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History of Penang Islands, Things to do in Penang

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History of Penang

The history of Penang is closely related to the history of Kedah. Penang was previously part of the sultanate of Kedah until it became a British possession in  1786. It later gained independence as part of the Federation of Malaya in 1957.

16th century Portuguese traders from Goa, India sailing to the Far East in search of spices found a small island where they replenished their water supplies. They named it Pulo Pinaom. In the 17th century, Penang’s location at the northern entry to the Straits of Malacca provided a sheltered harbour for Chinese, Indian, Arabian and European ships during the monsoon months; this, in turn, inevitably made it fertile hunting ground for pirates.

One of the very first Englishmen to reach Penang was the merchant-navigator Sir James Lancaster who in 1588 served under Sir Francis Drake as commander of the Edward Bonadventure against the nemesis of the Spanish Armada. On 10 April 1591, commanding the same ship, he set sail from Plymouth for the East Indies, reaching Penang in June 1592, remaining on the island until September of the same year and pillaging every vessel he encountered. He returned to England in May 1594. read more......

Penang Islands Relataed Tour Itineraries

Penang in 2 days

Penang in 3 days

Penang and Cameron Highands in 2 days

Penang and Cameron Highands in 3 days

Penang and Cameron Highands in 4 days

Penang and Cameron Highands in 5 days

Penang and Cameron Highands with Taman Negara in 5 days

Penang and Cameron Highands with Taman Negara in 6 days