Penangâ€™s capital city of George Town has been named one of the top cities in the world to visit in 2016 by travel bible, Lonely Planet.
The accolade comes in Lonely Planetâ€™s Best in Travel 2016, an annual collection of the hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead.
Lonely Planet listed Penang as number 4 in its Top 10, saying, â€œGeorge Town might be widely known for its Unesco World Heritage-listed streetscape, but of late itâ€™s also emerged as the crucible of an artsy, modern Malaysia.
â€œYouâ€™re likely to find funky street art amid the traditional Chinese shophouses these days, and versatile exhibition spaces showcasing avant garde art, film, music and dance are springing up left and right. Throw in a few boutique guesthouses and youâ€™ve got a recipe for one of Asiaâ€™s most inventive and diverse arts communities.â€
Lonely Planet says Kotor in Montenegro â€“ its choice as the best city to visit in 2016 â€“ is â€œdrop-dead gorgeous from every angleâ€.
It adds that the city is â€œa dreamy maze of alleys and plazas, beyond them the mountain-encircled, fjord-like bay of the same name is one of the most photogenic spots in all of Europe.â€
The only Australian city to make the Top 10 was Fremantle, which Lonely Planet described as, â€œa raffish harbour town in Western Australia that attracts free spirits from far and wide. Visitors come here to enjoy the live music rooms, hipster bars, boutique hotels and craft beer breweries alongside the Notre Dame University students.
Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities for 2016:
1. Kotor, Montenegro
2. Quito, Ecuador
3. Dublin, Ireland
4. George Town, Malaysia
5. Rotterdam, the Netherlands
6. Mumbai, India
7. Fremantle, Western Australia
8. Manchester, UK
9. Nashville, USA
10. Â Rome, Italy