Further away, Kerachut Beach offers an unspoilt environment and
picturesque views. In the hinterland, a lake containing distinct
layers of freshwater and seawater is an added attraction. Both of
these beaches are only accessible by boat or by hiking trails from
Teluk Bahang. Enquire with the respective resorts or private boat
operators. Avid birdwatchers or outdoor lovers can delight in
taking the jungle trail to observe monkeys, squirrels and other small
animals along the way.
To experience the charms of Penang, take a city tour for a glimpse
of its nostalgic past. The Esplanade in George Town is a delightful
seafront for an evening stroll. A distinctive landmark here is Fort
Cornwallis, erected by Captain Francis Light in the early nineteenth
century. Further up is Gurney Drive, a gastronomic paradise
featuring an assortment of local delicacies.
Little India and Campbell Street delight with an endless assortment
of bric-a-brac, souvenirs and antiques. Not to be missed when
visiting this island are the spectacular street art and wrought-
iron markers scattered around the heritage city of George Town,
particularly along Armenian Street.
The Penang Bridge and the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah
Bridge connect Penang Island to the mainland. A toll is levied on
the mainland’s side of the bridge. Buses to Penang are available
from most parts of the country.
Malaysia Airlines operates direct air services to Penang from
Singapore, Bangkok and Medan. The airline also provides daily
shuttle services between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. The budget
carrier, AirAsia, flies to Penang from Kuala Lumpur as well as from