Penang offers those on a Malaysia holiday an “authentic experience”

Malaysia Kek Lok Si Temple PenangJet-setters eager to experience something a little more off the beaten track than the majority of people are searching for might like to head to Penang to check out the jungle, monkeys and giant monitor lizards.

Writer Zoe Strimpel, who works for City AM, came across all three of these and more on her Malaysia holiday, such as squid, jellyfish that measured four feet long and sea cockroaches that are, apparently, “sweet and juicy”.

She noted, however, that this area is – while beautiful – a far cry from the typical image that resorts often conjure up.

“It’s for travellers after something a little more authentic,” Ms Strimpel observed, adding that Penang itself is a “rich hodgepodge of colonial, Indian, Chinese and Malay influences”.

Visitors might also like to walk down George Town’s Street of Harmony where the Kapitan Keling Mosque – designed and built by Henry Alfred Neubronner – can be found.