Where to stay in Penang – best hotels in George Town and Batu Ferringhi

City jaunt or island getaway? You get to choose your own adventure in Malaysia’s exciting Penang Island. Whether you’re in the mood for a cultural trip, a beach holiday, or a culinary feast, the island will keep you satiated for days. Plan your trip with this guide on where to stay in Penang.

For an island so compact, there’s certainly a lot to see and do in Penang. Not only is its capital, George Town, one of Malaysia’s great cultural and heritage sites, it’s also the country’s best culinary destination and a tropical holiday favorite.

A lot of history and tradition has certainly been cooking in this island since it was established in the 1700s. But this last decade has also given the island a facelift with George Town’s cultural and architectural renaissance happening alongside the fresh strokes of contemporary street art. The tourism industry is quick to jump in on this renewed vigor to draw in the holiday-goers, of course, ultimately giving us an amazing array of gorgeous hotels and luxurious resorts.

If you’re planning a visit to the holiday island soon, here’s where to stay in Penang.

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3 days in Penang, Malaysia – home of great food, art, and culture

I make my way to Chowrasta in search of Penang’s famed street food and I’m confronted by this scene – a thick and long row of stalls with a colorful and curious assortment of fruits, fabrics and figurines; the cacophony of hawkers and musical trishaws; and droves of people and motorbikes and cats whizzing past.

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