The Captain and I took a road trip north at the end of December to check out boatyards for Amandla’s refit and see a bit of Malaysia.
It was Penang’s ambiance and endless visual delights that captured my heart. From the bustle of Georgetown, a Unesco World Heritage Site, to the charming fishing villages at the island’s edges, Penang has it all.
We found plenty of delicious, affordable food, an enchanting, diverse local population, interesting architecture and engaging street art.
The highlight among many highlights of my time in Penang was a Trishaw Tour with Awang, a welcoming, knowledgeable ‘ambassador’ of Georgetown. The cost was minimal and the experience priceless.
Awang found me wandering a bit aimlessly along Lebuh Campbell. I liked his smile and asked for a ride. He knew every nook and cranny of Georgetown and seemed to know every shopkeeper as well, greeting several as we traveled past.
He also showed me a great deal of Penang Street Art, some that I’d tried to find unsuccessfully on foot with inaccurate tourist mural maps and others that I did not know existed (gallery forthcoming). And then he started playfully posing in front of some of the murals. His charm comes through in every shot.
I wanted to share the experience with The Captain, so I kept an eye out for Awang’s Trishaw (License #1422) when we were walking the streets a few days later. We found him outside the Masjid Kapitan Keling, and hired him for another entertaining tour.
If you find yourself in Penang, keep your eye out for Awang on Trishaw #1422. I’ll be back and look forward to riding with him again.