Widely known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is
one of Asia's most famous islands. Its natural beauty and exotic
heritage have been attracting curious visitors for centuries.
Penang today is very much an amalgam of the old and
the new – a bustling port, a heritage city and an industrial base.
Perhaps it has more to offer per square mile than any other place in
the world. For sheer variety of locales, cultures and foods, Penang
is hard to beat. In it's capital Georgetown, modern skyscrapers rise
from one of Southeast Asia's largest collections of intact prewar
Penang or its Malay name of Pulau Pinang is made up
of a turtle-shaped island, a total of 285 square kilometers, and a
strip of land called Seberang Prai on Peninsular Malaysia about 48
Since 1985, the island has been joined to the
mainland by the Penang Bridge, one of the longest bridges in the
world. Alternatively, travellers arriving from the mainland can hop
onto the ferry and take a 20-minute ride across. There are also
international flights that connect directly to the international
airport on the island.