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Stay in one of IHG’s Penang hotels and you will have found a great place from which to explore this lively island. Formerly known as Betel Nut Island, it has undergone several transformations which have seen the area evolve from an unpopulated peninsula to a bustling port and now a thriving high tech business and tourist hot spot.
This diverse slice of Malaysia is centred around the capital of Georgetown, an area known for its Peranakan heritage and fusion of Malay, Indian, Chinese and colonial influences. A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, the city offers a cultural introduction to Penang and is peppered with spectacular Chinese shop houses, clan houses, temples and guildhalls. The Penang Museum will also offer an invaluable insight into the history of the area.
Food and drink is plentiful in Georgetown and ranges from the western and Malay delicacies available from the hawkers stalls of Gurney Drive, through to high class restaurants and cafes as well as small independent bakeries.
Away from the city, you can escape to one of the islands beach resorts, such as the tranquil fishing village of Teluk Bahang. Alternatively head to the popular Batu Ferringhi, where you can kick back and relax waterside or head into the surf for waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing and more. In the evenings the resort comes to life with a selection of restaurants and nightclubs to keep you entertained into the small hours.
If you prefer a slower paced beach break then secluded spots at Teluk Duyung, Pantai Mas and Monkey Beach can be reached via trails originating from the Pantai Acheh Forest Reserve. The Penang National Park, Botanic Gardens and Penang Butterfly Gardens are all worth a visit if you are a nature lover and offer fantastic opportunities to enjoy some of the island’s flora and fauna.
However you prefer to peruse this marvellous destination, make sure you get the best deal when you book one of our quality hotels in Penang. Enjoy a convenient location and warm welcome, and book your break with IHG today.
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