Month: August 2011

Penang Isle: Beach View

As one of the main tourist hubs of Malaysia, Penang island boasted an array of beautiful beaches located along it northern tip as well as its southwestern tip. Most of the popular beaches, as well as hotels and resorts, are located along the coast of Batu Feringghi. Here are some of the random shots of beaches at Batu Feringghi.

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Penang Isle: Straits Quay

The Straits Quay is set within the waterfront community of Seri Tanjung Penang. It’s a 12.4-acre retail enclave offers everything from boutiques to bistros, signatures seafood restaurants to seaside cafes, antique shops to art galleries, bars and boatrides. Service apartments were also built around Waterside and the Marina with views facing the berths and the sea, hence, providing a nice seafront living. The Straits Quay is part of the Seri Tanjung Pinang project by E&O developments.

Penang Bridge

Constructed in 1982 and completed in 1985, the Penang Bridge connects the Penang island (Gelugor area) and its mainland (Seberang Prai area) at the peninsular with more than 65,000 vehicles traveling across it daily. The tolled bridge’s fees is only paid when heading to the island. There is no charge for leaving the island. After construction works of Penang Bridge were completed in 1985, Penang Island became the first and only island in Malaysia to be connected to the mainland through land transport.

Penang Bridge International Marathon is an international and widely popular event held annually. During this special day, the bridge will be closed completely.

Penang: Across the Straits

The ferry service is the only water transportation for traveling from the Mainland of Penang to the island. Besides using the Penang bridge, one can alternatively travel across the Straits of Malacca with the ferry, and at the same time enjoying the views at sea.

Penang: Ferry Service and Terminal

The Penang Ferry Service is the oldest ferry service in Malaysia. Located at the eastern coast of the island, the Penang ferry service connects Raja Tun Uda ferry terminal at Weld Quay at George Town in Penang Island with the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal in Butterworth mainland. The current ferry service is available to transport both vehicles and passengers (usually the top deck for passengers and the deck below for vehicles). The ferry service started back in 1920, under the management of a Chinese-owned company. It is now currently jointly operated by the Penang Port Commission (PPC) and Penang Port Sdn Bhd.

Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda (Island side)
First ferry departure : 5:30 am
Last ferry departure : 12:30 am

Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim (Mainland side
First ferry departure : 6:00 am
Last ferry departure : 1:00 am

The ferry fee is only required to be paid at the Butterworth terminal side (if one comes from the mainland to the island).
The rate is RM1.20 for Adult and Rm0.60 for Children (between 5 to 12 years old). For cars, the rate is RM7.70 while for motorcycles, the rate is RM2.

Penang Isle: Tanjung City Marina

Tanjung City Marina, which is located at George Town, is formerly known as the Church Street Pier. The marina is located at the Weld Quay area between the Penang Island Ferry Terminal and the Penang Island Swettenham Port. The marina is open to the public and caters to vessels with maximum draft of up to 4 meters. Some of the facilities and services available at the marina complex include Customs, Immigration and Port Clearance (CIP), refueling facilities and repairs as well as maintenance works. Two restaurants, a cafe and a convenience store are also located at the marina.

Penang Isle: Hindu Temple

As a multi-racial and multi-cultural state, Penang is home to various places of worship catering to different religions. The old Hindu temples in Penang were first built by Indian labourers as well as prisoners brought over from South India by the British during the colonial times. Most of these temples still remained today as devotees flock to the temples during significant days and festivals. The Hindu temples in Penang are built with detailed and unique architecture mostly featuring figurines of various Hindu deities on the roof and walls of the temples.

Penang Isle: The Floating Mosque

The Floating Mosque (or in Malay called Masjid Terapung) is built after the 2004 tsunami disaster that hit the island’s coast and destroyed a nearby mosque. The large Malay mosque is located at the bay in Tanjung Bungah, which one can easily spot if going along the main road to Batu Ferringhi. The mosque is built standing on pilings and stilts and is also the first mosque to be built in the sea in Malaysia.

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