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Love Story: Eileen Chong, Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang

Eileen Chong, Communications & Public Relations Manager: I love Penang because it’s a compact destination where everything is but a short jaunt away. Whether it’s business, shopping or entertainment in the city, hiking the hills or relaxing by the beach – they are all within minutes away. Best of all, it’s a foodie’s paradise where great delicacies can be had at every street corner and residential enclave. From the ubiquitous kopitiams and street stalls to cafes and swanky restaurants, you get to satiate your cravings at any time of the day, be it a morning Dim Sum, afternoon snack of Cucur Udang or Hokkien Mee for supper.

Eastern & Oriental Hotel: The Eastern & Oriental Hotel, popularly known as the ‘E&O’, is an all-suite luxury hotel and the only one with a seafront in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. Widely revered as the grande dame of heritage hotels, the E&O was established in 1885 by the famed Sarkies Brothers. In many ways, the E&O has also come to represent Penang itself – its story inextricably woven into the island’s history, its traditions an indelible part of many a traveller’s treasured memory, its name synonymous with the magical island once known as the Pearl of the Orient. Visit us at

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