Located off the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Penang is a small island brimming with beaches, culture, history and delicious food. Affectionately known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is one of the most-visited corners of Malaysia. Its main center, Georgetown, overflows with more traditional Chinese flavor than Singapore or Hong Kong. Indeed, the city boasts an impressive stock of colonial architecture, temples and museums, lively Chinese culture, great shopping and even better food.
Outside of Georgetown, you'll find many attractions worth visiting, including the beaches on the northern coast, charming Penang Hill with its funicular and colonial hill station, and the amazing Kek Lok Si Temple- the largest Buddhist shrine in the country.