This weekend, my coworkers and I went on a quick trip to Penang. 🙂 Everyone here in Malaysia said Penang is the best ‘food place,’ so I had to check it out.
We stayed at an airbnb, which was beautiful – but there were quite a lot of communication issues with the host. I guess an unforeseen downside of airbnb in Asia…But besides that, everything in Penang was really great!
Upon arriving, we went to find some food. Our uber driver advised us to go to Love St, which was super cool – there were a few bars with live music, and street food nearby. Got some kuey teow, poh piah, and mochi! And of course some beers after that.
The next day we went to explore the town a bit. First we got some delicious dim sum. One of my coworkers is from China, so before we had even fully sat down, there was a bunch of good stuff on the table, haha.
Next, we went to the top of the Komtar tower – it was expensive so we were basically the only ones there, but the view was good! And there were a few cool glass walkways.
Next we walked around the town and saw some street art and the old colonial buildings. It was super hot so then we went back for a break at the pool. For dinner we went to the Gurney Hawker center, which had soo many options for tasty local food 🙂 Then we took a long walk to Upper Penang st, which wasn’t quite ‘happening’ yet as we were early. Then we walked back to Love St and stumbled upon a hip bar along the way that was basically straight out of Austin or something – there are actually plenty of hip cafes/bars in Malayisa 😀
The next day we got coffee and noodles and then headed to Penang Hill for more pretty views! We took a train to the top and walked around – saw some cool nature. Then we headed to Kek Lok Si, a huge Buddhist temple – there was a ton to explore there. Last we got some food at China House, a cafe with some art and a lot of delicious cakes. It was in a big historical house that went very far back – a courtyard and I think a bar were in the back of it!
Then it was already time to go back to KL ! Penang was just like a mini KL with better food, and a more chill atmosphere. 🙂