Hotel & Travel Information
Welcome to the glorious and gorgeous island of Penang, Malaysia!
Penang is known as the Pearl of the Orient and it is located in the North West of Malaysia. A famous tourist destination in the region, it is also has a reputation as food paradise and rich in history and mix-culture.
Getting around on the Island
Taxis in red and yellow colour are available at major locations such as the Penang International Airport, Port Swettenham, Georgetown City (UNESCO World Heritage Site), shopping complexes and major hotels. Public buses (Rapid Penang) are also available for all bus-stops around the island.
( Note to Participants: If you are arriving at Penang International Airport and staying at Paradise Sandy Beach Resort, an airport transfer to your hotel will be arranged. )
Paradise Sandy Beach Resort
Our recommended stay is at Paradise Sandy Beach Resort as this is where the symposium will be held. They serve delicious food and offer a variety of water sports activity. Special rates are available for those attending the symposium.
More information at their website: http://www.paradisehotel.com/
Symposium Site Visit: Penang National Park
Penang National Park was set up to preserve and protect the flora and fauna as well as objects with geological, archaeological, historical, ethnological and other scientific and scenic interests. It is a haven for a wealth of 417 flora and 143 fauna species. Among the animals spotted at the park and its surroundings are dolphins, otters, Hawksbill turtles and monkeys. Trees and plants which can be found there include Chengal, Meranti Seraya, Jelutong, Gaharu, Tongkat Ali and five species of Bintangor. The park has attracted world-renowned scientists, researchers and even the National Geographic crew to study and learn from its pristine surroundings.
The uniqueness about this park is that it contains a collection of habitats not found in other national parks in Malaysia: meromictic lake, wetlands, mangroves, mudflats, coral reefs and turtle nesting beaches. There are about 8 beaches alone in the national park.
Symposium Site Visit: Georgetown, A World Heritage Site
Just recently, Georgetown and Malacca (another city in South West of Malaysia) was announced as World Heritage Sites of UNESCO - a pride to our country and Penangites. Georgetown is the capital of Penang is an 18th century city which has lived through the Second World War until today. It has not only kept its british-colonial style houses still erected together with its memorabilia statues, but a historical city which also protrudes its multi-cultural attributes through its buildings - chinatown shops, mansions, old fashioned coffee shops, museums and a fort, consecrated sites such as temples and mosques, and a lively tradition and culture - cultural celebrations, fancy rickshaw riders, and other splendour of eastern values.
Get to know other places of interest in Penang:
Travelling into Penang, Malaysia - Passport & Visa Requirements
All foreign visitors entering Malaysia must possess valid passports. It is therefore recommended that participants contact their local Consular Offices to determine whether or not a visa is required.
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