Georgetown is the capital city of the island and state of Penang. It is the second largest city in Malaysia and was listed by UNESCO in 2008 as a World Heritage Site. George Town is the colourful, multicultural capital of the Malaysian island of Penang. The city is known for its British colonial buildings, Chinese shop houses and mosques. Beyond the old town, George Town is a modern city with skyscrapers and shopping malls. It has a history dating back to the beginnings of British colonialism in Southeast Asia in the 18th century, with its multi-cultural appeal reflected in its architecture, festivities and food. Touted as the food capital of Malaysia, Georgetown offers an amazing array of street food, blending Malay, Chinese, Indian, Thai and European influences.
You can take Malaysia Airlines, Airasia and Malindo Air flight to Penang International Airport where the flights fly to Penang regularly. Once you reach airport you may take bus or taxi to Georgetown where the journey takes 30 minutes to reach Georgetown.
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.
You may take ETS train to Butterworth train station. Trains leave from Kuala Lumpur's KL Sentral Railway Station and arrive at Penang's Butterworth Railway Station on the mainland, just 15 minutes away by ferry to George Town on Penang Island.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion was built in the 1880s. A traditional paradigm Chinese courtyard house with 38 rooms, it has superb Feng Shui. During the guided tour, you will have the opportunity to view the beautiful bedrooms, libraries, ceremonial halls, courtyards and gardens. Also displayed are rare porcelain, sculptures, carvings, tapestries, embroideries and antiques. You can choose to visit the mansion on a one-hour guided tour or you can spend the night at this boutique hotel.
As you approach Khoo Kongsi, you will be greeted by a breathtaking display of Chinese craftsmanship. Its hall is equally elaborate, beautifully decorated with lanterns and furnished with antique furniture. Though there is no entrance fee and you are free to wander around at leisure, it is considered polite to obtain permission from the office within the compounds.
The Pinang Peranakan Mansion was built at the end of the 19th century. A recreation of a typical residence of an affluent Penang Baba Nyonya family, it features Chinese carved wood panels, English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks. You can see the traditional costumes and accessories, porcelain, furniture that brought in from China and Europe and handed down through the Baba and Nyonya generations.
To experience contrasting things to do in Penang you can go for a visit at the historical Fort Cornwallis. 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 harbour. If you are in Georgetown it's easy to walk here or you can get a taxi or trishaw if it's too hot.
Penang Wonderfood Museum offers visitors kitsch, kooky and in-depth look at the city’s unique food culture with larger-than-life displays of Malaysian dishes. Set within a 1940s colonial building in Georgetown, the museum is divided into three galleries called Info Zone, Wow Zone, and Educational Zone. All of the hyper-realistic models are handcrafted by the museum’s owner, Sean Lao who utilizes food replication techniques from Japan.
Staying at Berjaya Penang Hotel is a perfect choice when you are visiting Georgetown. This hotel situated nearby tourist attractions such as Gurney Drive, Botanical Gardens and much more. This 4-star hotel offers satellite television, air conditioning, and great hospitality once checked into Berjaya Penang Hotel. Berjaya Penang Hotel is a wonderful place of stay when visiting Georgetown.
Sunway Hotel Georgetown is a hotel in a good location which is located in the heart of Georgetown. This 4-star hotel located near to Penang International Airport (PEN), which is only 14 km away. Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang is a wise choice for travellers visiting Georgetown.