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Penang state population has more than 1.5 million, nearly half residing on Penang Island. There are a considerably large population of ethnic Chinese, consisting of over two-fifths of the population - about the same proportion as the ethnic Malay. Expatriates consist of over five per cent of the population in the state due to the large number of multinational companies operating here such as AMD, Bosch, Dell, Hitachi, Intel, Motorola and Osram.
Penang state consists of two parts, Penang Island and mainland Province Wellesley (Malay: Seberang Perai), connected by ferry from Butterworth across the 3-kilometre-wide North Channel and by the 13.5-kilometre-long Penang Bridge, the longest in Malaysia. The topography of Seberang Perai, comprising more than half of the land area of Penang, is mostly flat save for Bukit Mertajam, the name of the hillock and the eponymous town at its foot. It has a long coastline, the majority of which is lined with mangrove.
Like the rest of Malaysia, Penang has a hot and humid tropical climate with daytime temperatures mostly around the 30 °C mark while nights are around or above 20 °C. Monsoon rains arrive around November and last until at least March. The climate is very much dictated by the surrounding sea and the wind system. Penang's proximity with Sumatra, Indonesia makes it susceptible to dust particles carried by wind from perennial but transient forest fires, creating a phenomenon known as the haze.
Penang International Airport (PEN) has quite a few international and domestic services. AirAsia flies to/from Hong Kong, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Macau and Singapore. Other airlines serve cities like Taipei, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Langkawi, Medan, Phuket, Jakarta and Bangkok.
Several companies offer bus services to George Town from Kuala Lumpur (5-6 hours), Johor Bahru and Singapore (both around 10 hours) and other cities and towns across the Malaysian Peninsula. There are also minivans services to places in southern Thailand with van/ferry combinations possible, even to the Perhentian Islands.
Travellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to food in Penang with plenty of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Nyonya, local seafood, street food and good old western favourites.
|Baba Guesthouse||52 Batu Ferringhi 11100||Hostel||84|
|ET Budget Guesthouse||47, Batu Ferringhi||Guesthouse||82|
|Hotel Mingood||164 Argyll Road||Hotel||69|
|Huttonlodge||No. 17 Jalan Hutton off Penang Road||Guesthouse||83|
|Love Lane Inn||54 Love Lane George Town||Guesthouse||62|
|Old Penang GuestHouse||53, Love Lane, Georgetown||Hostel||85|
|Oriental Hotel Penang||105 Penang Road Penang||Hotel||-|
|YMCA International Hostel, Penang||211 Jalan Macalister YMCA of Penang||Hostel||80|
|Baan Talay Homestay||515 P Jalan Hashim Tanjong Tokong P.Pinang||Guesthouse||77|
|Vacation Apartment||Jalan Sungai Emas Satu Batu Feringghi||Apartment||-|
|Annie's Bed & Breakfast||No: 7, Jalan Sungai Emas 3, Batu Ferringhi||GUESTHOUSE||83|
|Paramount Hotel||48F, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah Penang||Hotel||-|
|Eden Fairway Condo||11-01-01 Eden Fairway Condo Lorong Emas Batu Feringghi||APARTMENT||-|
|FERRINGHI INN & cafe||3 Jalan Sungai Emas Eden Square||Guesthouse||72|
|Red Inn||55, Love Lane||Guesthouse||78|
|Value Inn Homestay||2725 Lorong Kubur Butterworth, Pulau Pinang||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Sattcle Heritage House||48, Jalan Chow Thye, George Town||Hostel||-|
|Ryokan @ Muntri Street||62 Jalan Muntri Georgetown||Hostel||77|
|Holiday Homestay Penang||Leader Garden Condominium. Jalan Chee Seng 13. Chee Seng Garden||Guesthouse||-|
|Day & Night Guesthouse||319, Chulia Street||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Eden Seaview||eden seaview condominium jalan sungai satu batu ferringhi||Hostel||-|
|Red Inn Heritage||No.15,Love Lane Georgetown||Hostel||78|
|LazyBoys TraveLodge||392 Jalan Batu Ferringhi||Guesthouse||83|
|Chulia Heritage Hotel||No.380, Chulia Street Georgetown||Hotel||78|
|Reggae Penang Love Lane Hostel||57, Love Lane, 10200 Georgetown Penang||Hostel||83|
|Red Inn Penang||55, Love Lane||Guesthouse||-|
|Red Inn Cabana||No.22,Lebuh Leith Georgetown||Hostel||76|
|Cocoa Mews||101, King Street||Hostel||82|
|Red Inn Court||35B & C , Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling Pitt Street||GUESTHOUSE||82|
|Fastbook Hostel||1228L-3, Jalan Paya Terubong In front of Desa Permata swimming poor||HOSTEL||80|
|Malabar||No. 26-28 Lebuh Cintra||HOSTEL||83|
|Roommates Penang||17 B, Lorong Chulia||GUESTHOUSE||83|
|Guest Inn Muntri||No.17 Muntri Street George Town||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Tofu Cafe Beds & Bikes||484, Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street), George Town,||HOSTEL||-|
|The Beach House||547-I /547J Solok Wee Hein Tze||Hostel||-|
|Syok @ Chulia Hostel||458 Chulia Street||HOSTEL||85|
|LYF Lodge||10 Lebuh Sri Genting 1||HOSTEL||-|
|Muntri House||No.48, Muntri Street Georgetown||GUESTHOUSE||72|
|Heritage Lodge||39 Lorong Ceylon George Town||HOSTEL||-|
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