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Mark Moxon's Travel Writing

Malaysia: Georgetown

Town Hall, Georgetown
Georgetown's rather grand Town Hall

Lazing around on tropical beaches is enjoyable enough, but after a few days we decided enough was enough, and struck north from Pulau Pangkor for the island of Penang. Pulau Penang is as famous as Melaka when it comes to colonial history, due to its strategic position at the north of the Straits of Melaka, and although it's probably best known these days as for the popular beach resorts on the island's north coast, we didn't come for sand, sea or surf. Nope; we came for Georgetown, the big old settlement on Penang's northeastern coast.

An intricately decorated roof at the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi clan house
The intricate roof of the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi clan house
A street in Georgetown
A typical Georgetown street scene