Woven in a tapestry of rich history, Penang encompasses both an island and a mainland. It also holds a glamorous moniker as Malaysia's ‘Pearl of the Orient’ for being among the most profitable of ports during the period of colonisation. The famous author Somerset Maugham is also known to have stayed on the island and spun tales about the romance of the white planter in Southeast Asia. Today, the island retains much of its old-world charm and is revered for its amazing food culture.
Board a flight into Penang to experience this premier beach destination in Malaysia. Two of the most popular spots, Tanjung Bungah and Batu Feringghi are well developed ‘island paradises' featuring top range accommodations and some natural attractions. The most unique aspect of the island is perhaps how cultures combine seamlessly so don't be surprised to find a mosque, Chinese or Indian temple a few hundred metres away from each other. Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracts many visitors for its many sights, sounds and endless array of food, while others prefer to kick back and enjoy at the beach.