A fun way to explore Georgetown

Georgetown, Penang is just asking to be explored by trishaw. Wheelchairs don’t fit on, but lots of children do!  The trishaw commands a sort-of historic respect on the congested roads. Normally in Malaysia little guys give way to bigger guys who give way to the biggest guys. But trishaws pedal merrily out into traffic, confident that all will give way, and they do. Decorated with flowers, flags and umbrellas, and sometimes playing music, they make a fine team with their often toothless grinning drivers;  chilled out old guys who sit around on street corners. We found two who were happy to ‘just ride around’ and show us the old part of town.

We stopped at the oldest temple in town, there was a stern and apparently necessary sign warning that joss sticks were to be no more than four feet in length!

We saw weavers, jewelery makers, and the last remaining hand-made joss stick makers all busy at their craft. A whole street was lined with flower sellers, making bouquets and garlands for offering at the temple.

Later we climbed around Fort Cornwallis, playing on the cannons and breaking out of the gunpowder storage stronghold.

Of course, Penang is world famous for hawker food, and we managed to eat chicken rice, chendol, ais kachang and Nonya sweets from the frenetically busy hawker stalls. We watched the chicken rice man wield his cleaver with the skill of someone who chops dozens of chickens, all day, everyday. Who wants the feet?














We toured the Peranakan Museum, learning the history of the Nonyas and Babas, and imagining what it would be like to live in their grand house. Our guide was so excited about the history, it was contagious.


Have you ever traveled by trishaw? What do you think is the most fun way to get around an old city?


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6 Responses to A fun way to explore Georgetown

  1. fiona January 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    REALLY enjoying your blog Gill and know that this journey will last forever. xx

  2. Pauline Halupka January 25, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Hi gill and family
    I was absolutely enthralled to read your amazing story and to read of your travels. I wish you all the best on your travels around Asia and pray you all remain safe and healthy
    Warm wishes. Pauline

  3. Bron January 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    we loved Penang and Georgetown too. We are heading back that way in July where will you all be? :)

    • Jill January 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      Hi Bron I just went to look at your photos, which are great! I am so impressed you got around Georgtowm with Cooper’s chair. The footpaths drove us up the wall! Not sure about July. buying tickets as we go at this stage.

  4. Jaquie Mills January 28, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    I am so enjoying your blog. You guys are a total inspiration and so awesome!

  5. Tracy January 29, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    Wow I think you guys may have seen as much of Georgetown in one day than we saw in all the time we’ve spent in Penang. We haven’t done a trishaw yet but we took a cyclo in Hanoi which is similar I guess – I think it’s a fantastic way to see a city. Slow enough that you can notice everything but faster than walking. Of course it gets a bit hairy at intersections with crazy cars zooming everywhere! Or in the case of Hanoi, 3000 bikes

    Hope you are still in Penang in mid-Feb when we return. Would be lovely to meet up.

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