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The city's landmarks range from the colonial-era Fort Cornwallis and the 60-foot Clock Tower on the waterfront Esplanade to the mighty Komtar Tower, and Georgetown has a fabulous choice of places to eat drink and shop. Batu Feringgi, northwest of Georgetown, was Malaysia's first international resort area. With fine sand, accommodation to suit all budgets, nightlife, watersports and good shopping, it remains one of the region's most popular and best-equipped beach destinations. Penang Bridge, the island's road link to the mainland, was completed in 1988. Stretching 13.5 km (8.5 miles) from Gelugor on Penang to Seberang Prai, it is the longest bridge in South East Asia and is currently claimed to be the third longest bridge in the world.

Batu Feringgi

Batu Feringgi is Penang's main resort area, where a long strip of hotels, restaurants, bars and shops has grown up along the best beach on the island. This is where most visitors end up staying, as Batu Feringgi has a choice of accommodation from cheap and cheerful guesthouses to five-star luxury hotels. The resort area also has a wide choice of watersports, including water skiing, windsurfing, parascending and scuba diving.

  • Address: Ouakam, Dakar
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Bukit Bendera (Penang Hill)

For a superb view of Penang and the Straits take the funicular railway to the top of Penang Hill. The ride takes 30 minutes and the summit, 830 m (2,727 ft.) above sea level, is on average 3 degrees Celsius cooler than the steamy coast.

  • Address: Ouakam, Dakar
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Butterfly Farm

Penang's famous butterfly farm is the world's largest. With garden pavilions and breeding areas for more than 50 species of spectacularly colourful butterflies and moths up to 4,000 gorgeous living specimens can be seen at any time.

  • Address: Ouakam, Dakar
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Fort Cornwallis

Fort Cornwallis is Georgetown's most prominent historical landmark. Its star-shaped 18th-century ramparts on the waterfront enclose an array of British colonial buildings including prison cells, a powder magazine, chapel and harbour beacon, and bronze cannons are still mounted on the battlements.

  • Address: Ouakam, Dakar
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Khoo Kongsi

Khoo Kongsi was built just over a century ago and is the finest example of a Hokkien Chinese clan house complex in Georgetown. Its grand hall is replete with decorative carvings and ornamented columns. The red tiled roof is crowned with extravagant carvings of demons, dragons and other creatures from Chinese mythology. The hall is surrounded by a complex of shops, houses and other buildings, within a rectangle of defensive walls.

  • Address: Ouakam, Dakar
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Penang Museum And Art Gallery

A statue of Captain Francis Light, the English adventurer who founded the Penang Straits Settlement (later Georgetown), presides over this collection of maps, prints, photographs, paintings, traditional costumes and antiques.

  • Address: Ouakam, Dakar
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Masjid Kapitan Keling (Kapitan Keling Mosque)

Muslim Indian sepoys (soldiers) of the British East India Company's Penang garrison built this mosque in 1801, and it has been extensively restored and expanded in the two centuries since. A tall minaret stands above the yellow domes and turrets of the mosque compound.

  • Address: Ouakam, Dakar
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Dining

Cuisine in Penang shows typical signs, as the rest of Malaysian food, of multicultural influences. Several specialties originate from multiple ethic touches. Expect plenty of herbs and spices.

The 1885

The Eastern and Oriental Hotel's fine-dining restaurant is the swankiest spot on the island, with a splendid wine list and a menu of classic and contemporary dishes. Reservations recommended.

Dining Room - Macalister Mansion

At this restaurant you can enjoy a dining experience that is out of the ordinary. This high class restaurant offers modern French cuisine with an Asian touch in a luxurious setting. The attentive staff serves quality food such as smoked and confit duck breast with duck jus, spring vegetable and Parisian mash or why not have Pan seared miso cod with braised shimeji. Bon appetite!

No Eyed Deer

This popular family restaurant provides great variety of food since year 2000. The restaurant is famous for its signature dish Laotian Laksa (rice noodle in a spicy and piquant soup with beef or chicken). The staff also serves other mouth-watering dishes such as tender ribeye steaks, fresh fish and chicken parmigiana.

Bars & Nightlife

Nightlife in Penang is hot and happening. Weekends mean nightclubs, pubs, bars, and karaoke and there are many places to go if you want to dance. Georgetown is the party hub with many party options.

Hard Rock Cafe Penang

This famous establishment is a great place to visit for food and drink and is located on the popular beach Batu Feringghi. You will find Hard Rock Cafe on the ground floor of the Hard Rock Hotel. This place also hosts live music.

Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant And Sky Bar

This open air bar is boasting panoramic view of Georgetown and located on the top floor of Bayview Hotels. Here you can chill and listen to hip music in a cosy and breezy atmosphere.

Feringgi Bar

With its stylish and intimate setting, the Feringgi Bar makes an ideal place to relax before or after dinner with a tasty cocktail or a glass of champagne. The bar also features live entertainment and can be found inside Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa.

Essential Information

Airport

Penang International Airport is located 20 km (13 miles) from the Georgetown city centre. The most cost effective way of travelling from Penang International Airport to George Town and surrounding areas is to take one of the bus services (bus line 102, 306,U401,401, 401A and 401E) that leave the airport every 30 minutes. The bus operator is called The Rapid Penang and they have their own ticket counter on the ground floor level of the arrival hall. Taxis operate on a fixed price coupon system: purchase coupon at taxi desk inside arrival hall. The price depends which zone you are going to. Be aware taxi drivers often try to cheat foreigners and refuse to use the meter, so make sure that the meters is always on if not a fixed price.

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