George Town Holidays

George Town is the capital of the island and state of Penang, off the west coast of peninsular Malaysia known for its mix of cultures and its delicious street hawker food. The city was founded in 1786 by the British as one of the three Straits Settlements along with Malacca and Singapore. Today its old core of well-preserved buildings provides an ... Read more
authentic view at this vibrant city with traditions that run deep. A mix of settlers from China, India, and beyond have created a mix of ethnic groups that each stay true to their cultures and religions. But perhaps most beloved for its street food, tourists fly in to George Town from across Asia to taste the classic hawker dishes.

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Kuala Lumpur

Georgetown was made famous by its unique heritage building structure, and also the street art mural. it attracts thousand of tourist each day, visiting the temples and enjoying the street food.

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Cape Town

George Town is lovely little town. You will find sooo many food courts with amazing and very cheap food! Usually between 5-8 local currency per portion. The city also has great atmosphere and you will see a lot of street art and temples.

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I like to be in Georgetown than any other cities in Malaysia that I've been, even though it's not that much. I especially love the quint look and the local food. Mostly simply delicious. One of the cities in the wold that I'd love to visit few more times.

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Georgetown is one of the best destinations in Malaysia - especially for us food lovers! This town is filled with joy of eating from morning till night. Go explore the night food market - you can find the cheapest and most delicious Chinese-Malay dishes.

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Georgetown was voted as one of the best cities in Asia by Asiaweek, ranked 6th in 1998 and 9th in 2000, in 2009 it was ranked 10th among the top locations in Asia where Europeand and Japanese prefer to work and live in. Georgetown and Malacca was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage on 7th July 2008. It has very unique architectural and cultural townscapre without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia. Penang also called 'The Garden of Oriental'.

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One of my favorite cities in all of Asia, and my favorite place to eat in the world, George Town is the real deal. Its UNESCO world Heritage status hasn't gone to its head, and it remains an authentic city with crumbling building facades and a thriving local culture. Here you'll find Hindu temples next to mosques next to Chinese temples next to Christian churches.

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The historic center of Penang. If you can handle the heat I highly recommend walking around and looking at all the cool colonial architecture and old mansions.

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San Luis Obispo

If you like colonial history and architecture, or just want to get swept up in the lazy beach culture of Malaysia's islands, make time for Georgetown. The multicultural mix means phenomenal food from street hawkers and cafes. Wide-open sunsets over the sea make memories that will last a decade or two.

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Kuala Lumpur

Georgetown is an excellent melting pot of great food, historical attractions, charming boutique hotels and unique cultural practices. And beaches are only a 30 minute drive from town. Everything you need for an interesting city break.


I only overnighted in Georgetown--we had a stopover on the train between Bangkok and KL. I wish we'd stayed a couple more days, as I don't feel like I had a chance to really eat everything and see a lot. But what we DID eat and see was lovely. The town has a bit of a museum feel in some spots--the combo of Unesco money and cruise-ship investment can do that--but in other corners, it was funky and interesting and unlike any other place I'd ever been. (One warning, though: open sewers. Historically accurate, occasionally rank.)