Penang (map) is a turtle-shaped island located off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, about 300km northwest of Kuala Lumpur. Often called the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Penang is home to Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage listed city, and is famed for its beautiful historic architecture and mouthwatering cuisine. On a recent flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, I had a great plane window view of Penang Island. Thick clouds obstructed the view of Georgetown (on the island’s northeast corner) but the rest of the island was clear to see – including its turtle shape.
With its gorgeous colonial buildings and Peranakan houses, and amazing array of food, Penang really is a must-visit destination in Malaysia! Read about things to do in Penang.