We loved Penang, a busy island in northern Malaysia and its second biggest city. Chinese influence is evident throughout its amazing heritage neighborhood, a UNESCO site. Whitman is noticeably absent from our photos because he spent the entire time there laid up with a stomach bug.😝
|High speed line from Ipoh to the wonderfully named Butterworth Station|
|sadly, no butterbeer served at Butterworth station|
|all aboard the ferry from Butterworth station to Penang|
|Fun stuff at the top of Penang Hill, reachable only by funicular (one of my favorite words).|
|interesting elephant-dragon hybrid guarding the Buddhist temple at the top of Penang Hill|
|hitting the streets of the Heritage Neighborhood|
The excellent Joanne Chen, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Guide, lead us through its many murals, sculptures, Chinese clan houses and delicious eateries.
|kids & our guide, Joanne Chen, in front of the Bruce Lee mural|
|painting at Glow Hotel in Penang. Good place.|
|lots of beautifully maintained Chinese shophouses in the Heritage Neighborhood|
The food was unparalleled, including incredible local specialties like Asam Laksa (a savory/sour fish stew) Char-koay-teow (rice noodles cooked over a charcoal fire) and Curry Mee (a curry noodle soup).
|in line for a "hawker stand"--the carts selling street food|
|a char-koay-teow master|
|you want your noodles hot or hotter?|
|Fin eating everything in sight at the famous Tek Sen restaurant|
There also were baked treats at the funky China House, an artsy and elegant place owned by an Australian ex-pat. Its bakery turns out 300 different cakes a day.
|China House courtyard|
|leaving a doodle at China House|