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Penang Hop On Free Central Area Transit (CAT) Roadmap

Penang Hop On Free Central Area Transit (CAT) Roadmap

Rapid Penang CAT (Central Area Transit) is the free hop-on hop-off bus service funded by Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) via Rapid Penang with frequencies of every 20-30 minutes around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George town. Stop 1: Pengkalan Weld Swettenham Pier Church Street Pier British Council Boustead and German Merchant Houses (5 [...]

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Unesco designation keeps Penang teeming with culture

Unesco designation keeps Penang teeming with culture

John Brunton George Town’s culturally diverse buildings, protected by Unesco, make the perfect backdrop for a feast. Malaysia’s tropical island of Penang became the first outpost of the British Empire in South East Asia when Captain Francis Light landed here in 1786 and declared possession in the name of the British king. Strategically placed in [...]

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Old-world charm of Penang

Old-world charm of Penang

By Emily Jade B. Valero IT’S 10 o’clock in the morning and a throng of tourists has already gathered outside the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in George Town, capital of Penang, Malaysia. There’s a melee of cruise ship tourists who are docked for one night in George Town, a couple of honeymooners, families and a [...]

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Discovering Penang on three wheels

Discovering Penang on three wheels

The fresh sea air, a waft of something delicious and the incoherent shouting of local hawkers made for the perfect South-East Asian setting to undertake a historical tour of the city of Georgetown, Penang in Malaysia. I’d been privileged to encounter trishaw’s in Vietnam some years ago and was pleased to learn that these sturdy [...]

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Penang public bus guide

Penang public bus guide

Rapid Penang is main public bus service in Penang. Please click on the below link for bus route planner. http://www.rapidpg.com.my/journey-planner/

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36 Hours: Penang, Malaysia

36 Hours: Penang, Malaysia

By ROBYN ECKHARDT PENANG is on a roll. Thanks to an influx of private and public investment and creative energy — precipitated in part by Unesco’s 2008 listing of Penang’s capital city, George Town, as a World Heritage site — the Malaysian island is padding out its list of attractions. To the region’s best street [...]

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Penang’s past is a boon to its future

Penang’s past is a boon to its future

By Ted Macauley, eTN Ambassador Getting off a plane at Penang’s newly renovated international airport, one cannot help noticing the welcome sign saying, “Welcome to the pearl of the orient.” Since the early days of the British Empire, Penang has been part of the chain stretching from England to Hong Kong and beyond. A military [...]

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Babies and biscuits

Babies and biscuits

By Alan Teh Leam Seng A trip to Penang is not complete without a visit to Ghee Hiang. Alan Teh Leam Seng wonders what babies have to do with the pastry shop I had just settled down in my hotel room after a tiring three-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur when I received an SMS from [...]

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The whole Penang

The whole Penang

Sholto Byrnes With its colonial grandeur, cultural vibrancy and luxury beach resorts, Sholto Byrnes finds his Shangri-la in the Pearl of the Orient… In 1786 Captain Sir Francis Light landed on the northeastern coast of Penang and took possession of the island on behalf of the East India Company. He had promised military protection to [...]

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