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MALAYSIA: Situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, Malaysia is a vibrant destination with diverse Asian cultures and traditions met, creating a melting pot of unique fusion cultures not seen elsewhere in the world. This tropical paradise boast evergreen pristine jungles and verdant national parks that are teeming with numerous species of birds and wildlife. Malaysia's sun-drenched islands and beaches are home to a stunning range of marine life. Its natural wealth is complemented by magnificent modern landmarks and heritage buildings. There is something to charm every visitor, old or young - be it a history-lover, nature-enthusiast, sun-seeker or an avid shopper. Explore the length and breadth of this country to discover the many attractions of Malaysia, Truly Asia!

PENANG: Also known as Pearl of the Orient, Penang Island is a bustling metropolis of 738,500 inhabitants covers an area about 295 square km, reflecting a unique blend of East and West, old and new. It's capital, George Town is steeped in history and has preserved a wealth of heritage buildings, leading to it being accorded a listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008. A compact city easily covered by foot, George Town presents a picturesque facade with quaint side streets, colonial buildings and Chinese shop-houses. The island boasts some of the best food in the region, with a wonderful array of street food found on practically every street corner. Surrounded by the sea and topped off by Penang Hill in the middle, steeped in history and boasting a variety of cultures, Penang has it all for an exotic vacation in Asia. Scroll down for a pictorial glimpse of Penang.

How to get to Penang by Air?:
1. Direct flight to Penang International Airport from Medan, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Taipei or Guangzhou.
2. From other parts of the world fly to Kuala Lumpur International Airport 1 and 2 (KLIA 1 & KLIA2) from all major airports in the world, and then take a short connecting domestic flight to Penang International Airport. 
3. Fly to other Malaysian international airports like Langkawi, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Subang and Senai, and then take a connecting domestic flight to Penang International Airport. 

Others - Travel by cruise to Penang, or take a train or drive from Singapore or Thailand into Malaysia to Penang.

Check out these airlines' website for promotion on flights to Penang:
www.malaysiairlines.com
www.firefly.com
www.airasia.com
www.malindoair.com
www.dragonair.com
www.silkair.com
www.jetstar.com
www.lionair.co.id
www.sriwijayaair.co.id
www.tigerair.com
www.thaiairways.com
www.china-airlines.com
www.csair.com

Some of the cruises that called on Penang port:
Aida Bella
Costa Victoria
Crystal Serenity
Meinn Schiff 1
Mariner of the Seas
Queen Victoria
Queen Elizabeth
Sapphire Princess
Star Cruise
Sun Princess
Volendam
Sapphire Princess cruise calls on Penang Port. Once you step off the ship, you are already in UNESCO World Heritage site.
KTM Commuter from Thailand to Butterworth, the biggest city on Penang mainland. Continue to Penang Island by ferry.

Fort Cornwallis, first British Fort to be built in South East Asia. This old star fort is still largely intact and is being preserved very well


Captain Francis Light busy "reading" in Fort Cornwallis. Meet 'him' in Kota in Fort Cornwallis.
The field at Esplanade. Here was the site where Capt Francis Light first raised the Union Jack flag back in 1786.
View from the top of Penang Hill - Georgetown, Butterworth and Penang Bridge all in a breathtaking view.
Salted fish anyone? This photo was taken at Sia Boey before it was walled up for new development.
The guy who started the street art craze - Ernest Zacharevic from Lithuania, who now called Penang home, with some of his famous works of art.
Russian artist - Julia Volchkova; mark her name as she is the latest artist to add color to Penang street art scene. She specialized in artwork of Indian men and women.


Many of Penang's new tourism products. These are interactive arts, to be photographed in whatever imaginably possible ways by customer. Guaranteed to a jolly good time indeed.
More, this is China House, and as the motto reads - Food, Drink, Shopping, Art, Theater. Very continental.
Ahhh..., the capital of Hawker Food of the World. If you did not partake in Hawker Food in Penang, you cannot claim you have been to Penang. Too many varieties to mention here.
More Hawker foods.....


and more foods..... I do not know which to choose. 
Bliss, a respite from the lowland heat - a trip up Penang Hill via the 4th generation funicular train. 
Watch out for the "King of the road".