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- 82%Budget Travelers
- 72%Local Culture
- 70%History Buffs
- 61%Art & Design Lovers
- 60%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 59%Green Travelers
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- PenangMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 22, 2013
Penang (and specifically Georgetown, the colonial center) are an essential stop on any traveller's itinerary of Malaysia. The erstwhile ambiance is lovely, and there are some surprisingly pleasant beaches, but the best reason to come here is simply to eat yourself into a coma. With amazing Indian, Malay, and Chinese cuisine, it's difficult to go wrong, food-wise: just wander the streets until you find somewhere crowded, then walk in and have a seat: the locals know where the best eats are.
- PenangOct 18, 2013
My favorite stopover along the Malaysian coast. There's good reason why this island is a UNESCO World Heritage city. In the Straits of Melacca, this island has been a cultural crossroads for centuries, and it's the best place to get oriented to Malaysia's unique multi-ethnic heritage. Colonial architecture, vibrant cuisine, atmospheric guesthouses and a few beaches, too. What's not to love?
- PenangMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 17, 2013
I loved Penang. It was definitely one of the most delightful and unexpected surprises during my sojourn around Southeast Asia. The street food here is simply phenomenal, and Georgetown (the main city in Penang) has a rusty colonial look to the area filled with Chinese shops and signs, giving the island a distinctive character.
- PenangMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Aug 25, 2013
One of my favorite cities in all of Asia, and my favorite place to eat in the world, Penang is the real deal. Its UNESCO world Heritage status hasn't gone to its head, and it remains an authentic city with a thriving local culture.
- PenangMember ofFamily TravelersAug 08, 2013
If I am to be honest Penang has never been on the top of my list of destinations to visit. Rather prejudicially I imagined it to be a rather tired resort town with not a lot to do. How wrong I was!
Penang was one of Asia’s first international-orientated, package holiday destination way back in the early 1970’s, most of the original resorts still exist today and have fantastic locations on the beaches of Batu Ferringhi.
I stayed at the Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa, which has been a perennially favourite for travellers over the years. It really is a lovely, well-refurbished property with gorgeous gardens (like all Shangri-la’s). My six year old spent most of his time either in the Adventure Zone kids activity centre (small fee), golfing on the hotel’s 9 hole pitch & putt or, swimming in the large free-form swimming pool.
For a bit of extra fun for adults and children it’s worth checking out “Escape” zip-line centre near Batu Ferringhi. This place really rocks and you can spend hours flying through trees, climbing with ropes and tubing down hills. We really enjoyed it.
For a bit of a change in scenery we stayed in Georgetown at the majestic Eastern & Oriental Hotel built by the Sarkies Bros (who also built “The Stand” in Rangoon and “Raffles” in Singapore). Colonial splendour abounds and its location in the heart of the UNESCO area of town means you can visit places, like the Blue Mansion, and not have to walk too far (it’s hot in the day!). Wandering the dilapidated streets with their Chinese-Malay shophouses reminded me of Singapore 20 years ago, before it was gentrified.
Conde Naste traveller suggests Penang is one of the best places in the world for street food and hawker activity. As most Penang residents originally settled from China, the food does lean towards North Asian cuisine and it is lovely.
I hadn’t realised how much like Singapore’s culture Penang was going to be: yes it’s in Malaysia but it’s so much closer in food, architecture and people to its southern island neighbour. I will return, if only to keep my promise to my son that we can go zip-lining again.
- PenangMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersJul 12, 2013
The island of Penang in Northwestern Malaysia is famous for its food and temples, and is well worth a visit if you're coming from or going to Thailand. Georgetown, the capital, is full of sights and, well, temples and fantastic food. Basically, it's all about eating and walking from temple to temple to work up an appetite for the next terrific meal. You can also rent bikes and take some gorgeous rides along the coast.
- PenangMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 1Mar 29, 2013
Unfortunately a tsunami had to occur to enable me to travel to Penang as part of the relief operation taking equipment out to the area, for which I spent less than a day on the island. A very long tiring journey for so little time. What I did see was a beautiful island with hills clad with trees and friendly people which to me is one of the best things about visiting new places.
- PenangMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Sep 11, 2012
Penang is actually a large island and not a city in its own right. The biggest town here is Georgetown where you will find some of the British colonial roots here. Now, it's mostly run by Chinese immigrants and a few of the native Malay people. It is dirtier than I thought it would be, but the wealth of good food here makes up for it.
- PenangJul 05, 2012
Head out of Penang and over to Batu Ferringhi. The beaches are incredible. The seafood so fresh it almost moves on your plate. Definitely go to "Monkey Beach" Check out the restaurants at the end of the jutty where the fishermen bring in their catch from the ocean. It is more than safe to eat from the hawker carts and you will love the pancakes. Take time to go to the Butterfly farm and be enthralled but watch out for the monkeys on your way there, they are most curious especially if you are blonde haired.