Penang Chingay Parade (3D/2N)

Penang Chingay Parade (3D/2N)

Experience the gaiety of a city in celebration and watch acrobatic feats as performers balance and toss giant flags during the Penang Chingay Parade!



Be part of Penang Island's unique celebration that marks the close of the year, the Penang Chingay Parade. Held in the month of December, this parade is famous for its Chingay performances, where troupes balance 40 metre tall poles festooned with giant flags on their bodies and toss them to one another in astounding displays of precision and coordination! Other cultural performances on show include Chinese lion and dragon dances as well as colourfully decorated floats.

Day 1: Arrival in Penang

An entire world of wonders awaits you as you begin your tour. Founded in 1786, the island rapidly rose to fame as the Pearl of the Orient, one of the most illustrious jewels of the British Empire. Its rich history and culture led to the listing of its city Georgetown as a World Heritage City by the UNESCO in 2008.

The city's unique blend of diverse cultures is evident as you visit landmarks like Fort Cornwallis, the starting point of British expansion in South East Asia, and the Khoo Kongsi clan house, the ancestral heart of one of the most illustrious chinese clans in Penang. Marvel at the docile pit vipers that reside within the island's legendary Snake Temple, and gaze in awe at the world's third largest reclining Buddha statue at the Buddhist temple Wat Chayamangkalaram. Wander through the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, a museum showcasing the Peranakan Chinese lifestyle and traditions and immerse yourself in Penang's unique heritage!

Day 2: Penang Chingay Parade

Spend your time walking the streets of Georgetown, sampling some local delicacies or relax at the many pocket beaches that line Penang's northern coastline. Explore to your heart's content, but don't forget to freshen up for the evening's festivities on the city streets.

The parade begins as evening falls, and the procession makes its way from Padang Brown to the Esplanade. Marvel at the dexterity and skill of the Chingay performers as they balance the flags on their heads and chin and cheer as they put on a captivating show! Dance along to the tunes of the various marching bands and take snapshots of the colourfully decorated floats as they pass by.

For those eager for to continue to party the night away, check out the many nightclubs and lounges along the Upper Penang Road area or head up to Batu Ferringhi at the north of the island.

Day 3: Depart Penang

Wake up and relax on the final day of your tour. Remember to grab some last minute bargains at nearby shopping malls or gift shops before your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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