Enchanting Penang is a book by David Bowden. The star attraction of Penang is George Town, the state capital, both for its historic buildings and its vibrant contemporary street art. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, many of the traditional buildings are being restored to become cafes, restaurants, boutiques and hotels. There are also many other sights around the island. Take the scenic funicular railway to the summit of Penang Hill, or explore the Botanical Gardens, the Tropical Spice Garden, the Butterfly Farm, the lush national park, Kek Lok Si Temple and Snake Temple, a snake temple with live vipers. For a more relaxing visit, Penang’s beautiful beaches include the strip of bays and headlands stretching from Tanjung Bungah to Batu Ferringhi and Penang is regarded by many as the food capital of Malaysia, so there are plenty of amazing opportunities to sample the local cuisine from hawkerstalls to fine restaurants.
Be it picturesque beaches, ornate temples, unique heritage buildings or the delicious cuisine, Enchanting Penang introduces all of the must-see, must-try delights.
David Bowden is a writer living in Malaysia, specializing in travel and the environment. While Australian, he’s been living in Asia longer than he can remember, and returns to his home country as a tourist. When not travelling the world, he enjoys relaxing with his equally adventurous wife Maria and daughter Zoe.