Father and son koay chiap makers, Lebuh Kimberley
With each visit to Penang we like it more.
There's the food, of course - undoubtedly Malaysia's best. And the stunning prewar architectural gems of Georgetown. But there's more to it than that. Penang's got soul. It's got a living, breathing street culture. It's laid-back. It's friendly. Unlike another UNESCO World Heritage location we recently visited, it's not just a collection of historical sites and buildings that for all intents and purposes have pretty much been stripped of local life and now exist primarily for the enjoyment of tourists. In fact, its amazing how well Penang - and Georgetown - have maintained their identity in the face of rising tourist numbers over the years. We hope they continue to do so.
Waiter, Kedai Makanan Veloo Vilas, Lebuh Penang
This week we're moving house, and Dave put together this collection of images to help me maintain my Penang state of mind long enough to finish an article about what makes the place so special. There's a story to go with most of the photos. We promise to share once the dust settles.
Fish seller, Pulau Tikus market
Tan Choon Teong, laksa maker, Balik Pulau
Lau Joo Choon, heh chee and lor bak maker, Kheng Pin Coffeeshop, Jalan Penang
Fruit selling sisters, Lebuh Cintra
Tosai master, Veloo Vilas
Soy sauce makers, Pulau Tikus market
Hokkien opera performer, Yap Kongsi, Lebuh Armenian
Stir-fry master, Lebuh Carnavon
Pigeon feeders, Lebuh Queen
Hainan chicken vendors, Kheng Pin
Roast meats seller, Sky Restaurant, Chulia Street
Silversmith, Balik Pulau
Artist Simon Tan on Penang Hill
Fish seller, Campbell Street Market