Tanjung Bungah or literally translated as Flower Cape, is another suburb northwest of George Town, being located on Penang Island, Malaysia. It is situated along the island’s northern coast between Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Tokong, being named after several smaller promontories protruding out to the sea along the cape. Initially started off as a peaceful fishing village, this suburb began to be well-recognized as a popular beach destination since 1950s with several beach resorts being set up along the beach.
Later, the urbanization of Tanjung Bungah kicked off in the 1980s, where residential high-rises were starting to be erected at the shorelines, which mushroomed at a very fast rate. It is also home to a significant portion of expatriates wanting to retire on Penang Island; they made up around five percent of the island population. Some of them were part of the Royal Australian Air Force servicemen who were stationed here during the Malayan Emergency and the Indonesian Confrontation.
In 2004, Tanjung Bungah became one of the areas to be hit hard from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, claiming a total of fifty-two lives in the island itself. Nonetheless the rebuilding process has happened swiftly and Tanjung Bungah quickly risen as one of the must-visit destinations of the Penang Island, especially for its beaches and watersports activities.
There are flights to Penang Island from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) which are provided by both Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia. Upon touchdown, from the airport, guests can go to Tanjung Bungah using public transportation or ride-sharing services.
People driving from Kuala Lumpur may drive via North-South Highway/E1 for immediate access to Tanjung Bungah. The journey could take up to four hours depending on the current traffic situation.
Built in 2005 following the Indian Ocean tsunami incident, this mosque is located at Tanjung Bungah Road which quickly becoming the landmark of the area, since it can be immediately found upon entering Tanjung Bungah. It is one of the few floating mosques in the country, being the first of its kind, which is uniquely built to be seen as if it is floating during the rising tide. The mosque is officiated in 2007 by the fifth Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at a cost of fifteen million ringgit. During festive seasons such as Eid Fitri and Eid Adha as well as the usual Friday prayers, the mosque is able to accommodate 1, 500 congregants at its maximum capacity. Visitors are advised to dress modestly if they intend to come over to grace upon the mosque’s beautiful sight.
Being the hidden gem around the area, the Miami Beach can be found when driving to Batu Ferringhi but can also be easily dismissed by visitors considering the smaller signage in comparison to all the bigger ones highlighting Batu Ferringhi. It comprises of a short stretch of sandy beach with rocky promontories on both ends separating it from the neighboring Batu Ferringhi. As such, the beach is relatively secluded from the public, but nothing less mesmerizing to compare with in terms of its beautiful skies, colossal rock formations and wonderful ocean view. . There are also food stalls nearby selling a multitude of food, snacks and drinks to the visitors. How the beach gets its name is still a mystery since there is no documentation relating the particular matter.
A neat and decent hotel situated in Tanjung Bungah Road. A four-star hotel that offers comfort and elegant atmosphere. Hotel services include bellhop, money changer, buffet lunch and dinner, poolside bar, spa and massage, fitness area, jet ski and banana boat.
A more established hotel located in Jalan Desiran Tanjung 8. A clean and wonderful five-star hotel with ample facilities such as cable television, shower, WiFi, dining area, hair salon, shops and supermarkets.