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Visiting Penang Island in Malaysia
Penang is also known as the "Pearl of the Orient". The Malaysian state consists of the island Pulau Pinang (Penang) and the mainland coastal strip is known as Seberang Prai (formerly Port Wellesley).

The two are linked by a 24-hour ferry service and the 13.5 kilometer Penang Bridge 1 and a bit to the south is an even longer new one, see pics below. 

The population is over one million, of which about 50 percent live on the island. Chinese, Malays, and Indians are the three largest groups, with small numbers of Eurasians, Japanese, Europeans, and Americans. Plenty of peoples are able to recognize the retirement potential .

You never be alone here but there are many attraction and great sandy beach fronts in particular at the north-west oceanfront. Here is some history to explore plus action and nightlife. The place is quite close to Thailand which means plenty of travel back and forward to Dannok and Hat Yai which is a preferred weekend, shopping and nightlife spot of Malaysian people.
Today Penang businesses 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 manufacture plants in Asia, set up by some of the most renowned technology companies in the world.
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It 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. The city is rich in history and old buildings plus beautiful Chinese Taoist Temples and Clan Houses to the left is the Penang City Hall plus Muslim Mosques and  Buddhist Pagodas

Khoo Kongsi is the most spectacular Chinese clan house in Malaysia. It was built in 1843 by Chinese migrants of the Khoo family and is a fine example of intricate Chinese design and craftsmanship. Kongsi are mutual benefit societies constructed as a communal place of worship for all members of a particular family or clan. The most striking exterior feature is its dragon-shaped roof and on either side of the central shrine are ancestral halls honoring the patron saints of the Khoo clan. 
  1. Penang Island City Hall
  2. The Chinese yap temple in Georgetown
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  5. Penang and Chinese shopping in Georgetown
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The First Penang Bridge
Pulau Pinang Pictures

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 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
Above 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 gridlock was happening and then nothing moved anymore.

Actually, i always wonder why the people don't use the Penang Ferry because the ship is usually faster and lands directly in downtown Georgetown.  
penang chinatown
Penang to Kuala Lumpur
To Thailand
A Kuala Lumpur drive 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 near Hat Yai 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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