Thaipusam Festival in Penang

By V. Sivaji

Hot on the heelsĀ of the Chinese New Year celebrations, the Thaipusam festival is just around the corner (Sunday Feb 5, 2023) and is going to bring back the carnival atmosphere to Georgetown as in years before the Covid-19 pandemic.

With celebrations being limited due to the pandemic for the last two years, devotees and tourists can celebrate with stalls and a festival-like atmosphere.

And with the reopening of international borders reopened, foreign visitors especially from Indonesia and Singapore are known to visit Georgetown for the festival.

Among the popular hotels for accommodation is the Berjaya Hotel Penang in Pulau Tikus which is within the vicinity of the Waterfall temple, and has already been snapped up by these visitors.

Penang Hyperlocal spoke to their general manager Tan Yew Jin on how they are preparing for the influx of guests.

According to Tan, they are happy to see their regular guests coming back and are ready to welcome them to celebrate Thaipusam in Penang.

“We have always been fully booked during this season and many of them are local and also Indonesians and Singaporeans. Our location is just perfect for these devotees. They come to Penang to experience the lively and unique atmosphere here. We have also prepared a variety of vegetarian meals at our Berjaya Cafe for those who want to try them out.

“Other than that we are also popular with Indonesians who seek medical treatment at the Penang Adventist Hospital which is located just across our hotel. Many of them come with family members and book their accommodation with us,” added Tan.

Meanwhile, the hotel’s healthy food promotions is already popular with guests and they can enjoy the meals while here.

Among them are their Spaghetti, Vege Soto Ayam, Stir Fried Keto Noodles, Asparagus soup, Mixed Bean Salad, Bitter Gourd, Egg Crepe, Rojak Pasembor and many more in their Berjaya Cafe.

For more information contact 04-227-7111 for more details.