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The island of Penang in Malaysia
is dubbed as the "Pearl of the Orient" and considered as one of Asia's
most famous travel destination to date. This is not quite hard to imagine
since Penang has grown into a beautiful city with modern architecture and
yet still manages to preserve its historical value overtime, offering the
best of worlds in one small area.
|Captain Francis Light christened
the island Penang or Pulau Pinang which means the "island of the Betelnut".
This name is most likely derived from the fact that betel nut palms are
commonly found within the island. Penang's population greatly reflects
its diversity. You can find different races in this island coexisting quite
peacefully with each other such as the Chinese, Malays, Indians and others.
Religion in this side of
world is freely expressed and respected. The official religion in Penang
is Islam but you can find temples and other religious grounds from different
faiths such as Buddhist and Hindu temples.
Penang is a fairly busy island,
always bustling with annual festivities of different cultures. If you are
visiting the island of Penang, it is not uncommon to chance upon at least
one festival taking place during your stay. Some of the highlights are
Chinese New Year held every late January or early February which signifies
the beginning of Chinese Lunar year and Christmas Day celebrated by Christians
every month of December.
|Other occasions held in
Penang, Malaysia annually are: The Birthday of the Goddess of Mercy, Wesak
Day or the birthday of Lord Buddha, Hari Raya Puasa which marks the end
of Ramadan, Saint Anne's Feast, Hari Raya Haji, Festival of Nine Emperor
Gods, Malaysia's National Day, and Deepavali in commemoration of the slaying
of evil king by Lord Krishna.
Penang travel can never be
completed without sampling its fine delicacy and cuisine greatly influenced
by Malays, Chinese and Indians. There is definitely no room for picky eaters
here since there is always something for everybody and food is really great,
tourists usually come back for more.
| The most famous dish
is the Penang Laksa, a tamarind-based fish soup filled with noodles. Penang
Laksa is a very delicious and filling treat. Tourist can either choose
to buy their food from "hawkers" of roadside stalls or get them at regular
sit-in restaurants which nicely dotted the area. Gurney Drive is the famous
food street where you will find hawker's stalls lined up and selling best
of Penang Food.
Some of Penang's local
- Satay or Malaysian style
- Apom, an Indian paper-thin
- Apong, Nyonya's folded
- Beef ball noodles
- Char Koay Teow, stir-fried
- Chicken rice, a complete
meal of Hainanese rice cooked in chicken stock served with roasted or steamed
- Fried oysters for seafood
- Mee Goreng, an Indian
- Mee Suah Tau or vermicelli
soup with flaked crab meat.
This is just some of the
suggested food fare in Penang since this town is known for its excellent
cuisine and their food list is virtually endless.
Shopping is never a problem
in Penang. Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak is the biggest, most famous shopping
complex in the area. It is the tallest building in Penang and placed sixth
in Malaysia. KOMTAR Tower is by far, the most ambitious urban renewal project
of the city of Penang. Famous retail shops and shopping outlets are found
in this one, massive building, a real one-stop-shop for shopping tourists.
Penang beaches stretch from
Tanjung Bungah to Telok Bahang for miles and miles. The most popular beach
front is the Batu Ferringhi which is quite busy during peak seasons. Other
beaches that you can find in Penang are: Tanjung Bungah, Muka Head, Pantai
Keracut, Pantai Acheh, Monkey Beach and Gertak Sanggul, all of which are
beautiful sandy beaches where you can relax and have fun under the sun.
GEORGETOWN HERITAGE SITE
Georgetown is the capital
of Penang Island and was declared by UNESCO in 2008 as a world heritage
Georgetown has extensive
list of sights to see, some of its famous tourist attractions are Cheong
Fatt Tze Mansion in Leith Street, built in 1890. Fort Cornwallis in Light
Street was built in 1793 and visit Penang Islamic Museum by Armenian Street.
The Pinang Peranakan Mansion can be found around Church Street and also
check out Queen Victoria Clock Tower which commemorates Diamond Jubilee
of Queen Victoria.
|Penang is also the home
of the largest bridge in Malaysia and one of the largest in the world,
the Penang Bridge. Don't forget to experience Penang Hill as well, a favorite
spot among tourists which can be accessed through railway or by foot.
Your visit to Penang will
be richly awarded by different cultures and traditions that one can only
experience in Penang, Malaysia. If you need to get away from it all, Penang
is the site for you since it offers places to explore on-foot and beautiful
beaches to swim on. Cultural heritage permeates the air of Penang, right
from the sight, sound and smell.
Your visit will not allow
you to go home empty-handed considering best shopping outlets for electronics,
clothing and other products made from South-East Asia. Cultural diversity
is also reflected with food choices available in this side of town. Penang
truly feeds the mind and soul. With both modern and historical worth, it
is safe to say that there's always something for everybody here in Penang.
|About the Author: Nowal
has been a freelance travel writer and photographer for almost 10 years
now. His expertise lies in Asia Travel Guides. His recent travel guide
about Penang provides travel & tourism information about the beautiful
island of Penang in Malaysia. Find out more about Penang Travel Guide at:
for Penang Hotels, Malaysia
HOTELS IN PENANG, MALAYSIA
browsing Penang Hotels, Malaysia
Beach Resort Penang
Bayview Beach Resort is
a perfect retreat for holidaymakers, conference and business travellers.
Bayview Beach Resort is located along the northern coast of Penang Island
and overlooking picturesque Batu Ferringhi Bay. The historic Batu Ferringhi
or Foreigner's Rock is only a leisurely walk away along the tranquil beach
and can be clearly sighted from many of the hotel's rooms. The sun-drenched
beaches and swaying palm trees of the award-winning landscaped gardens
are just 18 kilometres away from Georgetown. Bayview Beach Resort
offers a wide variety of dining experiences ranging from local delights
to the culinary secrets of Chinese cuisine, exciting flavours of Euro-Oriental
creations and great international cuisine.
The hotel is strategically
located within Upper Penang Road, in the heart of commercial, financial,
heritage sites, charming shops, and bustling night entertainment in George
Town. Within walking distance are several favourite eateries, al fresco
cafes and hip bars and Penang's Heritage Trails for exploration of the
many UNESCO listed sites. The 24-hour Main Street Café offers
the perfect ambience for business lunches, hi-tea, family gatherings and
even corporate events. Offering a varied menu selection featuring 'Chef's
Signature Dishes', international selections, local favourites, vegetarian
delights, pastas, desserts and buffet spread over the weekends, Set up
with the Internet Kiosk for 24-hour access, patrons are accorded complimentary
usage when dining here.
Chic and stylish, Penang's
latest gem is the G Hotel, which is a new urban icon along Penang's bustling
Gurney Drive. With its stunning interiors and contemporary design, the
G Hotel offers accommodation with style and substance. The hotel is also
an epitome of modernity, with a bold and innovative approach. "The 'genesis'
in 'G' is inspired by its location while the emblematic design of our logo
reflects the quirkiness and welcoming nature of our living space," according
to G Hotel Consultant Billy Theodas. The G Hotel is indeed an urban oasis
for discerning business and leisure travellers, allowing them to indulge
in every imaginable comfort while enjoying impeccable service and sophisticated
Rock Hotel Penang
Hard Rock Hotel Penang (Google
Map) is a luxury resort situated along the famous beaches of Batu Ferringhi.
Located in the Pearl of Orient, Hard Rock Hotel Penang is iconic, bringing
the multicultural Penang to new heights with its authentic Hard Rock experience.
This hip and trendy resort in Penang is suitable for families, couples
and singles for their relaxing accommodation in Penang. With Wi-Fi connections,
iPod docking stations and 32-inch LCD screen TVs, you can stay connected
with your loved ones and be entertained 24 hours. For wine and dine in
Penang, Hard Rock is synonymous with music, good fun and entertainment
…… and Hard Rock Hotel Penang offers a plethora of options to entertain
all and to have fun!
Set majestically 150 metres
above sea level, Hotel Equatorial is the island's only golf and convention
resort - strategically and peacefully tucked away on a hillock. It
is just 7 minutes to the Penang International Airport and a mere distance
to the Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone. The UNESCO Heritage Site listed
George Town is only 20 minutes from the hotel. Penang island is famed for
its eclectic cuisine and the hotel is no different with its variety of
dining outlets. The hotel houses 5 innovative options ranging from
classic French cuisine at The View to authentic Japanese fare at Kampachi.
Other hotel facilities include a fully equipped fitness centre, outdoor
swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, a business centre
Sandy Beach Resort Penang
Offering warm welcome and
comfortable accommodation, this modern style property is an ideal place
for a pleasant as well as a relaxing stay. Situated in Tanjung Bungah
along the beachfront, Paradise Sandy Beach Hotel is 10 kilometres from
the city centre and 11 kilometres from the Butterworth Train Station, while
the airport is 25 kilometres away. All the units feature a balcony and
a well-maintained kitchenette. Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant
that serves delectable international cuisine. After a tiring day, unwind
at the cosy bar with a glass of fine drink. During leisure, guests
can workout in the state-of-the-art gymnasium, have a bracing dip in the
swimming pool or indulge in the game of tennis.
Located along the beautiful
shorelines of Penang, this laidback Batu Ferringhi hotel is ideal for unforgettable
honeymoons, fun family getaways and corporate workshops. Explore
Penang’s top attractions that are in close proximity to the hotel – be
delighted by the amazing beauty of the Butterfly Farm, be inspired by what
you can do with the endless variety of spices at the Tropical Spice Garden
and give your taste buds a treat at the tropical fruit farms. Within Parkroyal
Penang Resort, you can relax with contemporary facilities and services
like the St. Gregory Spa, a fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool and
Koko-nut Kids Club. You’ll leave with nothing but happy memories at this
serene Penang hotel.
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