This historic UNESCO World Heritage capital on the Straits of Malacca is also the filming location for ‘Anna and the King’. Penang is also loved for its delicious food.
Admire Blue Mansion’s grandeur
The Cheong Fatt Tze mansion also known as “Blue Mansion” is easily recognised by its distinctive blue outer walls. It has been distinguished with various awards and accolades including UNESCO’s Most Excellent Project in the Asia Pacific Heritage Awards. Book a tour to discover the history of the Blue Mansion. Experience the glory of 19th century Penang and witness the lavish lifestyle of Cheong Fatt Tze as trained guides take you through the mansion’s collections and architecture.
Treat your taste buds to scrumptious food
A mix of traditional Malay, Chinese, Indian and Peranakan food, Penang’s best eats can be discovered throughout the city. Dine alfresco style at Gurney Drive, which offers a variety of street and hawkers food. Penang is famed for its Char Koay Teow (fried rice-cake strips), Koay Teow Th’ng (soupy rice-cake strips), Assam Laksa (spicy-fish noodle soup), Mee Goreng (fried yellow noodle), Teochew Chendol (icy dessert with coconut milk, liquid palm sugar and red beans) and Oh Chien (Fried Oyster Omelette). Savoury or sweet, there is something for everyone in Penang.
Roam around Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi
Georgetown is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only Asian destination featured in Lonely Planet’s street art book. Take a walk or ride a trishaw through Lebuh Armenian and the many streets in between. Admire beautiful street art painted by Ernest Zachaveric and the steel sculptures of Marking George Town. Northwest of Georgetown is Batu Ferringhi, the most popular beach in Penang. Here you can try parasailing or watch local artisans making their crafts.