Penang is a state in Malaysia that is located by the Strait of Malacca, on the northwestern coat of Peninsular Malaysia. Penang comprises two distinct parts – the main constituent island, known as Penang City or sometimes just as Penang, and a smaller part on the Malay Peninsula, known as Seberang Perai. George Town, located on Penang Island, is the capital of Penang.
With the third highest human development index in all of Malaysia, Penang is a popular tourist destination. It was included in the “10 Islands to Explore Before You Die” list by Yahoo! Travel and also in the “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” book by Patricia Schultz. Many notable people, including Rudyard Kipling and Queen Elizabeth II have visited it as tourists.
Penang offers an array of pristine white beaches, colorful parks, beautiful gardens and more for tourists to explore. Perhaps the most popular attraction is Penang’s George Town, which is best explored on foot.
The food capital of Malaysia, Penang is a food-lover’s paradise. Time labeled Penang as the state with the best street food in Asia in 2004. CNN also consistently ranks it among the top-ten places for street food. And in 2014, Penang was voted the top food destination by Lonely Planet. This is because Penang offers a comprehensive choice of great-tasting food at significantly cheap rates.
Activities in Penang
Penang is a major shopping destination in Malaysia because of its abundance of traditional bazaars as well as shopping malls. The Gurney Plaza, Penang Times Square, Gurney Paragon, Queensbay Mall, 1st Avenue Penang and Kompleks Bukit Jambu are among the locally-renowned malls. Among the most popular bazaars are the Chowrasta Market, Pasar Malam (Night market, which is open from 8pm through to 12am) and the market on Campbell Street.