Penang is without a doubt the food capital of Malaysia.
The locals take their food incredibly seriously, and the local cuisine has been indelibly influenced by its vibrant multiculturalism. The Chinese influence is everywhere in Penang for example but no more so than in the food.
One of the things George Town is most famous for is its hawker stalls full of street food, but head to Little India,
and its mounds of spices you'll see being sold rather than hot curry served on a banana leaf.
Luxury Penang holidays wouldn't be luxury without a stay on the coast, but the beaches have more to offer than sunbathing; watch baby turtles being hatched, or head to Orangutan Island for something truly unique.
George Town's history is best seen walking the streets of this UNESCO world heritage site, keeping an eye out for its pre-war shophouses, and visiting the likes of the 19th century Blue Mansion or mint green, gold leaf, mother of pearl-covered Pinang Peranakan mansion.
It may come as a surprise considering George Town is a world heritage site, but the city is also a major metropolitan hub with the best shopping opportunities in Malaysia. Not only is this modern city blessed with excellent malls but more traditional shopping such as at the famous Chinese night markets is available too.
For those interested in food shopping both Chinatown and Little India
are a must or head to New World Park, a modern "hawker stall" style shopping centre.