Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The beautiful beach at Tanjung Bungah

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Tanjung Bungah (also spelled as Tanjong Bunga) is a suburb of Penang, Malaysia. It is situated in the northern part of Penang Island. It was known as a fishing village, but now it's populated by many commuters from Georgetown and people who work in the hotels along the beach. You will pass through this area when you're heading to Batu Ferringhi.  There are many hotels you can find here which are lower priced than those in Batu Ferringhi.

Tanjung Bungah beach view at night

Tanjung Bungah was hit on Christmas 2004 by the tsunami. The Royal couple of Malaysia paid a visit to the area hit by the massive tidal waves in Tanjung Bungah and checked on the floating mosque.

tanjung bungah street from batu feringgi

Tanjung Bungah has become a favorite spot for foreigners to settle down in Penang because of its proximity to the educational facilities at Dalat International School as well as its proximity to the leisure areas of Batu Ferringhi and Gurney Drive. The Penang Branch Campus of Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC), which has its main campus in Kuala Lumpur is also located here.

tanjung bungah main street

Tanjung Bungah is a valley of 1.5 km across and 4 km long flanked by hills on the west, south and east, and the sea on the north. The hill to the east is known as Pearl Hill or Mount Erskine and is 194 meters high. The hill to the south leads to Bukit Bendera.

If you go to Malaysia, it is one of destination tourists spot to experience the beautiful sandy beach. Two of the most popular spots, Tanjung Bungah and Batu Feringghi are well developed ‘island paradises' featuring top range accommodations and some natural attractions. The most unique aspect of the island is perhaps how cultures combine seamlessly so don't be surprised to find a mosque, Chinese or Indian temple a few hundred metres away from each other.

tanjung bungah beach 

There are many hotels available in Tanjung Bungah.  They are situated between the beach and the busy road. There are traffic lights and a bridge for pedestrians to cross the road.

One of the attractions of Tanjung Bungah is the floating mosque. It was completed in 2005.
Every Friday a lot of people come from far away to pray in this floating mosque

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Night Market at Batu Ferringhi - Pulau Penang

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Batu Ferringhi is a beach area in Penang, Malaysia. Along this famous beach area, there are numerous beach resorts and hotels, restaurants, transportation rental services, and souvenir stores. Batu Ferringhi is located adjacent to Teluk Bahang and Tanjung Bungah and about one hour drive from Georgetown, the capital of Penang.  Some of the resorts and hotels there are Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Hydro Hotel, Holiday Inn, Bayview Beach Resort, Golden Sands Resort, Grand Plaza Parkroyal Penang, Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, etc.

night market at Batu Ferringhi

Batu Ferringhi is a famous tourist spot for visitors of Penang due to the beautiful beach in that area.  It is quite accessible too, you can take bus direct from the airport to Batu Ferringhi.  Most of the bus drivers know the hotels in Penang, so if language is a constraint, be sure to have the name of the hotel and address written down so you can show it to the driver, the driver will tell you where to stop.

cycle rickshaw at Batu Ferringhi
If you’re staying in Georgetown or Tanjung Bungah, you can take bus as well to Batu Ferringhi to enjoy the ambience and the night markets.  Baru Ferringhi is also famous for its night markets, where you can exercise your bargaining skills with the so many stalls there.  You can find items from souvenirs, t-shirts, wallets, accessories, and many more at a relatively cheaper price.  Be sure the bargain.   When you get hungry, there are many food stalls along the road too where you can enjoy the local delights.

batu ferringhi night market

The night markets opens until midnight, so if you’re not staying at Batu Ferringhi, be sure to check the bus schedule.
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Malaysia: Pulau Penang

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George Town (less commonly also spelt Georgetown,) is the capital of the state of Penang in Malaysia. Named after Britain's King George III, George Town is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island. The inner city has a population of 720,202 and the metropolitan area which consists of Penang Island, Seberang Prai, Sungai Petani and Kulim has a combined population of 2,251,042, making it the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia.

Formerly a municipality and then a city in its own right, since 1976 George Town has been part of the Municipality of Penang Island, though the area formerly governed by the City Council of George Town is still commonly referred to as a city. George Town is also known as Tanjung ("The Cape") in Malay, 乔治市 (Qiáozhì Shì) in Chinese and ஜோர்ஜ் டவுன் (Georgetown) in Tamil. The inner city of George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
george town museum
George Town was founded on 11 August 1786 by Captain Francis Light, a trader for the British East India Company, as base for the company in the Malay States. He obtained the island of Penang from the Sultan of Kedah and built Fort Cornwallis on the north-eastern corner of the island. The fort became the nexus of a growing trading post and the island's population reached 12,000 by 1804.

old building at pulau penang
The town was built on swampy land that had to be cleared of vegetation, levelled and filled. The original commercial town was laid out between Light Street, Beach Street (then running close to the seashore), Malabar Street (subsequently called Chulia Street) and Pitt Street (now called Masjid Kapitan Keling Street).
hotel at pulau penang
Happy holday !

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Town,_Penang
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Pulau Penang: Water chestnut stall

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If you go to the Pulau Pinang, in a roadside, there are some stalls that sell fresh water chestnuts. Those beans were fried by hot sand instead of cooking oil. Well, its a healthy way to reduce cholesterol of cooking oil.

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