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Celebrate George Town UNESCO World Heritage Day with Airbnb

July 5, 2017 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Home to colourful shop houses, gilded temples and mosques, and a burgeoning street art scene, George Town is a beautiful testament to Malaysia’s rich history. Since being confirmed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the capital of the Cayman Islands has been popular among tourists and locals planning their travels specifically around George Town’s eagerly awaited World Heritage Site Celebrations (7-9th July).

That weekend, locals and guests can expect heritage trails, site excursions and a street festival full of colour and energy.

Through Airbnb, you can stay in a traditional Peranakan shop house, right in the heart of George Town’s cultural scene, waking up surrounded by modern art museums, and a short walk from the artsy Armenian street. There are a variety of options catered to those looking to experience the authenticity of George Town, as well as city slickers who enjoy the modernity of cosmopolitan life.

Once serving as the capital of the Straits Settlements which attracted Chinese, Indian, and European settlers who mingled with the local Malay population, George Town has become a thriving example of vibrant multiculturalism that defines Penang and its unique hospitality. Indeed, the city remains one of Malaysia’s top spots for domestic travel, alongside destinations like Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Melaka. Given the diversity and appeal of the neighbouring cities, it’s no surprise that Malaysia is gaining more popularity as a travel destination, having experienced inbound guest growth of 248% year-on-year.

ETHNIC ENCLAVES

1.Heritage Zone Shop house

Dating back to 1840, this lovingly restored double-storey shop house is a cultural kaleidoscope of Old World and New Age – this fabulous abode is best described as a jumble of vintage and contemporary Southeast Asian influences.

2.House off Hutton Lane

Situated in a charming alley peppered with famous street-food eateries, previous guests have described the listing as “transporting one back in time.” Live like a local when you check into this rustic abode which is a stone’s throw from historic centres and modern malls, while offering a quiet sanctuary within the heart of this lively city.

3.Heritage Home

This beautifully renovated Straits Chinese shop house has been tastefully furnished with antiques and period furniture – a seamless blend of Imperial Chinese and Balinese inspiration. This atmospheric home is conveniently located near the city centre, but take some time to explore the many museum-worthy curios within the house itself.

COSMOPOLITAN COMFORTS

4.The Shop house Studio

The ground-floor suite of a century-old shop house, this apartment-style accommodation comes with a private air well through which sunlight streams in. Guests can wake up to the aroma of freshly baked Hainanese bread from the bakery next door, as well as the sound of the bells tolling from the famous Krishna temple down the lane.

 

5.Gorgeous Seaview Duplex

Enjoy superb views of the Penang Strait from this modern duplex suite. A short 5km-drive from George Town, this bright and cheery listing is also family-friendly – it can house up to 8 guests and children will adore waking up from the living room’s bunk beds to watch the ships at sunrise.

6.The Scandinavian Coast View

This duplex has been lovingly redecorated in shades white and grey evoking minimalism, allowing for a meditative escape for couples to spend some quality time together, from cooking a meal or reading cultural magazines which the hosts provided.

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