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Penang

Island Life Reveals Relaxed Side of Malaysia

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 03.12.2014 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

Pangkor Laut seems to seduce everyone. When I depart, two girls are crying on the boat back to the mainland marina.

Taiping, Malaysian Town of Heavenly Peace

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 11.25.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

Taiping was founded in violence, which is ironic given that its attractions today are of a gentle nature. A relaxed place to savor leafy pleasures, it is a quiet town where the residents go about their business largely untroubled by glossy shopping malls and big tour groups.

What to Eat, Drink and Discover in Penang

Lina Eroh | Posted 11.16.2013 | Travel
Lina Eroh

Have you heard of Penang? If so, it's probably because you're a foodie. Often referred to as the "Food Paradise of Asia," Penang does offer amazing eats, but it also plays host to a number of other delicious experiences.

Hungry Ghosts Are Sated and Stimulated in Penang

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

The Gates of Hell are open and peckish spirits from the Underworld are wandering about. This can only mean one thing: it's time for the Hungry Ghost Festival.

Cafés and Cocktails Amid Penang's Colonial Legacy

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 08.03.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

Penangites love to eat, drink and talk, and Penang is regarded as the street food capital of Malaysia. Unsurprisingly, many new ventures have revolved around increasingly sophisticated venues for chatting and snacking.

A Meditation Vacation

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 03.12.2013 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

A Vipassana course is travel of a very personal kind, as it is above all a journey with the self, which may or may not involve conventional travel. If you love travel of all types, you can, as I did, combine both.

Napoleon's Role in Shaping Penang as Key Player in World Trade

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 03.07.2013 | Books
Carolyn O'Donnell

If the British East India Company existed today, it would be a billion-dollar mega-corporation. In 1786 the company wanted a suitable port of "refreshment and repair" along the valuable trade route to China, and the tropical island of Penang.

A Minor Diversion: Playing House In A Vacation Rental

Diya Luke | Posted 06.16.2012 | Travel
Diya Luke

In Penang, we stayed at an ultra-luxury two bedroom beachfront apartment with a private beach, pool, tennis court, playground and daily maid service for $110 a night.

PHOTOS: An Earthquake And Culinary Curiosities In Penang

Monique Stringfellow | Posted 06.16.2012 | Travel
Monique Stringfellow

Back at our hotel, the tsunami watch was on and a security team kept watch, cellphones in hand, waiting for word from the nearby island of Langkawi, which, in the event of a tsunami, would experience the tidal wave.