Georgetown Penang

Explore Georgetown Heritage City


Location

The 293 Sq. Km Island is about 8 Km from the mainland at the Northern Entrance to the Straits of Malacca. Georgetown is the state Capital of the State of Penang in Malaysia. It is the second Largest city in Malaysia. Penang Island has a rich history inherited from the British colonial days. The British colonial impact can be seen in the numerous beautiful buildings and road names. In the year 1786 Captain Francis Light established the British trading post on the island for trade between India, China and the archipelago On the 7th. July 2008 Georgetown was declared as a heritage city by UNESCO. It is officially recognized as having a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia. Major electronic manufacturers are located in Penang and sometimes now referred to as the Silicon Valley.

Georgetown and Penang Attractions:

Penang Ferry

  • Batu Feringgi Beaches- Famous world class beach with exotic resorts on the Beach itself.

  • Penang Heritage city Sights- Colonial and exotic and interesting Ethnic enclaves.

  • Penang Hill- take the funicular hill train atop the 800 meter hill. Cool respite from the tropical heat at the lowland.

  • Fort Cornwallis- The first British Fortification built in 1786.

  • Little India- Sights, smells ,sound and flavor of the vibrant Indian Community.

  • Tanjung Marina- Inner City Marina.

  • Snake Temple - 150 year old Buddhist temple dedicated to pit Vipers.

  • Marine Aquarium -located at Batu Maung

  • Penang Heritage Trail - Ride the free City Bus to get to the various places within the City.

  • Take the Heart pounding Beca or 3 Wheeled Pedi cab ride

There is a huge Choice of hotels and locations on the Island to suit every budget. With USD 5 you can have three decent meals a day here. Georgetown is a tourist hub for rest of South East Asia. Visitors can get here via Sea, Air via the Bayan Lepas International Airport, Road and Train. A Ferry Service links the Island to the Mainland in addition to Penang bridge. The Third longest Cable stayed Bridge in the World. The train service on the Mainland links between Singapore and Thailand and rest of peninsular Malaysia.

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