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Penang

Distinctly Asian with a dash of British flavour, East meets West in Penang, with its traditional temples, colonial architecture, and world-renowned street food.

The potpourri of Penang's diverse cultures is best sampled through a steaming hot serving of the many cuisines on the island. Constantly voted as one of Asia's best locations for sumptuous street food, the melting pot of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European culinary traditions is a stimulating adventure for the tastebuds. Make your way to a street stall in Malaysia's food capital and dig into famed favourites like nasi kandar, char kway teow or laksa.

A large island off the northwestern coast of West Malaysia, Penang is a charming Asian city fused with a dazzling array of well-preserved classical Victorian architecture, mostly found within the capital of the city, Georgetown. Colonial-era buildings like Penang City Hall, Fort Cornwallis and the Penang State Museum make an interesting sight for history buffs and architecture fans alike.

You will be photographing colonial architecture, dunking your coins into the wishing well at the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple, and listening to the calls of prayer at the Kapitan Keling Mosque, all in one afternoon on this culturally diverse and harmoniously multiracial island. A must-see is the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, a restored mansion filled with enthralling antiques from around the world which recreates the lavish lifestyle afforded by wealthy Chinese Straits families in the past.

Take a break from the city for a hike or camp in the Penang National Park, where animal lovers can spot a wide range of wildlife from nesting green turtles to the majestic Brahminy Kite eagles. Explore the nearby Penang Butterfly Farm, a tropical fairyland of winged beauties well-loved by both adults and children. And be sure to check out the Tropical Spice Garden, one of Malaysia’s premier eco-tourism destinations featuring more than 100 herbs and spices growing wild.

For some great views over Penang, head to the top of Penang’s tallest building, Kompleks Tun Abdul Razak, shortened to KOMTAR, which has a viewing platform. Most visitors stay in central Georgetown and the city can mostly be covered by foot. The Rapid Penang bus routes provide a convenient way to get to places further away from the city centre. When in Georgetown, look out for the free Central Area Transit (CAT) shuttle bus, which services major attractions in the area.

The island's tropical climate makes it an attractive year-round destination. With its blend of cultures, it is very easy for your visit to coincide with one of the numerous cultural celebrations. Some of the more dazzling ones include the Chinese New Year celebrations in the Kek Lok Si Temple, and Deepavali, the five-day Hindu “Festival of Lights”, held between October and November.


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The Wembley A St Giles Hotel Penang RM282
The Wembley A St Giles Hotel Penang

The Wembley A St Giles Hotel Penang

183, Jalan Magazine, George Town
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 137 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Downtown George Town, this hotel is steps away from KOMTAR and Hin Bus Depot Art Centre. Gurney Drive and Penang Hill are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    Eastern And Oriental Hotel RM728
    Eastern And Oriental Hotel

    Eastern And Oriental Hotel

    10 Lebuh Farquhar, George Town
       
      4.7
      of 5, from 2,323 reviews
      5.0 out of 5.0

      Located in the heart of George Town, this family-friendly hotel is within walking distance of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Penang State Museum and Pinaon Time Tunnel. Also nearby are Kidland Penang and House of Yeap Chor Ee.

      Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang RM536
      Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

      Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

      Batu Ferringhi Beach, George Town
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 972 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Nestled on the beach, this George Town resort is just steps away from East Wind Watersports and Ferringgi Beach. Tropical Spice Garden and Eden Parade Shopping Centre are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Armenian Street Heritage Hotel RM104
        Armenian Street Heritage Hotel

        Armenian Street Heritage Hotel

        139, Lebuh Carnarvon, George Town
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 935 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Located in Downtown George Town, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Penang Islamic Museum and KOMTAR. Penang Times Square and Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Hard Rock Hotel Penang RM329
          Hard Rock Hotel Penang

          Hard Rock Hotel Penang

          Batu Ferringhi Beach, George Town
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 1,077 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Nestled on the beach, this George Town resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tropical Spice Garden and Ferringgi Beach. East Wind Watersports and Eden Parade Shopping Centre are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang RM261
            Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang

            Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang

            Batu Feringgi Beach, George Town
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 1,080 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in George Town, this beachfront resort is connected to a shopping centre, just steps away from East Wind Watersports and Ferringgi Beach. Tropical Spice Garden and Eden Parade Shopping Centre are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Hotel Jen Penang RM232
              Hotel Jen Penang

              Hotel Jen Penang

              Magazine Road, George Town
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 1,447 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly George Town hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of KOMTAR, 1st Avenue Mall and Prangin Mall.

                Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang RM260
                Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang

                Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang

                25-A Farquhar Street, George Town
                   
                  3.8
                  of 5, from 1,869 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly George Town hotel is located by the sea, within a 15-minute walk of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and Swettenham Pier Cruise Terminal. KOMTAR and Penang Times Square are also within 1 mile (2 km).

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