Penang

Unlike the very cleansed Singapore, these shop houses were not demolished – Penang had the land to expand outwards and development was slower than in Singapore.  And critically, Georgetown was heritage listed by UNESCO in July 2008.

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Penang

Why?  Because Penang is the new cool. This may sound odd to many Australians because Penang has been off the radar screen for most travellers for the past 20 or so years.  It's been all about Bali and Thailand and to a lesser extent Cambodia.

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Penang

Penang met his country filters.  It was safe, cheap, had rule of law, good medical facilities, acceptable tax regime, a good climate, a cultural backstory, widespread English as a spoken language, good housing and an interesting social life with plenty of restaurants and a diverse group of people.

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Penang

Josh and Kendal and their eleven-year-old daughter live in Tanjung Bungah, a suburb of Penang. They are escapees from the Aussie rat-race—having just ‘up and left’ Australia.

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