When conducting workshops and team building during 18 trips to Malaysia, I was captivated by Penang, one of 878 islands in Malaysia.
North American companies typically think of the Caribbean as an island-hopping destination. Companies in Asia and Europe have discovered that Malaysia is a paradise with hundreds of islands to hop.
Penang Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is connected to the west coast of peninsular Malaysia by the world's longest causeway. Groups fly to Penang International Airport near George Town, the capital of the state of Penang. In George Town, you'll see traditional British Colonial, Chinese and Indian architecture.
I can testify that Penang Island has all the prerequisites for an island getaway, including mountain vistas, secluded coves and, of course, sparkling clear water. Hotels lining Batu Ferringhi adjacent to pristine beaches include Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa and Hard Rock Hotel Penang.
As an "island girl" myself, I was surprised and thrilled to discover the Reggae Club, with music and decor as authentic as any you'll find in Negril, and Chinese Rastafarians selling Bob Marley memorabilia at a stall in the Night Market, where you'll want to browse for treasures. Now that's island living.
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