It's easy to get to from Singapore and just a one-stop flight from Australia.
It has a World Heritage listing and an amazing culinary heritage. The secret is out: Penang's capital is captivating.
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.