Along with Langkawi, Penang is the most famous of Malaysia’s islands. Not only does it have a rich colonial past, it is also blessed with some beautiful beaches. It offers a broad range of hotels, resorts and cultural attractions, and is connected to the peninsular mainland by a bridge. Its northern coast, particularly around the settlement known as Batu Ferringhi (literally “Foreigner’s Rock”) , draws the majority of international visitors.
The best way to fully explore the island of Penang is to go on one of the many tours available. The Penang Island Tour enables visitors to explore the main attractions and sites of the island, and experience every day life in Penang by visiting a Fruit Plantation & Fruit Stall, Snake Temple, OE (Oeding & Erdel) and the Batik Factory. For those who love the peace and tranquility of botanical gardens the tour of Penang’s Botanical Garden and Butterfly Farm is ideal, and the 30 acre garden even features a beautiful waterfall! The island’s colonial heritage is a big attraction to many visitors. The capital city of George Town is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are many city tours like George Town City Tour and the George Town Heritage Tour, where you can enjoy visits to Colonial Buildings, Fort Cornwallis, State Museum, Little India & Chinatown, Street of Harmony, Reclining Buddha, and Clan Jetties.
A distinctive landmark in Penang is the 19th-century Fort Cornwallis, erected by a British captain, while also in town is the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, founded in 1884. Its past guests include Rudyard Kipling and Charlie Chaplin. It is named after the late 18th century Governor-General of Bengal, India, Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis. Fort Cornwallis is the largest standing fort in Malaysia.Captain Sir Francis Light took possession of the island from the Sultan of Kedah in 1786 and built the original fort.
Penang has some superb beach hotels, including Shangri La’s Golden Sands Resort and Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa. Activities and attractions on the island include jungle trails, tropical spice gardens, batik-painting, parasailing, water sports and street markets.
From within Malaysia, Penang is reached either by road, or by air from Kuala Lumpur. International flight connections are available from Thailand, Singapore and elsewhere in the region. There is also a vehicle and passenger ferry from Butterworth on the Malaysian mainland.
Hotels in Penang