Lineup of events in Penang keep tourists and locals busy

Children enjoying a cool dip at the pool in Penang Municipal Park.

FROM quadricycle rides to orchid shows and frisbee tournaments, there is a lot to do and see in time-honoured school holiday destination Penang.

Vacationers are out in force in the state. And in the heritage enclave of George Town, bicycle and quadricyle renter Chin Seng Leong found tourists waiting as early as 8am for his shop in Armenian Street to open.

A quadricycle is a four-wheeled, pedal-powered machine that can carry five people.

“When you are in the inner city early on the weekend, there are few cars around.

“Renting a quadricycle is the best way to see the heritage enclave,” said Chin.

But casual tourists were not the only people who thronged hotspots on the island.

In Gurney Paragon Mall, orchid growers showed off their best and most vibrant cultivars in the Penang Orchid Festival.

Meanwhile, guppy fish lovers put forth their best fishes with flamboyant tails and high- definition colours in the 15th Malaysian Guppy Challenge.

Outdoor enthusiasts slugged it out at the 7th Penang Ultimate Frisbee tournament held on the polo field near Penang Hospital yesterday.

All these events competed with a slew of blood donation drives, charity events, Christmas celebrations and art exhibitions that filled Penang’s diary during the past weekend.

More interesting events have been scheduled until New Year’s Eve.

Keep your eye on The Star’s Metro Watch to get an overview of all the rave things happening in the state this holiday season.

The out-of-town crowd also flocked to the beach hotels along Tanjung Bungah and Batu Ferringhi to enjoy the beauty of Penang’s famous beaches.

Holidaymakers also headed to other tourist spots including Penang Municipal Park, Penang Botanic Gardens, Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple.

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