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PENANG

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.