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Discover the best Penang events, things to do, restaurants, music, film, art, theatre, nightlife, hotels and more...

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V Cafe

The rustic Sekeping Victoria guesthouse now has an Instagram-worthy cafe that's perfect for escaping the heat

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48 hours in Penang

The best things to do in Penang in just 48 hours

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Best bars and clubs in Penang

The best watering holes and nightspots for some after-work fun

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50 things to do in Penang

Your ultimate guide to the best experiences the island has to offer

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Penang's best cafés

What’s brewing in Penang’s latest crop of independent cafés

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What's on in Penang

MACC: I want to touch a Douglas

The Malaysian Association of Chinese Comedians (MACC) returns to the stage this March with new materials titled ‘I Want to Touch a Douglas’. Comedians include Douglas Lim, Kuah Jenhan, Phoon Chi Ho and Dr. Jason Leong and you can surely expect this to be a rib-tickling affair.

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Art

Vince Low Art Exhibition

Vince Low’s life-changing discovery of his disability has inspired him to further pursue his passion, turning his innate talent for drawing into masterpieces. Using only a pen and paper, Low takes the art of scribbling to a whole new level – synthesising the exact character of the person depicted in his illustrations. His works has also been featured in The Daily Mail UK and The Huffington Post US.

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Project Occupy Beach Street

Every Sunday, Project Occupy Beach Street will temporarily barricade major streets adjacent to Lebuh Pantai for family-friendly, community activities that the public can be a part of. This is in conjunction to the state government's initiative for Penang Car Free Day, where everyone can utilize the six-hour, traffic-free space for brisk walking, jogging, biking, dancing and social activities - yes, busking is officially legit. Skip the drive to Lebuh Pantai on Sundays and hop on the public bus to these streets:Lebuh Pantai (eco-friendly zone) Healthy food sampling, car boot sales, recycling station, bicycle station for rent and street market (eco-friendly products and services).Lebuh Bishop (sport zone): Street soccer, basketball, zumba, bootcamp, fit club and other sport activities.Lebuh Gereja (cultural zone) Live music, street performance, historic building tours and street market.Gat Lebuh Gereja (play zone) Children games stall, weekly events (e.g, inflatable, singing, drawing etc.), roller blade.

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GTWHI LaCaLa Discovery Walk

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Art

Mercury Art Show

In collaboration with the Womens Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), the all female artist exhibition takes on the discussions of creativity and gender – featuring artworks and talks on gender equality and issues such as breastfeeding and body image. Mercury showcases the works of Annabelle Ng, Louise Low, Gabija Grusaite, Rebecca Wilkinson and Shu Ruei. 

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By a String

Inspired by Malaysia’s multi-cultural celebrations, Australian artist Tim Cracker is showcasing his version of these festive decorations in his solo exhibition – all using recycled and low-cost objects collected around George Town. You can also create your own sculptures using the same materials gathered by Tim. Basic instructions will be available.

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The best of Penang

Hotels

Best luxury boutique hotels in Penang

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Kids

Best things to do outdoors for kids

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Penang's best art galleries

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Shopping and style

Best markets in Penang

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Penang's best bars with a view

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50 things to do in Penang

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Heritage

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Top heritage hotels in Penang

The Blue Mansion by Samadhi

A Chinese courtyard-style mansion built on Feng Shui principles

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Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Historical building with luxurious rooms overlooking the sea

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Seven Terraces

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

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Eight Rooms

Colonial building with hyper modern, design forward interior

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Lone Pine Hotel

A quaint, historial hotel by the beach in Batu Ferringhi

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Muntri Mews

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

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