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Georgetown was founded in 1786 by British trader, Francis Light and became one of the three Straits Settlements along with Singapore and Malacca. Historically, in the 1770s, the British East India Company instructed Francis Light to form trade relations in the Malay Peninsula and Light formed friendly relations with the then Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdullah Mukarram Shah, and promised British military protection after a Siamese vassal state threatened by both Siam and Burma, as well as an internal Bugis revolt. After that, Light had put his interest into Penang. In its early years, George Town was developed and buildings and streets were created on an ad hoc basis. The segregation of George Town's commercial and administrative centres and diversity of ethnics’ traces are present here in Georgetown. In 2008, George Town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Malacca. It was recognition of the conservation efforts of the "unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia". Now, Georgetown is the centre of Penang Island, Malaysia's second largest city with over 700,000 inhabitants.
Airasia, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Airlines connect Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Penang Airport at Bayan Lepas. It usually takes around 50 minutes and once you arrive, you can either take a bus and car to Georgetown.
The easiest way to get to Georgetown is by using the Butterworth Bus Terminal. Local bus services are Rapid Penang buses 401 (to Georgetown and Weld Quay ferry terminal) and 102 (to Batu Feringghi).After arriving at the terminal, one must take the car ferry over to the Weld Quay ferry terminal in the city. However, there are buses that go right onto Penang Island. These stop at the Sungai Nibong bus station, about 15 kilometres south of Georgetown.
It takes around 4 hours from Kuala Lumpur city centre to Georgetown by using North- South highway.
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.
This adventureplay has a concept of an outdoor, eco-conscious theme park specialising in zip-lining and also hosts other fun jungle activities for all ages. Situated about 30 minutes away from Georgetown, the park started out in 2012 with amazing attractions such as a free fall from a 20 metre-high jump platform, an inner tube slide and tree rope swing. A creative and fun way to foster a love of the outdoors, especially among kids, Besides that, there is Atan’s Leapwhich is a gravity-defying free fall activity that will see you taking the plunge from a 20 metre-high platform. Escape Adventureplay Penang is also home to rope swings, set at different inclinations, allowing those who are more adventurous to swing from higher heights and the park also has places where you can play on balance beams, engage in tree climbing contests, navigate through a fun but wobbly rope course, and even go exploring through a cave. The entrance is RM60 for adults and RM45 for kids as well as it opens from Tuesday to Sunday and only operates on Monday when it is a public or school holiday.
The Northam All Suite Penang is a 4-star hotel in Georgetown. It has spacious suites with free Wi-Fi and a spa bathtub as well as come with a living area, equipped with a sofa and satellite TV. The amazing facilities include an outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool, a fitness centre and pampering spa treatments. All suites offer panoramic sea or city views and guests can enjoy local dishes can be enjoyed at the Coffee House while Taipan Fins Chinese Restaurant serves both local and Chinese cuisines. Guests can also use the business centre for any business needs, request for laundry services or arrange for an airport shuttle. Furthermore, there are other numerous facilities such as sauna, steam room, fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, business centre, parking spaces, safety deposit boxes, concierge, and a travel and tour desk. Massage services, car rental assistance, and limousine services are also available upon request.
Glow Penang is situated just 10- minute walk away from KOMTAR and offers an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. The property is a 5-minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage area. There is café called Zest Café that serves Thai fusion delights, while the pool/lounge bar offers up a selection of snacks and refreshing beverages. Besides that, the modern and contemporary rooms are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an electric kettle and a personal safe. The en suite bathroom comes with rain shower facilities and a hairdryer. Featuring top class facilities, guests can head to the 24-hour front desk for assistance with luggage storage or the use of meeting facilities and free public parking spaces are also available.
Gurney View Inn is located in Georgetown and 900 metres from Gurney Plaza. Each room offers air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making amenities and ironing facilities. The private bathroom offers shower facilities, a bidet and a hairdryer. Other than that, guests can also find television LCD/plasma screen, wireless internet access, air conditioning and wake-up service. Guests can also get assistance with laundry and airport shuttle services. Overall, a selection of top-class facilities such as free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas can be enjoyed at the hotel.
Grand Inn (Penang Road) is located in George Town and offers bright rooms with free Wi-Fi access and air-conditioning. It is only 30 minute drive to Penang International Airport and 15- minute drive away from Queensbay Mall Shopping Centre. Grand Inn Hotel is home to 48 bedrooms and all are furnished with comforts and equipped with television LCD/plasma screen, complimentary instant coffee, complimentary tea and toiletries. Hotel staff can also arrange for sightseeing tours and guests can also find 24-hour front desk and assistance for luggage storage. In addition, hairdryers and ironing facilities are available in the reception upon request.