Lovely beach resorts, old-world charm and colourful
cultures give Penang its allure. An island paradise in full
bloom, it is apply hailed as the Pearl of the Orient.
Penang is one of Malaysia’s most famous resort destinations. The
state consists of Penang Island and a strip on the mainland known
as Seberang Perai. George Town, its capital, is a UNESCO World
Heritage City with fascinating historical buildings and cultural
landmarks. Penang’s northern shoreline, characterised by expansive
stretches of golden sand and glittering waters, is a popular holiday
spot for foreign and local visitors alike.
Batu Feringghi, situated along the coastal road northwest of George
Town, is the most popular beach in Penang, lined with a string of
international-standard hotels and resorts. Soak in the sun or unwind
on the beach and enjoy a host of aquatic thrills from banana boat
rides to canoeing and jet-skiing. For a spine-tingling adventure, try
parasailing to enjoy the view of the beach from the sky.
As the sun sets, Batu Feringghi comes alive with a carnival-like
atmosphere with an open-air bazaar selling anything from ornate
curios to enticing mementos. Watch local artisans demonstate
the intricate art of craft-making and batik-painting. Dubbed the
Feringghi Walk, the bazaar offers shoppers a host of souvenir items.