Penang, with its Betel Nut Palm tree shoreline, its historic colonial buildings, rich culture and heritage is commonly known as the Pearl of the Orient.
With its reputation as the 'Penang Food Capital Of Malaysia' it's a diverse cuisine orientated culinary delight for both visitors and locals alike, from its hawker stalls to its upmarket restaurants Penang has it all to satisfy the most discerning gastronomic palate.
So why not plan to travel to Penang? With so much to see, so much to do and so much to eat you know you want to.
With a mix of Colonial, Chinese, Malay and Indian influence on the architectural design producing grandoise buildings such as the Peranakan Mansion, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang State Museum, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Kek Lok Si Temple, it is easy to understand how the most enthusiastic of tourists are kept drooling with both visual and photographic pleasure.
The Pearl of the Orient is truly wondrous to behold, so delight in your visit to Penang, indulge yourself the Penang culture, history and cuisine but most of all enjoy the company of some of the friendliest people on the planet.
Then there are the Penang beaches to explore, not just at the resort centre of Batu Ferringhi, as there are other more adventurous options such as Monkey Beach (you need to follow a trail to reach this beach but worth it), Teluk Bahang and the various secluded beaches spread around the island.
The Penang heritage is not restricted to its buildings as Penangs multi-racial populace live in a harmonious cultural melting pot that gives this northern state a certain uniqueness and charm amongst many of its SE Asian contemporaries.
Penang is reputed to have one of the largest selection of pre-world war buildings in SE Asia, this was as a consequence of the Rent Control Act which froze rental prices making redevelopment unprofitable.
The state capital Georgetown is an architectural gem and has recently been awarded Unesco World Heritage Status, tourists flock from all over the world to witness this magnificent city.
With famous Penang foods such as Hokkien Mee, Assam Laksa, Char Koay Teoh being served by Penangs masters of the hawker wok and stove it is little wonder that many visit just for the gastronomic charms of the back streets of Georgetowns food vendors.
Indeed the betel nut island is a great place for the Malaysian national dish with some of the best Nasi Lemak in Penang being served on this cuisine orientated island.
This act was repealed in 2000 causing property prices to skyrocket, thankfully the Georgetown Unesco World Heritage Status afforded to the city in the same year places the state in a stronger position to protect its rich architectural heritage.
Penang Island is separated from mainland Malaysia by the Straits Of Malacca with access being by the Penang bridge to the east coast of central Penang or ferry to Georgetown in the north east of the island.
Penang can also be accessed via its international airport that is located in the south east of the island in Bayan Lepas.
When visiting Penang tourists tend to stay in the either Georgetown or Batu Feringghi on the north coast. But when they venture out, the more adventurous are rewarded with some fascinating places to visit in what is known as the Pearl Of The Orient.
Travel To Penang The Pearl Of The Orient
Selamat Datang Ke Pulau Mutiara - Welcome to the Pearl Of The Orient