24 hours in Georgetown; Jim Cheney; Asian Correspondent

Malaysia – Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

NESTLED  in the northwestern corner of Malaysia, Georgetown is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Sitting on the eastern shores of the island of Penang, the city and the surrounding villages are some of the most historically important in all of Southeast Asia.

Settled by the British in 1786, Georgetown was the first British colony is Southeast Asia, even predating the Singapore and Hong Kong colonies. Because of this, Georgetown became a major trading hub during the 19th century, creating a city with a vibrant variety of cultures.

Today the city center, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, features a fantastic mix of colonial architecture, Indian and Asian food, and many different religions and ethnic groups.

Because of this, the island of Penang has something to offer every traveler.

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