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Penang makes world top 10 list of great value beach destinations!

Penang makes world top 10 list of great value beach destinations!

Tasneem Nazari

Yay! Penang has made it as number 8 in the list of top 10 great value beach destinations in the WORLD!


Penang was recently featured on a list compiled by a lifestyle website, International Living, which features 21 “pocket-friendly” beach destinations around the globe.

The entry for Penang described our favourite staycation as a small tropical island off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

There she is! Picture credit: Google Maps

Assuring foreigners that English is widely spoken on the island, the article explains that Penang was formerly a British colony which has been one of the top expat destinations in Malaysia for years.

Playing on the different cultures as a selling point, the piece adds that this is the reason why our food is so awesome!


“Penang is a multicultural island with about 60% of its inhabitants being Chinese, 32% Malays, and 7% Indian. Culturally it’s a mind-blowing place to live, and with a mix of these cultures, the food is touted to be the best in all of Southeast Asia.”

International Living

It also said that besides being delicious, the local food is safe for foreigners, and that people can get a filling meal for less than US$5 (RM20.56).

Picture credit: Penang Foodie

Additionally, living costs in Penang is considered cheap with the website saying a couple can rent and live well in Penang for just US$1,455 (RM5,982.23) a month.

International Living added that although Penang isn’t a busy bustling city like KL, it has all the comforts of home plus beautiful beaches to enjoy

Picture credit: TripSavvy

“There is everything from beaches and shopping to great food and a vibrant culture.”.

International Living

Besides Penang, the other top destinations mentioned were:

  1. Salinas, Ecuador
  2. Pedasi, Panama
  3. Bocas Del Toro, Panama
  4. Sayulita, Mexico
  5. Cascais, Portugal
  6. Placencia, Belize
  7. Caye Caulker, Belize
Picture credit: International Living

Penang also managed to beat Sorrento in Italy and Canggu, Bali, which came in at the 14th and 21st spots respectively.

BTW, Singapore, Philipines, and Thailand did not make this list.


US-based International Liv­ing is a monthly magazine that focuses on global retirement and relocation options.

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