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A characterful blend of the cosmopolitan and colonial, the state of Penang exists on Malaysia’s northwest coast. Spread across the mainland and Penang Island, the incredibly multicultural landscape is peppered with Malaysian flair. From historical hubs and quaint fishing villages, to tourist havens and picturesque countryside, it’s a diverse place to say the least. City slickers will appreciate the modern facets, whilst those in search of local flavor, heritage, and cultural gems, will discover them at every turn.

Dominating the island’s skyline, the Komtar Tower is one of Penang’s most recognizable landmarks. Standing an imposing 760 feet high, the cylindrical building is one of the tallest in Malaysia. For some glossy retail therapy, ready the plastic and head to Gurney Plaza. It's home to both big brand stores and luxury designer boutiques, and you’ll also find a huge cineplex and numerous eateries. If your urge to splurge still isn’t sated, then go for round two at Queensbay Mall, which boasts over 500 retailers spread across 5 floors. The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is one of Malaysia’s most attractive homes. Built in the 1880s by Cheong Fatt Tze, a rags to riches Chinese merchant trader, the palatial blue building is a stunning blend of East and West design. Its 38-rooms boast beautiful examples of Art Nouveau stained glass, intricate ironwork, and antique furniture.

Hotels in Penang

There’s a huge choice of hotels in Penang. Rejuvenation can be found in a beachfront spa resort, seclusion and tranquility in a rental villa, or style, simplicity and convenience in a chain hotel – there’s something here for every taste and budget. Luxury hotels in Penang offer pampering 5-star service and plenty of glitzy extras. Expect swanky suites that open out on to balconies with sea views. For a more modest sleepover, the island’s large mid-range hotels boast every amenity under the sun, ranging from swimming pools to fitness facilities. There’s lots of budget hotels in Penang too, many of which offer sensational value for money.

Where to stay

Lined with palm trees and waterfront resorts, a hotel in Penang’s Feringgi Beach area gives you access to the island’s best shorelines. Along with the inevitable idyll that comes with white sand and glittering teal water, Batu Feringgi is home to the famous night market. The state’s capital, Georgetown, is the epicenter of Penang Island. Studded with colonial architecture and heritage sites, its multicultural character is reflecting in its gilded mosques and Buddhist temples. Here you’ll find everything from shiny malls and bustling markets, to posh Malay eateries and fragrant food hawkers. With its relaxed East meets West vibe, there’s something for everyone here.

How to get to Penang

Penang Bayan Lepas International Airport is the gateway of choice for most visitors coming to the state. Connecting flights can be made through Kuala Lumpur Airport or Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, should you be coming from further away. Once you’ve landed it’s around a 30 minute drive into Georgetown, which can be done by taxi or shuttle bus. Penang is also reachable from numerous destinations via the railway. Services from Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur both terminate at Butterworth Train Station on the mainland, which sits a walk away from the ferry terminal. From here, you can take a boat to Penang Island.

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