Penang is one of the most popular place for vacation. This is because there are many exciting places such as Penang bridge which links the island and the mainland. It is the longest in Asia and third longest in the world (13.5 km). Next, we have most popular shopping complex which is Komtar. It has 65 levels also contains government departments, commercial offices, shops and restaurants. Besides that, it has a multi-purpose hall, and squash courts. In 55th floor, you can see the view of the city on clear days.
We go on to history place, Fort Cornwallis. It was built in 1786 by Francis Light. It occupies a history gallery of Dutch and Sultan of Johor besides a handicraft souvenir. The building was built up originally by wooden stockade, but it was rebuilt in concrete structure in year 1804. If you are interested to visit the palce it was open to public from 8.30am to 7.00pm and the fee is only cost RM1.00 per visitor. Next place is Penang Hill which offer you a panoramic views of Penang and mainland. There, you can take a journey by funicular rail which takes only a 30 minutes to reach up the hill. Besides that, they also offer the visitors a bird park, hotels, restaurants and a souvenir shop for you to enjoy youself in a quiet cold place. It open from 6.30am to 9.30pm everyday and the fee is only RM.4.00 for adult and RM2.00 for children. Now we go on to the Botanical Garden. It is a 30-hectare garden features a waterfall which gave a peacefull surroundings, tropical plants and the vibrant colours of Penang's flora. It is created in 1884 by the British and kept a history of Charles Curtis who collected botanical specimens from the surrounding hills for samples in the world's major herbariums. The gardens are also well-known for gang of monkeys. The entrance will be open daily from 7.00am to 7.00pm and it is free for entrance.
Next we go on to the Snake Temple. It was built in 1850 and dedicated to the deity Chor Soo Kong or also known as the Temple of The Azure Cloud. According to the history, it is a sanctuary for pit-vipers said to be the 'servants' of the deity and these poisonous snakes, seen coiled round the pillars, beams and potted plants within the temple are believed to be rendered harmless by the smoke of the burning incense. The temple is a free admission for visitors. One of the most popular temple in Penang is the Kek Lok Si where it was built in 1890 and it took 20 years to complete. It was reputed to be the most beautiful and largest Buddhist temple complex in South-east Asia where it features gardens, a giant turtle pool, shrines and beautiful sculptures. The history of the seven-tier pagoda is a shrine dedicated to Boddhisattva Tsi Tsuang Wang, one of the enlightened who declined to enter Nirvana so that he could help bring others to salvation. It is open to public from early morning to late night everyday and the admission is free.
In town, you can find the famous P.Ramlee's House which is situated along Jalan P.Ramlee (formerly Caunterhall Road), is the newly restored wooden house where it kept the memorial of the late P.Ramlee, Malaysia's foremost entertainer. It was originally built in 1926 by his father and uncle, the house had previously undergone successive repairs before being taken over by the National Archives as an extension of its P.Ramlee Memorial project in Kuala Lumpur. The display within and outside the house features the main living areas and also the life history of the late singer, actor, composer and director. The various artifacts include his personal memorabilia related to his life in Penang and also items belonging to his family. The admission is free and it is open on Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00am till 6.00pm.
Batu Ferringhi is the most attractive place for tourist to stay because it has a several large resort, like Rasa Sayang, Golden Sands, Park Royal, Bayview etc. It looks like a new village, but it's very old. It used to be a kampong with a little fishing village. If you want to see a part of this old village you have to turn right when you have passed the Park Royal. The main road runs more or less straight along the coast for 3km, on which all the hotels, tourist shop, Internet cafe's, motorcycle rental offices and restaurants (House of Kampong, Deep Sea or The Last Drop e.o.), are lined up side by side. In the center you'll find the Telekom office, post office, police station and clinic. You can get to Batu Ferringhi by taxi, car or bus. It takes a thirty-minute bus ride west of Georgetown on Transitlink No.202 or Transitlink air-con No.93 but there is no bus straight from the airport (Bayan Lepas) to Batu Ferringhi. A taxi ride will cost you around RM50 or more. The most interesting part at the Batu Ferringhi is the beach itself where it is quite good. The beach is kept clean, even on weekends when hordes of day-trippers visit. At the beach we have variety of games such as jet-skis, banana boat, parachute and horse riding. During weekend the place is being crowded by local people and visitors having picnic and relaxing with their family and friends. At night, there will be a good night markets on the main road selling souvenir, clothes, food, bags, and etc. The big hotels offer good deals at certain cultural festival and season for visitors is available if you want a few days by the beach.
The ferry would be a nice experience if you come from Butterworth, Seberang Perai. Or you could take the ferry for a trip to Butterworth. If you are driving and feel that the toll fee is a little expensive, then you can try taking the ferries. Ferries service transport cars and people to and fro from the main land to the island everyday. The cost of taking ferries is about RM7. From Butterworth, it is necessary to take the ferry to Penang Island. The ferry service is available around the clock for both passengers and vehicles. Tickets are purchased at the Butterworth terminal. But the waiting time may be longer than taking the bridge, but once you are in the ferries, you can step out of the car and enjoy the breeze.
Penang is unique and interesting place where it offer a lot of excitement and fun. Besides it is popular of food island and it is heaven for shoppers. The experience in Penang is unforgetfull. Come and experience the enjoyment to the fullness!
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