It'll charm the pants off ya.
Georgetown. It's the eclectic and artsy capital of Penang Island, located in the northwestern state of Penang, Malaysia. Often overlooked for the country's bustling capital, Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown is quickly gaining attention as a cultural hub full of colorful street art, cafes, and cheap accommodation. If you've never thought of stopping here- I urge you to reconsider. There's nothing better than getting lost in a city of complex side streets with stunning murals that surprise you at the turn of every corner. The wide selection of inviting cafes and restaurants will be welcome distractions along your walk as well, and should you wish to hike or go to the beach- these activities are just a short drive outside of Georgetown. So scroll on for 10 photos that prove why Georgetown's undeniable charm is worth the trip.
See what I mean?
If you're looking for recommendations for food, check out these spots:
Mugshot Cafe for great bagels, coffee, smoothies, and more.
The Daily Dose Cafe for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Pit Stop Cafe (best tomato soup I've ever had!)
SteakFrites@23 (especially if you've been in SE Asia for a while and are craving a steak...that's all they serve!)
Need a place to stay?
Queen's Hostel is a female-only hostel with private and dormitory rooms. As a solo female traveler during my time in Georgetown, I can highly recommend staying here!
Blue Mansion is on the other end of the spectrum if you feel like splurging- I had a blast just touring the place. Imagine staying there!
My Favorite Street Art
Boy on a Bike
Little Children on a Bicycle
Children on a Swing
Little Boy with Pet Dinosaur
The Boat Man
Here's a map of *some* popular murals and street art below.
Need something a bit more active? Visit the Penang Botanical Gardens for a stroll or climb Penang Hill for an incredible view. There's also a cable car ride to the top if hiking feels a bit ambitious. If it's a day of sand and sun that you seek, head northwest by car or taxi to Monkey Beach or Batu Ferringhi.
Questions or other suggestions about Georgetown, Malaysia? Comment below!