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Penang needs little introduction to
many visitors to Malaysia, having long been known as one of Southeast
Asia's finest destinations. Penang's outstanding
beaches and exotic sights have made it one of the most popular
destinations in the region.
fabulous as its beaches are, some of Penang's deeper mysteries should
also be experienced. According to local folklore, the Snake Temple,
dedicated to a Buddhist healer-priest, was inhabited by snakes who
crawled out of the jungle on the night of the temple's completion.
The snakes are still there today. The Kek Lok Si temple, at Air Itam,
is reputed to be the most beautiful and largest temple complex in
Southeast Asia. Its
seven-story pagoda, over 90 feet high, is a harmonious blend of Chinese,
Thai, and Burmese architecture and craftsmanship.
worthwhile stops are the delightful Penang Bird Park, the romantic
peak of Penang Hill, Fort Cornwallis, the site of Light's first
landing, and the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve (crisscrossed with
beautiful trails leading to isolated beaches). A trek through the
reserve's interior reveals rare flora, monkeys chattering in the
trees, sea eagles surveying their prey, and maybe a glimpse of
a Hawksbill turtle heading for the sea. Some hotels organize early
morning treks through the forest.
view our tours to Georgetown,
savoring the distinctive local cuisine; see the highlights
of Penang; enjoy Southeast Asia's largest Buddhist
Lok Si in Air Itam, or visit one of the most beautiful
parks in the country - Taiping
Lake Gardens! (Tours starting from USD $21 per person).
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