Penang Weather October Averages, Malaysia
October is the wettest time of the year in Penang and therefore one of the least popular times to visit. As a result, now is the time to get a good deal on a hotel or flight. The good news is that unlike resorts on the east side of the island that close with the heavy monsoon, those in the region are likely to remain open as the seas are much calmer and there are still enough events to keep some tourists coming despite the rain.
This time of the year receives a very impressive 340mm of precipitation. As a result, rain jackets, rain boots and umbrellas are an absolute necessity. The rain falls over an average of 25 days making the vast majority of the month very wet. Visitors will need to take this into account when planning a trip and realise that the amount of rain will severely cut down the amount of outdoor activities that are possible.
Despite the rain, temperatures are very warm and the air will be very muggy with all of the moisture present. The average daily temperature will be a warm 27°C (81°F). The afternoon highs will reach an average of 30°C (86°F) even with heavy downpours a likely possibility. Average overnight lows are only 24°C (75°F).
This is not the best time of the year to visit the beach, but the water remains very warm. Average surface water temperatures are 29°C (84°F). This is slightly cooler than previous months, but is still warm enough to make the seas feel more like bath water. The average daily amount of sun is down somewhat thanks both in part to the rain and also the later part of the year. During the month, the region sees an average of 7 hours of sunshine per day.
The Eastin Hotel makes traveling a breeze especially for those traveling on business. Known as one of the best business class hotels, the resort will also welcome those on a leisurely holiday. The hotel features a relaxing lounge, pool, spa, gym, yoga room, restaurants and 24-hour room service. All the rooms are tastefully appointed and the staff is always willing to go the extra mile to make your October trip a success.
Located in a 19th century colonial-style house, the Deluxcious Heritage Hotel has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel is charmingly decorated and tastefully appointed. The hotel offers 18 private suites and guests are also able to enjoy the on-site spa as well as the restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
One of the most luxurious hotels in the world, the Seven Terraces, is located in the heart of Penang. With only 18 suites, it is important to make your reservations early. Each room is appointed with artwork, antiques and luxury amenities you won't find just anywhere. Guests are just minutes away from the region's important historical sites as well as shopping and entertainment. However, the hotel also provides a lap pool, Asian inspired dining room and full bar.
If you are looking for snorkeling, one of the only places in the region to do so without the fear of being stung by jellyfish is on the island of Palau Kendi. Accessible via a short boat ride, the region is also popular for its unique and natural rock formations along the southern coastline. The area is surrounded by thriving coral reefs making it a divers and snorkeler's paradise. With clear waters, the best time to visit the region is between October and March and with waters of 29°C (84°F), there is no need for a wetsuit to keep warm.
Located in a beautifully restored building Bisto Tang offers a cozy and warm atmosphere that is perfect to hang out in for a while and enjoying the sites and sounds of the city. The service is excellent and the staff is more than willing to assist in helping customers find the perfect item on the menu to meet their tastes. A great place for the money, this spot should be on your "go to" list.
Serving traditional food, My Own Cafe is a great spot to enjoy what the locals enjoy. Known for its asam laksa, all the menu options come highly recommended and with good portions at reasonable prices. This little boutique restaurant also offers a nice respite from the heat and humidity with numerous fans and ice-cold beers to help wash down the delicious food.
As a Penang institution, Slippery Senoritas is the place to be for some late night fun. More than just a dance club, this late night bar offers a variety of music and is also dedicated to providing customers with an experience that won't soon be forgotten. Be sure to catch one of the bartender's amazing synchronised bottle juggling and fire breathing performances that take place each night. Be sure to go later in the week as the performance get more detailed and spectacular with each passing night. Of course, the bartenders can also mix up a well-made drink and there is plenty of music to get your groove onto well past the midnight hour.
One of the most unique festivals in the area is the Taoist Nine Emperor Gods Festival or the Kow Ong Yah. The festival occurs on the 9th day of the 9th moon in the Chinese lunar calendar. Because this festival happens in October, there is usually a fair bit of rain, thanks to the 340mm of precipitation expected. However, the rain won't keep people away from the festival highlights. The main event includes mediums who go into a deep trance and perform feats such as walking through fire unscathed or immersing themselves in hot oil. Additionally, there are numerous float processions to watch as they go by.
If it is too wet to spend too much time outside, then the Sun Yet Sen Museum is a great place to visit. Visitors are able to take a self-guided tour to learn more about the house and the role that it played in the history of the region. Besides being known as an architectural gem, this museum houses important history that allows visitors to understand more about the region and Penang.
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