Located at the intersection of Asia’s great kingdoms and and Europe's powerful colonial empires, the island of Penang has long served as the link between Asia’s two halves and an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East.
This history has resulted in a culture that is one of Malaysia’s most diverse, cosmopolitan and exciting. The culmination of this is undoubtedly George Town, Penang's main city, and an urban centre that delivers the old-world Asia in spades; think trishaws pedalling past watermarked Chinese shophouses, blue joss smoke perfuming the air.
Yet it would be a shame to neglect Penang's abundant tropicalness, its palm-fringed beaches and fishing villages; its mountainous jungle and farms growing exotic produce such as nutmeg and durian.
If there's a more compact, convenient and exciting microcosm of the exotic east than Penang, we've yet to find it.
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0900 ~ 1700
Kek Lok Si Temple - The largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia
Penang Hill - the first colonial hill station developed in Malaysia
Lunch - at own expenses
Botanical Garden - was a research center for spices and home for the local primates, monkey
Batik shop - learn how process of Malaysia textile art
Reclining Buddha Temple - Thai settlement that house the 3rd longest Reclining Buddha in the world,
Peranakan Temple - One of the top attractions in Georgetown
Fort Cornwallis - oldest British Fort in South East Asia
Khoo Kongsi - Most grand Chinese clan temple
Clan Jetties - the early stop for the Chinese settlers