penang raked in the awards in 2016

Home to one of Malaysia’s most diverse, cosmopolitan and exciting cultures, the island of Penang offers much more than just its famous UNESCO-protected Georgetown to attract travellers. With old-world Asian charm, traditional Chinese shophouses, palm-fringed beaches, sleepy fishing villages, mountainous jungle and more, Penang has fast become a popular global destination with the tourist numbers and rankings to prove it, including in 2016:


  • No. 4 among the World’s Top 10 Cities to Visit by Lonely Planet
  • Listed as one of the 16 Must Visit Cities in the World by The Los Angeles Times
  • No. 1 for the World’s Top 10 Best Budget Travel Destinations by Forbes
  • No. 6 for the World Best Place to Retire by CNN Money
  • Among the Top 10 Best Places in the World to Retire by Conde Nast Traveler
  • One of the 15 Best Cities in the World for Food by The Cultural Trip