Penang Island Malaysia
( Pulau Pinang )

Welcome to Penang Island - The "Pearl of the Orient".

One of Malaysia's top tourist destinations, Pulau Pinang as it is called in Malay, has everything for a visitor.

Historical sights, temples of ever faith, beautiful beaches, great shopping, fantastic food and even a National Park for a spot of jungle trekking.



Beach Street in George Town Penang

How to get here :

The island is easily accessible by a short 15 minutes ferry ride from the mainland at Butterworth or by driving over the 13.5 km bridge that links to the mainland (with a new even longer 24 km bridge now open).

The most popular place to travel to Penang from is Kuala Lumpur, 360 kms to the south and now linked by the new ETS high-speed trains.

For full details on how to travel to Penang overland, please see :

George Town

Bicycle Rickshaws in Georgetown Penang

The old colonial capital, George Town, is like a living museum with its varied styles of old Chinese shop-houses, built around the grand old British colonial buildings.

I never get bored of walking around the old streets.

Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, many of the old derelict buildings are being restored to their former grandeur, so offering even more places to visit.

It's one of only a few places left in Asia that you can still see such sights these days, due to far too rapid development in other cities in this region.

Take a look at our photo gallery to see the many sights of the island.


Our recommended best things to see around the island :

Penang Island Beaches

One of the most popular Penang beaches, Monkey Beach

Along the island's Northern coastline, Batu Ferringghi offers a long stretch of sandy shoreline and all you would expect from a popular beach destination.

There are also plenty of more peaceful stretches of sand dotted around the island for those seeking a little peace and quiet.

Where are the best beaches in Penang?

Well they are hidden away in the National Park, where you will have to trek in, or hire one of the local boatmen to take you there.

Penang Hotels

You will find ever type of accommodation available for your stay on the Island, from budget backpackers hostels to top luxury resorts in historical heritage buildings in George Town.

For those who prefer to be by the seaside, there is a good choice of beach front hotels on the popular resorts towns of Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bungah and like most things in Malaysia, you get really good value for your money.

Click here for some help in deciding where to stay in Pulau Pinang.


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