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.
This year’s guide focuses on the state’s iconic hawker dishes, which combine the cooking methods and ingredients of the many cultures that inhabit Penang. Each dish is explained and we tell you where to go for the best to get a head start on your food journey.
While on the food trail, check out our list of the best tours to get the most out of your visit – hike through the Penang National Park, cycle around the heritage zones, or get the inside historical scoop with the experts from the Penang Heritage Trust.
Accommodation options have improved dramatically over the years. Where once it was either a backpacker’s hostel in town or a luxury resort on the coast, the heritage hotel trend is buzzing with some amazing properties, enticing guests with their combination of old-school façades and chic interiors.
Not usually known for its nightlife, Penang now hosts a slew of bars featuring classic cocktails and views of the city; if you’re up for a unique night out, head to quirky venues where cheap drinks and interesting company will keep you going until the wee hours.
All these and definitive listings on eating, exploring, indulging, partying, sights, shopping and accommodation are in the latest Time Out Insider’s Guide to Penang.