Penang is one of 14 Malaysian states located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It consists of two parts: Penang Island, where USM Main Campus and the capital city, George Town, is located, and Seberang Perai (formerly known as the Province Wellesley) on the main land. The second smallest Malaysian state by land mass, Penang is bordered by Kedah to the north and the east, and Perak to the south. Penang used to be part of the state of Kedah. Penang’s population stood at nearly 1.75 million as of 2017, while its population density rose to 1,666.3/km2 (4,316/sq mi). Thus, Penang has among the highest population densities in Malaysia and is one of the country’s most urbanized states. Penang Island, which includes George Town, is Malaysia’s second largest city by population. George Town, in particular, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012 and a thriving tourist destination that thirst in heritage and culture. Penang’s modern history began in 1786, when Francis Light founded George Town as a trading post of the British East India Company. Today, Penang attracts many investors and it is known as the ‘Silicon Valley of the East’ for its industries thereby Penang is one of the most vital economic powerhouses in Malaysia. Penang has the highest GDP per-capita among all Malaysian states. In addition, Penang recorded the third highest Human Development Index in Malaysia, after the State of Selangor and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
There are so many places to go, food to taste and things to experience. Shop at malls or an artisan’s shophouse and bring home a little piece of Penang as a reminder of your adventures. Unwind from a day of exploration at a spa before heading out for a dose of Penang’s vibrant nightlife. If that sounds like plenty, don’t forget that every meal in Penang is an experience in itself. Dive in and lose yourself in the good life while you are here.
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Nature & Adventure
There are lots of activities you can do in Penang. You can stroll along many golden sand beaches around the island. The most popular is Batu Feringghi or Feringghi Beach. Why don’t you take this opportunity to celebrate Christmas in a warm climate and build sand-snowman on the beach. If you are into adventure and nature, Penang National Park and Penang Botanical Garden offer the best nature experience for you. You can find various types of flora and fauna such as sea turtles, tarantulas, monitor lizards, porcupine, monkeys, lush rain forest canopy and canon ball tree.
Food & Lifestyle
There are numbers of malls in Penang and there are pretty much convenience for USM students to shop. It offers vast outlet to shop from H&M to Coach, etc. You can enjoy many entertainment facilities in these mall such as bowling and watching movies in the cinema in malls around here too! Penang is also known as food heaven. You will get tourists that come and re-visit Penang just because of the food. You won’t get hungry here since there are many restaurants that operates 24 hours. Due to the long history of trades on the island, there are lots of fusion food invented. Don’t miss to try out!