Penang - Malaysia

Penang (pronounced /pə'næŋ/; Malay: Pulau Pinang) is a state in Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. 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. Greater Metropolitan Area of Penang LegislatureThe unicameral state legislature, whose members are called state assemblymen, convenes at the neoclassical state Legislative Assembly (Dewan Undangan Negeri) building at Light Street. It has 40 seats, 38 of which is held by the ruling Barisan

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Shanon H :

I have talked to a lot of friends who have visited Penang. They all say it's the best vacation destination in Malaysia. Do you agree?

azim_cymo :
"its a food haven, i can tell you that! if you like a real mixture of chinese,indian and malay, go there!"
Sam :
"Nope; Thailand is definitely a better place. Vietnam has improved a lot as well; more and more people are going there."
ignoramus :
"Hi Shannon, I live in Malaysia but not in Penang. and yes, Penang is a a great place to visit but I won't say that it is the best cos different people have differrent taste. Anyway, it has some nice beaches for you to frolic in the sun. As Malaysia is a multi-racial country, you will be exposed to a multitude of cultures. It is said that you can find the best Malaysian food in Penang so if you enjoy food, this is the place to be. Penang is also quite a historical site as it was one of the first places that the Dutch and English colonials landed on so you can visit some place of interest. From Penang you can also take a ferry to Langkawi, another island and tourist destination where you can go island hopping cruises, scuba diving or snorkelling. There is so much to see and explore so why don't come over and experience it for yourself?"
HRH Shim :
"101% agree! I love Penang and although I go there many times, I still love it."
Beautiful :
"yeah... Penang is a great place in Malaysia. Better then KL, Malacca,and others... When you visit Penang, dont forget to go to gurney drive... they have various of food there. you'll like it... oh... Penang, i miss you..."
carole p :
"I hope so...I plan to go there...as well as Singapore and Bali - and I would love to go to Vietnam...Everyone goes to Thailand...might pop there one day to take a look...but Malaysia excites me more! Are you going? You should go...if you are interested - persue it :-)"
Snowy :
"Yes I do."
Jedi Sapiens :
"nope Sabah is 10 * better"
kuruvi H :
"NO! IF FOR FOOD, I AGREE."
This is Jonathan Chan :
"Penang is definitely one of the most "colorful" tourist haven in Malaysia. The culture, the food and the heritage sites on Penang island is a must see. Make sure you drop by Penang, Malaysia. Watch some videos & pics of P.Pinang before you visit this vacation heaven:"
winterlotus :
"Yes, I totally agree."
Bo.$$ :
"no, not the best, but one of the best, including sabah as well"
Gigi the teeth :
"Yeah, it's an island full of fun. Delicious food, blue skies and beaches, friendly people, big shopping malls, historical places, nice clubs...etc..."
Shah :
"One of the best, great food."
fossi :
"I like Penang. It's ONE of the BEST.."
brownie :

Planning for a family trip to Penang with two young kids. Can anyone suggest a good place to stay (along beach?). Accessible to night market for good food & shopping.

Cakebread :
"Penang is a great place food and drinks are everywhere. You should stay at Shangril Hotel. Food is everywhere and have the time eat out."
big bike biker :
"Batu Ferringhi has night market...and food is everywhere of course."
Bernard :
"Shangrila Batu Ferringi is great"
BMW M5 :
"You should stay by Batu Ferringhi. It is one of best beaches in Penang. It has good hotels, nice view, good clubs and markets."
azayi1 :
"I recommend u to stay at -Batu feringgi Beach Its near the beach & near the night market. U can stay in Lone Pines Resort (been here) or Holiday Inn. Depends on your budget & ur choice.. i have several pictures of Lone Pines Resort. email me if u need some Rgds"
Jules :
"Golden Sand Hotel and Grand Park Royal Hotel, both two are ***** stars hotel. Shang'Hotel is ******* hotel, is newly renovated recently. Night market is just along the three hotels that i have mentioned! Make sure you BARGAIN BARGAIN, min 50% from the price they quoted! Pirated DVD/CD is a must the get it there, basically just RM4/DVD/CD. Food is easy to get there, from restaurants to hawkers, please go to the food court instead for variesties! Tips : Make sure you bring your sun blocked along."
laiyuzeng :
"batu Feringghi Beach along North coast of penang island, there's many hotels and resort along the coast."
macvanteh :

what is interesting about Penang? where u can go and enjoy yourself in Penang? what is famous food in Penang? when is the suitable time to visit Penang? what can u tell about Penang that even Malaysian do not know about it?

drnick55 :
"is it an pen"
ecm531 :
"Check out. This site should answer all your basic questions."
revkiwimac :
"Here, as in so much else a search engine can be your friend. I reccommend the following sites: "
wurzelbrunft :
"just be careful there with people offering you stuff. always watch your bags and doublecheck them for hidden drugs before entering customs. It happend to me in Penang! And the prison there is not very nice looking either. Can tell you the whole story if you want. take care"
limkongsir2003 :
"Penang needs little introduction to many visitors to Malaysia, having long been known as one of Southeast Asia's finest destinations. Penang's outstanding beaches and exotic sights have made it one of the most popular destinations in the region. As fabulous as its beaches are, some of Penang's deeper mysteries should also be experienced. According to local folklore, the Snake Temple, dedicated to a Buddhist healer-priest, was inhabited by snakes who crawled out of the jungle on the night of the temple's completion. The snakes are still there today. The Kek Lok Si temple, at Air Itam, is reputed to be the most beautiful and largest temple complex in Southeast Asia. Its seven-story pagoda, over 90 feet high, is a harmonious blend of Chinese, Thai, and Burmese architecture and craftsmanship. Other worthwhile stops are the delightful Penang Bird Park, the romantic peak of Penang Hill, Fort Cornwallis, the site of Light's first landing, and the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve (crisscrossed with beautiful trails leading to isolated beaches). A trek through the reserve's interior reveals rare flora, monkeys chattering in the trees, sea eagles surveying their prey, and maybe a glimpse of a Hawksbill turtle heading for the sea. Some hotels organize early morning treks through the forest."
Squid :
"tourist spot: kek lok si temple, botanical garden, air itam damm, batu feringhi beach, Shopping: Gurney Plaza, Island Plaza, Prangin Mall Food: Oh no, too many good places to go! To name a few: Eden Seafood Village, The ship Batu Feringhi, hawkers food...etc"
itponnana :
"Just go .... it is a small island so you cant miss the sights, sounds and food joints."
claudieelicious :
"its and island, very beautiful indeed. ferringhi beach is the best in penang, and the food is simply delicious! thats all you need to know. if you want to know more, you gotta see for yourself!!"
seetal82 :
"it is beautiful city quit n best food is koteyw goreng , Assam laksa, sea food, there Batu fringi beach o v good !!!!!!!!"
KyUtGuY22 :
"Pinang or Penang (both: pənăng') , state (1991 pop. 1,065,075), c.400 sq mi (1,040 sq km), Malaysia, on the Strait of Malacca. It consists of Pulau Pinang (an island of 108 sq mi/280 sq km), formerly known as Georgetown; and Province Wellesley (292 sq mi/756 sq km), a strip of territory on the Malay Peninsula adjacent to Pulau Pinang. On the island is the capital, the city of Pinang, also known as Georgetown (1991 pop. 219,376); it is Malaysia's second-busiest port. It was founded in 1786 by British merchants and was ruled by Great Britain until it became part of what is now Malaysia in 1957. The island has large tin-smelting works, and large areas are devoted to rice and rubber. Well over half the inhabitants of the state are Chinese. Indians are less numerous; less than a third are Malays. Pinang Island was the first British settlement on the Malay Peninsula. It was occupied in 1786 by Francis Light of the British East India Company with the permission of the sultan of Kedah. After an unsuccessful attempt to retake the island (1791), the sultan agreed on a settlement from the British of an annual stipend, and in 1800 he also ceded Province Wellesley. Pinang, together with Province Wellesley, Malacca, and Singapore, became known as the Straits Settlements. Under the British, Pinang grew rapidly in commercial importance, although it was surpassed by Singapore. Pinang joined the Federation of Malaya (see Malaysia) in 1948."

 

Comments on Penang

craptalks
Date: 2008-02-05 17:31:20

Penang or pulau mutiara is the best place you can visit when comes to malaysia. Popular beach in penang is teluk bahang and batu feringgi and there have many history place like Chayamangkalaram Temple, Kuan Yin Temple and snake temple.


abiz181
Date: 2008-02-05 17:31:20

Come and attend this MSDN conf if you are in Penang!


Artifexus
Date: 2008-02-05 17:31:20

A woman was physically attacked on the ferry while on her way to work in Penang, Malaysia.


007c
Date: 2008-02-05 17:31:20

Take a drive through colonial Georgetown to Fort Cornwallis, the most prominent historical remains of Penang. Learn about the strait settlement history and rich heritage of Penang at the State Museum.Visit Chew Jetty, the early stilted Chinese settlement of Penang and later the colorful Little India and




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