Penang definitely has more to offer besides its hawker fare, heritage sites and sandy beach. Just head over to the mainland and one will be amazed by its great natural assets such as mangroves, mudflats, migratory birds and many others.
Penang State EXCO for Tourism and Creative Economy (PETACE) YB Yeoh Soon Hin said tourists should venture over to the mainland and discover the equally amazing hidden holiday gems in Seberang Perai.
“We have many nature-based and agro-based ‘theme parks’ on Penang mainland.“There is the Frog Hill – a former mining site filled with water that is now known as ‘the Jiuzhaigou of Penang’, and Kampung Agung which has been dubbed ‘Penang Bali’ by the locals.
“Nature lovers need not wait for borders to reopen to witness these spectacular sights in foreign countries as Penang is able to offer the equivalent,” he said during the ‘Opposite Side of the Island, Seberang Perai’ launch as part of the “Experience Penang” campaign today.
Apart from Frog Hill and Kampung Agong, there is also the Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest which is the Seberang Perai version of Penang Hill.
Familiarly known as Tok Kun Hill, its dome-shaped peak, which is the tallest point on Penang mainland at 545m, is a popular hiking spot and clearly visible from afar. Hikers can opt to run through the maze of trails up to the summit or go for an arduous full-day loop covering the nearby peaks.
Batu Kawan’s Bandar Cassia is home to some of Penang’s best shopping malls. There is the largest outlet mall – Design Village that offers designer brands at great bargains, and the first IKEA outlet in the Northern region featuring high-quality European-styled Nordic furniture.
For the art enthusiasts, Yeoh said that they could take a walk down the small alley in Jalan Bagan Luar known as Butterworth Art Walk.
“One can feast the eyes on murals and installations that serve as colourful backdrops for photo opportunities.
“Just a stone’s throw away is the Penang International Container Art Festival (PICAF) which is said to be the first in Asia to showcase urban art on container installations,” he said.
Meanwhile, the outlying islet of Pulau Aman offers visitors serenity and splendid vistas, thanks to its colourful fishing boats, historical sites, beautiful beaches, and vast offerings of seafood dishes.
“Other than that, there are also interesting activities for the adventurous such as kayaking, fishing, jungle trekking, camping, and more in Pulau Aman.
“This is why it is never enough to spend two to three days in Penang because we have so much more to offer,” Yeoh added. The “Experience Penang” campaign is aimed at bringing domestic and international visitors to the Pearl of the Orient to experience the various tourist spots on the island and mainland.
“It is in line with the Penang Tourism Master Plan that is very much aligned with the new National Tourism Policy (2020-2030) and the vision of Penang2030.
“Welcome to the new era of tourism in Penang. It will be an integration of culture, arts and heritage that makes up the creative economy of Penang.
“The listing of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site has put Penang on the world map but our Master Plan here is to tell you that Penang is not only about George Town.
“The state government is committed to create tourism products that are well spread out on both the island and Seberang Perai,” Yeoh said.
The Seberang Perai launch at Iconic Hotel Penang saw visitors spoilt for choices with irresistible travel packages and value-for-money promotions and deals.
These promotions that are also available on the penanggraveldeals.com website offer visitors different experiences and substantial savings on accommodations, attractions and tours.
Also present at the launch was Penang Global Tourism chief executive officer Ooi Chok Yan.
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