About Penang

Penang – the “Pearl of the Orient”

Penang Island, historically referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Orient, sits adjacent to the west of Peninsular Malaysia on the periphery of the Malacca Straits – an important sea lane linked to the commercial markets of Northern Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and beyond. The island developed around Asia’s ancient kingdoms and colonial empires including the English, Dutch and the French. Today the culture of this region, having evolved over centuries of Sultanates and decades of colonialism, is one of Malaysia’s most cosmopolitan and vibrant cities primarily of Malay, Chinese, Indian cultures and attracting tens of thousands of tourists annually.

Penang is a fantastically chaotic mixture of Eastern and Western cultures but embraces modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm. These are reflected in its multi-ethnic population and pre-war Chinese and colonial heritage buildings. Unsurprisingly, the mixture of architectural styles ultimately led to George Town, the capital, being listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Long regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, the island also attracts domestic and international visitors with its dramatic coastal views and multi-ethnic cuisines. For great photos of the urban scenery click here.

Penang is also an international retirement destination which also attracts younger career orientated entrepreneurs that are keen on a total lifestyle change and developing their own businesses.


 

Penang

Mon Sejour

Red Headed Krait

Rock Climb