Penang is third best island in the world as a retirement spot in 2021, says travel site

KUALA LUMPUR (April 15): Penang is the third best island in the world and top in Asia to retire for 2021, according to a list by the Travel Awaits website.

“Formerly a British colony, Penang, Malaysia, is home to a mix of nationalities, and it’s welcoming to North Americans, with English widely spoken on the island,” wrote Kara Williams for the website.

“If you’re eager to travel in retirement, having Penang as your home base makes it easy to fly to many other countries in Southeast Asia,” added Williams.

And the great food in the Pearl of the Orient is also mentioned.

“This island also appeals to foodies, with its plethora of food stalls, prominently found in the main city, George Town, as well as adventurers who like to hike, dive, and snorkel.”

Travel Awaits is also quite up to date: “Historically, Malaysia has offered a generous retirement visa called Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H), however, that program has currently been suspended ‘temporarily,’ says the government. Keep an eye on the official website for updates.”

Ranked No 1 and 2 in Travel Awaits’ list are Malta and Mallorca, Spain, respectively.

Penang, however beat other famous islands such as Bali, Koh Samui, Crete and Phu Quoc.

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