Top 10 things to do in Georgetown, Penang

Inside a traditional Chinese building

Many cruisers visit Penang in order to go through the bureaucracy of acquiring a Thai visa. But Georgetown, with its UNESCO-listed heritage, art scene and world renowned street food is so much more than a visa stop-over. Here’s our guide to what to do and see in the island’s capital, and some suggestions of where to stay and eat.

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Chemicals and culture: 48 hours in Georgetown, Penang

A Chinese Malay in Little India, Georgetown, Penang

The island of Penang lies south of Langkawi on the north-west coast of mainland Malaysia. Before Kuala Lumpur developed into the international capital it is today, Penang was the economic and cultural hub of Malaysia. But it wasn’t always so.

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FTB People: Nazar 72

Nazer 72 in his auto-rickshaw

“I Nazar seven two. Maybe you want diesel? Maybe wash boat?” With a sideways, rolling nod, he proffered a flimsy business card. Maybe, I thought, taking it from him. His anxious expression relaxed, and a brief smile smoothed his shiny face.

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Become a followtheboat video legend!

Become a youtube legend and upload your followtheboat video

If you’re happy to appear in a future video episode, please send us your “Followtheboat!” shout out. It’s easy, just take a short clip of you saying/singing/whispering/shouting/signing “Followtheboat!”. It need only be a few seconds long.

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