The Penang Bridge is one of the pride and joy of Malaysia, being the third longest bridge in South East Asia at 13.5 kilometres. Officially opened to traffic on 14 September 1985, it served as the main link between Penang island and Peninsular Malaysia.
As it is a utility structure, there are little visitors for visitors to do on the bridge. But one can always admire its beauty from afar and photography is highly recommended. It is worth noting that the bridge won the Grand Award of the US Engineering Excellence Competition in 1986 and the FIABCI Special Award (Development and Construction Phase Category) in 1993. While viewing can be done in daylight, it is best viewed at night as the beautiful structure is illuminated with street lights. As visitors head towards the bridge via the Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (also known as Jelutong Expressway), there is a stretch of paved walkway where members of the public jog or go fishing. It is located just after a mixed residential-commercial development called The Light and just before the bridge, where visitors can disembark from their vehicles to take a close view of the bridge. Alternatively, visitors can have the best of both worlds by stopping the round-about located just in front of Queensbay Mall shopping complex to get a panoramic view of the bridge. This is a recommended spot as visitors can nearly capture the full length of the bridge.
As visitors travel to Penang, there is no missing of this beautiful structure.
|How to get there:|
The bridge is located at the Penang interchange expressway heading towards Bayan Baru industrial area and Butterworth.
|Opening hour and entrance fee:|
Crossing the bridge from the island to the mainland is free but the return cost RM 7 for vehicle (except motorcycle).
|Recommended Hotels in Georgetown, Penang:|
|Eastern & Oriental Hotel (5 stars)|
|One of the oldest and yet luxury hotel in Georgetown.|
|Sunway Hotel Georgetown (4 stars)|
|Clean and comfortable room with helpful staffs and relaxing environment.|
|Hotel Royal Penang (4 stars)|
|Close to all the city attractions, suitable for family and business travelers.|
|1926 Heritage Hotel (3 stars)|
|A family friendly heritage hotel located on Burma Road.|
|Chulia Heritage Hotel (3 stars)|
|Centrally located and affordable heritage hotel, suitable for budget travelers.|