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Polaroid of the week: Chinatown at dusk | Penang, Malaysia

Polaroid of the week: Chinatown at dusk | Penang, Malaysia

Last Updated on March 9, 2021


polaroid of the week malaysia georgetown penang chinatown at nightOnly planned as a short stop on our tour of Malaysia, Penang’s unique vibe quickly unraveled itself, exposing just the type of multi-layered urban personality we easily connect with. One of the most unexpected surprises is the way the cultural neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little India are so intricately connected. Turn one corner, and you are blasted with deafening sounds of Hindi music and the smells of cumin, coriander and coconut. Just around the next corner, musky puffs of incense smoke billow from giant joss sticks in front of a Chinese temple.

On a quiet evening stroll, we cut through the peaceful backstreets of Chinatown, under delicate Chinese lanterns strung across everything from major roads to narrow alleys. We couldn’t help but enjoy the distinctly cool evening breeze and peaceful solitude here, so different to its buzzing atmosphere during the day.


Saturday 28th of July 2012

Travelling to Penang today, really excited and glad to learn its one of your top travel destinations. Hope we feel the same, but judging from your travel photographs and blog, I think we'll be impressed.


Tuesday 31st of July 2012

How are you liking Penang so far? It really was one of our favorite places in all of South East Asia!


Tuesday 14th of February 2012

Chinatown is always worth visiting! Nice photo!


Thursday 9th of February 2012

We always visit China Town and India Town wherever we go. India Town in Toronto was pretty amazing. Not only are they atmospheric, but food is yummy and cheap (great for the budget traveller), and lots of fresh fruit and veg. I haven't been to Penang, but your photo is very appealing.


Saturday 11th of February 2012

Hi Jan - that's exactly why we love Little India everywhere too. Not only is the food cheap, but you get so many vegetables, too! If you do get the chance to go to Penang, definitely do it - it's a cheap flight ($40) from KL, the capital, so it's doable even for just a few days. Where we stayed is called George Town - that's where Little India and Chinatown are located. Thanks for stopping by!