There are not too many places on Earth where such a vortex of conditions exist, says my guide.
The meticulously renovated Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Penang is one of the world's most unusual historic hotels.
Lodgings fit for a future king – Prince Charles was here a few months ago.
The island of Penang floats in the Strait of Malacca like a Chinese junk tethered to peninsula Malaysia.
This refurbished resort offers a relaxing retreat from the heady hustle of George Town.
You're expecting the worst, obviously. It's going to be bad. And yet, it's not.
Malaysia's third-largest city is bouncing back from ... nothing really.
Absorbing Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures, Malaysia is an assault on senses. Adventurous types hop across to Borneo to experience their dense forests filled with orangutans, remote tribes, or climb Mount Kinabalu. No trip is complete without consuming a bowl of thick, curry-flavoured coconut laksa; sample some of its best in foodie capital Penang, shop 'til you drop in KL, or simply laze on an island beach.