Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

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, World War 1 Memorial 2
Georgetown / Penang
World War 1 Memorial 2
Georgetown / Penang, traffic in historical Georgetown
Georgetown / Penang
traffic in historical Georgetown

view from Penang Hill


view from Penang Hill


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:

ETS Train Route: Alor Setar - Butterworth - Ipoh - KL

The modern electrified train service along the west coast of the Peninsula connecting the border to Thailand (Padang Besar) with Kuala Lumpur and beyond

Penang - Langkawi ferry connection

How to get from Penang to Pulau Langkawi and vice versa

Mirrors - street art in Georgetown, Penang

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

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

Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)

Hill system with hill resort (highest point 833m above sea level) about 6km from city centre of Georgetown. Bukit Bendera or Penang Hill is 735m above sea level.

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

Colonia District / Fort Cornwallis

Penang was the first british settlement in Malaya so many colonial building can be found like the remains of Fort Cornwallis where Captain Francis Light stepped ashore in 1786

Khoo Kongsi

The most impressive of Penangs many kongsis. A kongsi is a clan house that is partly temple, partly meeting hall

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Mansion built by Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of 19th Century has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases & 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. Received UNESCO Most Excellent Heritage Conservation Award in 2000

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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

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Transport

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.

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

Penang Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus

The Penang Hop-On Hop-off covers all relevant attractions of Penang with 2 routes (city and beach route) Tickets area valid for 24 or 48 hours.

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ACCOMMODATION

Hutton Lodge

Experience unique colonial-style living in our recently restored guesthouse, with clean, comfortable rooms and spacious bathrooms.

Banana New Guest House

Guesthouse on Lebuh Chulia in the heart of Chinatown with bar/cafe (pool table!) and travel agency

Annie’s Bed & Breakfast

Annie's Homestay is located in Batu Ferringhi

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Hotels in Penang

Red Inn

Hostel located in Love Lane in the heritage zone of Georgetown

Roommates Penang

Backpacker Hostel in the heritage zone of Georgetown, offering tours and bicycle renting