A girls mini break with my gorgeous friend Donna. Both of us ticking off a bucket list destination. From Singapore a short 90 minute flight to Penang, Malaysia. From here we were whisked into a hotel limousine from the Eastern and Oriental Hotel, our home for the next two nights.
Roughly a 30 minute drive with no traffic to George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Named after King George III, George Town is a melting pot of different cultures, including Malaysian, Chinese, and Indian. Walking around town will gives you a glimpse of local daily life.
As Malaysia’s unofficial food capital, Penang will bring any foodie to a state of nirvana. Indulge yourself in a wide array of local cuisine, from char kway teow to ice kacang. If on a tight budget, food stalls are abundant in the streets of George Town, offering affordable yet filling dishes. Over all, it is still the more budget-friendly option, and you’ll have fun mixing and matching everything.
Want to interact with an artwork for free? Then look for Ernest Zacharevic’s murals and other street paintings scattered all over the city. These beautiful works of art were part of the Mirrors George Town project in 2012, and has been a staple in almost every Penang itinerary, with tourists hopping from one street to another. Other artists have also contributed to this project, such as Louis Gan and Simon Tan.
Aside from Mirrors George Town mentioned earlier, Penang has another series of installation art that is worth checking out. Known as Marking George Town, this street art exhibition was commissioned by the Penang State Government a year after the capital was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A total of 52 iron sculptures tell the story of Penang’s heritage in a funny yet informative way. If you want to see each and every caricature, you can pick up a free Marking George Town map in the airport. It indicates the exact location of every artwork, plus a short history about it.