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No bigger than Manhattan, the small tropical island of Penang off the west coast of Malaysia has arts and culture, history and nature, beach and jungle.

Known as a foodie haven, the island’s largest city, George Town, boasts eclectic architecture, a vibrant art scene and what many claim is the best street food in the world.

Since relocating from Portland, Oregon, Ed and Sally Wilkerson have lived in a 1,300-square-foot apartment with sea and harbor views. Included in their $1,000 a month apartment cost: 24-hour security, rooftop swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym and tennis courts.

With a balcony that easily holds 30 people, the couple often hosts get-togethers for friends near and far. “We get quite a few visitors from the States, and although people thought we were crazy when we left, they don’t when they visit,” Sally Wilkerson said.

On a budget of between $1,500 and $2,500 a month, a couple could live well in George Town, everything included.

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