Approximately 112km south of Langkawi, lies the island of PENANG the
'Pearl of the Orient'. When first discovered by Captain Francis Light
in 1786, the island was filled with lush tropical vegetation. The
betel nut palm was a common sight all over the island - a fact which
gave rise to the name of Pulau Pinang (Island of the Betel Nut). Penang
has come a long way from its early beginnings as the first British
trading post in the Far East. Its capital Georgetown is a bustling
metropolitan city with a unique blend of East and West.
By contrast, the famous beaches of Penang - Tanjung Bungah, Batu Ferringhi
and Teluk Bahang offer all the scenic delights of tropical island
paradise - stretches of golden sandy beaches, clear blue seas and
tiny secluded coves enclosed by clusters of rocks. Penang is a resort
island in full bloom with numerous hotels of international standard
fronting the sea along the beaches on its northern coastlines. The
range of facilities and amenities available here makes it an ideal
playground for worshippers of the sun and the sea.
But there is another side of Penang that still remains to be discovered.
Along the northwestern coastline are some of the fine beaches on the
island. Imagine a sparkling sea, powdery white sand, sunlight filtering
through coconut groves - the scene of perfect tranquillity. These
beaches remain as Penang's best kept secrets because they are relatively
inaccessible except by hiking through jungle trails. The rewards would
make the effort really worthwhile.