This tropical island's cuisine is often overlooked, but there's a reason why it's called the 'Pearl of the Orient'.
Set aside a good few days to get your fill of Penang.
Clove Hall, in George Town, Penang, is a tastefully restored Edwardian boutique hotel with an Australian connection, writes Anthony Dennis.
Confidence counts - don't make yourself a target when you're travelling.
You might consider a prepaid currency card to avoid the falling Aussie dollar.
Michael Gebicki imagines the sort of classic hotels Jay Gatsby would have loved.
Leisa Tyler visits George Town, Penang, where colonial heritage is the basis for cutting-edge design hotels.
W Hotel is making inroads in the People's Republic, opening in Guangzhou in February.