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Penang, “The Pearl of the Orient” lies off the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The state comprises a slight strip of approximately 760 sq. km on the mainland known as Seberang Perai (Province Wellesley) and the island of Penang covering an area of about 285 sq. km separated by a channel 3 km wide at the closest point. The Penang Bridge and a ferry service link them. Georgetown, at the northeastern tip of the island is the seat of administration and is also the commercial center of the state. This metropolis combines the best of east and west as seen in its charming collection of fit old buildings, each bearing the stamp of special foreign influences in its colorful times past. Much of its charm also lies in its famous golden beaches and calm warm seas. Penang today is an alternative island in full blossom - a peaceful playground for worshippers of the sun and the sea with the multi racial population contributes to prosperity of cultural attractions and festivals for visitors to bring home memories of happy times in Penang. Nature lover, historian or tourist, budget traveler or businessman, here lays the ideal destination for all visitors. Go there and they will prove it to you.
The North-South Highway connects Penang to major cities on the West side of Peninsular Malaysia. Travel by highway can take anywhere from 4-5 hours with toll charges in between. Once you reach Butterworth, which is the entry point to the island. A charge is required on all classes of cars at the tool plaza in Perai on the mainland but no payment is required for traveling from the island to the mainland.