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PENANG ISLAND

Penang Island also known as Penang or Pulau Pinang or Pulau Mutiara was established by Sir Francis Light in 1786 as the first British trading post in the Far East. Sir Francis Light had persuaded the Sultan of Kedah to cede Pulau Pinang to the British in exchange for military assistance. Through negotiation with The Sultan of Kedah Sir Francis Light managed to add additional territory on the adjoining mainland coast, Province Wellesly or it is now commonly known as Butterworth.

Their primary interest in Penang was that it serve as a safe stopover for British ships plying the far more profitable China trade.

When Sir Francis Light landed, on the site of the present Esplanade or Padang Kota as it is known locally, Penang was virtually uninhabited and covered in dense vegetation. Fort Cornwallis was built on the site of Sir Francis Light's historic landing in 1786.

In order to induce his sepoy forces and the locals to clear the jungle on the island, Light allegedly loaded cannons with gold coins and fired into the jungle on this tropical Island. Before long, sufficient land had been cleared for settlement, and traders and merchants began to arrive. Within a few decades, this tropical island had attracted more than thousands of settlers and traders, including Sumatrans, Indians, Arabs and especially Chinese.
Penang was soon established as a major trading port for tea, spices, china, and cloth.

Penang is today a bustling city with a unique blend of the East and West. This is reflected in its heritage buildings as well as in the lifestyles, food and custom of the local people. Georgetown, named after King George III of England, is the seat of the state's administration as well as the centre for commerce, education, social activities and entertainment.

What makes Penang Island really tick is the vibrant and intriguing city of Georgetown, on the island's north-eastern coast. This city has more Chinese flavour than either Singapore or Hong Kong, you could be forgiven for thinking that the clock stopped at least 50 years ago. Georgetown is a compact city and it's a delight to wander around. Set off in any direction and you're certain to see beautiful old Chinese houses, vegetable markets, temples, ceremonies, trishaws, mahjong games and all the other characteristic of Asian street life.

Penang too is a pleasant shopping centre. Its shopping facilities ranging from modern complexes to roadside stalls and the 'pasar malam', night markets, offer an almost endless range of products. The main shopping centres are along Penang Road, Burmah Road and Campbell Street in the city.
One of the more prominent shopping complexes on the island is Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak (KOMTAR) on Penang Road; it has over 200 shops.



PLACES OF INTEREST

According to local folklore, the Snake Temple, dedicated to a Buddhist healer-priest, was inhabited by snakes which crawled out of the jungle on the night of the temple's completion. The snakes are still there today. The Kek Lok Si Temple, at Air Itam, is reputed to be the most beautiful and largest temple complex in Southeast Asia. Its seven-story pagoda, over 90 feet high, is a harmonious blend of Chinese, Thai, and Burmese architecture and craftsmanship. Other worthwhile stops are the delightful Penang Bird Park, sited in Seberang Jaya on the mainland. It housed over 400 species of birds from all over the world. The park also contains a wide variety of orchids and hibiscus. Next, the romantic peak of Penang Hill, a popular refuges from the heat of the low-lying city. It is accessible by cabled train. From the summit of Penang Hill one will be view the panoramic of Georgetown.

Fort Cornwallis, the site of Sir Francis Light's first historic landing on Penang Island. This fort is sited at Padang Kota.

The Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve, crisscrossed with beautiful trails leading to isolated beaches. A trek through the reserve's interior reveals rare flora, monkeys chattering in the trees, sea eagles , and maybe a glimpse of a Hawksbill turtle heading for the sea.

Orchid and Hibiscus Garden, located at Bukit Jambul, feature Orchid and Hibiscus Garden and a Reptile Farm. Attractions include an ornamental Japanese pond, a cacti garden, a pottery corner, a deer park, and cascades.

Bukit Mertajam Recreational Park, located approximately 18 km from Butterworth ferry terminal, this park covers a wide area of hilly terrain that ascends several hundred meters above sea level. Its cool hill air encourages a profusion of ferns, ephiphytes and wild flowers, as well as exotic butterflies, birds and insects. For the adventurous, there are numerous jungle tracks leading to the heart of the forest.

Penang Butterfly Farm, located at Teluk Bahang, the Butterfly Farm has hundreds of species of butterflies and insects.

Botanical Garden
, offer peace and tranquility amidst lush green surroundings, tropical plants, and the vibrant colors of Penang's flora.

Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, a Buddhist temple of Thai architecture houses a magnificent gold-plated reclining Buddha that is said to be the third largest in the world. The niches behind the statue house urns containing the ashes of devotees.

St George's Church, a stately Anglican colonial church is one of the oldest landmarks in the city. The entrance features a memorial canopy dedicated to Captain Sir Francis Light, who is buried in the adjoining ceremony.

Sri Mariamman Temple
, built in the late nineteenth century, features fascinating sculptures of gods and goddesses.

Penang Museum and Art Gallery
, located at Lebuh Farquhar, the Penang Museum and Art Gallery houses old photographs, maps, charts and historical relics. It was built in 1821 and was formerly the Penang Free School.

Khoo Kongsi, the wave of Chinese immigration to Penang during the nineteenth century gave rise to the formation of clan formations, or kongsi, which served as surrogate kinship and professional associations for immigrants who had left behind family and friends.

Carpenters' Guild, located at 70 Lorong Love, The Carpenters' Guild temple, or Loo Pun Hong, is dedicated to Lo Pan, patron deity of carpenters and other building artisans.

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, located at Lebuh Leith, Cheong Fatt Tze was the Hakka name of the powerful Nanyang industrialist who was also a Mandarin of the Highest Order in the goverment of China. His importance was acknowledged by flags flown at half-mast by Dutch and British Goverments when he died.

Kuan Yin Teng Temple, located in the centre of the old part of Georgetown is nowhere near as impressive, but it's one of the most popular temples in the city.



Accommodations

Accommodation facilities available for the state of Penang or Pulau Pinang, Malaysia includes Mutiara Beach Resort Ferringhi Penang, Crown Prince Hotel Penang, Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel Penang, Naza Hotel Tanjung Tokong Penang, Ferringhi Beach Hotel Penang, Casuarina Beach Resort Penang and Sri Sayang Resort Penang.



GETTING TO PENANG


The island is linked to the mainland by the Penang Bridge or Jambatan Pulau Pinang, which is 13.5 km long and it is the longest bridge in Asia. A toll of RM7.00 is collected at the Penang Bridge toll plaza.

However, if you prefer the old world charm of traveling in the famous 24-hour ferry service, the service still exists. The ferry leaves from Butterworth and tickets can be purchased there. Ferry fare-Adults: 40 sen, Children: 20 sen. For cars below 1200cc the rate is RM4; RM5 for cars 1200cc- 1600cc and cars above 1600cc pay RM6. Penang's Bayan Lepas International Airport is about 20 km from Georgetown, its capital. If you wish to travel by train, the Railway Station is on the mainland, located at Butterworth, Seberang Prai.

Malaysia Airlines has multiple daily flights from KLIA and Subang to the Penang International Airport. The North-South Expressway passes through Penang with interchanges at Jawi, Bukit Tambun, Bukit Tengah, Butterworth & Sungai Dua. It is roughly a 4 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. Use the Ferry or the Penang Bridge to get to the Island. PLUSLiner operates daily Interstate Coaches from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth or the Island. KTMB operates Senandung Langkawi and Express Rakyat daily rail service from KL Sentral.

Malaysia Hotels Dot CC, brings you some of the best hotels in the state of Penang, Malaysia. We bring to you Mutiara Beach Resort Ferringhi Penang, Crown Prince Hotel Penang, Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel Penang, Naza Hotel Tanjung Tokong Penang, Ferringhi Beach Hotel Penang, Casuarina Beach Resort Penang and Sri Sayang Resort Penang. We present them here comprehensively with factual information on all our participating hotels and resorts on the Island of Penang, Malaysia.

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JEREJAK ISLAND

Jerejak Rainforest Resort

JEREJAK RAINFOREST RESORT
Jerejak Rainforest Resort, is a new resort completed in 2003 set amidst virgin jungle of Pulau Jerejak. It is every nature lover’s dream come true. Coupled with her rich historical background, a holiday here promises to be refreshingly different. CLICK HERE


Sun Yi Villas

SUN YI VILLAS, PENANG
Sun Yi Villas, nestled on the tree-lined canopy of tropical Jerejak Island the twenty (20) unassuming but uniquely tasteful villas are just one of the hidden gems on Penang Island and its surrounding region. CLICK HERE


GURNEY DRIVE

THE GURNEY RESORT HOTEL
It is located along the renowned tourist belt of Gurney Drive, adjacent to the new Central Business District and is less than five minutes away from all major shopping complexes and corporate towers. The hotel is 25 kilometres from the Penang International Airport. CLICK HERE


BATU FERRINGHI

HYDRO HOTEL PENANG
Hydro Hotel Penang is nested along Batu Ferringhi Road, a short and pleasant ride to Georgetown and a picturesque drive to the Bayan Lepas International Airport. Hydro Hotel Penang is a perfect hideaway for holiday makers and the businessman. CLICK HERE

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