The capital of the island of Penang, Georgetown is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its beautiful well-preserved colonial architecture, with shop-houses that date back from the 19th century to the 1930s. It is a vibrant town, full of noisy street markets, fragrant food carts, beeping horns and wandering stray dogs. Some say that it feels like Singapore did back in the 60s and 70s.
It definitely worth venturing over on the ferry to Penang to visit this town. Stroll around through the narrow streets, atmospheric temples and beautiful buildings, seeing the many culture influences.
Things to Do in Georgetown Penang
Indulge in the Culinary Offerings
Penang is known as a food paradise and is considered by many to have the best food in all of Malaysia. Whether you are hungry for a huge plate of creamy coconut rice, fried chicken, anchovies and spicy sambal (known as Nasi Lemak), a simmering bowl of Chinese noodle soup or a spicy curry, you will find it all here. Check out the amazing Red Garden food court on Jalan Penang, which has countless food stalls where you can choose from an array of dishes from cultures all over Southeast Asia all under one roof.
Soak Up the Atmosphere of Little India
As soon as you step into the Indian quarter of Penang, you will know it. The stores selling brightly coloured saris, the jangling tunes blaring from the speakers, the piles of fragrant spices and vegetables sold outside of the shops. It’s a beautiful part of town to explore.
When we were there we fell in love with the samosas sold by the man with the large cart on the corner. He’s hard to miss, so make sure you try one – they are addictive!
Ride on a Rickshaw
When you arrive in Georgetown you will see a collection of brightly coloured rickshaws decorated with fake flowers, plastic dolls, toy collections and much more. No trip to Penang would be complete without taking a ride on one of these makeshift contraptions. It is a great way to see the streets at a slow pace while listening to the commentary of a charismatic driver.
These are just a few fun things to do in Georgetown Penang, Malaysia.