This island sits off the northwestern coast of the Malay peninsula. The capital of Georgetown, where traditional Chinese and Buddhist temples are found alongside Anglican churches, mosques and colonial buildings, is now a World Heritage Site. In Penang, the cultures of Asia and Europe happily collide, resulting in a fascinating, intoxicating mix of east meets west. Shoppers can choose from air-conditioned shopping malls to colourful outdoor markets.
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Take a trip up Penang Hill by a little train for wonderful sweeping views. Visit fishing villages for authentic, fresh seafood dishes. Explore the island’s tropical beaches and gardens as well as its lovely enclaves such as Little India, Chinatown and its concentration of colonial legacies. Penang’s scenic national parks invite trekking or jeep tours, while its wildlife attractions include botanic gardens, a butterfly farm, reptile garden and tropical bird park.
In the towns, food stalls and street hawkers abound, while the rural areas are dotted with traditional villages, pretty plantations and green paddie fields. Journeys come in the form of rides on sampans (traditional fishing boats) to outlying islands and on little trishaws (human powered, three-wheeled vehicles) around the streets or on tours.
Try to catch Penang on one of its festival days – whether it is to celebrate Chinese New Year, the local cuisine, or anything from Dragon boats to flowers. The food of Penang is known the world over, and foodies flock here to indulge in delicious soupy laksas, spicy stir fries and fresh seafood in local fishing villages.