Singapore & Penang
Travel 01 Feb 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
Book by 31 Jan 2019
Saving £170 per person
- 3 nts Chancellor@Orchard, Singapore - Breakfast
- 7 nts Holiday Inn Resort Penang, Penang - Breakfast
- Holiday Inn Rresort Penang: FREE room upgrade to Ferringhi Tower Seaview room for stays between 01 Apr and 25 May & 16 Aug - 30 Nov.
- Flights to Singapore and onwards to Penang with Singapore Airlines from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return shared transfers and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
Centrally located within steps of shopping, entertainment and dining options.
Holiday Inn Resort is ideally situated in the heart of Batu Ferringhi and is a great choice for relaxing or enjoying the many recreational activities.
Flights to Singapore and onwards to Penang with Singapore Airlines from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return shared transfers and prepayable taxes.
Rich in heritage with a multitude of cultures and nationalities, the vibrant city of Singapore offers a refined taste of Asia and is just waiting to be explored. There are a multitude of things to see and do, with options available to suit every nature lover, culture vulture or food fanatic. There's not only an abundance of top attractions within the city's main areas - from Sentosa, the Night Safari and fascinating museums to Chinatown and Little India; but also hundreds of hidden gems to discover off the beaten track. Known for being a city in a garden, Singapore also boasts a lot of green space, from the Botanic Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Singapore Zoo, Gardens by the Bay and Jurong Bird Park to preserved rainforests, nature reserves, parks and hiking trails. For an alternative nature experience, take a bumboat back in time to off-shore island Pulau Ubin, one of the two remaining kampongs (rural village) in Singapore.
For those seeking retail therapy a Singapore holiday won't disappoint. Orchard Road is the prime shopping district, a mile long street filled with high street names, high-end luxury labels and everything in between. Alternatively, browse the shops of Chinatown and Little India, visit the historical Arab Quarter - particularly Haji Lane, or try out the city's numerous shopping malls and fascinating markets. With an excellent public transport network of buses, taxis and efficient MRT underground system, you'll have no problem navigating around the city – although it's also very easy to get around on foot.
Singapore is one of Asia's best foodie destinations and every taste and budget is catered for, from unpretentious and affordable local street fare to culinary gems created by Michelin-starred chefs. An ideal gateway to Asia's varied destinations, a Singapore holiday offers an opulent taste of the Far East.
Linked to the west coast of mainland Malaysia by a four mile long bridge Penang is the most well-known of Malaysia's beach destinations and generally considered an ideal choice if you are looking for entertainment as well as a relaxing beach destination. Embracing modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm, the island is home to an historic capital, miles of dense, tropical rainforest, paddy fields, hills and of course, sun-drenched beaches. Batu Ferringhi, where the majority of hotels are located, is the best beach on the island and sweeps along a stretch of the northern coast of the island. Do take the time to explore the island's capital, Georgetown, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Most visitors flock to Penang to take advantage of its sandy shores and vast open sea. Batu Ferringhi, where the majority of hotels are located, is the best beach on the island and sweeps along a stretch of the northern coast of the island. Watersports are particularly popular although jellyfish are occasionally washed in on some tides, which can affect swimming, however all the hotels have fantastic pool areas and are right on the beachfront.
Do take the time to tear yourself away from the beach to explore the unique charms of the island's capital, Georgetown. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Georgetown's colourful history is characterised by the colonial architecture, churches, mosques, monuments and tumbledown shophouses. While it's easy to explore on foot you may wish to hop on one of the many rickshaws for a sedate journey around the maze of streets and narrow lanes.
The highest point on the island is Penang Hill and a trip up the 2,270 feet funicular railway is a must and on arrival at the top there are several vantage points offering views in every direction. Other attractions include the Snake Temple, where zesty lime pit vipers can be seen coiled around the altar or hanging from the ceiling; and the magnificent Kek Lok Si, the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia dominated by a seven-tiered pagoda. Natural attractions include Penang National Park, which although one of the world's smallest national parks, is host to an impressive range of wildlife and is a great place to experience Malaysia's rainforest. Follow the hiking trails that run through the park and emerge onto either Monkey Beach or Turtle Beach, alternatively bypass the jungle and take a boat from the park headquarters to either beach.
When it comes to shopping Penang has a good mix of modern malls, quaint antique stalls and bustling night markets. Don't miss Little India or Chinatown in the heart of Georgetown for a slice of local culture. At Batu Ferringhi, the bustling night market sets up along the Jalan Batu Ferringhi and has numerous souvenir stalls, clothing and handicrafts.
Fondly regarded as the culinary capital of Malaysia thanks to the tantalising blend of Chinese and Malay styles, there are no end of dining options available in both Batu Ferringhi and Georgetown. Humble hawker stalls are recommended for trying out local delicacies, such as Char Kuay Teow and Tar Sau Peah, or alternatively an array of cafes and restaurants offer a superb array of international and traditional Malay dishes. Nightlife options are equally vibrant and plentiful, with many pubs, trendy bars, clubs and karaoke lounges to be found, particularly around Georgetown.