Thursday, February 17, 2011

Penang - 10 Islands to explore before you died

It was reported in the Yahoo Travel, Penang is include in the 10 islands to explore before you die. It ranked 8th out of the 10 islands. The rankings are as follows;

1. Bali, Indonesia
2. Vieques, Puerto Rica
3. Easter Island, Chile
4. Ischia,Italy
5. Chiloe, Chile
6. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
7. Key west, USA
8. Penang, Malaysia
9. Galápagos,Ecuador
10.Palm Islands,Dubai

Lucky we are Penang lang(Penang people), and at least we have been in the 10 top islands in the world...otherwise we will be regret in our whole life for not visiting any of the 10 islands.....Penang lang, blessing lah....

The comment on Penang Island was extracted from the website,;

8. Penang

Treat yourself to Malaysia's unique fusion of cultures and flavors. Start your food crawl at stalls that crowd the streets of Georgetown, Penang's largest city and Malaysia's food capital. The delectable fare on offer memorably mingles Malaysian, Chinese, Indian, and European flavors. Foodies in search of supreme bliss should head to the marketplace Ayer Itam—adjacent to Kek Lok Si (the Temple of Supreme Bliss)—to dine on a variety of dishes based on rice, noodles, fish, shellfish, chicken, pork, vegetables, eggs, and coconut. Look for lor bak (deep-fried marinated minced pork served with a chili sauce); lok-lok (skewered seafood, meats, and vegetables); and ikan bakar (grilled or barbecued fish marinated in spices and coconut milk, wrapped inside banana leaves, and grilled over hot coals). The same fusion of cultures is evident in the local architecture, which ranges from modern high-rises to buildings built by 19th-century British colonialists. Add to the mix beach resorts, preserved mangroves, small fishing villages, and a share of temples, mosques, and churches. Kek Lok Si best exemplifies this coexistence. At seven stories, it's the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, and it reflects the shared values of Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism—designed with a Chinese octagonal base, a Thai-accented middle tier, and a Burmese-style peak.

The comment by Gary Mckechnie mainly focus on the Penang food and heritage buildings. This again reinforced that Penang food is world class, and the diversity of its culture is an attraction to the tourists from all over the world. It is not One Malaysian, but many Malaysian from the interaction of various cultures. The harmony of the diversity in racial background, religion, culture, and the colonization past, evolved into the living culture of Penang. That make Penang unique.

Penang is the only two island from Asia, the other being the famous Bali Island from Indonesia, which ranked No.1.

Who is Gary Mckechnie, visit the website Best-selling, award-winning author Gary McKechnie is one of America’s leading travel writers, receiving two Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Silver Awards - considered the Pulitzer Prize of travel writing -- and authoring two of the nation’s most ambitious travel guides: Great American Motorcycle Tours, which remains the best-selling motorcycle guidebook in the nation; and National Geographic’s USA 101, an in-depth look at 101 quintessentially American places, events, and festivals.(

Penang people should take pride of that... and make the island beautiful. It is now the responsibility of the state and federal government to promote the island as world class tourist destination. It is high time, the federal government to relook at their budget allocation to the island to upgrade the infrastructure to the island...Penang is still lacking on the area...

Another area to be concern is the Heritage Management, and the recent fire arsonist of the heritage area, we still require a heritage policing system for security concern, before the heritage disappear while we are asleep...People, Penang lang must be alert on them.

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