Averages for Penang in March

Temperatures both on land and in sea remain remarkably consistent into March from the previous two months in Penang. Thanks to the location of the region in the heart of the tropics, there are no wild temperature swings from day to day or month to month. This can make it easy to determine what to pack any time of the year.

Visitors will still need to watch the extended forecast this time of the year, but mainly for rain chances as opposed to temperatures. Spring is the time where th...

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  • Temperature Temperature 28°C 82°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 32°C 90°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 24°C 75°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 8 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 120 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 14 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 30°C 86°F

Daily averages for Penang

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Temperatures both on land and in sea remain remarkably consistent into March from the previous two months in Penang. Thanks to the location of the region in the heart of the tropics, there are no wild temperature swings from day to day or month to month. This can make it easy to determine what to pack any time of the year.

Visitors will still need to watch the extended forecast this time of the year, but mainly for rain chances as opposed to temperatures. Spring is the time where the rain chances and rain amounts begin to come up significantly from the beginning of the year. Now the region receives an average of 120mm of precipitation spread over 14 days. As a result, half of the month sees measurable rainfall. Therefore, visitors will need to pack plenty of rain gear in order to stay dry.

However, it will be a warm rain with an average daily temperature of 28°C (82°F). There is little fluctuation from the morning to the evening with temperatures beginning the day at an average overnight low of 24°C (75°F) before climbing to an afternoon high of 32°C (90°F). With all the moisture in the air, however, the heat index can make it feel much warmer than the actual air temperature. This is also the time of the year when guests want to make sure that their chosen hotel offers air conditioning to help stay cool.

It is a good idea to cool off by taking a dip in the ocean. Despite the early month, visitors are able to take advantage of a myriad of water sports and enjoy waters that average 30°C (86°F) for this time of the year. Additionally, there are a full 8 hours of sunshine expected during the month making it possible to get plenty of rays when it is not raining.

Where to Stay

Hotel Jen Penang is a four-star resort perfect for a March holiday or one taken during anytime of the year. Located in George Town, the hotel is just minutes away from the center of the city with its prime commercial and shopping areas. The hotel features free WiFi, outdoor swimming pool, gym, steam bath and sauna, massage, numerous dining options and a hair salon.

For those looking for luxury in a private setting, look no further than Malihom Private Estates. The resort features eight traditional Thai rice barns that have been thoughtfully converted into suites with all the modern amenities of home. Each barn features its own character and comes complete with a private bathroom, deck or balcony. Guests may take advantage of a swimming pool, nearby trails, and massage therapy all the while enjoying the seclusion this resort offers.

Guests staying at The Royal Bintang Penang will experience four-star contemporary luxury as well as uncompromising service standards from the staff. Part of the hotel is located in a completely restored building built in 1892. The hotel features a number of different room styles with each having luxurious linens, rainforest showers in the bathrooms, WiFi and 24-hour room service. Guests can also take advantage of the pool, gym, spa, tearoom, pool bar, and various additional eating and drinking establishments.

What to Do

Penang is a shopping lovers dream with anything from flea markets to high-end antique shops available to stroll through. Even if shopping is not your thing, spending just a short amount of time will allow you to return home with a souvenir of your great journey. Lorong Kulit and Rope Walk flea markets are two of the more popular places to shop along with Little India and malls such as Gurney Plaza and Queensbay. Visitors will find that the traders are very friendly and welcome a skilled bargainer.

One of the more unique things to do in Penang is visit the Butterfly Farm. March is a great time to take a tour, as it is fairly dry with the wet season still a month away.  This eco-tourism gem is so popular that even former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife have visited. The farm includes a museum, numerous live butterflies and a breeding research center.

Hit the Beach

Located on the outskirts of Penang National Park, Monkey Beach is on the northwest coastline of Penang Island. Accessibility is possible by either a 20-minute boat ride from Batu Ferringhi or a two-hour trek from Teluk Behang. The beach is known for its clear water, clean, white sand, and various fishing spots. This is a perfect spot for those who are looking for some peace and tranquility and some time away from the busier beaches in the region. With 8 hours of sunshine each day, there is plenty of time to get to this location and soak up some rays.

Restaurants and Nightlife

Serving traditional Malay food prepared with fresh, local ingredients the Mews Café is an excellent choice anytime of the day or night. Breakfast consists of choices between sandwiches, toast, fruit platter and eggs. Items throughout the rest of the day include Vietnamese rolls, tuna fish cake, chicken pies and burgers. Guests can choose to dine indoors or out if the weather is nice. There is even live music in the garden on Saturday nights.

Even though the food may be described as no frills, the dishes are still delicious at Tek Sen Restaurant. This restaurant is one of the favorites of locals and will fill up quickly. Serving mostly traditional Chinese food, the prices are reasonable and the menu is extensive.

If you don't want to spend all your time indoors while enjoying a late night out, the good news is that Penang is home to several beach bars. One of the most popular is located inside the Hard Rock Hotel and is the Caribbean-style Sand Bar. If you get there a little earlier, the bar also offers a spectacular view of the setting sun. With music and fun all day long, there is no better way to end the day than with a cold beer and dipping your toes in the sand at the same time. 

March events in Penang

Culture

Chap Goh Meh

2nd March 2018

Chap Goh Meh is celebrated with prayers and offerings to mark the end of the Chinese New Year. During this auspicious occasion, houses are brightly decorated with lights, and lanterns are hung over balconies for the last day of the Chinese New Year. Prayers to the ancestors are also offered.

Website:

http://www.penang-vacations.com/chap-goh-meh.html

Festival

Kariong Community Fun Festival

3rd March 2018 to 4th March 2018

The festival will include up to fifty stalls of different arts and crafts, kid and youth activities, as well as carnival and pony rides. Over 2,000 people will be expected to attend.

Website:

http://www.visitcentralcoast.com.au/events/this-month/kariong-community-fun-festival

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