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Penang Vacations

This Malaysian state includes Penang Island and Seberang Perai on the mainland. Most visitors focus their attention on Penang Island, home to the state capital of George Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the island's dazzling beaches.

Region: Malaysia

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Courtyard by Marriott Penang

Courtyard by Marriott Penang

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Penang, Malaysia

The Courtyard by Marriott Penang is perfectly located in the heart of UNESCO-listed George Town. It features 199 spacious rooms and suites with plush bedding, smart TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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Overview

History comes alive in multicultural George Town, where you will find a number of well-preserved British colonial buildings, historic Chinese shop-houses, sacred mosques, and more. The island is also home to Penang National Park, which overlooks the Straits of Malacca. This peaceful paradise is where visitors can trek through lush jungle, commune with the park’s wildlife, or just lounge on some of the island’s best beaches. Back on the mainland in Seberang Perai, opposite Penang Island, Malaysia’s second-largest city is buzzing with activity. Some of its top attractions include the Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest, Tow Boo Kong Temple, and St. Anne’s Church.

What To Do

Must-see sights on Penang Island include the magnificent 19th-century Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia; Chew Jetty, a collection of wooden stilt houses along the water in George Town where it is like stepping back in time to a bygone Malaysia; and Batu Ferringhi, the island’s premier beach destination. If visiting Seberang Perai, don’t miss Tow Boo Kong Temple, aka the Nine Emperor Gods Temple, which is one of the most stunning Taoist temples in Malaysia; and Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest, a tranquil retreat for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.