Private jet charter and flights to Penang
Nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, this verdant tropical island state off Malaysia’s northwest coast is famous for its lively capital’s unbeatable street food scene. Beyond the city lights, lush jungle and powdery beaches await. Get a fast quote with Air Charter Service and charter a private jet today.
You won’t go hungry in northeastern capital George Town, which is a renowned culinary hotspot thanks to its legendary street food scene. Strategically located along the Straights of Melacca, for centuries the city was a vital trading hub, creating a hotch-potch of Chinese, Indian and Malay communities. The result is a cacophony of flavours, with endless stalls and restaurants whipping up top-notch cuisine in areas like Little India and Chinatown. Wander through the thronging streets sampling mouth-watering dishes like the iconic char koay teow (stir-fried rice noodles), nasi kandar (fragrant rice topped with rich meat curry) and Penang assam laksa (fish-based noodle broth).
Food isn’t the only reason to visit George Town – in recent years, regeneration has transformed this dynamic city into one of southeast Asia’s hottest destinations, full of exciting galleries, bars and restaurants. But the cosmopolitan city remains proudly rooted in its past despite this modern progression – its historic centre was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2008 in recognition of its beautifully preserved heritage buildings, which include Cheong Fatt Tze’s Blue Mansion, the imposing Kapitan Keling Mosque and Fort Cornwallis. Visit some of the many ornate temples and mosques or hop on the funicular up to Penang Hill for a bird’s-eye view of the city.
Beyond the city buzz, Penang is hemmed by idyllic palm-fringed beaches. Batu Ferringhi is a popular resort on the island’s north, where you’ll find a range of family-friendly hotels complete with kids’ clubs and watersports. For a more tranquil beach escape, head for the south coast’s quieter stretches of powdery white sand, where you can unwind in the sunshine far from the tourist crowds. Outdoor adventurers can explore the island’s steep forested interiors on a hike through the thick jungle of Penang National Park or Teluk Bahang Forest Eco Park, looking out for an array of wildlife including reptiles and butterflies.