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Unmistakably Asian yet with a distinctly British flavor, Penang fuses East and West with its temples and colonial mansions, national parks and soaring sky towers.

The unique way in which cultures have melded in Penang may be best represented in the food. Frequently voted among Asia’s top locations to eat street food, the blend of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European culinary traditions makes for an unforgettable banquet of taste sensations. Stop at a food cart and take your pick from aromatic dishes like nasi kandar, char kway teow or laksa.

Penang refers to the island off the northwestern coast of Malaysia, and also a state in that country. For a predominantly Asian place, Penang has an abundance of classical Victorian architecture, particularly in the capital city, Georgetown. History buffs and architecture lovers in particular will appreciate the colonial-era Penang City Hall, Fort Cornwallis and the Penang State Museum.

Part of Penang’s charm is that within minutes of admiring colonial architecture you can be wandering among the colorful statues of the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple or admiring the peaceful geometric patterns of the Kapitan Keling Mosque. Don’t miss the superb Pinang Peranakan Mansion, where the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the wealthy Chinese Straits families has been recreated with antique furnishings from all over the world.

If you enjoy getting back to nature, take a hike or camp overnight in the Penang National Park. The nesting green turtles are just one of many wildlife highlights. Visit the nearby Penang Butterfly Farm for a colorful adventure the entire family will enjoy. And don’t miss the Tropical Spice Garden, one of Malaysia’s premier eco-tourism attractions with more 100 herbs and spices growing wild.

Most visitors base themselves in central Georgetown and the city is easy enough to cover on foot. The Rapid Penang bus routes are a convenient way to see the city and travel further afield. In Georgetown, make use of the free Central Area Transit (CAT) shuttle bus, which stops at major attractions in the area.

Penang’s tropical climate makes it an attractive year-round destination. The fusion of cultures also means that your visit has a good chance of coinciding with a festival of some variety. Particularly spectacular are 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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Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang C$191
Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

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

Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 763 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Situated on the Malaysian island of Penang on Batu Feringgi Beach, this resort is within 2.5 miles (4 km) of Penang Butterfly Farm and 8 miles (13 km) of Penang National Park. Historic Georgetown is less than an hour's drive. Penang International Airport is 15.5 miles (31 km) away and the Gurney Plaza is 6 miles (12 km) away.

    Hotel Continental C$41
    Hotel Continental

    Hotel Continental

    5 Penang Road, Penang
       
      3.3
      of 5, from 519 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Georgetown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and Camera Museum. Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Fort Cornwallis are also within 15 minutes.

      Hotel Jen Penang C$75
      Hotel Jen Penang

      Hotel Jen Penang

      Magazine Road, Penang
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 1,114 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

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

        Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang C$98
        Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang

        Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La, Penang

        Batu Feringgi Beach, Penang
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 878 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located on Batu Feringgi Beach, about 15 km (9 miles) from town, this family-friendly resort is 20 minutes away from George Town, a UNESCO world heritage site, near National Park and Night Market. The resort is a 45-minute taxi drive from Penang International Airport.

          PARKROYAL Penang Resort C$105
          PARKROYAL Penang Resort

          PARKROYAL Penang Resort

          Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 1,039 reviews
            4.5 out of 5.0

            Nestled on the beach, this Batu Ferringhi hotel is within a 15-minute walk of East Wind Watersports and Eden Parade Shopping Centre. Teluk Bahang Beach and Tropical Spice Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang C$61
            Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang

            Sunway Hotel Georgetown Penang

            33, New Lane, (off Macalister Road), Penang
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 1,657 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Penang hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Penang Times Square, Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, and Camera Museum. Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Fort Cornwallis are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Lone Pine Hotel C$161
              Lone Pine Hotel

              Lone Pine Hotel

              97, Batu Ferringhi, Penang
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 860 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Batu Ferringhi, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of East Wind Watersports and Eden Parade Shopping Centre. Teluk Bahang Beach and Tropical Spice Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Eastern And Oriental Hotel C$168
                Eastern And Oriental Hotel

                Eastern And Oriental Hotel

                10 Lebuh Farquhar, Penang
                   
                  4.7
                  of 5, from 1,974 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Opened in 1884, this all-suite historical hotel is within 1 km (0.6 miles) of the financial, entertainment, cultural, and historical districts in downtown Georgetown.

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