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Captain Francis Light of the East India Company first set foot on the island in 1786 and established a free port
By the mid-19th century, Penang was a major player in the Chinese opium trade, which provided more than half of the colony’s revenue
High profile visitors to Penang in the early 20th century included Somerset Maugham, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling and Herman Hesse
Penang is known as the hawker capital of Malaysia and most of the city’s specialities are best enjoyed from a portable cart
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