Penang, Malaysia

Penang is an alluring mixture of golden beaches and cultural gems. Along Malaysia’s north coast, Penang’s most famous beach is lined with luxury Asian hotels. The capital George Town is a UNESCO Site.

Meanwhile, traditional villages, or “kampongs,” sprinkle a countryside scented with nutmeg. Make sure you meet the giant reclining Buddha and some of the 1,000 statues of Kek Lok Si Temple.