Penang among 10 must-visit islands: Yahoo!

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Treat yourself to Malaysia’s unique fusion of cultures and flavors. Start your food crawl at stalls that crowd the streets of Georgetown, Penang’s largest city and Malaysia’s food capital. The delectable fare on offer memorably mingles Malaysian, Chinese, Indian, and European flavors. Foodies in search of supreme bliss should head to the marketplace Ayer Itam—adjacent to Kek Lok Si (the Temple of Supreme Bliss)—to dine on a variety of dishes based on rice, noodles, fish, shellfish, chicken, pork, vegetables, eggs, and coconut. Look for lor bak (deep-fried marinated minced pork served with a chili sauce); lok-lok (skewered seafood, meats, and vegetables); and ikan bakar (grilled or barbecued fish marinated in spices and coconut milk, wrapped inside banana leaves, and grilled over hot coals). The same fusion of cultures is evident in the local architecture, which ranges from modern high-rises to buildings built by 19th-century British colonialists. Add to the mix beach resorts, preserved mangroves, small fishing villages, and a share of temples, mosques, and churches. Kek Lok Si best exemplifies this coexistence. At seven stories, it’s the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, and it reflects the shared values of Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism—designed with a Chinese octagonal base, a Thai-accented middle tier, and a Burmese-style peak.

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Yahoo! lists Penang among world’s top 10

Himanshu Bhatt

GEORGE TOWN (Feb 17, 2011): Penang island has been listed among the world’s “10 Islands to Explore Before You Die” by internet company Yahoo! on its travel portal.

The Malaysian island was ranked eighth, ahead of Galapagos and Palm Islands Dubai. Bali, the only other Asian island, tops the list.

Penang Tourism committee deputy chairman Jagdeep Singh lauded the recognition as a tribute to the spirit and efforts of the communities in Penang who have helped to develop the island to its current stature today.

“This is also a tremendous morale booster to our tourism sector,” he said. “It is certainly a welcome recognition, especially after George Town has been bestowed World Heritage Site status by Unesco.”

The portal cited the “fusion of cultures” evident in Penang’s local architecture, which ranges from modern high-rises to buildings built by 19th-century British colonialists, and the mix of beach resorts, preserved mangroves, small fishing villages and a share of temples, mosques and churches, as key factors for selecting the island.

It also commented on the “food crawl” at stalls that crowd the streets of George Town.

“The delectable fare on offer memorably mingles Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and European flavours,” it said.

The accolade comes on the heels of ECA International having selected Penang as the 8th most liveable city in Asia last year.

According to Yahoo!, the 10 islands belong on a “must” list.

“Each of these places offers something that you can’t find anywhere else, from the largest man-made archipelago to hot springs so therapeutic they’ve been popular since Roman times,” it said.

The island of Vieques in Puerto Rico was ranked second followed by Easter Island in the Pacific ocean, Ischia in southern Italy, Chiloé in Chile, Bora Bora in the French Polynesia, and Key West in the US.

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