Penang is a Malaysian state located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Malacca Strait. It has two parts: Penang Island, where the capital city, George Town, is located, and Seberang Perai (formerly Province Wellesley) on the Malay Peninsula.Penang has long served as the link between Asia’s great kingdoms and an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East. At its heart is diverse, cosmopolitan George Town, Penang Island’s main city and an urban centre that delivers old-world Asia in spades; think trishaws pedalling past watermarked Chinese shophouses and blue joss smoke perfuming the air.
GETTING TO PENANG
The Penang International Airport located in Bayan Lepas receives direct flights from major capitals in the region. Malaysian Airlines (MAS) operates more than 20 flights daily to and from Penang. Budget airlines such as Air Asia and Firefly also offer flights at competitive rates to and from this island. The North-South Highway connects Penang to major cities on the West side of Peninsular Malaysia. Traveling by highway can take anywhere from 4-5 hours with toll charges in between. The KTMB, the national train company, serves a daily route to Butterworth from Kuala Lumpur, taking approximately 6 hours.
THINGS TO DO
Wondering what to do in Penang, Malaysia? Wonder no more. Penang offers plenty of delicious Malaysian food, but is famed throughout the rest of the country for some specialities such as Char Kway Teow, Penang Laksa, and Nasi Kandar, which are found practically everywhere on the island. Penang is an island of countless food stalls, a veritable “food paradise”. If you are looking for the must do attractions and things to do in Penang, we suggest the Penang Hill and the funicular ride is the main things to do. Penang is a prefect holiday destination weather its for an adventurous getaway or just a retreat away from the city.