The clan jetties of Penang

Penang is a colourful mix of Indian, Malay and Chinese culture. At one time you could feel like you’re in India (a very clean version of it) and then if you walk two streets down you’ll feel like you’re in an old kind of Southern China (again, a very clean version of it). It’s quite amazing!

I visited a particularly curious Chinese area, which were the Chinese clan jetties.
chinese clan jetties penang

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Penang street art

I left Cambodia  and got on a plane to my next destination: Malaysia! I had heard from several people that Kuala Lumpur isn’t that great, so I decided to go straight to Georgetown in Penang which I heard had a lot more character and amazing cheap food.

And so it did! I ate my way through Georgetown for five days – but more about that later. For now I want to show you all the great street art that Georgetown is also becoming famous for.

Georgetown street art

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The big highlight – Angkor Wat


After we already got a first impression of the the Angkor temples on the previous day, we set off to see a few more, including Angkor Wat. The first stop was going to be Banteay Srei, a temple with really intricate carvings.

It was about an hour’s drive to Banteay Srei and on the way we saw a lot of local villages with wooden houses of different sizes, market vendors, children playing, water buffalos bathing in little muddy streams. The houses were often built on stilts to prevent flooding of the ground floor and every family has a separate little hut for cooking. They don’t cook inside the house for fear of burning the house down. Fair enough!

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