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Travels in Malaysia with children part 1 (Penang)

Traditional Chinese shop house

Traditional Chinese shop house

We are at the beginning of 5 weeks of a family holiday with our 6 year old daughter and 4 year old son. We are beginning our adventure in Penang, Malaysia. I only have my Samsung Galaxy SIII and Samsung Note 8 with me and so I don’t have my usual ability to edit. Hopefully this series of posts will be ok!

Delicious dosa

Delicious dosa

We are staying in a 3 bedroom apartment near the best street for street food in Penang. We started the day seeking peanut pancakes and settling for pau (steamed buns) for our kids and laksa for my husband and hokkein mee for me. It was ok but heavy on grains which I avoid so it left me still hungry.

Hokkein mee

Hokkein mee

From there we ventured on to find more food on Macalister Street and finally we were full.

Chinese hawker stall

Chinese hawker stall

We intended all day to catch the free loop bus that drives around the UNESCO listed old town of Georgetown but instead we walked and had regular treats to keep us going. Having 3 weeks ago been in Quito old town which is also listed I was amazed by the contrast here in that Quito seems better preserved. The street art in Georgetown is amazing and we delighted in traipsing along glimpsing a group of tourists taking photos and heading over there to see another fascinating mural.13878890553452138788925450801387889416501613878892658181138788916212931387889171496413878891900195138788919888761387889247326913878892391208

We were repeatedly offered a lift in a trishaw but it seemed like exploitation to ask a very lean old man to pull the big heavy trishaw and us.13878892279827

Some Chinese families built stilt houses on large wooden jetties and people still live there. It was fascinating to walk among the stilt houses but uncomfortable too peering into people’s lives.


At times we all struggled with the smells from the open drains, especially our children. We quickly learnt how to use squat toilets without toilet paper and only a hose and how to walk on the road with the traffic because of the lack of footpaths and cross many lanes of traffic without a pedestrian crossing. At the Cornwallis fort we found a large playground where our children could play and take a break from the vigilance of walking through narrow streets full of traffic. We had a great day!13878907560057


7 comments on “Travels in Malaysia with children part 1 (Penang)

  1. intentional consumption
    December 24, 2013

    Great photos!

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