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.
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.
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.
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
The best of Penang
50 things to do in Penang
Top heritage hotels in Penang
The Blue Mansion (Cheong Fatt Tze)
A Chinese courtyard-style mansion built on Feng Shui principles
Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Historical building with luxurious rooms overlooking the sea
Colonial building with hyper modern, design forward interior