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What to do in Georgetown

Georgetown Hotels

From prim British colonial buildings and weathered Chinese shop houses, to decorative Indian temples and towering modern skyscrapers – Penang’s capital is a multicultural mish mash of the old and new. For those that really like to get their teeth into a city, the experiences to be had here are just as diverse. Embark on serious shopping sprees in gargantuan Western-style malls, sample tantalizing delicacies at fragrant street hawkers, or escape the city chaos with a hike up to Penang Hill.

Things to see

Piercing the skyline right in the heart of the city, KOMTAR is Georgetown’s landmark skyscraper. Standing at a dizzying height of 761 feet, the cylindrical tower is among the tallest buildings in Malaysia. Nearby, the bright and airy 1st Avenue Mall is a treasure trove for hardy shopaholics. Alongside floor upon floor of everything from fashion to electronics, the shopping centre’s 8th floor, known as Cloud Eight, boasts far-reaching views over Georgetown. Fort Cornwallis is a relic of the island’s British colonial past. Built in the late 18th century, the stout stone fort features a star-shaped bastion and a collection of antique cannons. The largest dates back to 1603, and was a gift from the Dutch to the Sultan of Johor. A short walk away, Penang City Hall is another architectural jewel worthy of attention. Built in 1903, the palatial Edwardian-style abode currently houses the Penang Island City Council.

Hotels in Georgetown

Whatever type of stay you’re looking for, the huge choice of hotels in Georgetown can comfortably accommodate it. Dotted about the city you’ll find everything from luxury high-rise seafront hotels complete with indulgent full-service spas, to no frills digs offering top locations, mod cons aplenty, and budget-friendly price tags. Many hotels in Georgetown count on-site bars among their amenities, whilst some boast the convenience of swimming pools and gyms too. If you’re looking for the thriftiest possible stay, Georgetown has plenty of clean and comfortable hostels to choose from, many of which come equipped with free in-room WiFi.

Where to stay

From its attractively worn old town and historical architectural treasures, to its wanderlust-inspiring streets and shiny cosmopolitan comforts – a hotel in the heart of Georgetown puts you in the best position for enjoying everything the city offers. Wherever you stay however, Georgetown’s well-organised public transport system makes sightseeing a breeze. Another popular tourist hotspot is Gurney Drive. Set along the glittering seafront, it’s the epicentre of Georgetown’s culinary scene, making it a real treat for hawker-loving foodies. The area also boasts excellent shopping at the glossy Gurney Plaza, and sits within reach of the lush and leafy Penang Botanic Gardens.

How to get to Georgetown

Situated around 16 kilometres from Georgetown, Penang International Airport is the island’s main gateway. Whilst it primary handles flights to and from Asian destinations, those coming from further afield can make connecting flights from Singapore Changi, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, or Kuala Lumpur International airports. The city is also reachable by boat and rail. Boats dock at the Raja Tun Uda terminal in the east of the city, whilst trains terminate at Butterworth Train Station on the mainland. The station is within easy walking distance of the mainland’s ferry terminal, allowing you to hop over to the island in just a few minutes.

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