Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

Penang, Malaysia

Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

Georgetown / Penang, ferry
Georgetown / Penang
ferry
Georgetown / Penang,  Old City Hall
Georgetown / Penang
Old City Hall

photos from the travel blog "Konni and Matt - Perpetual Travellers":

Georgetown Penang, wall paintings

Georgetown, Penang

cultural diversity in Georgetown

click on the photos above to get more pictures and information about Georgetown by Matt & Conni



Excellent alternative online resources:

Wikipidia:Penang



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Mirrors - street art in Georgetown, Penang

Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic is leaving his mark with beautiful wall painting of children all across historical Georgetown. ... more

Thaipusam Festival

Every year end of January / beginning of February it is time for the spectacular Thaipusam Festival which is expected to draw more than one million devotees and visitors to the Batu Caves near Kuala Lumpur but there are also precessions in Georgetown/Penang and Singapore. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community. Especially images of devotees piercing their cheeks, tongue, face or other suitable body parts with sharp objects make this event memorable. ... more

Georgetown and Melaka just became Unesco world heritage sites

On Monday, July 7, 2008, the historic city centre of Melaka and Georgetown, Penang with their mostly Chinese shophouses and colonial buildings were just been added into the list of Unesco World Heritage sites. Therefore, Malaysia now has four sites on the list, the other two being Gunung Mulu National Park (Sarawak, tropical karst area) and Kinabalu Park (Sabah, highest peak in South-east Asia). ... more

Things to Do & See
Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple
Largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Construction started in 1893 and took over 20 years to complete but new sections keep being added ... more
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Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)
Hill system with hill resort (highest point 833m above sea level) about 6km from city centre of Georgetown. Bukit Bendera is 735m above sea level and can be reached by Penang Hill Railway, a funicular railway ... more
Chinatown
Georgetowns large Chinatown, dotted with temples, mosques, markets and traditional shop houses, is interesting to walk around at any time of the day. It is centered on Lebuh Chulia ... more

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Restaurants & Food Courts
Gurney Drive
Road Along the seaside famous for its hawkers stalls selling all types of food, best to go at night. But there are also other restaurants and bars and shopping malls ... more

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Transport
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Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal
The Sg. Nibong Terminal is the main express bus terminal for long-distance buses in Penang. The terminal is located near Batu Uban about 20min (10km) outside of Georgetown city centre. ... more
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Penang Ferry Terminal
The ferry terminal is arrival and departure point for the old Penang-Butterworth ferry as well as for the ferry to and from Langkawi ... more

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HOSTELS
Hutton Lodge
Guesthouse, Penang
Experience unique colonial-style living in our recently restored guesthouse, with clean, comfortable rooms and spacious bathrooms. ... more
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Banana New Guest House
Hostel, Penang
Guesthouse on Lebuh Chulia in the heart of Chinatown with bar/cafe (pool table!) and travel agency ... more
Annie’s Bed & Breakfast
Homestay, Penang
Annie's Homestay is located in Batu Ferringhi ... more

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Quick Select
Hotels in in Penang
HOSTELS
in Penang
Chulia Heritage Hotel
boutique hotel in the heritage zone of Georgetown in an refurbished Anglo-Indian bungalow
Hutton Lodge
Experience unique colonial-style living in our recently restored guesthouse, with clean, comfortable rooms and spacious bathrooms.