/ Where To Go When: Autumn by Ultratravel

6 October 2016

November marks the end of monsoon season and the lull before the crowds appear in December. Take advantage by strolling through the quiet streets of the Penang capital and enjoy several festivals taking place then. The George Town Literary Festival (georgetownlitfest.com), set to run from November 25 to 27, is a celebration of world literature in poetry, prose and the spoken word. Each year the event draws authors and orators from around the world. The Edison George Town hotel (theedisonhotels.com), part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, opened in July. The boutique property boasts 35 guest rooms and is located within walking distance of a number of the city’s museums – including the Chocolate and Coffee Museum, Camera Museum and the Penang Time Tunnel 3D Museum. Those with a bit of time will want to book Bamboo Travel’s 14-day tour of Malaysia that includes city tours and self- guided excursions of Singapore, Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, George Town and Langkawi. Visitors will visit Singapore’s Parliament House, take in panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur from the top of the KL Tower, and explore one of George Town’s oldest Malay markets.

The Marvellous Malaysia package starts from £2,325 (Dh11,302) per person, based on a two-person share, and includes accommodation, meals, transfers and taxes (bambootravel.co.uk). Malaysia airlines (malaysiaairlines. com), Etihad, and Emirates all y via Kuala Lumpur, with return ights starting from Dh1,610 per person