A hodgepodge of different architectural styles, this 10-room hotel offers guests a number of fabulously preserved and renovated suites to choose from.
Think of Penang and it’s easy to get yourself tied in knots. It’s an amalgamation of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Dutch, and British cultures, all intertwined and bonded through historical trade pacts and a colonial lust for empire. On the streets of the island’s capital George Town, there are Chinese temples and clan houses, Tamil temples and bustling Indian bazaars that blare Bollywood bhangra, and star-shaped forts from where the British East India Company once ruled the Straits of Malacca. It is as multicultural, idiosyncratic, and pluralistic as Southeast Asia gets.
Beyond the capital, some describe the 28 sq km tropical island as Malaysia in miniature. It has the crescent-shaped, palm-backed beaches to rival the Perhentian Islands off Malaysia’s eastern coast, the teeming street food markets and industrious high-tech ambition to make Kuala Lumpur jealous, and the teeming mangroves and clouded forests to match Malaysian Borneo. Just make sure you have time to see it all.
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Take a walk back in timeCultural
Invest in Malaysian pewter
If you didn’t know already, Royal Selangor is the largest pewter manufacturer of its kind in the world. Back in 1885, the discover...Family
Hit the beachesBeaches
Eat with your feetFamily
Support Penang’s craftsmen
The increase in Western-style shopping malls has led to many of Penang’s traditional crafts like wicker-making and engraving becom...Family
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Converted from a row of Anglo-Chinese terrace houses, this 18-room boutique hotel is a Straits Chinese-meets-modernist urban retreat with a lap pool, Asian fusion restaurant, and bar.
In marked contrast to the heritage hotels of downtown George Town, this sprawling beachfront property in Batu Ferringhi is the island’s leading five-star resort.
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A culinary temple to the crustacean, chefs here boil, grill, fry, sauté, and stew the prawns in every flavour and style you can think of.
Polish those shoes and press that shirt: for romance with a capital R, head to this Straits Chinese-French fusion restaurant secreted in the Seven Terraces hotel.