Marooned off the coast of peninsular Malaysia in the turquoise Andaman Sea, Penang is not short of alluring island attractions. Yet this beautiful destination is most famed not for its beaches and virgin jungle, but for its amazing heritage and world-beating dining scene. An important staging post on trade routes for centuries, the island – and its capital Georgetown in particular – is a beguiling blend of Chinese, Indian, Malay, British and various other influences. This heritage focused full day journey examines this fascinating melange in detail, showing guests various facets of life in Georgetown. Sticking largely to the city’s oldest areas – better protected now following the bestowal of UNESCO-listed status in 2008 – the trail takes in Chinese clan houses and Indian bakehouses among other traditional sights. A highlight of any trip to Penang is the opportunity to sample its famed hawker food, and the selection of stalls chosen for this journey are among the best Georgetown has to offer.
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