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Penang vs. Malacca – Which One to Visit?

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Posted on 01 April 2019

Penang vs. Malacca – Which One to Visit?

Penang or Malacca – which is the preferred destination for your next holiday?

Malaysia is a beautiful country where every city has its own charm. Each city is quite different from the other in terms of things to do, food, festivals and more.

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Before we choose out of Penang or Melaka, let’s take a quick rundown of the elements that lure us into each city, in the first place. These points will hopefully help you in decision-making.



Penang is diverse city in terms of the line-up of activities. You can explore the art in the old town, sea-view pubs, local food and drinks, stretches for adventure sports and hiking to spots for witnessing the best sunset views.

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Penang has become the melting pot of tradition and culture. Here, you will find a lot of different things to do, be it touristy zones, quiet spots or roads less travelled.



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The beauty lies in exploring the history of the city and hopping along the street art, while sipping your favourite drink at a bench by the river, enjoying the river cruise.The city is relatively smaller and can be covered in a shorter span of time.

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You can chill by the river, admire the street art adorning the buildings and properties along the river cruise or simply spend your weekend evening walking along Jonker Walk where you can enjoy the food there.


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Let’s compare…


While Penang is a food haven and is very diverse in nature, Malacca is like a small capsule bursting with energy and colours in a small space.

Here’s what you can do. Head to..


Penang, if you want to:

1.Try delicious food the “Malaysian” way

2. Imbibe the rustic flavours of the old town

3. Watch magnificent street art spread across George Town

4. Chill by the beach of Batu Ferringhi and explore the night market

5. Spend time with family and friends, seeking everyone’s points of interest

6. Take a lavish cruise holiday to a neighbouring city or country like Phuket, Langkawi, etc.

7. Save time if you’re flying out from international destinations and land at Penang airport

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Malacca if you want to:

1. Experience a flavour of its history

2. Try the local food + Nyonya cuisine and dumplings

3. Enjoy a Venice-like ethereal experience by Melaka River

4. Walk along Jonker Walk for the best Southeast Asian snacks

5. Walk amidst the ruins of a glorious bygone era and appreciate the art

6. Take an overwhelming 360-degree view of the city through a trip up the revolving tower

7. Save time and money by travelling by road – it’s a 2.5-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur one way

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Both of these places offers so much exploration of its unique charm, take your time to choose.

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