James's travel and photos

Ask anyone in South East Asia which city has the best street food, and they’ll tell you it’s their town! Ask them to nominate another city, and chances are Penang will be their second choice. In addition to the allure of the food, I also wanted to check out the preserved colonial-era architecture, particularly the shop houses. The street art scene in Penang makes for a fun treasure hunt, following the tourist map to find all the key locations.

Key standout locations that I visited

  • Fort Cornwallis, a well preserved British defense fortification which gives a little insight into the historic need to defend the strait.
  • Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, an impressive clan-house for the Khoo family of Chinese immigrants.
  • Street art, which is liberally placed around the historic old town. Get hold of a tourist map to find all of the sites.
  • Little India has a vibrant shopping…

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