Penang Travel Guide


Penang, an introduction


Penang is an island in Malaysia located on the northwestern coastal area of Malaysia Peninsula with Georgetown as the capital. Penang is the second most famous destination in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur. There are also many tourists who make Penang as their medical destination. This island is rich of history, culture and locates strategically..

Penang History

At first, Penang Island was a part of Kedah Sultanate territory. In 1786, this island was given to British East India Company by Sultan Muhammad Jiwa, the sultan of Kedah, as reward for United Kingdom for giving protection from Siam and Burma attack. This island was once named as Prince of Wales Island by Captain Francis Light on August 11th, 1786. Captain Francis Light wanted to honor the prince at that time. Georgetown was taken from the king’s name at that time, King George III.

Penang on the map

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things to see

Things to see

The Penang Bridge is one icon of Penang Island. This 13.5 km bridge connects Penang Island with Malaysia Peninsula. If you see this bridge at night, you will think it’s like San Fransisco Bridge. Visiting Penang’s capital, Georgetown, will give you an interesting historical tour for this old city is recorded as one world heritage. There are many historical and cultural buildings you can find like Fort Cornwallis, Whiteaways Arcade, Penang State Museum, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Pinang Peranakan Mansion and many others. In Penang, you can also find the biggest Buddha Statue in Southeast Asia, Kek Lok Si Temple.

things to do

Things to do

As usual, an island on the edge of a sea will surely has beach as Penang does. Penang has interesting beach destinations to visit, one of them is Batu Feringghi. This beach is located on the northern area of Penang, having white sand carpet and slope slightly contour, making this beach suitable for sun bathing, paralayang, and windsurfing. Penang Hill, known also as Bukit Bendera, is suitable to have an adventure experience. This location offers you natural scenery which will make your heart beats even faster. To get to the top of Bukit Bendera, you can use a train which is the transportation you can find in this location.

things to eat

Things to eat

Try the sweet of Penang Durian which will make you addicted, but you need to come in the harvest season of this durian between May-July. Your tongue will be shocked by Assam Laksa Penang which is rich of tastes. This food will surely an extraordinary culinary experience. For beverages, Penang has Teochew Chendul and Ice Kacang, it’s like Red-bean Ice, usually called as Ais Batu Campur. Ais Batu Campur consists of red bean, gelatin of leaves, sweet corn and shaved ice poured with milk and syrup.

Things to see and do near Penang

Airport at Penang

Penang is served by the International Airport.

Penang International Airport is located 16km south of Georgetown, the main town on Penang Island. It is a medium sized airport and Malaysia's fourth biggest. It has some international connections to Bangkok, Medan and Jakarta all with AirAsia.

Entering the city from the airport

The Rapid Penang public buses are waiting in front of the terminal at the departures floor. Routes 401 and 401E (express) is heading for Georgetown, 102 is a route to Teluk Bahang and 306 goes to Air Itam and the General hospital. The journey to or from Georgetown, even with the Express bus, takes the scenic route and can take up to an hour.

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