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Penang Uncovering the beauty and surprises of Penang is one of Malaysia's must do's. There you'll find beautiful, accessible beaches dotted with luxurious family-friendly resorts, Georgetown's UNESCO World Heritage Site colonial mystique and some of Malaysia's best food. All of which delivers a holiday experience rich in history, culture and relaxation.

Let's begin with food, as it's sure to be one of the highlights of your time in Penang. Even Malaysians acknowledge that the range and quality of the Chinese, Nyonya, Malay and Indian hawker food in Penang, and particularly Georgetown, is as good as it gets. It's been drawing global gastronomes to its fresh ingredients and heady aromas for decades. The renowned specialities curry mee and shaved ice bean desserts are just two sought-after favourites. To learn more about the flavours behind Penang's amazing food, a visit to the beautiful Tropical Spice Garden shows spices in their natural form in a beautiful garden setting.

The capital Georgetown is a magnificent example of colonial-era architecture and design. With its carefully maintained public and private buildings, it's an open-air museum from another era that can be explored from the comfort of your very own pedal-powered trishaw. There's always something on, whether it's the Batu Ferringhi Night Market or a guided walking tour around the quaint streets.

The real beauty of Georgetown is that its history is alive. The Spice Market down by the wharf encapsulates it perfectly - it's been trading in spices from around the world since the 18th century, and continues to do so today.