Penang is a cool, eclectic Malaysian state in the northwest corner of the country. We just spent a long weekend there – full of hiking, eating and, of course, sweating.
An interesting mix of British, Malaysian, Chinese and Indian cultures, Penang is a can’t miss when you visit us…you are visiting us, right?
Take a look at our pics and then book your flights…
Wall murals are all the rage in George Town (the capital of Penang). This is the most famous one – you can get it in t-shirt, hat and/or underpants form.
This motorcycle is part of the wall art too. We tried to borrow it for a bit, but neither of us know how to drive a motorcycle.
This is a giant mural of a little girl swinging from the windows.
Another cool mural using an actual basketball hoop.
Here’s a good mural. Couple a buds having a laugh with birds flying around. Makes sense.
The Minions made an appearance on the walls too.
George Town, the main city on the island, is a mix of British colonial buildings with a nice mix of mosques, temples and churches.
The streets of George Town have a lot going on.
Some very nice buildings in George Town.
No Malaysian city is complete without a little India – complete with a blaring Bollywood soundtrack.
Along the shoreline there are a number of Chinese jetties built right on the water where families have lived and worked for generations.
They sell plants, ice cream and shark fin on the jetties.
Here’s a nice look out into the channel from the jetty.
Here’s a look at the bridge connecting Penang with mainland Malaysia.
Not sure about what this statue is about. Maybe a cracked egg?
This little Malay girl was ruling the playground with her motorized scooter.
George Town also came complete with some fancy bike rickshaws.
We stumbled upon a local talent show. These clowns are mentally preparing for their performance.
The hike to Monkey Beach is a sweaty one. Very worth it though.
Where are the monkeys?
The locals enjoyed a dip at Monkey Beach.
You can’t go wrong with little monkeys.
Here’s a centipede that we met on our hike up Penang Hill.
This is the funicular train. For $10, you can zoom right up Penang Hill and skip the 3-hour hike. We choose the hike and the $5 trip down the hill. This is a huge hit with Malaysians.
Here’s the mid-way point in the track for the fun train.
This was the payoff for our 3-hour hike up Penang Hill. A sweet view of George Town.
Another look from the top of Penang Hill.