Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in George Town

Blue Mansion

Now one of Penang's most authentic heritage hotels, the magnificent 38-room, 220-window 'Blue Mansion' was built in the 1880s and rescued from ruin in the 1990s. It blends Eastern and Western designs with louvred wi…
Top Choice Historic Building in George Town

Khoo Kongsi

This spectacular clanhouse is one of the most impressive in George Town. Guided tours begin at the stone carvings that dance across the entrance hall and pavilions, many of which symbolise or are meant to attract go…
Top Choice International in George Town

China House

You can't really say you've been to George Town unless you've stepped inside China House. This block-wide amalgamation of shophouses is home to a variety of dining, drinking and shopping options. It all starts splen…
Top Choice Historic Building in George Town

Cheah Kongsi

Looking splendid after a recent major restoration, Cheah Kongsi is home to the oldest Straits Chinese clan association in Penang. The ornate front of the clanhouse can be seen clearly across a grassy lawn from Lebuh…
Top Choice Hawker in George Town

Lg Baru (New Lane) Hawker Stalls

Ask locals where their favourite hawker stalls are, and they’ll generally mention this night-time street extravaganza. Just about everything's available here, but we like the stall serving char koay kak (a wok-fried…
Top Choice Cafe in George Town

Kopi C

Fronting the fabulous China House complex, this cafe/bakery does excellent Western-style coffee, light meals and some of the best cakes and ice creams we’ve encountered in Southeast Asia.
Top Choice Village in Selangor

Mah Meri Cultural Village

On Pulau Carey island, this Orang Asli village is well worth a visit to learn about the distinct culture and traditions of the Mah Meri, a subgroup of the Senoi people who live along the coast of Selangor. The Mah M…
Top Choice Tower in Bukit Bintang & KLCC

Petronas Towers

Resembling twin silver rockets plucked from an episode of Flash Gordon, the Petronas Towers are the perfect allegory for the meteoric rise of the city from tin-miners' hovel to 21st-century metropolis. Half of the 1…
Top Choice Cave in Selangor

Batu Caves

One of Malaysia’s national treasures and holiest Hindu sites, this complex of giant limestone caves, just 13km north of KL, houses temples that have been drawing pilgrims for more than 120 years. The American natura…
Top Choice Cave in Batu Caves

Dark Cave

At step 204 on the way up to the Temple Cave, branch off to the Dark Cave to join a 45-minute guided tour along 850m of the 2km of surveyed passageways within the cave complex. The tour takes you through seven diffe…