I had a few weeks off of work and was ready for a vacation, doing some research I found an seemingly interesting place that seemed also modern, artsy, and fascinating because of its historical Unesco World Heritage-listed streetscape. This place is George Town in the Malaysian state of Penang. There are initiatives happening such as the Urban Xchange like the Crossing Over festival which have been the inspiration to the creation of more street art. Throughout the city you can find things like abandoned transport hubs that have been repurposed as the Hin Bus Depot Art Centre. It is easy to find art, film, music, and theater all in George Town.
One of the best things I did there that helped me feel like a local on my 2 week trip was exploring George Town’s hawker food scene. These had culinary influences from China, Malaysia, Thailand and the region’s Peranakan (Straights-Chinese) culture all combined in popular eating hubs around the city. I think a few of my favorite dishes I tried were tamarind asam laksa and char kway teow noodles.
The rest of the time I spent exploring the local sites, shooting some photos, and trying to blend with the locals as much as possible. There were a few days that I had to catch up on some work in a local internet cafe but all in all I can not wait to come back to George Town!