Penang is one of the most developed state in Malaysia.. The capital city, George Town always been considered as the second best city in Malaysia, behind Kuala Lumpur.. Highly urbanised and industrialised Penang is one of the most developed and economically important states in the country, as well as a thriving tourist destination..
Penang is an island on the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia.. It’s divided in two territories, Penang island and Seberang Perai in the mainland of peninsular.. Penang is often known as “The Pearl of the Orient”, “东方花园” and Pulau Pinang Pulau Mutiara (Penang, Island of Pearls)..
Penang has been ranked by Yahoo! Travel as one of the “10 Islands to Explore Before You Die” and listed in Patricia Schultz’s best-selling 1,000 Places to See Before You Die travel book..
The architecture of Penang is a durable testament of her history — a culmination of over a century and a half of British presence, as well as the confluence of immigrants and the culture they brought with them. Fort Cornwallis at the Esplanade was the first structure the British built in Penang..
Outstanding examples of colonial period buildings include the Municipal Council and Town Hall buildings, the buildings in the old commercial district, the Penang Museum, the Eastern and Oriental Hotel, and St George’s Anglican Church — all of which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site..
Penang is a world class UNESCO heritage city with plenty of attractions, things to do and travel activities to keep one engaged whether in George Town or exploring other parts of the the island located in northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. The following is a travel video list of things to do and attractions to consider when in Penang:
1) Visit Kek Lok Si Supreme Temple of Bliss
Located just 40 minutes away from the heart of George Town (take buses 201, 203 or 204) in Air Itam, this Buddhist Temple with Chinese influences is well worth exploring and best of all it’s absolutely free!
2) Wander around the Clan Jetties Stilt Villages
These last Bastions of traditional Chinese settlement are a fascinating way to explore George Town on foot. Although some Jetties are quite commercial, if you wander on the outskirts you’ll find a much more authentic experience.
3) Get up early and eat Dim Sum while drinking Chinese Tea
One of my favorite breakfast options is Dim Sum, and I dragged Audrey out of bed several times while stationed in George Town to enjoy an assortment of different dishes while sipping on copious amounts of tea.
4) Escape the chaos and head to the Botanical Gardens
A leafy lush refuge from hectic George Town, the Botanical Gardens are a great place to seek shade and feel at one with nature. One will almost certainly encounter cheeky monkeys along the way.
5) George Town Waterfront Views
Take the time to gaze and wander along George Town’s waterfront views. You will likely spot cruise ships, tankers, ferries, humble row boats and fishermen.
6) Explore Fort Cornwallis
Explore Fort Cornwallis and its plethora of cannonballs built after the founder Francis Light.
7) Roam around Little India
Little India is one of the most colorful and diverse enclaves found in George Town. Grab a roti and curry and listen to the thumping sounds coming out of loud speakers.
8) Wander Around George Town
Few activities are more fascinating than taking a tour on foot around George Town’s historic colonial area. You will notice many of the mansions are crumbling before your very eyes.
I hope you enjoy these 8 recommendations for ways to spend your time in Penang, Malaysia: