George Town, the Penang Capital
Penang is famous for its gastronomy, often referred to as Malaysia’s food capital. In the capital city of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll find some of the best. The street food here is unbeatable, with a mixture of Indian, Chinese and Malaysian. The best place to start sampling it is along Chulia Street which intersects famous Love Lane. You’ll find the Red Garden Food Court just around the corner, serving all sorts of delicious cheap eats like Laksa, a spicy Malay soup. Sampling the offerings from the many vendors that line the streets is best done after dark with a guide, immersed in the lively atmosphere. Your guide will help you navigate it all, including the differences between all the Chinese regional variants like Hainanese, Hokkien and Cantonese.
Taman Negara National Park
Home to the most ancient rainforest in the world, here since the age of the dinosaurs, Taman Negara National Park is a must-visit on the Malay Peninsula. The most popular attraction here is the canopy walkway, the longest in the world, which spans a distance of 1,738 feet while hovering 147 feet above the forest floor. From here you can watch for the park’s famous flora and fauna. Monkeys are often seen bouncing through the trees, and if you’re lucky, you might spot a tiger, leopard or an elephant.
Arriving by longtail boat cruise, you might sight tapirs, stump-tailed and long-tailed macaques.