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One of Malaysia’s most popular tourist attractions is an island located off its west coast, not far from Thailand. The lush undulating island of Penang has a curious colonial past and distinctly Chinese influence. Both ancient and modern, urban and rural, this island has much to offer. If you would like the freedom to travel around and explore the island, we highly advise you book car hire in Penang. Avoid cramped buses, and and busy tourist excursions and opt for car hire as your choice of transport.
Georgetown is the only significant settlement on this large island, and is surprisingly developed with high-rise hotels and good tourist facilities. Its lovely tree-lined avenues and orderly suburbs give it a definite colonial feel and there are many abandoned or restored neo-colonial mansions and ex-government buildings around the city. The crumbling old terraced houses and trading stores of Chinatown will delight those who wander the backstreets. The waterfront area is cosmopolitan with modest beaches, clustered around Lebuh Chulia and Jalan Penang, and great curries are found in the Little India section.
Fort Cornwallis in the centre of Georgetown, dates from the late 1700s when the British arrived and began building a settlement here. It is now surrounded by a park and includes the bizarre Seri Rambai cannon (c 1600s) supposedly having procreative powers!.
Khoo Kongsi is a fine example of an active Chinese temple in the city and Kuan Yin Teng Temple is another place to observe Chinese religious rituals.
Penang Hill rises up behind Georgetown and a furnicular can take you to the top to wander about the forest, admire the excellent views and visit the interesting Mosque and Hindu temple.
Several beaches and resorts are dotted about the island, and it’s interior is largely mountainous. The most developed and comfortable area is Batu Feringhu in the north. The west coast is largely inaccessible but there are some curious fishing villages in the south and a number of temples worth visiting. The botanical garden is also recommended.
Penang has an airport, Penang Bayan Lepas International Airport, although international visitors usually have to connect via Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Bangkok. Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Auto Europe car hire is available from the airport main arrivals hall. Book online today with us and search and compare quotes from dozens of leading car rental suppliers for cheaper prices and a greater selection of cars to choose from.
Trains operate from Kuala Lumpus Airport (6 hours) and Bangkok Airport (overnight), to Butterworth Train Station. From here passengers must then book a ferry ticket to get to Penang.
Buses operate from Georgetown from the ferry ports. RapidPenang is the bus service which operate throughout the island and at very cheap prices.