9 reasons to visit Penang that have nothing to do with street food.
(CNN)Say “Penang” and images of street food and heritage buildings pop into most people’s minds.
Truth be told, if I’d spent my eight years living on this Malaysian island just because of the capital George Town’s great eats and atmospheric shop houses, I’d either be seriously overweight or completely blind.
Because even without the food and the decadent buildings, Penang is a very special place.
It’s also a rich tropical egg-yolk that’s hard to break for first-timers.
Here are nine ways to go beyond George Town’s gentrified façade and get to know some of the real multi-ethnic, artistic and natural depth that the entire island of Penang has to offer.
Penang’s eclectic art scene.
George Town’s street murals have become a tourist attraction in their own right.
But it’s the>>
CREDIT: MARCO FERRARESE, CNN