Penang, known affectionately as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, is located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, by the Strait of Malacca.
It comprises two parts – Penang Island, where the capital city, George Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is located, and Seberang Perai on the mainland. The state of Penang is bordered by Kedah to the north and east, and Perak to the south. The state’s population is 1,663,000 according to the 2015 census.
In 2009, Penang attracted 5.96 million tourists, thanks to its rich heritage, multicultural society and its food, beaches, parks and shopping. The island is listed in Patricia Schultz’s best-selling ‘1,000 Places to See Before You Die’ book.
Recent articles about Penang
Unmissable Penang: Island Treats For a Fun Day Out
If you think you’ve seen it all in Penang - its delicious street food, its heritage streets, its snake temple, as well...
5 Specialty Streets in Penang You Should Explore
Within its 113 square miles is a plenitude of one-of-a-kind shopping experiences – speciality streets for a specific item or trade.
13.0KCulture & Religion
13 walking tours and heritage trails around Malaysia for active explorers
The best way to get to know a city is to step out into the streets and start walking. Take your time; check...
A place in Malaysia you’ve probably never heard of: Pulau Aman
As part of a series of features on the unsung heroes of Malaysia’s countryside and rural towns, called ‘A place in Malaysia you’ve...
6 networks and resources for new expats in Penang
Whether you’ve just arrived on the island, are merely passing through, or are an experienced habitué, there are always emerging networks and...
A walk through Art and Garden in Penang
Frances Wilks visits the otherworldly “Art and Garden” where ordinariness is turned on its head and encounters its creator, Fuan Wong.
36.1KFood & Drink
7 places in Penang for midnight munchies
Let’s all be honest: in spite of our valiant efforts to avoid or graciously decline supper invitations, we’ve all fallen short every...
2.3KCulture & Religion
Urban Imagination: Penang’s street art
Mike Gibby’s new book “Street Art Penang Style” chronicles the explosion of street art on the island in the last decade.
1.9KCulture & Religion
What to do in Penang on Malaysia Day
Malaysia’s National Day festivities were just over, and in a week’s time, we will be celebrating Malaysia Day; which happens to fall...
The café culture in Penang
Brad Glass takes a look at the growing café culture in Penang and his three favourite spots for caffeine.