Penang is oft hailed as Southeast Asia writ small.

It’s easy to see why.

In the city of George Town, clicking rickshaws weave past smoky Cantonese kitchens, blue-hued mansions from the 19th century, and the aged remnants of a vainglorious British past – it’s no wonder the whole place comes under UNESCO World Heritage designation.

You can expect one awesome medley of food to try too, including Indian curries and Chinese pancakes.

And then there are the beaches, which glisten in deep blues and golden yellows at Batu Feringghi, and come lined with lanky coconut palms on the edge of Jerejak Island.

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