Penang, Malaysia is a city in the northern part of Malaysia, not far from Phuket, Thailand. It is home to an old English fort and a town called Georgetown. It is an incredibly diverse island with great views, delicious food, and welcoming people. We stayed on the north side of the island at the Flamingo Hotel by the Beach. (Not recommended.)
We did not get to do most of the itinerary I had planned out because poor Owen got very sick on the plane ride from HCMC to Kuala Lumpur. We spent our first day mostly in the hotel room and the second day (Christmas Eve) was spent in the hospital because Owen was very dehydrated. Fortunately, an IV drip and a day of rest helped him bounce back and we were able to go up Penang Hill on our third, and last, day.
We were able to visit Georgetown a little bit and got a taste of the wonderfully diverse culture. We toured a Mosque, Buddhist Temple, and a Hindu Temple. I learned a lot about world religion.
I feel bad that we didn't get to experience all of Penang, but with so many places to see in SE Asia, I'm not so sure we will be back. It was definitely worth our time to make the trip this time.
I really enjoyed having Christmas dinner in Georgetown at a huge collection of street food vendors--we had amazing Indian food. In fact, I ate more Indian food on this trip than I though possible. It was so good. And cheap. And good. Yum.
Turns out that Ollie is a big fan of Indian food too. Owen, not so much. He much preferred the waffles.
While on top of Penang Hill, we had an artist draw a sketch of the boys. The images turned out really well, and I am sure we will cherish them for the rest of our lives.