I had high hopes for my next destination, Georgetown. The island of Penang is known as the food capital of Malaysia, and I might go as far to say it’s the best eating I’ve experienced in South East Asia. It’s a place where you encounter hawkers (street food vendors) who’ve been slinging the same dish for over 40 years. I fell into the habit of eating about five times a day here and would have gladly upped that number had my body allowed it.

Booking the minibus to Penang, Malaysia from my hostel in Krabi was painless and it turned out the ride and border crossing was just as smooth. The 10 hour bus ride was a long haul, but I knew I was in the right place as soon as I stepped off the bus. On the 10 minute walk to my hostel I passed several open-air kitchens, food courts, and cafes, all tucked within beautiful old buildings. I could spend hours describing the joyful days bouncing from one stall to the next, sampling the city’s variety of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and European foods, but I’ll just let the photos do the talking.


Eating My Way Through Penang