Sights and Sounds of Penang: What to Do and Where

Penang, once a centre of British colonialism, bridged the gap between Asian kingdoms and European powers. As a result, the area has developed a vibrant cosmopolitan culture that attracts visitors and expats from across the globe. Travellers who stay in Georgetown hotel will find heritage architecture, museums, shopping and nightlife set against a backdrop of pristine beaches and a verdant countryside. Beaches and Natural Beauty Beautiful swaths of sand stretch along the northern coast of the island from Tanjung Bungah through Batu Ferringhi to Teluk Bahang. While the secluded Muka Head features a historic lighthouse, pristine Monkey Beach is situated inside the Penang National Park. The beaches are a haven for water sports enthusiasts as well as those who want to relax in the sun. In addition to exploring the colourful pathways of the Penang Botanical Garden, visitors who stay in a Georgetown hotel can enjoy the stunning views from atop Penang Hill. After a trek through the national park, you can cross the 250-metre-long canopy walkway for a bird’s-eye-view of the lush forest. The tropical Penang Butterfly Aviary is located in Teluk Bahang. Local Attractions Penang is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Zone that includes a wide assortment of colonial buildings like Suffolk House and the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion. Other points of interest in Penang include the 18th-century Fort Cornwallis, the Victoria Memorial Clock Tower and the Kek Lok Si Temple of Supreme Bliss, the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. The Wat Chaiyamangalaram is famous for its statue of a 33-metre-long reclining Buddha. St. George’s is Southeast Asia’s oldest Anglican Church. Bayan Lepas is the...