Penang Ranked 3rd in “15 Best Islands In The World To Retire On” in 2021

Imagine this: The sky is above you and there is sand between your toes, you can smell the sea breeze, hear the waves rolling in and you are feeling completely at peace.

If the idea catches your fancy, why not consider moving to Penang, the 3rd Best Island in the World to Retire On, in the list curated by International Living in 2021?

Penang, also known as The Pearl of the Orient, came in 3rd following Malta and Mallorca, Spain. The other islands in Asia included in the list were Bali, Indonesia, Koh Samui, Thailand and Phú Quốc, Vietnam. According to Travel Awaits, part of the criteria include living a peaceful and simple life while being affordable.

Assam laksa
Photo Credit: Melvin Chia | Pixabay

George Town, Penang’s largest city, is known as an epicure haven, with countless hawker stalls and the best street food in the world against a background of diverse architecture and vibrant art scene. Fun fact: Did you know that Penang’s asam laksa was ranked 7th in the World’s Best 50 Foods list by CNN in 2020?

Penang street art, Children From The Window
Photo Credit: Yaopey Yong | Unsplash

Aside from having a multicultural and multilingual community, Penang’s location also makes it a strategic travel gateway to other Southeast Asian countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand. Those with a sense of adventure will enjoy snorkelling, hiking and diving. In short, there is something for everyone.

Parasailing in Penang
Photo Credit: Ravin Rau | Unsplash

Below is the list of “15 Best Islands In The World To Retire On” according to International Living: 

  1. Malta
  2. Mallorca, Spain
  3. Penang, Malaysia
  4. Ambergris Caye, Belize
  5. Ireland
  6. Roatan, Honduras
  7. Isla Mujeres, Mexico
  8. Isla Colon, Panama
  9. Bali, Indonesia
  10. Koh Samui, Thailand
  11. Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
  12. Crete, Greece
  13. Cozumel, Mexico
  14. Caye Caulker, Belize
  15. Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Penang at twilight
Photo Credit: Wan San Yip | Unsplash

Thumbs up Penang! 👍

Psst… If you’re planning to visit Penang soon, don’t forget to check out these top 10 places.


Featured Photo: Siti Rahmanah Mat Daud | Unsplash

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