Shophouse @ George Town, Penang

Windows To The Past

Penang is the rare tropical island where hitting the town beats lazing on the beach.
Fortune-seekers from China, Europe and India have been drawn to this Malaysian island for more than two centuries, creating along with local Malays an eclectic mix that can feel both seductively familiar and exotic at the same time.

The colonial capital they’ve left behind, George Town, oozes a hauntingly rustic charm, with colorful street art as much a draw as the heritage architecture. Its historical center is listed, along with Melaka, another enchanting Malaysian city further down the coast, on the UNESCO World Heritage list.