Thanks to a friend's alert, I visited this online page of The New York Times and saw their recommendations for the top 44 places to go in 2009. I couldn't believe that listed somewhere amidst all the thumbnails was a picture of Penang.
Yes, Penang is recommended by The New York Times as one of the most compelling destinations. The NY Times also allows readers to cast their votes; so it may be worth your while to do your bit for Penang and see how the readers' recommendations turn out to be.
According to The New York Times, "Adventurous foodies are turning to Penang, the culinary capital of Malaysia, where they are eating their way through one of southeast Asia's liveliest street food scenes."
Don't wait .... just click here and go vote for Penang now!
Also from Frommers: "Penang is unique in Malaysia because, for all intents and purposes, Penang has it all. Tioman Island may have beaches and forests, but it has no shopping or historical sights to speak of. And although Malacca has historical sights and museums, it hasn't a grain of decent sand. Penang has all of it: fun beaches, beautiful resorts, rich history, diverse culture, and delicious food. If you only have a short time to visit Malaysia but want to take in as wide an experience as you can, Penang is a good choice."