” the pearl of the orient” lies off the northwestern coast of peninsular Malaysia. The state comprises the island of Penang covering an area of about 285 sq. Km and a narrow strip of approximately 760 sq. Km on the mainland known as Seberang Perai (province Wellesley) separated by a channel 3 km wide at the closest point. They are linked by the Penang bridge and a 24-hour Ferry service. Its population of more than 1 million represents a happy mix of the major races found in Malaysia with Malays making up 32%, the Chinese 59% and Indians 7%.Georgetown , at the north-eastern tip of the island is the seat of administration and is also the commercial hub of the state. This bustling metropolitan city combines the best of east and west as seen in its fascinating collection of fine old buildings, each bearing the stamp of different foreign influences in its colorful history. Much of its charm also lies in its famous golden beaches and calm warm seas. Penang today is a resort island in full bloom – an idyllic playground for worshippers of the sun and the sea. Its multi-racial population contributes to a wealth of cultural attractions and festivals for visitors to bring home memories of happy times in Penang.