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Penang, Malaysia Travel Guide

Captain Light
Francis Light, the founder of Penang

The island of Penang, off the west coast of peninsular Malaysia, probably doesn't rate too high on the list of the world's luxury destinations, but for those looking for something less 'sterile' in their destinations, the island is certainly worth considering. Coupled with the neighboring island of Langkawi, with some gorgeous beaches and fantastic resorts, this part of Malaysia makes a great escape that's just a little bit off the beaten path for luxury travelers.

What puts Penang on our POSH list is, firstly, the presence of a couple of fantastic hotel options. Add to that one of the best preserved colonial-era cities, with old European, Chinese and Malay buildings standing side-by-side. Then there's the food. Malaysians come to vacation in Penang just for the food. While it's the "hawker" street food that attracts the locals, you will find several nice, if not fancy, restaurants to choose from as well.

This guide will give you just a brief overview of what Penang has to offer the luxury traveler. For all the details on what to see and do, see my full Penang travel guide at


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