Penang overview

Penang Travel Guide
‘The island of the betel nut’ Penang is filled with history. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site the colonial architecture of George Town is well worth a poke around. Having taken the funicular up Penang Hill visitors can either stay at or dine in some fine examples of old colonial mansions as well as take in the fresh air and views of the island. At night the beach front is where all manner of local cuisine is being cooked up and served by the local vendors. More than 500 years of trading in goods and culture has left a palpable mark on the character of Penang. Legend even has it that the English captain who first ceded the island for the British East India Company shot gold coins into the jungle to give his men an incentive to clear the land, so pack a metal detector.