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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.

Straits Quay

Eastern & Oriental's Group Straits Quay was opened to public in November 2010. This glamorous retail marina shopping complex is located to the north of Georgetown, in the reclaimed land area Seri Tanjung Pinang. Straits Quay is not a huge shopping mall. It only has two floors and focus lies on having a good time instead of endless rows of shops. There are many nice restaurants and bars to choose from, and over time more will open to public. There are quite a few nightlife establishments; it explains why the mall is opened until 1am daily (it opens at 10am in the morning).

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Must visit tourist attraction

Straits Quay aims to become the new must visit tourist destination within Penang. To attract visitors it offers many things to see and do. The Performing Arts Centre of Penang also houses within Straits Quay. Besides tourists, the entertainment center focuses on higher middle class and upper class Penangites.

"E&O managed to bring the colonial charm of its downtown hotel onto this reclaimed land in Tanjung Tokong."
Straits Quay Penang

Getting to Straits Quay is easy by taxi. A cheaper option is to go there by bus, Rapid Penang busses number 101 & 103 stop at Straits Quay. More on getting around on Penang.

 

Map with shopping malls at Penang Island in Malaysia

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