Penang is a beautiful tropical island located off the coast of Malaysia’s peninsula. The island has a rich history, and a cultural diversity created by the combination of Malay, Chinese, European, and Indian influences that combine to create a one of a kind atmosphere. The beaches are stunning, and offer everything that a traveler could imagine. Known as the “food paradise” within Malaysia, there is certainly no shortage of delicious and traditional cuisine on the island. Nearly every Penang accommodation option is located in two districts: Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi. Each offer a range of budgets and types of hotels and hostels.
Batu Ferringhi, with its miles of white sand beaches and laid back, relaxed atmosphere, is home to many backpacker accommodations. The typical tourist in this area is young, friendly, and on a budget. A simple bed starts at around $16AUD, but be sure to inquire about whether that includes a fan, which you will almost certainly need as few of the hostel are air conditioned. It is possible to find cheaper accommodation in the Georgetown area, but the environment and beautiful beach location of Batu Ferringhi is worth the extra dollar or two per night.
If you can afford more luxurious accommodations in Penang, there are several luxurious beachside resorts offering pools, gourmet restaurants, and attentive staff that do everything possible to help you enjoy your stay. Among the best on the island are places like the Hard Rock Hotel Penang, the Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort, and the ParkRoyal Penang.