Bound by beaches and laced through with trees, Penang is as relaxed as KL is frantic. Cross over the bridge, and you'll find yourself in a kaleidoscopic wonderland of heritage, natural wonders, contemporary art and lots more. Even after getting your fill the UNESCO-listed heritage core of George Town, there are still plenty of idyllic, pastoral day trips this island state has to offer.
Wherever you go, you'll want to eat...a lot. In a country so devoted to food, to be known as a culinary epicentre is a prize distinction, and one that Penang does well to hold on to. The state’s trading and port-town history has meant that unique dishes have taken hold here and continue to be celebrated. Queue up for a steaming plate of char kuay teow (stir-fried flat rice noodles) or slurp a bowl of cendol in (shaved ice dessert topped with green jelly and coconut milk) the midday sun. Pile up a plate of rice with dozens of curries at one of Penang’s famous nasi kandar (steamed rice dish served with a variety of curries and side dishes) stalls, or duck into a hole-in-the-wall Nyonya joint for a taste of Malaysia’s original fusion food.
Outside, installation art and genteel graffiti line George Town’s streets, while floating villages at the Clan Jetties are a reminder of Penang’s trading port past.
In partnership with Penang Tourism