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The sleepy island of Penang is home to colourfully crumbling Georgetown — a colonial port city with a mix of European, Chinese and Hindu architecture and some eye-popping temples. This charming small city has also been rated a foodie haven and ranked as one of Asia's top 10 cities to live in. Serious divers head to Sipadan Island, where the crystalline seas are home to thousands of turtles, sharks and barracuda as well as an awe-inspiring coral wall. And those searching for exotic beach resorts hit pay dirt in Langkawi, an archipelago on the Andaman Sea that houses exclusive villas on stilts as well as budget beach huts.