Georgetown, Malaysia: An Illustration of Contrasts

A stroll through Georgetown gives one a sense of being whisked to several countries in a matter of hours. In this largely Chinese city, bundles of smoldering incense scent the maze of bustling streets as crimson red lanterns sway overhead. Bollywood music rumbles in Little India, echoing off storefronts dotted with colorful saris and bins of sparkly bangles. Women donning headscarfs whizz by on motorbikes. A pristine white clock tower from the colonial era commemorates the reign of Queen Victoria. Georgetown is indeed an illustration of contrasts.

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Photography & text © by Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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10 Comments on “Georgetown, Malaysia: An Illustration of Contrasts

  1. Tricia I LOVE the colors of your photos, especially the half-a-bike jutting out the yellow wall! Georgetown will be added to my list of places to go! :o) Thanks for sharing once again!

    • Hi again, Antoinette, and thank you! In addition to Georgetown/Penang, I also recommend Malacca (south of Kuala Lumpur). It’s smaller but also has the vintage charm and whimsy of Georgetown. Feast away while you’re there – the food is wonderful! :)

  2. I love Georgetown, the food, the people and so much colour. I love your shots Tricia, brings back some good memories of the place

    • Aggy, thank you / ‘terima kasih’ comes to mind. :) I’m glad the shots transported you back to your time there. What other spots in Malaysia did you visit? We really enjoyed the butterfly sanctuary, tropical fruit farm, and just walking the backroads of Georgetown. There’s so much more to see in Penang; I hope we can return someday soon.

  3. My boyfriend and I are thinking of traveling here in December! Loved the pictures and totally made me realize Georgetown is a must see!

    • Hi, Catherine & Fabian – glad you enjoyed this glimpse into Georgetown. We visited Malaysia in December as well. Georgetown was one of our highlights, along with Malacca, which is south of Kuala Lumpur.

      Feast away while you’re in the country! How I find myself now missing the food court in Georgetown, with its stands dishing up food from the Philippines, Malaysia, China, Korea and more. We dined at a different place every night, and an added bonus is that there were also many locals there with whom to mingle. If you’re interested in a preview of the food offerings, see if you can find Anthony Bourdain’s Penang episode. :)

      Gute Reise & Guten Appetit!

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