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
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.