Bought by an English trader from the Sultan of Kedah in the 1700s, Penang quickly grew into a thriving, cosmopolitan melting pot of cultures.
Essential information for Penang
Batu Ferringhi in the north of the island, is a long swathe of white sand beach with some excellent hotels offering lots of activities. The name means Foreigners Rock, coined in honour of the happy hippies who used to hang out here in the 70s. Georgetown, the capital of Penang, is a few minutes away and packed with interesting sights.