Georgetown, Penang

January 26, 2016

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Georgetown was our perfect place for wandering the streets. There’s the street art of course, combined with beautiful, atmospheric architecture, and some of the best bits of cultures that we have experienced in the past year.

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Every building has it’s own quirks, tiny details, patterns, unique signs and a set of gorgeous colours.

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This was our favourite cafe for breakfast.

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You can see influences from all over the world in the building styles.

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The heart of little India has the vivid colours of saris and shopfronts, the smells of incense, flowers, spices and curry and the smiles of the people.

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It doesn’t have strong wafts of sewage or rubbish, spit all over the floor or people grabbing you, asking for money or to come to their hotel. The restaurants are generally canteen style, just like in India and the food is just amazing!

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Even the road surface has details and the pigeon inhabitants definitely add dynamic to the street scenes!

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 The Chinese-Malays still have no voice volume control but there’s less hocking in the street, no offensive music to ‘entice’ you into shops or ugly skyscrapers. Instead, people smile, even if they can’t speak English, they smile.

And they all cook amazing food.

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Talking of food, Pete kept a food diary while we were there, here’s his post about all the incredible food we ate, mostly made at simple food stands like these:

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Penang has some of the best examples of authentic Chinese temples we’ve ever seen.

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There’s a Hindu temple opposite a mosque, which is down the road from a church. This says it all really, everything just seems very harmonious, people from very different backgrounds jostle alongside each other in this very unusual place.

Also, just when we thought that we must have seen every feature of Asian temples possible, Malaysia throws giant GIANT incense sticks at us.

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Honestly they’re so big and the most extravagant ones have excessive gold dragons on them.

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There are a few amazing Art Deco buildings.

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The locals try to persuade you to take a ride in their rickshaws but otherwise have a pretty relaxed attitude to tourists.

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We genuinely loved the mixed-up vibe here.