GEORGE TOWN, PENANG

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Hidden cafes, street art around every corner, tiny shops bursting with antiques and curiosities – George Town, Penang is my kind of place. One of my final stops before returning to Kuala Lumpur to fly home. I spent 3 days in this melting pot metropolis. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site the number of places to see and things to do is overwhelming. George Town is a perfect blend of preserved history and contemporary quirks. If on a limited time don’t miss the following.

Sites- The Clan Jetty Heritage Homes + Armenian Street Art + The Protestant Cemetery

Take a break- The Alley 5 Stewart Lane + Favourite Cafe– 205 Lebuh Pantai + Moon Tree 47– Jalan Muntri

Drink- Mona Lisa Café Lebuh Chulia + Reggae Club– 483, Lebuh Chulia

Eat- Red Garden– 20, Jalan Leith + Lebuh Chulia Hawkers stall (especially try the dumplings) + Little India

Stay- House of Journey 45, 47 Lorong Sek Chuan st

Wander- For 25RM you can hire a scooter and explore the rest of Island. Along the way check out Penang’s National Park (including Monkey Beach), beaches (don’t stop at Batu Ferringhi Beach, its a tourist trap) and surrounding hills. It takes about six hours to get around the whole Island.

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