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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.

Resorts and hotels at Penang Island

Luxurious Parkroyal resort Batu Ferringhi

Penang Island roughly consists of four main tourist areas; Georgetown, Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bungah and Bayan Lepas. The north of the island is most popular among tourists. Most of the eastern parts of Penang Island are inhabited by Penangites that live in or around the capital city of Georgetown. In western Penang you will find many authentic kampungs and almost no hotels and guesthouses. If you are planning to stay at Penang Island then it is best to make reservations beforehand as the walk in rates (rack rates) are often very high. Sometimes internet rates can be a fraction of the normal rates; in some cases less than 50% of the normal price per night. If you are staying at Penang during peak season or public holidays, make sure you reserve in advance to guarantee the best possible price. Hotels in Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi are typically the most expensive compared to hotels in other areas of the island.

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Tourist areas

Georgetown

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Georgetown normally is not the most preferred place to stay overnight. Tourists probably have a nicer stay at the coastal towns of Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bungah. Some however stay in Georgetown as it is easier to explore this wonderful city with its UNESCO historic city center. If you like to shop then it is advisable to stay nearby one of the huge shopping malls. G Hotel along Gurney Drive for example is located right next to the popular Gurney Plaza shopping mall. Other great hotels in Georgetown are: Evergreen Laurel Hotel , Traders Hotel , Eastern and Oriental Hotel and the very authentic Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion .

Batu Ferringhi

Hard Rock Hotel Batu Ferringhi

Batu Ferringhi is by far the most touristic town in Malaysia. The town is nothing more than one long stretch of hotels along the shore, with numerous residential areas inlands. Right along the beach the 4 and 5 star hotels are located. If you cross the main road that runs through the town, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, you will find many basic and affordable hotels and guesthouses. It has everything you would expect from such a popular place; great food courts, beautiful beaches (though not comparable to beaches the islands at the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia) and an inland waiting to be explored (preferably by motorbike or rental car ). Some of the popular hotels and resorts at Batu Ferringhi are Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang , Parkroyal Penang Hotel , Shangri-La's Golden Sands , Lone Pine Hotel , Bayview Beach Resort and the Hard Rock Hotel .

Tanjung Bungah

Tanjung Bungah beach

As Batu Ferringhi became more and more popular it expanded fast into the buzzing tourist town it now is. Some hotels settled in the neighboring town of Tanjung Bungah, also in the north of Penang Island and on route to Batu Ferringhi. Currently there are numerous hotels (mostly 4 stars and below) along Tanjung Bungah beach. The town has a nice food court and also some small shops. Hotels are reasonably priced compared to the hotels in Batu Ferringhi. Popular hotels in Tanjung Bungah are Flamingo Hotel by the Beach , Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort , Chymes Hotel , Copthorne Orchid Hotel and Tanjung Bungah Beach Resort .

Bayan Lepas

Equatorial Hotel Bayan Lepas

Bayan Lepas is the main industrial zone of Penang. Many international companies settled here because of the special conditions under the Free Industrial Zone. Though it is not the best place for tourists to stay overnight, it does have a couple of nice attractions such as the Snake Temple and the huge shopping mall Queensbay Mall. Penang International Airport is also located within Bayan Lepas. There are only a few hotels in this area, mainly catering for business travelers. The two most popular hotels within this area are Vistana Hotel and Equatorial Hotel .

 

Best hotels and resorts on Penang Island

Below a list with some of the best hotels and resorts on Penang Island (view all hotels and resorts at Penang here in a new page):

 

Map of Penang Island in Malaysia

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