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Palm-fringed beaches, attractive colonial buildings, mysterious places of worship, and her exciting street life formulate Penang an exotic target to go by travelers and tourists. A wonderful land of contrasts and variety, there is an interesting blend of the old and new in Penang. See the following for a preview of her appeal.
Located in between Seberang Perai in the mainland Penang and Gelugor in the Penang Island. It is an important bridge linking the mainland Penang to the Penang Island. Built in 1985. The long of the bridge is 13.5 km in which over 5 km is located on the sea. Built to survive earthquake of up to 7.5 Ritcher scale. Middle vertical span of 225m allow ships to pass. It has now a total of six lanes. How to get there? 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.
KOMTAR (Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak), or more accurately KOMTAR Tower is Penang’s tallest building. It is located in the heart of Georgetown. When the skyscraper topped out it was the tallest building in Asia, by the time construction was completed it had however been surpassed by Seoul’s Korean Life Insurance Building (KLI 63 Building). The 65-storey tower is a 12-sided geometric block, 760ft (232m) tall, sitting atop a 4-storey podium. The complex comprises office and retail commercial space as well as public and recreational facilities. How to get there?By Bus: Express buses ply the route from Penang to / from Kuala Lumpur and major cities in the country. The main bus terminal in Penang is located next to the Ferry Terminal. By Plane: Daily flights via Malaysia Airlines (www.malaysiaairlines.com, tel:1 300 88 3000 ) to / from Penang to major cities in Malaysia. Penang’s Bayan lepas International Airport is roughly 20km (45-minnute drive) from the Georgetown city centre. By Taxi: To get to Penang Island, long distance taxi service can be hired at Weld Quay, Penang. Tel: +604-2625721. By Rail: You can take the train from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, where it stops at the Penang Railway Station, close to the ferry terminal. For more information, visit www.ktmb.com.my or call their call centre at +603-22671200. By Boat: Ferries can be boarded at Butterworth, in the mainland portion of Penang. Among Ferry Services available are: Langkawi Ferry Services (Tel: +604-2643088) Ekspress Bahagia (Tel: +604-2636255) From the Ferry Terminal you can easily get a taxi ride into Georgetown city centre. Located at Jalan Penang, in the heart of Georgetown City, KOMTAR is accessible from Jalan MacAlister, Jalan Magazine, Jalan Gurdwara and Jalan Dato’ Keramat. All public buses congregate at KOMTAR so you can basically take any bus to come here and to go anywhere.
It was built in 1816 and houses a fine collection of historical documents, Malay treasures, Straits Chinese furniture, embroidery and costumes and formerly is the Penang Free School building. It exhibits the fishing, agricultural and natural history of the island and its geographical educational and economic life. The art gallery shows some paintings - and holds frequent exhibitions of works - of local artists. Placed at Farquhar Street, it opens daily from 9-12 noon and 2.45-5 pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays, free entrance. How to get there? By Foot or Taxi Penang Museum & Art Gallery is in Central Georgetown on Lebuh Farquhar, in between Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling (Lebuh Pitt) and Love Lane (Lorong Cinta).
Penang Hill, also known as Bukit Bendera, is 830m high (2,750 foot) and it’s much cooler than in the city below. It’s about 3 degrees cooler than the places near the coast. The station to get to the top is located in Air Itam. The funicular at the railway station takes you to the top and you can enjoy fascinating sight of Penang. The railway was built in 1923 and it takes about half an hour to the top. At the top of the hill, you’ll find a tea kiosk, restaurants, souvenir stalls, a mosque, Hindu temple, and the old Bellevue hotel. The peak offers a magnificent panoramic view of Georgetown, the mainland and Penang Bridge. How to get there?By Bus: From Georgetown, take a Transit Link bus or any bus company that can get you into the destination.Express buses ply the route from Penang to / from Kuala Lumpur and major cities in the country. The main bus terminal in Penang is located next to the Ferry Terminal. By Taxi: To get to Penang Island, long distance taxi service can be hired at Weld Quay, Penang. Tel: +604-2625721 By Plane: Daily flights via Malaysia Airlines (www.malaysiaairlines.com, tel:1 300 88 3000 ) and Firefly (www.fireflyz.com.my) to / from Penang to major cities in Malaysia. Penang’s Bayan lepas International Airport is roughly 20km (45-minnute drive) from the Georgetown city centre. By Train: Train service start at about 6.30am during school holidays and about 7.00 am on normal days, every half hour, until about 9.15pm. On Saturdays, the trains depart at 6.30am every half hour, until about 11.30pmFor more information, please call the Penang Hill Railway Station at +604-828 3263 (Lower Station) or +604-829 9412 (Upper Station). You can take the train from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, where it stops at the Penang Railway Station, close to the ferry terminal. For more information, call their call centre at +603-22671200. By Boat: Ferries can be boarded at Butterworth, in the mainland portion of Penang. Among Ferry Services available are: Langkawi Ferry Services (Tel: +604-2643088 Ekspress Bahagia (Tel: +604-2636255) From the Ferry Terminal you can easily get a taxi ride to the bottom station of Penang Hill, in Ayer Itam. A trishaw ride is also an ideal way to negotiate Georgetown’s backstreets. To drive to Penang, from Kuala Lumpur, get onto the North-South Expressway heading north. Get onto the Penang Bridge then head for Ayer Itam.
Penang’s 30 hectare Botanical Gardens are off Waterfall Rd and are also identified as the Waterfall Gardens after the flow that cascades through them down from Penang Hill, set in an ideal valley-like area surrounded by forested hills. The garden has a collection of both local and tropical flora and fauna. There are hundreds of trees and flowery plants and dozens of plant houses and nurseries, fern gardens and lily ponds. They’ve also been dubbed the Monkey Gardens, due to the many monkeys that appear on the lawn for a feed early each morning and late each afternoon. The gardens also have a small zoo and from there a path leads up Penang Hill.
Penang has nice-looking beaches that stretch for miles from Tanjong Bungah to Bungah to Batu Ferringhi right up to Telok Bahang. At Tanjong Bungah, the beaches are suitable for swimming. At the beachfront in Batu Ferringhi several watersports operators provide sailing and para-sailing gear and speed-boating facilities. Telok Bahang is a striking stretch of traditional Malay homes with a pier made of wooden stakes. From here, visitors can hire a boat to take them to the unspoilt beaches of Muka Head and Pantai Kerachut (Monkey Beach).