Georgetown is the capital city of Penang. It is the second largest city in Malaysia and was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.This bustling capital has over 200 years of history and culture which can be best find in its historic essential. With the buildings of historical and architectural interest as well as cultural practices that makes Georgetown unique and rarely found elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Georgetown also known as the food capital of Malaysia that offers an amazing array of street food, blending Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai and European influences.
You can board Malaysia Airlines or budget airlines such as Air Asia and Malindo Air direct to Penang International Airport where the flights fly to Penang regularly. Once you reach airport you may take local bus or taxi to Georgetown where the journey takes 30 minutes’ drive away.
You can drive to Georgetown via the Penang Bridge and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. If you travel from Kuala Lumpur you may use North-South Expressway to reach Georgetown. The journey from Kuala Lumpur takes 4 hour 23 minutes’ drive away.
Electric Train Services (ETS) is a great and cheaper way to reach Georgetown. You can board ETS to Butterworth train station. Trains leave from Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station and arrive at Penang's Butterworth Railway Station on the mainland where it just 15 minutes away by ferry to George Town on Penang Island.
Penang State Museum was established in 1821 and houses of national and state treasures that include a collection of Baba Nyonya porcelain, furniture, jewelry and costumes as well as eight oil paintings by Captain Robert Smith. They also have a galleries of artifacts, including antiques that owned by prominent Chinese Straits families.
Kapitan Keling Mosque is a one of Penang landmark. It is the largest historic mosque in George Town. The Kapitan Keling Mosque features a madrasah for religious classes and a towering minaret from which the sound of the azan or call to prayer can be heard. Whitewashed stone walls enthroned with large Moghul-style domes, crescents and stars sets the Kapitan Keling Mosque apart from the others.
The Pinang Peranakan Mansion was built at the end of the 19th century. This grand mansion houses have more than 1,000 antiques and collectibles, and you will notice gorgeous Asian lacquerware boxes and trays, Chinese prints, and antique European furniture as you stroll through the grand entrance hall.
Fort Cornwallis is one of the popular historical sites that you can visit during your stay at Georgetown. Fort Cornwallis is the largest standing fort in Malaysia. It is located nearby clock tower and a pleasant place to visit and look out over the harbor. A casual walk around the fort can be easily completed in less than an hour. Souvenirs and light refreshments are available at the kiosk near the entrance.
To get a wonderful view and experience you can visit Clan Jetties where it is part of the Penang Heritage Trail. It is one of the last bastions of old Chinese settlements on the island, this waterfront society is home to houses on stilts of various Chinese clans. The Chew Jetty is the most-friendly tourist with the most stilt houses, the longest walkway that is worth stopping by and plenty of places here that you can take photo of memories.
Apollo Inn is a 2-star budget hotel located in a good location, which is in the heart of Georgetown. This hotel situated nearby tourist attractions such as Komtar and Little Indian Penang. Apollo Inn is the right choice for you who are looking for a cheap rate with decent facilities.
Grand Inn Hotel- Macalister Road is a 1-star budget hotel ideally located in Georgetown. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and Wi-Fi in public areas that set Grand Inn Hotel apart from other budget hotels in the city. Grand Inn Hotel-Macalister Road is highly recommended for budget travellers.