Kek Lok Si Temple, George Town
Kek Lok Si Temple, George Town

Penang

Since its heritage listing in 2008, George Town has become the epicentre of modernity and culture. Stroll through the capitals painted streets, sip cocktails or dine in some of Penang’s best restaurants, there's a little something for every kind of traveller. Get to know this ever-evolving city with the help of our Penang travel guide. 

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Places to stay

As you can imagine Penang has a diverse selection of accommodation. For the full resort experience stay in the Parkroyal Penang Resort on one of the Island’s best beaches, Batu Ferringhi. The behemoth hotel has recently refurbed all of its 308 rooms, public areas and restaurants. A 45-minute drive from buzzing George Town, this secluded resort is circled by rainforest, gardens and courtyards.

If you’d rather stay close to the action, stay in the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. A renovated Chinese courtyard house that describes itself as once being the “pivotal heart of the city.” This stunning boutique hotel is an easy walk to George Town.

Things to do

Penang city is best explored on foot but with more than 1,700 historical sites in the city alone, its important to pace yourself. Visit the colourful Goddess of Mercy Temple, then stroll down to the historic Kapitan Keling Mosque and admire its beautiful, intricately crafted domes. For refreshments and a nice place to relax, walk five minutes around the corner and you’ll find Love Lane, a hip café precinct.

For an aperitif to remember, head to Three Sixty Skybar on the Bayview hotel’s rooftop. Sip cocktails and watch the sun set over George Town before heading off to dinner.

For a cultural hit, discover George Town’s prolific street art by famous Lithuanian, Ernest Zacharevic. You can find the full-scale interactive works sprinkled throughout the city. For a challenging outdoor activity, visit the world's highest rope course – The Gravitz in George Town.

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