THE BEST IN GEORGETOWN, PENANG

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Delicious street food, stunning colonial buildings, exciting markets and more… UNESCO World Heritage Site George Town offers everything you’re looking for in a memorable holiday.

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SEE With more than 1,700 historic buildings within its Heritage Zone as marked by UNESCO, George Town is heritage splendour and there’s no denying that you’re in for a treat. Even better is that many of these buildings are within walking distance so you can explore on foot, bicycle or the popular George Town mode of transportation, trishaw. At Lebuh Armenian, colourful colonial buildings and Ernest Zacharevic’s famous two kids on a bike mural are its main attraction while Lebuh Chulia is where you’ll go shopping for keepsake souvenirs at its row of antique stores and old businesses. Make your way to Khoo Kongsi, George Town’s most famous clan house (a building where Chinese families of the same surname gather to worship their ancestors) on Jalan Acheh to explore this 650-year-old architectural masterpiece. Don’t want to miss out on anything? Sign up for a half day walking tour (there are plenty you can find on the Internet) to explore this area with an experienced local guide.

DO Mention George Town to the locals and you’ll get tons of food recommendation! After all, the city is known for its street food, dubbing it Malaysia’s – and even Asia’s – capital city of food. From local cuisines to international fare, there’s no shortage of food in George Town. All you need to do is explore with an empty stomach and an open mind to try it all. Local cuisine to try include nasi lemak, nasi kandar, curry mee, popia, roti canai, mee goreng and the list goes on. Halal food is also easily available here. And like the heritage tours, there are also many foodie tours you can sign up for while in George Town to really get a bite of what’s good out there.

SHOP Street markets, antique shops, glitzy shopping malls – retail therapy takes many forms in George Town. Head to flashier malls such as 1st Avenue Mall, Gurney Paragon Mall and Gurney Plaza for your international brands but if you’re after something more eclectic or am in it just for the experience, check out the many street markets in George Town. Popular spots include Chowrasta Market, the city’s most well-known market that is more than a century old selling local delicacies and your typical souvenirs; Little Penang Street Market on Upper Penang Road, a monthly street market every last Sunday of the month selling things from spices to wood carvings, and Lorong Kulit Flea Market, a must visit if you’re in it for the experience – who knows, you may just pick up an antique from the collection of eclectic knick knacks.

STAY No George Town trip is complete without a visit to the famous Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (www.cheongfattzemansion.com) or The Blue Mansion, a well-preserved and beautifully restored structure featuring 18th and 19th-century Chinese architecture and one of the only three traditional Chinese mansions left outside of China. You may recognise its beauty in the popular movie Crazy Rich Asians. Why not make it a part of your Penang experience by staying a night or two to truly immerse yourself in the history behind the mansion? Choose from one of its 18 personalised boutique rooms that are furnished with precious heirlooms and authentic furniture from the 19th century while the hotel staff pamper you with five-star service. Make sure to book a dinner at the acclaimed Indigo restaurant known for its fine balance of flavours showcasing the best from the East and West.

Royal Brunei Airlines flies Kuala Lumpur 2x daily for easy connections to Penang. Discover things to do in Penang in www.muhibah.com.bn

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