Warm, sultry ‘Indian Summers’ in Penang with DialAFlight
16 February 2015 / If, like us, you were glued to the TV last night watching Channel 4’s much-anticipated new drama ‘Indian Summers’, you might be surprised to learn that it was actually filmed on Penang Island, Malaysia. The TV series, which tells the epic story of the decline of the British Empire in the 1930s, showcases the island’s iconic sites and rich colonial heritage.
Visit Penang, once known as the Pearl of the Orient, with leading UK tour operator DialAFlight, which is offering SEVEN NIGHTS FOR THE PRICE OF FIVE when booking the tempting offer below:
Stay in appropriately colonial-style surroundings at Lone Pine, a luxurious hotel with an idyllic position on the beautiful Batu Feringghi beach. From your boutique base, follow the Penang Heritage Trail to historic George Town, the main filming location for ‘Indian Summers’ and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in the riverside mansions at the Suffolk Estate en route, before a meander through George Town’s lush Botanical Gardens, the Town Hall and the State Museum – all featured in the programme. A seven-night stay (including two free nights) at Lone Pine costs from £839 pp (two sharing) including breakfast, transfers and flights (Heathrow). Valid for departures from 1 to 21 May.
If you’d rather see the sights with an accompanying guide who can reveal the city’s secrets, then a selection of Penang tours and excursions is available (additional cost), including:
The Private George Town Heritage Tour – Explore George Town’s pretty streets with your own private guide and delve deep into the city’s rich heritage with visits to intricate and ornate temples, the elaborate Khoo Kongsi (a grand Chinese clanhouse) and the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, an opulent replica of a 19th century Baba home. Price is from £32 pp.
The Botanical Garden and Butterfly Farm Tour – See Malaysia’s unique flora and fauna at the tranquil Botanical Gardens. Watch as vibrant harlequin butterflies colour the air at the Penang Butterfly Farm, learn all about honey at the Propolis Bee Farm and, finally, visit Royal Selangor, one of the world’s oldest pewter makers, for a demonstration on pewter finishing. Price is from £20 pp.
Watch the next episode of ‘Indian Summers’ on Channel 4 on Sunday 22 February.
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