Bayan Lepas. After I had of all the tourists in George Town, I started looking for other accommodation options. I found a good option on the south of the island, near the airport — Bayan Lepas. The town used to be a rural, agricultural village, with rice farming the major source of income. Later it became a tax-free industrial zone in a bid to fight the area’s mass unemployment, resulting in rapid industrial development. Aside from that, the place is unremarkable except for its range of global international IT corporations, good food, fast internet and newer residential blocks. Oh yeah, and the bridge that connects it with the mainland.

Bukit Gambir. Is a newly established neighbourhood on Penang Island, primarily covered with residential blocks and the Universiti Sains Malaysia. I was here for a graduation.

Bukit Jambul. A place with ridiculously large and tall residential blocks.

Jelutong. The area was inhabited by fishermen for a long time before the Europeans arrived here. Despite a period of industrialisation and the rise in condominiums, some of the fishing communities, who live in stilt houses, continue to exist. By the look of it such water residents might be as old as George Town itself, however they are rarely private and often illegally built. So considering the vast growth of residential blocks, I assume if government wants to clear this area as they expand, the local people will have to move. This is how they live.

Teluk Bahang. In front of the abandoned Mutiara Beach Resort in north Penang is a nice stretch of pristine beach. There is no one hassling you to buy a boat ride or some hand-made jewellery. Just a tranquil place where nature is unspoiled and prime for an early morning swim in the sea.

Teluk Kumbar. If a person is a beach lover, then the best way to experience Penang’s beauty is by travelling around the island by motorbike, which can be done in just a couple of hours. This way you see all beaches the island has to offer.