Already a hotspot for tourists from all over the world, Penang has earned yet another badge of honour, having just been named one of CNN's 'Best Places to Visit in 2017'
The list - compiled by CNN experts around the world - hails Penang as "one of Asia's best street food destinations"
"The Malaysia island of Penang is arguably one of Asia's best street food destinations. It offers a mix of traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes, as well as fusion cuisines such as Baba Nyonya, or Peranakan, which incorporates regional ingredients and Chinese and Malay cooking methods. All of it can be found in hawker centers and shop houses throughout George Town," the American news network wrote.
CNN also highlighted Penang's diverse architectural culture in the form of its collection of historic buildings, ranging from old English colonial mansions and Islamic mosques to intricate Chinese temples and rustic shophouses
Penang is one of only five Asian destinations included in the list, the other four of which are Isaan in Thailand, Bhutan, Chengdu in China, and Amman in Jordan
Check out the full list of CNN's '17 Best Places to Visit in 2017' here:
2. Penang, Malaysia
5. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, United States
6. Isaan, Thailand
8. Chengdu, China
9. Aarhus, Denmark
10. Bordeaux, France
11. Western Iceland
13. Amman, Jordan
16. Houston, United States
Even after decades of development, Penang manages to retain its old world charm amidst the modern additions to its landscape: