Nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient, Penang has a diverse social fabric woven with many Asian influences. It's a tapestry of temples and mosques, markets and malls. City skyscrapers stand with emerald jungles and a shimmering coastline. A luxury holiday in Penang offers a cocktail of experiences as varied as the land and the cultures who inhabit it.
On the northwestern tip of the Malaysian peninsula, the state of Penang is formed of Penang Island and Seberang Perai on the mainland. It's an oasis of tropical palm trees, sandy beaches and vibrant rainforests, and the whole region is celebrated as being the culinary capital of Malaysia. There are some excellent attractions here, such as the sapphire-domed Masjid Abdullah Fahim mosque, and the unusual Snake Temple, known for its classic Chinese architecture, and being home to real-life snakes.
In George Town, the capital of Penang, high-rise buildings tower above the historical core listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique mix of colonial and Asian architectural styles. Blue joss smoke scents the air of the numerous markets, which bring a dash of lively colour to the city, whilst modern shopping malls offer exclusive designer wares. Travel to the top of the Komtar skyscraper and gaze across the city on a glass skywalk over 800 feet above the ground.
At Batu Ferringhi, you'll find long stretches of soft, white sand and turquoise waters offering a range of water activities like jet skiing. This area is a haven for sun worshippers, thanks to its idyllic beaches. Be sure to also visit the Tropical Spice Garden, covering 6 acres with 500 specimens of exotic flora, walks here are delightfully fragrant.