Its capital city George Town, a world UNESCO heritage site is a living heritage of diversity of cultures, religions, races and festivals.
But lesser known is some of its beautiful natural areas waiting for you to explore :
~ nestled in the north western corner of the island is Penang National Park, the world's smallest national park but boasts of at least 5 natural habitats i. e. the unique seasonal meromictic lake, lowland rainforest, freshwater streams, sea & turtle nesting beaches and mangrove.
~ pristine mangrove ecosystem on the west coast of the island
~ the central hilly region is 2 large permanent forest reserves and main water catchment area
~ Penang hills
~ Penang Botanic Gardens, famous for its majestic waterfall
As a born and bred Penangite and professional licensed nature guide who specialises in ecotourism, it will be my pleasure to show you some of the island's hidden natural and cultural heritage.
I do hope during your visit to the island you will take back some of the landscape, cultural, culinary beauty and wonderful images of its natural places.
A Recent Review of this guide
I had been to Penang several times in the early 70's before the corporate buy-up and the homogenization that has left the island to resemble all similar tourist destinations. Our guide, Beatrice, was able to take us to non-tourist local markets, eateries, villages, plantations, nature spots and island interior back country that enabled us to experience Penang more for the locals rather than for the tourists. A big plus was Beatrice herself. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her.
Professional nature guide (licence No. TG7731). Received formal training as nature guide in December 2005, a nature guide training course conducted by Ministry of Tourism and Department of Wildlife and National Parks Malaysia.
Member of Penang Tourist Guide Association (PTGA)