Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Had A Great Time in George Town
--Our fantabulous hotel. We stayed at the Eastern & Oriental, which was both extremely comfortable and extremely historic. The service was also impeccable.
--Lack of tourist crowds. Even though George Town is an UNESCO World Heritage site, it was surprisingly tourist-free. The vast majority of the people we saw in temples, restaurants and parks were locals. Even the 'big' tourist draws were uncrowded. This meant almost everything was an authentic reflection of the local culture, rather than designed with tourists in mind (something I really hate).
--Amazing food. We ate Malaysian, Indian, Taiwanese, Chinese, Swiss German and street food, and it was all delicious. (So were the coffee, juices, and alcoholic drinks BTW.) I only wish I could have eaten more!
--Lovely architecture and cityscape. George Town is terribly charming, in a authentically scruffy sort of way (see: lack of touristy horribleness).