Michael.Camilleri
Section in Penang
Do & See
The city’s landmarks range from the colonial-era Fort Cornwallis and the 60-foot Clock Tower on the waterfront Esplanade to the mighty Komtar Tower, and Georgetown has a fabulous choice of places to eat drink and shop. Batu Feringgi, northwest of Georgetown, was Malaysia’s first international resort area. With fine sand, accommodation to suit all budgets, nightlife, watersports and good shopping, it remains one of the region’s most popular and best-equipped beach destinations. Penang Bridge, the island’s road link to the mainland, was completed in 1988. Stretching 13.5 km (8.5 miles) from Gelugor on Penang to Seberang Prai, it is the longest bridge in South East Asia and is currently claimed to be the third longest bridge in the world.
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Batu Feringgi

Batu Feringgi is Penang’s main resort area, where a long strip of hotels, restaurants, bars and shops has grown up along the best beach on the island. This is where most visitors end up staying, as Batu Feringgi has a choice of accommodation from cheap and cheerful guesthouses to five-star luxury hotels. The resort area also has a wide choice of watersports, including water skiing, windsurfing, parascending and scuba diving.
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Bukit Bendera (Penang Hill)

For a superb view of Penang and the Straits take the funicular railway to the top of Penang Hill. The ride takes 30 minutes and the summit, 830 m (2,727 ft.) above sea level, is on average 3 degrees Celsius cooler than the steamy coast.
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Snake Temple

Dozens of venomous pit vipers slither and coil among the urns, roof beams and potted trees within this bizarre Chinese temple, built in 1850, and sacred to the deity Chro Soo Kong. The snakes – regarded as benevolent spirits – are seen as guardians of the temple.
Penang Botanical Gardens

Penang Botanical Gardens

Hundreds of palms, tropical trees, shrubs, ferns, orchids and other flowering plants, grace the 30 hectares of grounds, glasshouses, ponds and nurseries at the Botanical Gardens. A popular picnic spot for local families.
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Butterfly Farm

Penang’s famous butterfly farm is the world’s largest. With garden pavilions and breeding areas for more than 50 species of spectacularly colourful butterflies and moths – up to 4,000 gorgeous living specimens can be seen at any time.
Kek Lok Si (Temple of Paradise)

Kek Lok Si (Temple of Paradise)

Claimed to be the largest Buddhist temple complex in southeast Asia, Kek Lok Si is dominated by the Ten Thousand Buddha Pagoda and a statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. A newer temple to the Goddess was built in 2001-2002.
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Teluk Duyung (Monkey Beach) and Taman Negara Pulau Penang (Penang National Park)

Monkey Beach, with its calm water, fine sand, picnic tables and troop of half-tame macaques, is an attractive destination for a 2-3 hour walk through the tropical woodland of the Penang National Park. Check-in at park office before setting off.
Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis is Georgetown’s most prominent historical landmark. Its star-shaped 18th-century ramparts on the waterfront enclose an array of British colonial buildings including prison cells, a powder magazine, chapel and harbour beacon, and bronze cannons are still mounted on the battlements.
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