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Georgetown capital of Penang

Georgetown; capital of Penang Island

In 2008 UNESCO listed Georgetown as World Heritage Site because of the many original colonial (Chinese style) shophouses. Besides the many beautiful historical buildings; Georgetown also has many modern highrise buildings that often contains big shopping malls. In and around Georgetown there are many fun attractions that are absolutely worthy of a visit.

Crystal clear water at Perhentian Island

Perhentian Dream

One of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia is Perhentian Island, which actually consists of a big island and a small island. Both islands offer fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The islands are especially famous because of the laid-back atmosphere. Alongside the beaches you will find basic lodges, moderately luxurious resorts, cozy restaurants, dive centers and boat operators advertising their services ranging from water taxis to snorkeling trips.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur or KL

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Over 8 million people live within the greater KL area which is clearly noticeable by the huge and vast amounts of traffic that goes into the city every morning, and slowly leaves the city in the evening. Kuala Lumpur has many interesting attractions; like Merdeka Square, Chinatown, Petronas Twin Towers and much more. KL is also known as a shoppers paradise; there are are numerous huge shopping malls where you can literally shop til you drop.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the northern state of Kelantan. The city serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. The are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, but you can also opt to take the bus or even the adventurous jungle train. Main attractions in the city are the many islamic museums, and also the day and night markets. Though tourist usually pass through the conservative city; there is enough available accommodation in Kota Bharu.

1st Avenue Mall

1st Avenue mall opened to public in 2010. It has seven floors with over 280 in total. Every floor has a theme to it; Style is the theme for the ground floor, the lower ground floor is named Chill. Parkson Department Store is the anchor tenant. The supermarket can be found on the 4th floor together with a food court. The 8th floor, Cloud 8, consists of some nice restaurants and a Cineplex. From here visitors can step out onto an open air corridor to a panoramic view of the island at almost 360 degrees.

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Inspired by Singaporean malls

1st Avenue is located right next to Prangin Mall and the [email protected] Mall at Komtar. The three malls are connected by sky bridges, so visitors can explore them without having to cross the busy streets of Georgetown. The mall was designed after some of the most popular shopping malls in Singapore; Raffles City, Marina Square and Suntech City; though the final layout also reminded us of Orchard Central along Orchard Road. The exterior has LED color changing facade lighting; which looks very nice in the evenings.

1st Avenue is opened daily from 10am to 10pm. The mall is easy to reach from tourist hotspots Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bungah; you can take the bus or taxi. The Komtar Bus Terminal is nearby 1st Avenue; below the Komtar building.

Penang 1st Avenue Mall  

Map with shopping malls at Penang Island in Malaysia

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