We had heard lots of good things about Penang not least the historical town of Georgetown which has been a UNESCO heritage site since 2007.
Penang also has some diverse cuisine thanks to the local population being a mix of Indian, Malay, Thai, Perankhan and European. Colonial architecture and traditional wooden shophouses sit side by side in the city making for a marvellous blend of old and new.
Our base for the few days we were in town was another delightful AirBnB home and our lovely host Sapur made us feel at home as soon as we arrived. Besides the delicious and varied breakfasts she served up daily we were also treated to a trip to the local Indian restaurant for a breakfast Indian style, a visit to the local botanical gardens and a stop at the nearby coconut stall to try the cool and pure coconut water!
As luck would have it we were also in town at the same time as the Hindu festival of Thaipusam and were able to join in the celebrations on the eve of Thaipusam and during the following day.