Like A Local: Georgetown, Penang
Like A Local
A common question that comes to my mind, and I'm sure yours as well, when I'm traveling is "what do the locals do?" I truly believe that everything and every place is worth seeing at least once. Whether it is something touristy or something off the beaten path, that something is special and more importantly new to you! There's so much we can learn by opening ourselves up to new adventures. So, of course, one of the best ways to do this is to live, explore, and experience a place "like a local"!
1. YOUR CITY'S NAME AND NICKNAMES
George Town or Georgetown
2. FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT
My favorite place to eat has to be the Hawker Centers on Macalister Road. Any Penang Street Food ranges from RM3.50 to RM8. If it is your first visit to Penang, I recommend you to try these:
1. For main, you’ll never go wrong with Char Koey Teow , Hokien Mee (try only if you can stand spices) or Assam Laksa.
2. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss the array of Nyonya Kush
3. For desserts, you can get the best Cendol at Penang Road.
4. A fan of tit-bits? Try Penang Rojak, preserved fruits and Tambun Biscuits.
3. FAVORITE PLACES TO STUDY/DO WORK
China House on Lebuh Pantai is a cafe built in a old traditional shop lot consisted of 3 heritage buildings, linked by an open air courtyard. The courtyard itself is the ultimate comfort zone to get any work done!
4. FAVORITE PLACES TO RELAX/DETOX
The Surname Jetties. I don’t care how touristy it has become, but no one is gonna take away our relaxation spot at the end of the Chew Jetty! I used to come here with my friends, just lying there motionless all evening. Now that it is invaded by tourists, we still do that because we've never cared about how silly we look lying there like some dried salted fish.
5. FAVORITE PHOTO SPOT
The Murals, especially the "Little Children on a Bicycle".
6. ONE “TOURISTY” THING IN EVERYONE ACTUALLY HAS TO VISIT
The Murals! It is highly recommended to rent a bike to explore the old narrow streets of Georgetown in search of old and new murals.
7. ONE NOT SO WELL KNOWN SPOT PEOPLE SHOULD DEFINITELY VISIT
Actually, don’t just stick to Georgetown! Explore around, visit Bayan Lepas, Air Itam, Pulau Tikus, Teluk Bahang or take a ferry to Butterworth.
8. ONE UNIQUE FACT
The Penang island was known as the Prince of Wales Island during British rule and Georgetown was named in honour of King George III.
Malaysians like to use “Lah”, “Loh” and “Leh" in (almost) every sentences, this is especially true in Penang.
9. ANY TIPS OR TRICKS ON HOW TO NAVIGATE YOUR CITY
I am actually proud of the Public Transport System in Penang. The "Rapid Bus” is very efficient and if you are very lazy to plan your bus route, hop on a HOHO (Hop on Hop off) bus.
10. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR CITY
Definitely THE FOOD! Penang has long been recognized as one of the best gastronomic destinations in the world. I couldn’t agree more.
Last but not least, I am PROUD to be a Penang Lang!
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