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o      Penang - Ideal for Old World Charm and Beach Retreat
Penang was founded in 1786 by Captain Francis Light of the British East India Company. It is a cultural melting pot and the oldest British Straits Settlement. Its historic heart Georgetown was where ships refueled and it also served as a centre for the spice trade as well as tea and cotton from China and India. The island’s alluring beaches and old world charm has made Penang a popular tourist destination. Locals swear Penang has Malaysia’s best food and will delight in taking visitors to the multitude of open-air stalls along Gurney Drive. Nyonya food (a Chinese and Malay culinary blend) is also best sampled in Penang and Malacca.

Ø        Visit our Penang Travel Guide for a more comprehensive guide on Penang.


o      Langkawi - Intriguing Legend And Nature’s Wonders
The Langkawi archipelago consists of 99 islands situated in the Andaman Sea, south of Thailand. Tourists flock here for the delightful beaches, superb resorts and refreshing nature-based activities. The best beaches include Pantai Cenang, Burau Bay, Pantai Kok, Pulau Payar (20km of Langkawi) and Pantai Datai. Another major attraction of Langkawi is its natural, undisturbed state i.e. the rustic appeal of its rice fields with grazing buffaloes.

You can also discover the rainforest or take the ride of a lifetime on the thrilling rainforest canopy adventure. Take the Langkawi Cable Car to the summit of Gunung Mat Cincang at 700m for a spectacular view of the islands including neighbouring


o     Perlis and Kedah
Known as the Malaysia’s Rice Bowl States, Perils and Kedah reveals a land of serene natural beauty surrounded by the greenery of padi, especially during the planting season, and golden hues at harvest time. From Ipoh northwards, rounded limestone hills rise above the padi or rice fields. Several of these caves are open to the public. Notable landmarks in Alor Star, Kedah’s capital are the Zahir Mosque with its distinctive black dome and Balai Nobat which houses the instruments of the Royal Orchestra. Alor Star can be reached via air and rail from Kuala Lumpur.


o      Perak - Historic Towns and Island Resort
Ipoh and Taiping in the state of Perak were two cities that boomed after tin was discovered in the 19h century. Situated at the base of Bukit Larut or Maxwell Hill, the Taiping Lake Gardens is surrounded by old tin mines, a small golf course and a zoo, providing the town with a refreshing ambience. The colonial buildings, church and war cemetery in this charming town are reminiscent of the British era. Maxwell Hill is a perfect retreat for those who appreciate tranquility and accommodation in quaint resthouses. Visit Ipoh’s colonial heart and its historic quarter to appreciate how tin enriched the city—the railway station, HSBC Building and St.Michael’s Institution are such examples. Apparently, Ipoh is reputed to be one of the best places to sample local Chinese delicacies.

Lumut, a small coastal port 80km from lpoh, is the staging point to
Pangkor Island. Both Pangkor and the smaller Pangkor Laut Island are lined with golden beaches and overhanging trees. Pangkor Laut Resort promotes itself as ‘one island, one resort’. It’s a private island featuring a spa village and Emerald Bay, one of Malaysia’s best beaches.

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