Penang is the oldest British settlement in Malaysia, predating both Singapore and Melaka. It is also one of Malaysia's major tourist attractions. This is hardly surprising, for the 285 sq km Penang Island has popular beach resorts and an intriguing and historically interesting town which is also noted for its superb food.
Penang is often referred to as the "Pearl of Orient".
Penang's major city, Georgetown is a UNESCO Heritage Site, steeped in history and with plenty of character.
Lying at the NE tip of the island, it is the seat of administration and is also the commercial hub of the state. This bustling metropolitan city combines the best of east and west as seen in its fascinating collection of fine old buildings, each bearing the stamp of different foreign influences in its colorful history.
Penang's charm also lies in its famous golden beached and calm warm seas. Penang today is a resort island in full bloom - an idyllic playground for worshippers of the sun and the sea. Its multi-racial population contributes to a wealth of cultural attractions and festivals.
Some highlights of Penang...
- Batu Ferringhi Beach
- Fishing Village
- Khoo Kongsi