Why choose a cruise to Penang?

Affectionately know as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Penang is a beautiful destination that is just as well known for the endless stretches of soft sandy beaches as it is the exquisite cuisine and excellent hospitality.

With a host of gardens to visit, exciting shopping locations and a diverse landscape to explore, Penang has something to entice and entertain absolutely everyone. It might actually be difficult to pick just a few activities to indulge in during a port visit, as there is so much to see and do.

A guide to Penang’s hotspots

For active holidaymakers, a trip to the summit of Penang Hill is an absolute must. Rising more than 800 metres above sea level, it is a cool, fantastically scenic spot for looking out over the rest of Penang and it only takes around half-an-hour to get to the summit, via the direct train. Refreshments and live entertainment, including a snake show, await adventurous visitors at the very top.

When it comes to food, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Penang. Often referred to as Malaysia’s unofficial food capital, there is a seemingly endless selection of incredible restaurants to try, many of them exceptionally high-end and inspired by French cuisine, but for something extra special, head to the Spice Market Café. Global flavours and fusions are represented to perfection here and there’s a choice of indoor or outdoor seating.

If a spot of sunbathing is a priority, the Batu Ferringhi Beach is the place to be. Soft white sands crumple underfoot and meet turquoise waters at the shore, which tempts water-sports fans to head into the surf for an adrenaline hit. Best of all, there’s no charge to spend a few hours here. A paradise setting with a laid-back attitude, this is the best beach to spend some time.

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Port Blair

The best time to visit Penang

Always fairly hot but prone to thunderstorms and rain showers, Penang is great to visit at any time of the year, but if wet weather is a bugbear, avoid October. January tends to be the driest month, but the humidity is present year-round and the temperature averages 30-32°C all the time.
March through to December is the official rainy season in Penang, but it’s not uncommon for a thunderstorm to hit before giving way to a hot day filled with nothing but sunshine.

Did you know?

  • People who live in Penang are known as Penangites
  • Locals head to the Botanic Gardens to perform their daily exercises in front of the little waterfall it contains
  • The street food in Penang is widely considered to be some of the best in the world