Category Archive: Penang

My Guide to Eating Dim Sum

My Guide to Eating Dim Sum Dim Sum could be described as the Chinese version of Spanish tapas. Small, visually-delightful, mouth-watering steamed morsels are served up on tiny plates to be eaten solo or shared among family and friends. These personally-selected collections of little dumplings eaten with piping hot Chinese tea will leave you happily …

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PHOTO GALLERY: Working Rickshaws of Malacca and Penang, Malaysia

PHOTO GALLERY: Working Rickshaws of Malacca and Penang, Malaysia  ( SEE Photos of Rickshaws here ) Malacca and Penang are two historic towns that rose to fame and glory during the Asian trading route days of the 1880s. Both towns are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites, full of beautiful colonial architecture, old Chinese shop houses, temples …

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10 Free Things to do in Penang – pt 2

Armenian Street - Penang

10 Free Things to do in Penang – pt 2 A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, Penang was one of the most important ports on the old Asian trading route. From the late 1700s, its free port status attracted merchants, laborers and traders from China, India, Sumatra and Europe. They all set up businesses, …

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PHOTO GALLERY: Colonial Architecture of Penang – Malaysia

PHOTO GALLERY: Colonial Architecture of Penang – Malaysia Penang, Malaysia was one of the major ports along the old Asian trading route that ran between Europe, India, the Middle East, SE Asia and China. The British commanded the port during those prosperous years. The island quickly attracted merchants, traders and laborers from all over the …

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PENANG SPICE GARDEN AND COOKING CLASS: A REVIEW

PENANG SPICE GARDEN AND COOKING CLASS: A REVIEW When I stepped under the verdant threshold into Penang Spice Garden, I was quickly greeted by their cheerful, welcoming staff, who were smiling and inviting guests to the check-in counter. Along with the friendly greeting a warm, relaxing feeling washed over me from the lush tropical foliage …

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PENANG HOTEL REVIEW: 1881 CHONG TIAN CULTURAL HOTEL

Elegance. Opulence. Class. These sensations wash over me as I entered 1881 Chong Tian Cultural Hotel in Penang, Malaysia. Chong Tian’s lush lobby is furnished with dark wood antique Chinese chairs inlaid with ivory and adorned with vibrant silk pillows, a large decorative vase displaying an elaborate flower arrangement, an intricately carved and gilded antique Chinese screen, …

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REVIEW: CHINA HOUSE- PENANG – MALAYSIA

A VISIT TO CHINA HOUSE- PENANG – MALAYSIA Just before I left Penang to Langkawi Island, I discovered the most fantastic cafe: China House. Actually it’s more than a mere cafe: it’s a large, rambling complex of restored heritage buildings with a gourmet bakery, several restaurants and eating spaces, an art gallery, a reading room, …

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HUTTON LODGE- PENANG HOTEL REVIEW

HUTTON LODGE- A PENANG HOTEL REVIEW I eagerly walked over to Hutton Lodge, promoted as a budget hotel and set in a renovated colonial building in the heart of Georgetown’s cultural center on Jalan Hutton. I’d already walked past the place once, so I knew it was a large pale yellow mansion, set off the …

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MANGO TREE PLACE BOUTIQUE HOTEL- PENANG HOTEL REVIEW

MANGO TREE PLACE BOUTIQUE HOTEL- A PENANG HOTEL REVIEW On my way to Mango Tree Place, I couldn’t help but recall their charming website with its relaxing music and unique, interesting design. This unusual boutique hotel aims to ‘provide interesting spaces and unique experiences’. It describes Mango Tree as an ‘away home’ (ie. ‘home away …

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BEYOND GUIDEBOOKS: PENANG CULTURE- LOCAL HOMEMADE SWEETS

BEYOND GUIDEBOOKS: PENANG CULTURE- LOCAL HOMEMADE SWEETS Because of its multi-cultural heritage, Penang offers an amazing variety of delicious, homemade local sweets: Indian, Malay, Chinese, and others. Most are made in little bakeries and pastry shops on Georgetown’s side roads. Yet I rarely see any western tourists eating these delicious sweets! I suspect it’s simply …

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