Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bittersweet Trip:Penang Island

Waking up from a 2 hour nap to catch a 7am flight doesn't seem too appealing right? Yup thats what I thought as well. Nonetheless,I was too excited to even think about exhaustion and I was ready to explore and be the wanderlust that I am.

After a short 1 hour flight we arrived in Penang Island,located northwest coast of Malaysia. It was a bittersweet trip as it was my last Malaysian trip,however I made sure I plan my itinerary to the T-so precise I even allocated time schedules for eating,and if you know me you'd know anytime is munch time.  

We stayed in the capital city of the island called Georgetown which was founded by the British. Georgetown is this hipster town with a medieval vibe to it. The architecture is British inspired with a touch of colour,pattern and the country's heritage.  Walking through the narrow roads was like living in a different era with a fusion of western and eastern influence.
Penang Architecture

Streets of Georgetown

Building in Georgetown


Georgetown has been listed as the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and most of the attractions such as the Clan Jetties, street art by Lithuanian artist-Ernest Zacharevic,Armenian Street,Temples,local Street food are all in the same vicinity.
George Town World Heritage Inc

Georgetown

Penang Road

Armenian Street is one of the famous streets surrounded by artsy cafes,street art,temples,street entertainment, and food stalls to name a few.
Armenian Street

Ice Ball

Our mode of transport were bicycles and we spent our Friday taking snaps of the famous street art,going on a food hunt,and riding through the narrow roads one paddle at a time.
The Press In Georgetown

Street Art In Penang

Art In Penang



Chicken and Pork


The street art is located all around Georgetown but the most famous one being 'Little Children on a Bicycle” is in Armenian Street. We had to wait in line just to take pictures in front of the art,thats how famous it is!
Little Children On a Bicycle street art

Based on the blog reviews I read I had high expectations of  the food in Penang but it was however quite underwhelming. Some food stalls were closed or others would open late. Maybe we made bad food choices or we were just unlucky. However,the food we did get to eat was good to the palette. My fav has to be the gelato from Maxims Gelato. I'd go back just for 2 more scoops!

Maxims Gelato

Saturday was quite a treat. We visited the Clan Jetties- located along the waterfront and close to the Ferry terminal. The jetties are home to several Chinese clans, so its basically walking in someones house and backyard but only theirs is not on land but above sea level and their surrounded by tourists. It was fascinating walking around and taking snaps whilst someone was busy cooking or cleaning their house.
Clan Jetties

Clan Jetties

The houses are built of a special kind of wood, which makes them resistant to the influences of the seawater.

After going on a food hunt,satisfying my dim sum craving and sweating as per usual lol we later unwinded at Reggae Mansion with some live music,pizza and a bit of dancing.

I believe Sundays on vacations are about relaxing and reflecting and we did just that. We were basking in the sun at Batu Ferringhi beach listening to the sound of the waves. The beach is average but the tranquility was just what I needed.

Batu Ferringhi Beach

Batu Ferringhi


This trip was cultural,hipster,refreshing and was surely the perfect last trip to close my chapter in Malaysia.

Thank you Penang!
Love&Scribbles
Wandi


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