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The state of Penang is known as the Food Capital of Malaysia, which - coming from a country of great local delights - is no mean feat. Besides tongue-tingling local gastronomic fare like Assam Laksa and Char Kway Teow, though, the city is world-renowned for its capital city George Town. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage City, George Town is simply bursting with nostalgic charm with its well-preserved historic heritage buildings, relics of its British colonial past.  

To make the most of your Penang vacation, though, staying in the right place is key. From the gorgeous ancient architecture of George Town city, the pretty sandy beaches of Batu Ferringhi to the upmarket district of Gurney Drive, find your best accommodation fit in Penang with Skyscanner.  

Where to stay

For the city-lovers 

If you like the buzzing activity of city life, staying in the heart of George Town’s downtown area itself is perfect for you. Like New York, George Town never sleeps - you’ll be able to find life in the city at all hours. From bustling pubs, lively bars and hopping clubs to late-night hawker stalls and street markets that come to life after dark, the people of George Town definitely know how to have a good time.

Party people travelling with friends would be happy to note that Chulia Street - situated just off Upper Penang Road and the heart of George Town’s nightlife scene - is chock-full of chic backpacker hostels and budget hotels. Bunk in at one of these places for unrestricted access to the best of Penang’s nightlife and also the chance to meet plenty of other like-minded, carefree souls.  

For families 

Parents looking for a pleasant family-friendly vacation may be happier staying around the beach district of Batu Ferringhi instead, though. With plenty of sun, sand and sea just a stone’s throw away and an abundance of comfy, luxe beach resorts sprinkled all around the district, Batu Ferringhi promises plenty of well-deserved R&R for tired parents whilst kids are kept occupied frolicking in the warm ocean.

Plenty of beach- and sea-sport facilities are readily available on the beaches of Batu Ferringhi as well so you can spice up your holiday with a bout of competitive family volleyball or joint surfing classes.  

For honeymooners

Looking for a stay in a luxurious hotel with calming sea views and fantastic local food? Gurney Drive is for you. One of Penang’s more upscale districts, Gurney Drive is a seafront promenade liberally sprinkled with 5-star hotels facing the blue waters of the Malacca Straits, as well as an abundance of top-rated hawker food (many of which you’ll find at the Gurney Drive Hawker Centre) and high-end seafood restaurants.