The seafood is great in Penang but there isn't a lot of attractions nor is there a lot of life. The beaches around there aren't great either.
Give me Phuket if I had to make a choice of the two but here are many, many places that are better than both of them. almost 4 years agoAnswered by Daz via WorldNomads.com
Georgetown, the capital, is fantastic (food in the markets, street art, Little India, Chew Jetty, different temples...) and Penang, the island, is really nice. Renting a motorbike for a day trip is cool and cheap! I wasn't in Phuket, but I think it's very crowded. Night clubs and the atmosphere at Georgetown is excellent. Malaysian are sooooo kind!! almost 4 years ago