The “food paradise” of Malaysia, Penang has a distinct flavour to its culture which incorporates ethnicities from all over the world:Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences coalesce together in order to make Penang a completely cosmopolitan city in its bearing. Situated on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, the city attracts visitors owing to its beaches and 19th century churches, temples, mosques and colonial buildings. George Town, the capital of Penang is a UNESCO world heritage site situated on the straits of Malacca.The lush tropical gardens offer a beautiful backdrop to this heritage city. Translated as the “Betel Nut Island”, Penang today is a bustling port rendered hybrid by its reception and accommodation of different cultures. The city mesmerizes the travellers with the secluded and unspoiled beaches of Teluk Duyung (aka Monkey Beach), Muka Head, Pantai Kerachut, and Teluk Kampi. One can easily feast upon the delectable delicacies from hawker street stalls or in fact shop at the many quaint night markets for a perfect Asian experience.For a complete insider’s experience, travel in the trishaw and explore the streets, corners and sights of the city. Markets such as Lorong Kulit, Rope Walk flea markets, Campbell Street, Little India traditional shopping areas and modern shopping malls like Gurney Plaza and Queensbay are spread over the whole city offering varied shopping experiences. Most of the city’s accommodation is in the form of beach resorts on the main tourist beach of Batu Feringghi. However, there are a few classical luxury hotels in the area of Georgetown. Some of the best hotels in the city are-Shangrila Rasa Sayang Resort and spa, Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Lone Pine, Hotel Penang, Hard Rock hotel Penang, Park Royal Penang.