Saturday, 7 December 2013

Cool colonial style in Penang

Phew, we have finally arrived at Langkawi today, 11 days after we left Johor Bahru. We have had three rest days, one in Port Dickson and two in Penang, all the other days have pretty much been sailing (mostly motoring!) from dusk till dawn. It has been fairly uneventful and kind of boring sailing (again, motoring) along a mostly flat coast with lots of fishing boats, fish traps and various other obstacles to avoid.  Most of our stops weren't interesting, but merely just rests for the night. I'm sure if you put a bit more effort into it, there would be some more interesting things to do and see.

Georgetown on Penang was a super cool stop. The anchorage is blissfully very central to town and only slightly dodgy. Penang was one of the British Strait settlements along with Melaka (unfortunately it has no anchorage so we didn't stop there) and Singapore. Singapore eventually took over, but that meant Georgetown preserved many of its colonial style buildings. In 2008 it was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site for its unique architecture, it is, however, mostly known as THE foodie town in SE Asia. We are a bit boring food wise and usually always end up going for Indian and Georgetown was no exception to that, so we can't really say a lot about that. We did really like the city though and would definitely like to come back and spend more time later on. It definitely rivals Kuching as our favourite Malay city. A bunch of photos below, they are all pretty self explanatory. There are more on facebook.

No comments:

Post a Comment