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Southeast Asia is an ideal travel holiday and vacation destination offering all what people like for their most precious time of the year regardless of age and gender. Most countries which are clustered along the equator are tuned for the tourists and have the right spots to make everyone happy. What needs you to do? Not much just do as locals do which means such simple things keep in mind that east meets west but with different traditions and rules. Hotels and resorts are plenty beaches and island too and just think positive there is no need to be negative because everything is not the way you are used at home. ​​

About Penang History

The British had just lost their American colonies in 1776

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The Island was virtually discovered by Captain James Lancaster
The Edward Bonaventure vessel which was owned by J. Lancaster was among the 3 ships that were sent by Britain on a trade mission to East India in 1591.

Based on his notes he discovered Pulau Pinang (so the local name) after stopping at Rimau port which is situated to the south in June 1593.  Since he was seriously sick Captain Lancaster had to stay for a few months in Pulau Rimau due to diarrhea and vomiting that killed many crew members. At that time Penang was not inhabited.
Also widely known as the "Pearl of the Orient" today Penang is Malaysia's most popular holiday destination. The territory of the state consists of the island (Pulau Pinang) and the mainland coastal strip known as Seberang Prai (formerly Port Wellesley). Both parts are linked by a 24-hour ferry service and two bridges, see the Penang map ASEAN states were no existent at the time.
The British hade just lost their colonies in North America
While the French were firmly established in Louisiana and Quebec (in what is now part of the United States and Canada respectively), making this rivalry all the more bitter.

And in India, the French campaign was threatening British factories along the Coromandel Coast in the Indian Ocean.

In the days of the sail ship, meteorological conditions influenced military strategy. The British, having no ports on the east coast of India, had to withdraw to the west to avoid the monsoon.
In 1758, for example, with the British fleet sheltering in Bombay from the October-January north-east monsoon.

When the French were able to lay siege of Madras. Furthermore, the French had a military outpost in Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra within striking reach of India.

There was an urgent need for a British military outpost in the northern region of the Straits of Malacca to prevent the French from repeating their near-successful siege of Madras.  The Anglo-French rivalry is said to be a key factor in the expansion of British influence in South and South-East Asia and therefore a need for a naval base in Penang. The biggest prize was the domination of India.

  1. Penang in early 1800
  2. Penang Chinese around 1817
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More about History


In 1786 Captain Francis Light of the Britain East India Company established Penang Island as the first British arbor in the far East.

The island's original name was Prince of Wales Island but was later changed to Pulau Pinang, meaning Island of the Betelnut.

Development started in 1900's after the island's first hydroelectric plant was completed in 1905, and consequentially its first tramway began operating in 1906. By 1910 the place had been turned into a major port from where the rubber was shipped to the world. In 1941, two years after the outbreak of the Second World War, the Japanese invaded Malaysia and took control of the island until formally surrendering to allied troops on 4th September 1945.

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The territory then remained under British control until the independence of Malaya in 1957.  Today Penang this is the major tourist and retirement hub of the country a busy port and a manufacturing center.

The population is nearly one million, of which about 50per cent live on the island. Chinese, Malays, and Indians are the three largest groups, with small numbers of Eurasians, Japanese, Europeans, and Americans. The capital Georgetown has an unmistakably Chinese flavor but retains many architectural reminders of its colonial history. Away from the city, there are spectacular beaches along the north coast road to Batu Ferringhi, and there is unspoiled natural scenery all along the far side of the island.
Penang harbor in 1856

Travel to Penang

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Early travelers to Penang were a diverse group; they were the globe-trotters of their day, agronomists, civil servants, engineers, naturalists, tin prospectors, surveyors, and a retired Glover.

There were also diplomats, naval officers, professional artists, editors, doctors, and more, amateur artists traveled, too. In varying degrees, they all brought with them their particular European prejudices, what some people called 'this silly superior feeling' when they encountered other cultures. Indeed, the written record often tells as much about the viewer as about the view. Before the camera became a permanent appendage for travelers, even before the picture postcard became the means to share one's travel experiences, Penang was a fascinating pictorial subject.

The natural beauty of the island attracted artists whose scenes of the harbor, the hills, Fort Cornwallis, and other points of interest are important visual documents in Penang's history, as well as museum treasures. Like all tourists, Penang's visitors complained, the hotel was crowded, there was not enough to do, the humidity was oppressive, and the Chinese, according to some "western travelers", grabbed every opportunity 'to play tricks on Europeans and stick their fingers in foreign wallets'. They worried, with good reason, about their health.

Naturally, they raved about the view from the hills and found the air there refreshingly pure. Many simply enjoyed themselves in their exotic setting, dancing all night with beautiful young women. 
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This is truly ASEAN

Penang is the best known island in Malaysia that was not always so.

Here is some history which more or less started to be recorded when the British came and that was when in 1771 Francis Light was posted to Kedah with the Bitish East India company and recommended Penang as a "convenient magazine for trade" and involved in various proposals to cede land belonging to Kedah to British.

In that year, Francis Light won the favor of Sultan Muhammad Jiwa. He was able to report to his principals in Madras that the Sultan was willing to make a concession of the Kedah Estuary to the British in return for military aid. In 1772, East India Company sent mission to Quedah. In the end the alliance contemplated between Kedah and the Company failed to materialize owing to the unwillingness of the Company to support the military aid.
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Francis Light was very disappointed, he resigned and relocated to Junk-Ceylon (Ujung Salang /Phuket), where he was remain as a trader for several years. He was well received by the Governor and settled happily with the inhabitants, learning the local languages and assuming their life-style, customs and dress.

On the
fourthday while exploring the area, Light met nearly 30 local inhabitants residing at the coastline area. They earned their living by catching fish and gathering jungle products. Their chief was Nakhoda Kechil, the younger brother of Haji Muhamad Salleh (Nakhoda Intan) who established the Batu Uban area. Francis Light employed Nakhoda Kechil and his men to clear the jungle to build the port and fort.

They were paid $15 Spanish dollar to cut down big trees and the wages were lower for smaller trees. Haji Mohamad Salleh, who was also known as Haji Brunei, joined in the task of clearing the land. 

He came from Brunei and when he was in Kuala Prai, he heard the news that the British had occupied the Island of Penang. After the land was cleared, a strong four-sided fence was constructed from a type of palm tree (nibong or the scientific name: Oncosperma tigillaria).

Earth was heaped high and from there, Fort Cornwallis was built. It was here that small huts were constructed for the Europeans to replace the temporary tents. To overcome the shortage of workers, Nakhoda Kechil was appointed by Francis Light to guard the coastline. He was appointed to oversee the coming and going of the small boats including the boats of the Malays from Kedah, which brought provisions into Penang.


Penang was already inhabited before Francis Light arrived


The island was part of the Sultanate of Kedha. Originally the island was known as Pulau Kesatu (Single Island). It was named by a seafarer, called Ragam from Lingga. Ragam visited Pulau Kesatu often when he was trading along the Malay Peninsula from Lingga to Kedah. Ragam named the island Pulau Kesatu (single island) because it was the only island that he found during his travels between the above-mentioned places. Ragam was also reputed to have given names to the various places, bays and rivers. For instance, Pulau Kendi got its name after the seafarer's water pot (kendi) fell into the sea near that area. When he released a tame bird called Bayan at a bay, he named the place 'Bayan Lepas' (the free Bayan).

The island was already in use among the Chinese seafarers since the 15th Century. The Portuguese who visited Batu Ferringhi named the place Pulo Pinaom and some of the Portuguese seafarers sketched Pulopinao on their maps. Penang was also known as TanjungPanagar (Penaga) (Cape of 'Penaga') among the Kedah and Province Wellesley inhabitants.
This name was given to the island because there were many Penaga trees (hard wood tree) there. Although the British EastIndia Company later named the place Prince of Wales Island, the name 'Tanjong Panagar' was still used in all the land grants issued by the government as late as 1800. Up to today, the word 'Tanjong' is used in daily conversation when referring to Georgetown.

The written record often tells as much about the viewer as about the view. Before the camera became a permanent appendage for travelers and even before the picture postcard became the means to share one's travel experiences the island was a fascinating pictorial subject.

The natural beauty of the island attracted artists whose scenes of the harbor, the hills, Fort Cornwallis, and other points of interest are important visual documents of history, as well as museum treasures. Anyone who want to get a better insight into the past of the last thousand years better visit the fort and have a look into the small museum built into the old storage rooms, read more.

In the early days as usual visitors complained, hotels were crowded, there was not enough to do, the humidity was oppressive, and the Chinese, according to the Danish artist Pedersen, grabbed every opportunity 'to play tricks on Europeans and stick their fingers in foreign wallets', it took a long time until the current ASEAN participation.
Penang Map
Approaching Penang today
Penang Photos
Chinese temple in Penang
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Today people manufacture computers, microchips, data storage products, wireless communication, automotive parts and other high-tech products. These products are made in some of the most advanced manufactul plants in Asia, set up by some of the most renowned technology companies in the world.
The First Penang Bridge

Below left  is the first bridge and to the right, the second which was needed since years because on a few times during the day the magic Malaysian / ASEAN gridlock was coming and then nothing happen anymore.

Actually I always wonder why the people don't use the Penang Ferry because the ship is usually faster and lands in downtown Georgetown. Today in 2016 there are two Bridges, first the one from 1982 with this specification a cable bridge similar to the San Francisco Golden Gate Bay Bridge began. On the third of August 1985, the Penang Bridge was opened by the then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad.

Technical details were
Overall Length: 13.5 km (8.4 miles)
Length Over Water: 8.4 km (5.2 miles)
Road: 2 lanes per direction, in the central span 3,
Height of Tower Above Water: 101.5 m
Height of Bridge Above Water: 33 m
Maximum Gradient: 3.0%

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first Penang Bridge
penang chinatown
A drive to Kuala Lumpur is about four hours to the south on an excellent tollway which would need some maintenance. It is the same story as in Thailand they build a good highway once and after they forget it since that cost money which nobody wants to spend although this is a tollway.

From the border at Dannok in Thailand, 
its about 2 hours driving. Many guys from the area do some tours to this town and Hat Yai to have some nightlife fun.
The summary of this page is to give you an idea of what to do in and places to visit on Penang Island. 

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