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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.

Getting There

By Road

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.

By Air

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