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Out now: Time Out Penang Guide for 2016/2017
Things to do

Out now: Time Out Penang Guide for 2016/2017

Penang is one of the most visited island destinations in Asia and for good reason. It’s known as the unofficial foodie capital of Malaysia, but there’s so much more to this history-steeped island than that, including a thriving festival scene, natural beauty and its renowned Unesco World Heritage centre of George Town.

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Penang's best bars
Bars and pubs

Penang's best bars

Whether you’re a tippler with discerning taste, prefer thumping EDM or live acoustic sets, these nightlife establishments set the bar high.

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The best tours of the island
Things to do

The best tours of the island

With so many things to do, see and taste, Penang is an easy place to explore on your own. But if you have limited time, want a local’s perspective, or enjoy detailed historical and cultural information, take a guided tour.

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The Edison

The Edison

Now a luxury hotel, The Edison has led several interesting past lives, from a tycoon’s private estate to a brothel, and an opium den to a dance hall during the British occupation. The hotel’s name is an ode to Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb; hence the antique-looking Edison bulbs that hang above the lounge’s long table. All four types of accommodation – Deluxe King, Deluxe Twin, Deluxe Premium King and Suite King – are sparsely but tastefully decorated to minimise clutter and maximise tranquillity. Little details will keep us coming back, such as the quality toiletries from Appelles Apothecary & Lab and the complimentary nougat and orange infused water that was delivered to our room during the odd hours between lunch and dinner. Hand-woven bags are placed in each room should guests feel the itch to go shopping; this eco-friendly initiative to eliminate dependence on plastic bags is yet another plus point about hotel.

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Pulau Tikus area guide
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Pulau Tikus area guide

Contrary to its unwholesome designation, Pulau Tikus isn’t crawling with vermin, but is instead chock-full of good eats and scenic sites

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The best of Penang

Best luxury boutique hotels in Penang
Hotels

Best luxury boutique hotels in Penang

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Best things to do outdoors for kids
Kids

Best things to do outdoors for kids

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Penang's best art galleries
Art

Penang's best art galleries

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Best markets in Penang
Shopping

Best markets in Penang

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Penang's best bars with a view
Nightlife

Penang's best bars with a view

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50 things to do in Penang

Heritage
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Heritage

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Food and drink
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Food and drink

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Arts and culture
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Arts and culture

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Attractions and activities
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Attractions and activities

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Top heritage hotels in Penang

The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze)

The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze)

A Chinese courtyard-style mansion built on Feng Shui principles

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Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Historical building with luxurious rooms overlooking the sea

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Seven Terraces

Seven Terraces

This boutique hotel features seven Anglo Chinese shophouses restored to their former glory

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Eight Rooms
Hotels

Eight Rooms

Colonial building with hyper modern, design forward interior

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Lone Pine Hotel

Lone Pine Hotel

A quaint, historial hotel by the beach in Batu Ferringhi

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Muntri Mews

Muntri Mews

Heritage building given a modern upgrade, with a garden to boot

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