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Penang Island is an island off Malaysia’s north-western coast popular for heritage sites, beaches, scrumptious food and bustling villages. Beach resorts, fishing villages and hawker centres bring tourists and locals together. Outdoor activities, cooking classes and cultural sites combine to make an enriching and insightful Malaysian island experience.
Georgetown is the capital of the state of Penang and is a historical, cultural town. Like other parts of Malaysia, the city is scattered with historic mosques and temples, both Chinese and Indian. Best explored on foot, Georgetown is where you can see traditional trades in practice. The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is a Chinese mansion and restored heritage site, a famous Georgetown icon. Visit The Street of Harmony which is popular for a church, two mosques, a Hindu temple and three Confucian-Buddhist-Taoist temples all sitting in harmony together.
Penang is synonymous for delectable Indian, Chinese and Malay food, whether at a hawker centre or a fine dining establishment. Wonton mee is a popular egg noodle dish with Chinese kale and wontons. Penang arguably makes the best wonton mee and you can taste for yourself at Lebuh Chulia. Char kway teow, a worldwide favourite but a true Penang specialty, is a rice noodle and prawn decadence. Try New World Park Food Court for a great serve of Penang fried flat noodles.