Location: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Once part of British Colony, Georgetown is marked with innumerable building dating to the eighteenth century. These richly decorated buildings give you an insight into booming historic past. You can find plenty of mosques, churches and temples showing the mixed heritage of this place.
Georgetown is approximately 280km drive from Kuala Lumpur. The drive is pretty straight on the freeway. However, it is advisable to take a break at Ipoh and explore a bit of Perak before going up to Penang. Ipoh lies approximately half-way between Georgetown and Kuala Lumpur.
You will cross a very long bridge (toll around 7 ringgit) to get into Georgetown. Find a hotel near the north-eastern tip of the island where most restaurants and places of attraction are. Some of the best places to stay in Georgetown are
You will be undoubtedly shocked by a number of the restaurant per street in the city. It seems that people only come to George town to eat. While staying in this interesting location make sure you try out popular Nonya Food and some of the traditional family-run businesses. An interesting Nonya Food restaurant is Little Kitchen, 179 Lebu Noordin, 10300 Penang, ( 04-2616731). The food is served in a small portion in a very traditional manner. The ambience is cosy, service very personal and owner Jay Loh takes pride in giving a brief overview of Nonya Culture and Food. You can also get a chance to peek in the guest room located behind the main restaurant.
Georgetown is also famous for traditional Indian food like Nasi Kandar. Try out Line-Clear restaurant near the Upper Penang Street. It is walking distance from Upper tip of Penang Road near Eastern & Oriental Hotel. The food is quite nice and you can try rice with plenty of meat dishes make with gravy. The spot is also explored by Anthony Bourdain in his travel adventures to Penang.
Another destination for the more modern feel for Georgetown is Gurney drive. Most hotels will offer a free bus tour to the Gurney drive, as the Malls ( Plaza Gurney, Gurney Paragon). These are top of the line shopping centres will all world-class brands and quality shopping outlets. Located on main Gurney drive is on the way from Georgetown to Bantu Ferringi. Gurney drive also prides in hosting night market serving ethnic food lit late in the night.