Penang Island Malaysia The Pearl Of The Orient


Those dreaming about finding their island paradise must visit Penang Island in Malaysia. Its multicultural residents adds a distinctive flavour of old world charm and new world modernity. The population is a mixture of Chinese, Malay and Indian which also adds flavour, colour and diversity to the food. Penang is known for its local cuisine as well as being the Asian version of the Silicon Valley.


There are many great shopping malls as well as many street markets. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing day on the beach, take walks in the parks, visit museums and enjoy the year round mild weather. Penang’s capital is Georgetown. Batu Feringhi and Tanjung Bungah are also full of attractions you are sure to enjoy. You also have many choices of hotels to choose from and should consider this when making your Penang hotel booking.


Batu Ferringhi translates as foreigner’s rock and has the most beaches. Although the village is just a street full of hotels and most of the Penang hotels have private beaches. The public beach is off Bayou Road and has Blue Bayou vendors stall. If you prefer, you can rent a moped to tour the island during the day. Between Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi, the village of Tanjung Bungah has a great food court, and ATM and a supermarket and will offer more attractions and amenities after its makeover. There is also a close by fishing village, Teluk Bahang. There is also Penang Butterfly Garden and a factory that sells authentic batik clothing and a short walk will bring you to Muka Head Lighthouse. Although Teluk Duyung, the monkey beach is abandoned, Pantai Kerachut offers a lake and is a breeding ground for turtles.

Batu Ferringhi offers horseback riding, jet skis, surfing, sailing and parasailing but using caution is advised because many accidents occur. There is also many jellyfish along the Penang coast. The safest activities on the beach are walking, tanning and watching the beautiful sunsets. Penang hotels offer the best places to swim. Teluk Duyung, the monkey beach, require that visitors register, although it is free. It is secluded and can only be accessed by boat or using a short jungle trail. If you rent a coat in Teluk Bahang, let them know when to pick you up. Walking takes about two to three hours.


Queensbay Mall offers a wide variety of retail outlets, restaurants and entertainment options with an awesome waterfront view of breathtaking landscape. Straits Quay is a seafront retail marina that offers that offer a beautiful view as well as over 100 shops, bars, boutiques and bistros. You can also take advantage of a sunset cruise on a water limousine, the Performing Arts Center and art and antiques. Gurney Paragon Mall is a nine story mall built around the 1925 chapel St. Joseph’s Novitiate. It offers high fashion on its first and second levels, dining and entertainment on its top floor. It also houses luxury residences and has office towers.

The island paradise of Penang Malaysia awaits you for a short visit, a long stay or a resident. It attracts the greatest number of tourist in Malaysia and it is easy to book your favourite hotel online now. You will find out why it is known as the pearl of the orient on your visit.