Bayan Lepas, located in Penang is home to the Free Industrial Zone and the is the island’s main industrial hub. You might think that its all just factories and industrial areas here, but you are totally wrong. Bayan Lepas is also home to Penang International Airport and the island’s biggest shopping mall, Queensbay Mall. Not only that, Bayan Lepas hotels are also some of the best. Don’t forget to check them out.
Bayan Lepas is a town in Southwest Penang Island, Penang, Malaysia and it is a home to the Penang International Airport and a major industrial centre in Penang. Historically, according to urban legend, the town was founded in the late 19th century by a family from Sumatra whose pet parakeet escaped. Upon coming ashore, their pet parakeet escaped, hence the name Bayan Lepas, which meant 'escaped parakeet' in Malay. In 1935, the Bayan Lepas Airport was opened by the Straits Settlements authorities and it was the first civilian airport ever built within British Malaya and upgraded into the Penang International Airport in 1979.
Several multinational electronic and engineering firms have set up factories and assembly plants within the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, including Bosch, Motorola, Dell, Intel and Hewlett-Packard. It was in the 1970s, with the creation of the Free Industrial Zone comes the development of Bayan Lepas. Besides that, this area is also surrounded by residential townships such as Bayan Baru and Bukit Jambul to the north, and Batu Maung to the southeast. As a result of the outgrowth of residential developments north from Bayan Lepas and south from George Town, the entire eastern seaboard of Penang Island has been urbanised. In addition, Bayan Lepas is also well-connected to George Town to the north and to Balik Pulau to the west by road and the Second Penang Bridge also links Bayan Lepas with mainland Peninsular Malaysia.
From Kuala Lumpur city centre, you can reach Bayan lepas by using North-South highway for 3 hours and 50 minutes.
You can reach Bayan Lepas by taking flights to Penang International Airport which takes 50 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. From the airport, you can take route 6 to Bayan Lepas town which takes another 8 minutes.
Located around 15 minutes away from Georgetown, there is a famous street art that can be found along Muntri streets. The artist which is known as Zacharevic had created its popular mural, the 20-foot high ‘Little Girl In Blue’, a mural of a young child dressed in ocean blue pyjamas flanked by the two real windows of its ‘canvas’. The second piece is called ‘Little Boy with Pet Dinosaur’ a funny coloured-image of a young child with an outline sketch of a dinosaur on a leash. Besides that, Zacharevic’s other designs include a piece named ‘Reaching Up’ on Cannon Street, a fresco of a young boy reaching up to a pot of real flowers on a window sill. In addition there is a painting along Armenian Street called ‘Little Children on a Bicycle’, which is similar to the ‘Boy on a Bike’, only instead of a motorbike, the prop is a bicycle. Found just down the road from Eastern & Oriental Hotel, brightly-coloured trishaws can take you to see unique artworks around Georgetown. Prices start at about RM80 for a one-hour ride but you can whittle it down to a mere RM40 for a 30-minute journey.
Established since 1988, the 5-acre park is located 20 minutes away from Butterworth town and has a collection of more than 300 species of birds from all over the world, of which more than 150 species are of Malaysian species. There are hornbills, sunbirds, and pheasants collection and all the birds here housed in more than 150 cages for breeding and conservation purpose. Besides birds, there is also various animals such as the estuarine crocodile, arapaima which is freshwater fish from the Amazon River in South America, 18 ft-long giant pythons, giant soft-shelled turtles and more than 20 timid leaf monkeys. There are free parking for all cars and coaches and entrance fee for adult is RM 10, children (below 12 year-old) is RM 5, school Children with school uniform is RM2, camera is RM1, physically and/or mentally handicapped & under privileged persons are allowed free entrance. This place opens daily from 9.00am to 7.00pm including weekends and all public holidays.
Olive Tree Hotel Penang offers accommodation in Bayan Lepas and guests can enjoy easy access to nearest attractions and landmarks. Penang Bridge is located only 8 kilometres from Olive Tree Hotel Penang, while Queensbay Mall and Giant Supermarket is only nearby from the hotel. The nearest airport is Penang International Airport, which is 3 kilometres. Besides that, every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV as well as a private bathroom including slippers and a hair dryer. There is a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi for guests’ convenience as well as free parking on site.
At Hotel Seri Malaysia, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities like guests can enjoy 24-hour security, 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests, luggage storage and Wi-Fi in public areas. Every room includes carpeting, complimentary instant coffee and tea, towels and wireless internet access (complimentary). It features modern rooms with a private balcony and a seating area. Fitted with carpeted flooring, air-conditioned rooms at Seri Malaysia are equipped with a private bathroom and a TV with cable channels and coffee and tea making facilities as well as minibar are included. As for dining options, The café here serves a variety of local delights and Western favourites. The hotel also has a courtyard area which can be used for barbecues and guests can also shop for gifts from Hotel Seri Malaysia’s convenience store. In addition, there are also the 24-hour front desk offers car rentals and laundry services.
TH Hotel Penang is located only 8-minute drive from Penang International Airport and 10-minute drive from Bukit Jambul Orchid and Hibiscus Farm. The rooms at TH Penang Hotel are fully air conditioned and well equipped with a satellite TV, a writing desk and freshly laundered beddings. As well as modern bathroom facilities and free internet access in public areas. Other than that, the hotel has a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk to ask for any assistance. A hairdryer and ironing facilities are also available on request. The cafe serves various halal Malay food and Western dishes to choose from.