A couple of weeks ago, I revisited Penang for the first time since I was 15. To tell you the truth, I can’t remember much of the place apart from having the most wonderful food and going parasailing at the beach LOL. Penang is an inspiring place to visit. It’s a wonderful melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Islam cultures. I love the juxtaposition of colours, design styles and patterns. Think Bollywood inspired rickshaws, giant bright fuscia incense sticks and the most gorgeous shop facades…
Awarded a UNESCO World Heritage listing in 2008 for its contribution to culture and architecture, George Town (the capital of Penang) is being revived. Many of its dilapidated houses – mostly 19th Century Shophouses; some on the verge of collapse are being restored and converted into smart boutiques, cafes and art galleries.
I am loving the use of the patterned tiles and the shopfront colours that have faded over time into the most glorious pastel patinas. Food is something else. Renowned for it’s hawker food, there is Malay, Chinese and Indian to choose from.
My friend Narelle of Bon Ton Resort has recently established China House which is an amazing complex containing different eating places, art gallery, shop and outdoor courtyard garden. It is a definite place to visit.
We also stayed at the super modern G Hotel about 20 minutes from Georgetown in Gurney Mews along the waterfront. Close to the hawker street food markets and next to the mall, it is highly recommended.