I went to Penang after rave reviews from my friend Donna. She's been there multiple times of the years and always enjoys it. It was nice and quiet in comparison to everywhere else I had been. The weather was nice as it was cooler than Jakarta while not cold; it only rained twice - once for about five minutes and once for an hour. There is a "downtown" central area called Georgetown and, like Macau, was built by and influenced by Europeans. The buildings have been well maintained over the years and it makes for an aesthetically pleasing town. I spent a lot of time walking around the Chinatown and Little India areas of Georgetown. Roti Cani is always my favorite food in Malaysia. It's an Indian flat bread (less bready that naan bread) served with curry sauce. At between 0.80 and 1.00 MYR (Malaysian Riggits, running about three Ringgits to one USD), they make a fantastic and fantastically cheap snack. I must have had close to a dozen. By the end I was known at a little restaurant where I'd been several times. Their tea tarik (or pulled tea, it's the color of red clay, poured from arms length after adding condensed milk) was worth the trip too.
|These were around town as explanations, put up when Georgetown because a UNESCO World Heritage site.|
|This is on the Burmese Temple grounds (I think).|