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Monday, 19 June 2017 | MYT 5:24 PM

Penang listed among budget-friendly places in Asia

GEORGE TOWN: Penang shines once more as the state is one of Time Magazine's "10 Amazing Asian Vacations That Won’t Cost A Fortune."

The magazine’s Money segment for their Best in Travel 2017 said Penang’s diverse attractions including “white sandy beaches, large resorts, quiet fishing villages and a bustling urban centre - are a steal right now”.

According to the article, the cost to spend a week for two in Penang is US$2,669 (RM11,399.43).

“Try it yourself at the LG Baru or New Lane Hawker Stalls, where you can sample char koay kak, a fried dish of rice cakes, egg and pickled vegetables. Most dishes will set you back only about a dollar,” the magazine said in the article on its website.

The list has scoured various countries in Asia for the best regions to visit which can make the most for the travel dollars based on various factors including airfare, lodging, food, restaurants, attractions, crime rates, weather and ease of public transportation.

During a press conference Monday, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Penang has added another accolade among the many as a value for money destination.

Other places which made it into the list are Taipei, Taiwan; Siem Reap, Cambodia and Chiang Mai, Thailand.