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About Penang

Off the West Coast of Malaysia rests an island packed with inexhaustible flare: from the moment you arrive in Penang you will be overwhelmed by its unrelenting glow. To the locals it is known as 'The Pearl of the Orient', and after spending just a night in its intoxicating buzz it is not a stretch to see why. You will be hard pressed to find a place thriving on the fusion of so many different cultures and influences. It sincerely is an island of contrasts: where Ancient Chinese temples and grand colonial era mansions stand robustly next to sleek skyscrapers; where untouched beaches and...
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Off the West Coast of Malaysia rests an island packed with inexhaustible flare: from the moment you arrive in Penang you will be overwhelmed by its unrelenting glow. To the locals it is known as 'The Pearl of the Orient', and after spending just a night in its intoxicating buzz it is not a stretch to see why. You will be hard pressed to find a place thriving on the fusion of so many different cultures and influences. It sincerely is an island of contrasts: where Ancient Chinese temples and grand colonial era mansions stand robustly next to sleek skyscrapers; where untouched beaches and rainforests are twenty minutes away from the equally colourful cityscape. Furthermore, the abundance of street food, combining gastronomical motifs from all over Asia, is some of the best in the world.

                Penang's true treasure however, is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town. Within this cultural enclave you will unearth the sites that span the breadth and depth of the multicultural melting point that defines the richness and variety of George Town's history. Get lost in Georgetown's maze of authentic stalls and be swept away in its rich enchantment. There are countless temples, museums, art galleries and clan houses to marvel at, the illustrious Khoo Kongsi being one of this most resonant for its infinite scale of excruciating detail. Countless hours have been spent building and preserving this meticulously refined architectural wonder which boasts a regal hall embellished with intricate carvings, a lavish theatre which hosts cultural events on the last Sunday of every month, as well as a collection of ancestral tablets. Rivalling the Khoo Kongsi is The Blue Mansion; once the home of Cheong Fatt Tze, a great Chinese tycoon and visionary, whose manor embodies all the layered principles of feng shui which in turn creates a space overflowing with harmonic bliss.

                To the south of the city lie the Clan Jetties, built on stilts over the sea this claustrophobic Chinese waterfront settlement was home to the city's early fisherfolk. Now its rickety boards are host to quaint cafes and trinket traders. The air is thick with densely humid aromas radiating from the grey sea and nearby fragrant food stands. Despite the vastness of Penang's architectural spectacles and unparalleled heritage, it is the locals that breathe life into the city, making it an overwhelming entity. They represent a living legacy of traditional trades and artisans that still exist and do business now as their ancestors did decades ago. Witness how giant joss sticks, handmade gold jewellery, paper lanterns and stone seals are masterfully made from scratch.

                Due to the blend of Indian, Chinese, and Malay customs Penang is constantly brimming with an array of psychedelically scintillating festivals throughout the year for everyone including the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, the World Music Festival and the Deepavali. There are also exciting events each night such as the food festival at Gurney Drive and the sprawling night markets in Batu Ferringhi.

                Outside of George Town's electric bustle are a rich assortment of family friendly activities in Penang's sleepy countryside. Explore the majesty of the rainforest in the Tropical Spice Gardens and learn to cook up bona fide Malay dishes, or jump at the chance to zip line through its dizzying peaks at the Escape Theme Park. Penang's own National Park coalesces the world's most intimate forest reserve with a coastal habitat where turtles come to nest. Further inland amongst Penang's rolling hills are award winning golf courses, offering beguiling panoramas of the island. For a more personal side of Penang visit the unspoiled Pulau Aman, some families even offer homestays where you can indulge in the drowsy lifestyle encompassed in a traditional Malay fishing village.

                Penang is undoubtedly Malaysia's most florescent destination, offering an abundance of momentous history and culture in an environment of exotic beaches and ragingly wild tropics. No matter how old or what tastes you have Penang is universal in its enticing allure and will leave you unforgettable experiences. 

Key facts

Best Street Food
Gurney Drive
Best Time To Go
December and January
Lookout for
Night Markets and Street Art
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Eastern & Oriental
In an island swamped with refined temples, the E&O Hotel stands as an immensely immaculate palace of opulence protruding from the charming shoreline. Immersed in a blissful white the hotel epitomises everything you would expect in a luxury haven in an island of dizzying enticement. View details
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Lone Pine
Tucked idyllically along Penang coastline, Lone Pine is Batu Ferringhi's only luxury boutique hotel. This contemporary beach hotel retains its uniqueness and charm with only 90 rooms, making it the most intimate amongst top hotel on Penang Island's most famous beach, offering everything from cozy rooms to spacious suites. View details
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Equatorial Penang
An architectural marvel, the five star hotel which is surrounded by award winning landscaped gardens, offers 688 guest rooms and suites which feature modern amenities. Hotel Equatorial Penang*s columnless Matahari and grand ballrooms, reputed to be the largest on the island, can accommodate up to 2000 people. View details
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Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
The Evergreen Laurel Hotel is a 5-Star International Hotel located along Penang s famous Gurney Drive. It is a 18-story building with 368 rooms and suites. All the rooms are spacious with uninterrupted view of the Sea or Georgetown and Penang Hill. There are 3 F And B outlets/ namely the Chinese Restaurant/ Coffee House and the Lounge. View details
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G Hotel, Penang
Known as the most stylish address in Malaysia/ G Hotel Penang is an ultra-chic contemporary design hotel located in Gurney Drive. It is strategically located next to an upscale shopping mall and renowned hawker eateries nearby. Famed for its prominent location on the bustling Gurney Drive/ G Hotel is a perfect point of departure for discovering Penang. View details
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Hotel Jen Penang
Hotel Jen Penang is located in George Town. It is close to the city’s prime commercial, business and shopping areas. Penang International Airport and Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone are only 15 minutes away.When you’re ready to put your feet up after a day of city exploration you will find comfort awaiting you. View details
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Hotel Penang Equatorial
Set majestically 250 feet above sea level, Hotel Equatorial Penang is a 5-star hotel peacefully tucked away on a hillock just 15 minutes from the Penang International Airport and the Bayan Lepas Industrial Zone.  George Town, listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site, is only 20 minutes from the hotel. View details
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Parkroyal Penang
Centrally located on the scenic Batu Ferringhi beach, Parkroyal Penang, Malaysia is a quality resort and spa that basks in the sun. A short and scenic drive from Penang Airport and Penang's major tourist attractions, hotel guests will be delighted to experience the resort's corporate and holiday amenities. View details
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Gurney Resort&Residence
The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences, Penang, is located at the Famous tourist belt, The Gurney Drive. The hotel has 259 units of All Suite Rooms with breathtaking sea view. All suites are very spacious being almost double the size of conventional hotels, are well equipped with exceptional amenities and conveniences. View details
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Northam
The Northam All Suite Penang is the first all suite business hotel with a resort setting in Malaysia. It is located within a few minutes from the central business, entertainment cum shopping district and is a walking distance to the Gurney Drive beach resort area. Strategically located in the centre of the new central business district.  View details
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Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resor
Beneath a verdant canopy waits a secluded paradise. The trees rise up above you. Ancient and lush, the foliage reaches for the ground like falling rain but remains suspended above the earth. These century-old rain trees accentuate the natural beauty that surrounds you at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang. View details
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The Blue Mansion
The Blue Mansion is an intricate canvas of convoluted colour and reverent infrastructure, heralded as one of Malaysia's most stunning sanctuaries. In amongst the contrasting bustle of Penang it sits in its own oasis of luscious gardens, whilst its dense architecture seems to sprout more layers of complexities from every corner.  View details

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Penang is Malaysia's most diverse destination. With so much to do and explore, it is bound to enthrall all who travel there. Due to its lively and assorted atmosphere, it is ideal for families.