Penang Island should be in your itinerary when you visit South East Asia. You will discover Penang a truly fascinating destination for local delicacies, shopping, recreation, nightlife, and sightseeing. For whatever purpose of your visit, the island will never disappoint you or run short of activities to entertain you and your whole family for the days and the nights. Georgetown, the state capital of Penang, has the oldest municipal history in Malaysia, and it is included in the listing of the World Heritage site by Unesco.
The Island has some of the world's most beautiful white sandy beaches. It is the country most visited island beach resort. It has a long stretch of beaches at the northern island shoreline, extending from Gurney Drive to Tanjung Bungah, to Batu Ferringhi and to Teluk Bahang. This is the ground for many luxury beach resorts, restaurants, water sport activities and shopping centers.
Malaysia is a multi racial country, and it was a British colony before year 1957. Therefore Penang is very rich in western and local cultures. You can taste a great variety of western and local cuisines prepared by the different ethnic groups. Penang is well known as a food paradise. It was rated by Time Magazine for having the best side stall food in Asia. The locals speak English fluently, and there is no barrier to communicate in the streets.
There is a wide range of hotels in Penang Malaysia. The hotels are scattered around the island, and the most popular locations are at the Gurney Drive, the Batu Ferringhi beach and in the heart of the downtown. The room price usually varies according to different time of year and the hotel's location. The best way to get a special deal in Penang Malaysia is to compare hotels' pricing at different travel sites. If you are staying at Batu Ferringhi beach, be sure to stay at a hotel that offers free shutter service to the city landmarks and to the famous shopping malls. It will take anyway between 35 to 60 minutes to travel from hotels in Batu Ferringhi to the popular shopping malls. Among the famous malls are The Queensbay Mall, The Gurney Plaza and The Komtar shopping complex.