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About Penang - City of Life

Penang, known as "Pearl of the Orient" to many people, is one of the famous islands in South-East Asia. It is renowned for its culture, food and heritage.

The capital of Penang, George Town was named after King George III of England. George Town was awarded city status by the royal charter on January 1st 1957. Located in the heart of the city is one of South East Asia’s largest collections of Pre-war buildings. In order to preserve the heritage of Penang, modern structures are built surrounding these pre-war buildings. Some of these structures are built more than 100 years ago. Lots of effort and money has been invested by the state government and private investors to preserve the beauty of these structures. As a reward for the effort, Penang was formally inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 7th July 2008.

George Town has been named one of the top cities in the world to visit in 2016 by the Lonely Planet.

The State of Penang or Negeri Pulau Pinang in Malay is made up of Penang Island and Province Wellesley which is on the peninsula. In the year 1985, one of South East Asia’s longest bridges was built across the channel to connect the island with the peninsula. The bridge has great impact on the citizens and the development of the island. The bridge eases the transportation of raw materials and finished products to and from the factories located in the industrial free trade zone of Penang.

Penang offers you great food from prestigious restaurants to hawkers’ carts by the road side. The development of Penang has also turned Penang into a shopping paradise. You will be able to find things like handicraft, jewellery, clothes and many more at attractive prices.

Visit Penang and discover all the great things that Penang has.

For further information about Penang top destinations and attractions, please log on to www.penang.ws.

Fast Facts

Area 1,031 km2 (398 sq mi)
Capital George Town
Population 1,520,143
Climate Like the rest of Malaysia, Penang has a tropical climate, specifically a tropical rainforest climate bordering on a tropical monsoon climate, though Penang does experience slightly drier conditions from December to February of the following year. The climate is very much dictated by the surrounding sea and the wind system.
Average Temperature Temperatures range from 23oC to 32oC Relative humidity 0% -50%
Local Time Standard Malaysian Time is 8 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+8)
Language Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the national language but English, Mandarin and some Chinese dialects are widely spoken.
People Chinese: 45.6%
Bumiputra (Malays and others): 43.6%
Indian: 10.4%
Others: 0.4%
Tourism Beaches, Food, Heritage and Culture, Historical, Park, Garden and Natural History, Arts, Street Arts, Museum, and Shopping Tourism.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Most tourist attractions are concentrated in the city centre.

For more information about Penang and its tourist's attractions, please visit http://mypenang.gov.my/
Getting Around Penang's public transport system is efficient and moving around by taxis, buses or trishaws may be a fun and inexpensive way of catching the sights.
Taxis Taxis are easily and widely available around the island; it is the most common means of getting around by visitors. But bear in mind that the taxis here don't use meters, so be sure to agree on a price first before boarding the taxi. Start by asking how much it is to get to your destination; you can negotiate on the prices quoted if you feel that they are too high.

Taxis plying the route follow the coupon system which fares between the airport and various destinations in Penang are fixed.
Buses Buses play the major routes around the city and island. The main terminals are located in George Town's Weld Quay and KOMTAR buildings. Buses have machines that accept coins to pay the fares, and are the cheapest mode of transportation around the island.

There's also a free Central Area Transit (CAT) shuttle bus service that ply the streets of Georgetown. Launched in 2009, it covers a route from Pengkalan Weld to Penang Road and back. Along the way, it makes 19 stops at strategic points of interest. The service runs from 6.00am until midnight. Apart from the route around KOMTAR, the shuttle service ply roads within the core and buffer zones of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Trishaws The three-wheeled trishaw used to be a common sight on the island, but modern times have nearly phased them out. Today, they exist as a novelty for tourists to enjoy. Trishaw is the most flexible means of transportation around the city, allowing you to make a few stops along the way and shop for souvenirs while touring the city.

You can find plenty of trishaws around the capital city of George Town, especially next to Cititel Hotel on Jalan Penang and along the Esplanade near Fort Cornwallis (Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah). Be sure to ask and agree on a price first before you board one, but not to worry, prices are always negotiable (although it is always better to tip your trishaw peddler generously for their laborious effort alone).
Penang Hop-On Hop-Off The Service runs daily on a 20 to 30 minutes service schedule between 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The service covers two circle routes which are CITY ROUTE and BEACH ROUTE that allows tourists to start the tour and end at the same location. The information and ticket counter that would be the inter link between the City Route and Beach Route will be at GURNEY DRIVE (STOP 1). Along the route, there are more than 50 attractions where the tourists can hop-on or hop-off at any of the 22 designated stops.

Customer Service Booths are available at GURNEY DRIVE (STOP 1) and CHOWRASTA MARKET (STOP 9).

There are 10 buses currently available in Penang and 5 each will cover the City Route and Beach Route. Each bus is uniquely designed half open top with the capacity of 60 sitting passengers whereby 27 passengers will be experiencing the outdoor feel on top of the bus.

The experience driver will be assisted by a tour assistant on the bus and tourists will be given a tour guide book on city guide. The tour guide book or short "TGB" has been exclusively made for the Penang Hop On Hop Off service. In TGB it will show four categories of what Penang can offer from attractions, shopping, accommodation and food/drinks which is in a walking distance from Penang Hop On Hop off stops. It will be a great guiding tool for tourist to roam around the city.

Further information can be found at http://www.myhoponhopoff.com.