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.
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).
For full details on how to travel to Penang overland, please see :
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 :
Along the island's Northern coastline, Batu Ferringhi beach 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.
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.