Curious George Town

Malaysia isn’t always on people’s travel radar and after now being three times, I have officially dubbed it my favorite country in SE Asia and also placed it on my possible Future Home list.

Here are some of my favorite things about Georgetown, Malaysia’s second largest city, located 100 miles (~160 km) South of Thailand.

  1. The colors
    • I’ve started to see themes in my own travel likes and dislikes and one of them is definitely colorful cities. The bright yellow wall with blue trim or an orange house on the corner of the street, they just add character and they radiate good energy (at least to me).
  2. The food
    • The food in Georgetown is…amazing. Honestly I ate better here than I did anywhere else I’ve been. I didn’t have a single meal that wasn’t delicious, although I did leave with my favorites 🙂 I would recommend checking out China House, Lagenda Cafe, Yin’s Sourdough Bakery and Yuan Wei soup shop.
  3. The architecture
    • Since Georgetown was turned into a UNESCO world heritage sight, there has been a lot of purposeful effort put into preserving the original architecture. Even though GT is the second largest city in Malaysia, it doesn’t feel like a big city. I loved seeing the buildings, in use and some abandoned, that just tell stories when you look at them.
  4. The street art
    • I couldn’t write about GT without mentioning the street art, it’s a given! While many large murals and pieces of street art were all commissioned by a Lithuanian artist in 2012, there seem to be new pieces being added constantly. While we were there we saw a man painting a mural and that night I saw it posted on Instagram. There is no shortage of art to be found, which makes exploring the city on foot a pretty exciting activity.


U.S. Passport holders get 90 day visas to Malaysia so I have added it to my list to come back for 3 days to travel and explore Malaysia more. I would love to go Cameron Highlands, Langkawi, Pangkor Island, Kuala Terengganu (that Crystal Mosque tho!), Malacca and probably many many other places I don’t now about yet 🙂


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