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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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Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La RM264
Reviewed on 7 Dec,2019
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Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La

Hotel Jen Penang by Shangri-La

Magazine Road, George Town, Penang
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    modern look with great furnishings and attentive staff and service

    Eastern And Oriental Hotel RM673
    Reviewed on 30 Nov,2019
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    Eastern And Oriental Hotel

    Eastern And Oriental Hotel

    10 Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, Penang
       
      4.6 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Wonderful stay and will definitely booked again; breakfast was delicious and only the tea servings was quite little unlike my stay in 2017.

      Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang RM348
      Reviewed on 30 Nov,2019
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      Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang

      Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang

      Batu Feringgi Beach, Batu Feringgi, George Town, Penang
         
        4.1 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Good stay with good environment

        Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang RM536
        Reviewed on 6 Dec,2019
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        Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

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

        Batu Ferringhi Beach, Batu Ferringhi, George Town, Penang
           
          4.5 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Front desk staffs are not enough and services can be improved. Breakfast selection are wide but the food quality can be better

          Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang RM212
          Reviewed on 5 Dec,2019
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          Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang

          Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang

          33, New Lane, (off Macalister Road), Georgetown, George Town, Penang
             
            4.1 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Location is very good with lots of food within walking distance I didn’t like that this property did not have smoking room

            Evergreen Laurel Penang RM229
            Reviewed on 2 Dec,2019
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            Evergreen Laurel Penang

            Evergreen Laurel Penang

            53 Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Penang
               
              4.1 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              good velue

              Royale Chulan Penang RM238
              Reviewed on 29 Nov,2019
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              Royale Chulan Penang

              Royale Chulan Penang

              No 1 & 2 Pengkalan Weld, George Town, Penang
                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Recommended for next stay

                The Wembley A St Giles Hotel Penang RM288
                Reviewed on 29 Nov,2019
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                The Wembley A St Giles Hotel Penang

                The Wembley A St Giles Hotel Penang

                183, Jalan Magazine, George Town
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Home away from home Comfort- very excellent rooms and bathroom. Infact very siren environment

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