Everyone’s been miserably cooped up in their homes because of the terrible pandemic that hit the globe. Now that we can step out safely, there are many places that need to be visited by you and your friends; the top among them is Penang Island in Malaysia. Here’s why Penang should be your first post-quarantine holiday destination.
Authentic foodie paradise
The island of Penang offers many flavourful cuisines such as Chinese, Indian and Malay. You can also find unique dishes made using Chinese and Malay cooking methods called Peranakan food. Visit as many roadside hawker stalls as you can and eat all the laksa and steamed buns as you can!
Discover the art
People from around the world come here to see the beautiful colonial capital of the island – George Town. There are streets filled with sculptures and murals; all packed with curious tourists carrying cameras. It’s only a 45 min journey from popular Penang beach resorts such as the luxurious PARKROYAL Penang Resort.
Little Indian Booze
Alcohol in Malaysia is only a little cheaper than actual gold. So, the alcoholics here have come up with a creative albeit illicit solution, moonshine. If you’re a fan of all things booze you must taste a cold glass of coconut toddy. It has a sweet, yeasty and sour drink that has the same alcohol content as beer; but will only cost you two Malaysian ringgit.
No, there’s no misogyny. Manglish is the island’s unique language – Malaysian English. This is an English-based creole that is widely spoken here, with Hokkien Chinese dialect and a few words from Penang’s other languages too. Visitors are usually fascinated, and a little bit confused after hearing this as it may not sound much like English at all. But if you listen carefully, you can pick up the nuances of this beautifully unique tongue.