The financial Heart of Penang
Town, the capital of the island of Penang was named by the British after
King George III. It was established by Capt Francis Light in 1786. Penang is
the oldest British settlement in Malaysia. The government centre and its
financial heart, George Town is an interesting and bustling city with modern
high rise buildings, cathedrals, mosques, government offices, temples,
bazaars, shops and cafes.
One must visit the older part of the town that has narrow lanes and
alleyways, which makes it a pleasure to walk.
The most interesting place to visit is Fort Cornwallis is situated at the
spot where Captain Francis Light was supposed to have landed in 1786.
Originally a wooden structure, the fort was rebuilt between 1808 and 1810
with convict labour.
A Tropical Paradise
Langkawi is situated in the state of Kedah, consists of 104 islands,
stretching out over 362 sq km. The capital of Langkawi is at Kuah. Out of
the 104 islands Langkawi is the largest, with a sizeable population, mainly
of Malay origin. And only three of the other islands.
Unspoilt and rustic, it is a tropical paradise spectacularly endowed by
nature, one where crystal clear emerald waters, azure skies, dense tropical
rainforests, and fantastic limestone formations can be found. Langkawi has
been called the 'Island of legends because a number of folklore, myth
and legend can be heard about the place.
Nature's Private Island
Pangkor lies off the west coast of Perak in Peninsular Malaysia. For
thousands of years, it was the refuge of seamen who sailed though the
Straits of Malacca, thanks to its many idyllic bays. Pirates, adventurers,
merchants and soldiers of fortune alike were mesmerized by her charming
beauty. Today, despite Malaysias fast-paced progress, Pangkor remains
a haven for visitors seeking a return to nature. Bask in glorious sunshine
on her golden beaches. Catch sight of fishing boats rocking gently on her
calm waters. Get close to nature when you trek through her virgin jungles.
Or experience the warm, friendly hospitality of her people. Whichever you
choose, Pangkor will thrill you.
Pearl of the Orient
Penang is located on the north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It
comprises the Penang island and a strip on the mainland named Province
Wellesley Seberang Perai) which are linked by the Penang Bridge, the third
longest in the world. Penang island measures a modest 285sq.km and is
inhabited by slightly over a million people who hail from a diverse mix of
cultures and religions.
Penang is blessed with such a great variety of food that it is often said
that Penangites don't eat to live, they live to eat. Hawker stalls offering
a diverse selection of local fare are in abundance everywhere you go. Nasi
Kandar, Satay (skewered marinated meat pieces), Laksa (noodles in spicy sour
soup), Hainanese Chicken Rice, Popiah and Rojak are just some of Penangs
sumptuous treats you can't afford to miss. Penang possesses a unique charm
of old and new perfectly blended. Take to its streets and you will see small
time pedlars exhibiting their wares within view of larger, more modern
business establishments. Vintage trishaws share the roads with modern
automobiles. Quaint, old buildings stang proud next to taller, more
sophisticated ones. It is an island in full bloom. And it beckons you to
harvest your dream of a wonderful holiday.