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Best tours of the island
Things to do

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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Indigo Restaurant at The Blue Mansion
Restaurants

Indigo Restaurant at The Blue Mansion

Sure the hawker fare in Penang is the stuff of legends, but once in a blue moon, one yearns for quiet and to be fêted, for white tablecloths and the gentle clinking of glasses. All this and more can be discovered at Indigo in The Blue Mansion. Initially the private residence of a high profile politician, the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion – colloquially called the Blue Mansion – is no longer out-of-bounds as it was in the 1900s; the mansion and its fine dining restaurant open six days a week for public enjoyment. Both Indigo’s front and back of house saw changes in recent months; the restaurant was given a transformative facelift and the staff welcomed a respectable associate in May. Penang-born Executive Chef Beh Weng Chia, whose culinary prowess was honed at Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco, is now permanently based in the city he calls home. Keenly aware of the Asian palate, Chef Beh created more tummy-warming appetisers than chilled canapés for Indigo’s menu. If you don’t mind the latter, crunch on the House Salad with tofu, onion, pomelo, cucumber, tomato, fresh herbs and Thai dressing (RM32). Otherwise, the Curried Pumpkin Soup with chicken and eggplant (RM32) and the Seared Scallops with marinated konbu, capellini, edamame puree, olive oil (RM58) will whet your appetite for the following courses. Be sure to prioritise your entrée, especially the seafood dishes. Food trends don’t escape the chef’s attention, as evidenced by the Salted Egg Grouper with octopus, squid ink riso

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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The Edison
Hotels

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
Things to do

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 art galleries in Penang
Art

The best art galleries in Penang

Penang has more than just graffiti and street art. Here are the modern art galleries you should check out

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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 by Samadhi

The Blue Mansion by Samadhi

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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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Muntri Mews

Muntri Mews

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

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