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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.

Plaza Gurney

Plaza Gurney is one of the biggest and most popular shopping complexes on the island of Penang. The mall is located along Gurney Drive, the promenade to the north of Georgetown. Gurney Plaza contains over 400 stores spread over 7 stories. The lower floors are mainly focused on clothing, the higher on electronics. In the basement you'll find, among others a food court and a Cold Storage supermarket. The mall has a large F.O.S, where you can buy branded clothes for bargain prices. At one of the higher floors you will find an MPH Bookstore where you can buy cheap books. At the left side of the mall, named Gurney Place, you have a number of restaurants with terraces like Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Starbucks and Dôme.

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2nd biggest GCS Cineplex in Malaysia

Plaza Gurney's anchor tenant is Parkson. There is a huge Golden Screen Cinemas Cineplex with 12 screens making this the 2nd biggest GCS in Malaysia after the one at Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur. In 2008 a new wing opened to public; adding 150,000sq ft of retail space to Plaza Gurney. Right next to Plaza Gurney you can find the wonderful 5 star G Hotel . This is definitely one of the best hotels at the island, and a perfect place to stay if you fancy a bit of shopping.

Plaza Gurney shopping mall Penang

Gurney Plaza is easy to find, every taxi driver knows the mall. You can also go by bus. When you travel from Batu Ferringhi, you take the bus to Georgetown. From the center of Georgetown you take the bus to Batu Ferringhi. Give the driver a notice in advance that you need to get out at Gurney Drive and the driver will indicate when you're almost there so you can press the stop button to get out. Usually you will get out of the bus at the big roundabout. From there it is a 5 minute walk to the main entrance (which is located at the sea side).

 

Map with shopping malls at Penang Island in Malaysia

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