The Malaysian state of Penang has two parts, one is Penang Island where the capital George Town is located and Sebarang Perai which used to be known as Province Wellesley. Due to its multiple industries Penang is known as the Silicon Valley of the East and is also the most urbanized states in the country. The capital of George Town has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a popular tourist destination. Penang is a fascinating mix of east and west which embraces modernity while still staying true to its traditions and old world charm. This is reflected through the multi-racial population that includes Malays, Chinese and Indians and its well-preserved heritage buildings. Visitors who come here also love its beautiful coasts and delicious cuisines which is why it’s regarded as the food capital of Malaysia.
The busiest time for tourism in Penang would be during Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year, this is when the island is at its best and accommodation is usually full up everywhere. Visitors can get into the island by plane, by car as it’s connected to the mainland and also by train, bus and boat. Getting around especially George Town is best on foot as this is the best way to see the sights. If you do choose to walk, make sure to wear light clothes and start early morning. Other options include trishaws, taxis and cars. Penang has many sites to see including the UNESCO Heritage Zone and Armenian Street, Penang Street Art, Penang Hill, Penang Botanic Gardens, Kek Lok Si-Temple of Supreme Bliss, Tropical Spice Garden, Penang Butterfly Farm, Tropical Fruit Farm, Snake Temple, War Museum, Toy Museum and Penang Bird Park.
All this and more await you in Penang, one of the best examples of the exotic east you will ever see and experience.
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