CNN Travel has released a list of “Best places to visit for the ultimate Asia experience”, comprising 17 destinations around Asia. Penang in Malaysia has been chosen as one of the places in the list that offers distinct cultural traditions, ancient architecture, natural beauty and tasty food.
Updated earlier this month, the list described the island of Penang as a mecca for food and architecture lovers. Penang’s main city, George Town, exhibits a dynamic cityscape that is punctuated by British colonial architecture, Buddhist temples and ornate Chinese manor houses.
“This seaside city is known as one of the world’s top food destinations, serving up a delicious mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine,” the list read. “You’ll crave dishes like Hokkien mee (fried prawn noodles), roti canai (an Indian-influenced flat bread dish with dal or curry) and Penang laksa for years after visiting,” it continued.
This is not the first time that Penang has received recognition for its fame among holidaymakers. Earlier this year, Penang was among CNN Travel’s best places to travel for spring 2019, highlighting the authentic tropical rainforest adventure at The Habitat on Penang Hill. Penang was also listed as one of CNN’s best places to visit in 2017, and one of Asia’s best street food destinations.