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March 29, 2012 |
On the coastal road north of Georgetown is a stretch of golden beaches with world class resorts. The beach closest to Geogetoen is Tanjung Bungah. A shoreline with overhanging cliffs, gigantic rocks and lush vegetation, some of the island’s more spectacular seascapes can be viewed from here. Visitors can find many hotels along this stretch.
Travelling west along the coastal road, away from Tanjung Bungah, is Batu Ferringhi. A low lying area with a sweeping strand and casuarinas, it is the most famous of Penang’s beaches. Several hotels of international standard may be found along its shoreline. Here, guests have many sporting activities to choose from, such as parasailing, jet skiing, wind surfing and water skiing. Dining is a delight with nearby restaurants offering a variety of seafood, local, Continental and Asian dishes. The roadside is also lined with numerous stalls selling handicrafts and souvenirs.
At the northwestern end of the coastal road lies Teluk Bahang.A beautiful beach with lush vegetation and scheduled coves, it is interspersed with several hotels that offer a host of recreational facilities.
Besides beach side activities, Teluk Bahang offers visitors a glimpse at Penang’s various species of flora and fauna found within the 100-hectare Forest Recreation Park. The park also has a Forestry Museum which provides information on the numerous species of trees and products that are derived from them.
Another attraction is the Penang Bridge, spanning 13.5km from Seberang Perai on the mainland to Gelugor on the island. This engineering marvel has been acclaimed as one of the longest bridges in the world.