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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.

Shopping malls

Penang Island is the only island in Malaysia that offers great shopping possibilities. There are numerous huge modern shopping malls throughout the island. Most of the malls can be found within the capital city of Georgetown and around Bayan Lepas (nearby the airport). There are no real malls around the popular tourist areas Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bungah, but it is only a short drive by bus or taxi to get to Georgetown. Right in the heart of the city you can find multiple malls right beside each other; Prangin Mall, 1st Avenue and [email protected]. Below Komtar there is also a bus station, so if you take the bus from Batu Ferringhi or Tanjung Bungah, you will arrive right in front of some of the major shopping malls. Other very popular malls are Queensbay mall (biggest in Penang), Straits Quay (focus on food and fun) and Plaza Gurney; a huge mall north of Georgetown.

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1st Avenue

1st Avenue was opened in 2010 and is located right next to KOMTAR and Prangin Mall within Georgetown city center. The design was influenced by popular Singaporean malls Raffles City, Marina Square and Suntech City. There is a huge food court, Food Avenue, on the 4th floor.

1st Avenue shopping mall Penang

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Island Plaza

Island Plaza is one of the first modern shopping malls in Penang. It is located in the north of Georgetown, in the village of Tanjung Tokong. It is not a huge mall, but it does have some nice stores including a nice Metrojaya. Here you can also find the first 3D cineplex of Penang.

Island Plaza shopping mall Penang

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KOMTAR used to be the only shopping mall on the island. Over time the mall lost its edge over competitor malls like Gurney Plaza and Prangin Mall (the latter is located right opposite of KOMTAR). In recent years the mall has been revitalized and after huge renovations the mall is now again starting to become more and more popular. Currently the main attraction is [email protected]; a big IT mall within the complex.

ICT@Komtar shopping mall Penang

For more information, check our page on [email protected] for more on this shopping complex in Penang.

 

Midlands One Stop

Midlands One Stop used to be a very popular mall, but wasn't able to keep up with the competition and now caters to the lower end of the market. There is a big bowling alley and a water theme park. There are many small shops that sell products ranging from pirated Blu-ray movies to T-Shirts.

Midlands One Stop shopping mall Penang

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Penang Times Square

Penang Times Square is a shopping center in the heart of Georgetown, within walking distance of KOMTAR, Prangin Mall and 1st Avenue mall. Penang Times Square is an urban centre which also contains a mix of commercial and residential properties. There are 178 shops in total, including many restaurants and bars.

Penang Times Square shopping mall Penang

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Plaza Gurney

Plaza Gurney is a very popular mall in Georgetown, Penang. It is located along Gurney Drive with its many hotels. There are 7 floors with all kinds of shops. Anchor tenant is Parkson, there is a huge Cold Storage in the basement.

Plaza Gurney shopping mall Penang

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Prangin Mall

Prangin Mall is located right next to KOMTAR in the heart of Georgetown. It is a medium sized mall compared to other malls in Penang with 167 shops in total. Some say the mall resembles the popular Sungei Wang Plaza in Kuala Lumpur. There is a huge cinema and also many restaurants. The 4th floor of the mall is ITC themed, [email protected], for all your computer and gadget needs.

Prangin Mall shopping mall Penang

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Queensbay Mall

Queensbay Mall is currently the largest mall in Penang with over 500 shops spread out over 5 levels. The mall is located outside Georgetown in the Bayan Lepas area (nearby Penang International Airport). Jusco is the anchor tenant, and there even is a roller skating rink within the mall.

Queensbay Mall shopping mall Penang

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Straits Quay

Straits Quay is one of the latest additions to the shopping scene in Penang. It is not exactly a shopping mall, more an entertainment center as it is dominated by restaurants and other F&B hangouts.

Straits Quay shopping mall Penang

For more information, check our page on Straits Quay for more on this shopping mall in Penang.

 

Map with shopping malls at Penang Island in Malaysia

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