My friends and I (mid-20s) are planning to visit Cenang in early January. We are after a nice beach, nice accommodation (but not too expensive - around $100-150 AUD per room per night) and a good balance of activities and relaxing (half time just laying on the beach and the other half shopping, day-trips, drinks at bars, etc).
I'm wondering if Cenang would be the best choice for this, or would we be better off visiting Penang? We will have around five nights to spend at one of these places at the end of our trip.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks :)