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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.

ICT Digital Mall @ Komtar

Komtar (Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak) complex used to be the tallest tower in South East Asia. The 232 meter, 65 storey tower can still be seen from far; after all these years it still dominates Georgetown's skyline. The shopping mall within the complex was opened for public in 1989. At the time it was a very popular mall, but over the years the mall lost most of its original glamour. Penang government started revitalizing the mall in 2007 to make it attractive to public again. One of the improvements was implementing the two sky bridges to the neighboring malls 1st Avenue and Prangin; so shoppers could walk directly from one mall to the other without having to cross the busy streets. Another great improvement was the opening of ICT Digital Mall @ Komtar in 2010; the biggest IT department store at Penang Island that sells all kinds of electronic products including gadgets, phones and computer related products.

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Observation deck

At the lower levels of this building there are a number of floors with small shops. Though the mall is a bit outdated, but it has plenty to offer for bargain hunters. The complex has a basement where you have a huge number of small shops, most selling pirated Blu-ray movies, located in narrow alleys. By day the place is deserted, but at the end of the day and during the evenings it can be very crowded. At the entrance of the complex you will find a large number of ATMs. Here you will also find a number of trishaw drivers that take tourists on a nice round trip through Georgetown historical center. There is an observation deck on the 60th floor, but it is currently closed for renovation works (for quite some time). Within the tower many administrative offices for the Penang state government are located.

ICT Digital Mall @ Komtar Penang

The Komtar shopping complex is located within the heart of Georgetown. Under the complex is a main bus station, the bus from Batu Ferringhi makes a stop here which makes it easy for tourists that stay overnight at Batu Ferringhi or Tanjung Bungah to visit the mall.

 

Map with shopping malls at Penang Island in Malaysia

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