Pulau Penang, Malaysia –
My last stop in Malaysia before heading north to Thailand was Penang. Pulau means island, which Penang most definitely is, but unlike many islands in the world, Penang is known for its city life more that sand, surf, and sun. Georgetown is like the downtown of Penang where most of the action takes place. It is well known today for its street art, some of it shown in the gallery below, although its only been around since 2012. Other interesting spots of course are the temples and some unique museums such as the Camera Museum (Do you know why people didn’t smile in really old photos?) and the Upside Down Museum. Penang is also known as the hawker capital of Malaysia. What is a hawker? Basically a large space with a number of different food venders crammed together usually with outdoor seating for everyone in the middle. Fast, tasty, local food and usually for very good price. My favorite in Penang was Red Garden Food Paradise. There was even a guy there who tried to sell me “Cajun” chicken. I declined. Another major attraction, although I found it quite touristy, was The Hill. A very steep cable car ride to the top provides excellent views of the city as well as a mosque and a Hindu temple. Next stop? Thailand…quite possibly my new favorite country in world next to Mexico.