka Head which are the prime locations that possess natural marvels.

Location: This National Park is situated near North-western Penang Island. The park entrance is located at Teluk Bahang which is approx. 30 minutes from Georgetown.

Best Time: 7:30 am- 6:00 pm on all days.

Price: One needs to register at the park office where they can access various services like camping, bird watching etc at different prices.

Straits Quay:

Straits Quay is one of the latest additions to the shopping scenario in Penang; in fact, it is the only one that faces the sea, which makes for an amazing view while shopping. You will find an array of retail shops selling away to their hearts glory, soaking in all the energy from the winds from the shore.

This shopping arena is mostly dominated by nail spas, hair spas, and boutiques, which makes it one of the 'must visit' Penang tourist places for the women. You can also dine with wine when here!

Location: Jalan Seri Tanjung

Price: 09.00 a.m. to 01.00 a.m. (Up to midnight on Sunday)

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi:

If you haven't been to this most copacetic architecture building before called Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, then you haven't been to Penang at all. Considered amongst the signature places to visit in Penang, this Chinese clanhouse is an anchorage for craft and architecture with stone carvings, sculptures, and lamps that adds the twinkle on this ornamented structure.

It was the place of worship and meeting of those Chinese people who had the same surname and belief so that they could take their faith forward in harmony and unity. The whole idea was to emphasise the need to be there for the people of our community.

Location: Cannon Square, George Town

Timings: 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. (Closed on Sunday)

Entry Fee: RM 10 for adults and RM 1 for children above five years.


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