Penang Hill

Towering over Penang and often surrounded by a mysterious looking mist is Penang Hill. Roughly 750m above sea level at the summit the hill it is dramatically cooler at the top than in the sweaty streets of Georgetown! The British exploited the cooler climate near the top and built houses around the hill to escape…

Penang Museum

Just across the road from Penang’s high court building is the Penang museum. It’s based in a large old Victorian era building and houses a number of interesting artefacts from various points in the history of the city. Outside the museum is a replica of a funicular carriage from Penang Hill along with a replica…

Fort Cornwallis

Looking out towards the port town of Butterworth just by Georgetown’s colonial district sits fort Cornwallis. It was built by the British in 1796 as a strategic defensive stockade to protect the then newly built settlement. On one side it’s an impressive site, with some solid defensive walls, thick turrets and openings that allow you…

Thosai, our new favourite breakfast!

After being in Malaysia for a few days we noticed the great amount of Indian food that there was! This pas particularly noticeable in Penang with its little India and in Thani Rata with a street filled with Indian food sellers – it was great! This led us to discover our new favourite breakfast snack…

Coffee Shops – Penang’s communal dining rooms!

The coffee shops of Penang are legendary. They serve as great communal eating spaces, where many people can come together to share the amazing food on offer. At first the format of service at the coffee shops of the city can be a little confusing, but you quickly get used to it. You start by…

5 must eats in Penang!

Known as Malaysia’s capital of food Penang is a must go to foodie destination! Here are some of our favourite dishes! Cendol This traditional Malaysian desert is made out of red beans, pea flower strands and shaved ice, tossed in palm sugar syrup and sprinkled with more sugar. It is very sweet and after getting…

The Petronas Towers

One of the most iconic sights of Kuala Lumpur the Petronas Towers which have dominated the skyline since 1998 and are the tallest twin structures in the world. They played a central role in Shaun Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones’ bank heist in the great 90s film entrapment – so naturally we had to go…

Ko Tao, the animals of the island

Something that is quite quickly noticeable about Ko Tao is the amount of animals wandering around. Unlike Bangkok they don’t seem wary of humans and do not look like they are unwell – unlike Bangkok they also don’t look quite as scary. There are so many cats and dogs roaming freely around the island it’s…

Penang Gallery

Penang is a city of sights and smells – almost everywhere you look you see vibrant colours, beautiful buildings and stunning heritage. It’s hard to pick what to take pictures of and what not to! Here are some of our favourites from the city.

The steel art of Georgetown

If you spend a few hours walking around the streets of Georgetown, Penang, you will begin to notice a unique form of street art. This comes in the form of wire statues that are dotted around the sights of historical significance. They are often a humorous depiction of whatever the historical use of the area…

Ko Tao

Thought of as the baby of Ko Samui and Ko Pangan, Ko Tao is a stunning tiny little island in the south of Thailand! It’s famous for diving and is where we have chosen to come and get out PADI’s (diving license). Getting a night train to Chumpon from Bangkok at 7:30pm we connected with…

The Golden Buddha

After a very splashy and somewhat unconventional canal tour, we found ourselves near the Royal Palace, which had been closed earlier but we could now see a line of tourists going in. We wanted to take a look but were told by someone nearby that without long trousers we wouldn’t be able to take a…