Fri

28

Aug

2015

Friday Fix: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

This is the thirteenth edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you (and me) on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in your coffee break...

Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia


The island Penang's strategic position attracted the attention British East India Company in the late 1700s and was soon used as a natural harbour for their ships and naval base to counter a growing French presence in the area. George Town itself was named after George III and for some time colonial Penang thrived from trade in pepper, spices, Indian goods, betel nut, tin and rice. Less salubrious, by the start of the next century, was the island's use as a profitable link in the opium trade between India and China. The East India Company sold licences to gambling dens, brothels and drug traders which contributed to over half of Penang's crimes.

 

Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia


This controversial colonial legacy has left Georgetown with a rich multi-cultural heritage, strong Chinese influence and glorious miscellany of architecture. I was stuck by the beautiful buildings, world renowned street art scene and particularly crazy pavements, which add an element of adventure to every casual stroll; mechanics' machinery protrudes onto the road and occasional open drains force you to engage energetically with the accidental obstacle course between you and your intended destination.


Of most excitement for the super budget traveller is undoubtedly the mouth-watering selection of street food. You can find almost anything you fancy, but we couldn't help returning time and time again to this man with his deliciously fatty snacks and impossibly cheap samosas.


I'd travel back half way around the world just for a bag full of those tasty, triangular parcels...


local snacks, street-food, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Previous editions of Friday Fix:

  1. The faces of Angkor Thom, Cambodia.                 -South East Asia
  2. Nanuya Balavu Island, Fiji.                                  -Pacific
  3. Chefchaouen and the mountains, Morocco.          -North Africa
  4. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia.                        -Oceania 
  5. Plaza de España, Seville, Spain.                           -Western Europe
  6. Scoor beach, Mull, Scotland.                                -Western Europe
  7. A sobering walk down the river in Siem Reap.      -South East Asia
  8. Milford Sound, New Zealand.                               -Oceania
  9. Parade of the Giants, Marrakesh.                         -Northern Africa
  10. Moscow's Metro Stations.                                    -Russia
  11. Angkor Watt and pink water-lilies at sunrise.        -South East Asia
  12. Naxos, Greece.                                                   -Europe


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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Marie @ Marie Away (Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:08)

    Mmmmm.. samosas...
    I always kind of regretted not hitting up Malaysia on my way through Southeast Asia. I really did seriously consider going to Georgetown, but I get so easily distracted. I'll try to get there someday!

  • #2

    Katie Featherstone (Thursday, 03 September 2015 09:15)

    I hope you make it another time Marie!

  • #3

    Becky Padmore (Thursday, 03 September 2015 12:08)

    This takes me back to my trip there, such an interesting place!

  • #4

    Katie Featherstone (Thursday, 03 September 2015 13:13)

    Thanks for stopping by Becky!

  • #5

    Helen Covet (Thursday, 03 September 2015 19:44)

    Lovely angles in that first photo.

  • #6

    Katie Featherstone (Friday, 04 September 2015 10:00)

    Thank-you!

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