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Tanjung Bungah

"Literally meaning ‘Flower Cape’, Tanjung Bungah is a seaside suburb located between Gurney and Batu Feringghi, about a half-hour’s drive from Georgetown. Originally a sleepy fishing village, it has risen in popularity over the years to become one of Penang’s most popular destinations. Watersports activities are most popular in Tanjung Bungah, with Penang Water Sports Centre based here. Built amongst its spectacular natural landscape are world-class hotels and resorts, offering guests the utmost comfort and luxury in an idyllic location."

Tanjung  Bungah is one of the suburbs of Georgetown, the capital of Penang. It was known as a fishing village, but now it's populated by many commuters from Georgetown and people, who work in the hotels along the beach. In (our) wintertime these hotels have great offers for the tourists, who want to spend the wintertime on Penang. There are special rates in the hotels and the food in the local restaurants is cheap. That makes Tanjung  Bungah a good base to discover the island of Penang. You can do this on your own way: by taxi or by public transport.

Tanjung  Bungah is situated between Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi. Tanjung Bungah means "Flower Cape".
It's no more a fishing village and large hotels are built along the beach. The beaches are deserted. Only when the (few) fisherman come ashore you'll see some people.
When you enter the village of Tanjung Bungah you'll a few very high buildings. Here live the richer people, who work in Georgetown.

Tanjung Bungah has two swimming clubs: the Chinese Swimming club and the Penang Swimming Club.
The last one was in the old days a private swimming club. Mainly patronized by RAAF and RAF services personnel, and not open to casual swimmers. Nowadays you still have to be members of the swimming club to get in.

Tanjung Bungah was hit on Christmas 2004 by the tsunami. The royal couple of Malaysia payed a visit to the area hit by the massive tidal waves in Tanjung  Bungah and checked on the floating mosque.


Het oude Chinese tempeltje


Tanjung  Bungah is unknown by the the large numbers of tourists. Most people wants to spend their holiday in Batu Ferrinhgi.
On of the most beautiful buildings is the old, local Chinese temple. They are not used to see tourists coming. At the entrance they are offering the local people to buy a bundle of incense (RM2.-) to burn for their Gods.

Inside there's open spot, where the rain can fall on your head. There are beautiful small altars and small statues. The pillars are beautiful painted with dragons.

When we wanted to leave we wanted to buy some incense for RM2.- to take home. The was surprised to hear that, because most people buy incense to burn for the Gods in the temple.
We left the temple with an extra, large spiral incense. For free; to take home.

On the left: the friendly Chinese.


At the right of the old Chinese temple is the old bus terminal of Tanjung  Bungah. Here you could take the bus to Georgetown / Teluk Bahang or to the touristy night market (Pasar Malam) in Batu Ferringhi. But the bus station is gone now.

In Tanjung  Bungah is only once a week a night market. At this moment it's on Tuesday. Please be informed.

A the back of the old bus terminal is the "wet market". "Wet Market" is a market, selling fruit, vegetables, tofu, spices, meat and fish, as well as meat, fish, crabs and lobsters.

One of the latest attractions of Tanjung  Bungah is the floating mosque. It was completed in 2005.
Every Friday a lot of people com from far away to pray in this floating mosque. It's very busy then.....




De drie hotels

There are four hotels in Tanjung  Bungah. Three of them have three stars. Only one has 4 stars.
They are situated between the beach and a busy road. There are traffic lights and a bridge for pedestrians to cross the road.

Opposite the hotels there are some shops. In the evening there are local restaurants with delicious food.
Be careful by crossing the road!

The local people think that the "Paradise Sandy Bay" is the best of the four hotels. That's the first one you see on the picture (left).
Behind that hotel is the "Flamingo by the Beach". After that one is the "Copthorne Orchid". All hotels are at the beach and they do have a swimming pool.

The fourth hotel is the "Four Points by Sheraton". That hotel is not on the picture because it's close to Tanjung  Tokong. The hotel "Four Points" has 4 stars.

These hotels have always great offers for tourists. Rates per room, per night: about RM110.-



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Flamingo Hotel by the Beach

Strategically located in Tanjung Bungah area, fronting the pristine beautiful beach, Flamingo Hotel by the Beach offers easy access to the attractions of Penang. Indeed a perfect location for a getaway, the hotel features 280 well-appointed rooms ranging from deluxe to presidential suites to cater to their guests' needs. An elegantly designed hotel, they feature room amenities like trendy furniture, a cozy bed with a soft pillow, an LCD TV, hair dryer, and private balcony with the majority of them facing the breathtaking beach. Flamingo Hotel by the Beach incorporates hotel facilities like swimming pool with a Jacuzzi, kid's corner, tour desk, coffee house, tailor shop, drugstore, spa, and lounge. Undoubtedly an excellent place for a vacation, it is definitely worth your stay.

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