Penang, once a part of the British Straits Settlement, is a Malaysian state located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Its capital city George Town, founded by Francis Light in 1786, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Also known as the Silicon Valley of the East, Penang is an eclectic mix of rich cultural history and modern day attractions. Tourists to the island can enjoy leisurely walks around the city centre (incidentally where the heritage area is located) and partake of the wide variety of local delicacies and street food. George Town is also a city of the arts in part made famous by its modern day street art tastefully painted by artists from all over the world. At night the excitement continues in it's many restaurants, bars and speakeasies where one can go to get a taste-of-Penang.
Pay a visit to Penang hill, the highest point in Penang and The Habitat, a nature conservation park built on top of a century-old drainage system, that boasts a stunning view of the island and an abundance of plant and wildlife.
Getting to Penang is easy; it takes only a shade over 4 hours by electric train from Kuala Lumpur Sentral and only 45 mins by air on any one of Malaysia's many local carriers. Other airlines that fly directly into Penang currently include SilkAir, Jetstar Asia, Singapore Airlines, China Southern and Qatar Airways (to name but a few).