There is always a prompt when people decide to travel. Some do it for work, while others do it to study. There are people who travel just to add a bit of colour to their photo catalogues. Still, others who would like to see the world and learn about different cultures.
But the most common trigger for travelling is to just get away from it all. As employees or students, we’ve forgotten what it’s like to simply observe. We live one email or notification at a time, refreshing timelines when we’re bored, or falling through the rabbit hole of Youtube suggestions. Living life like this means that we need to find a place where we can focus on the present and forget about the hectic urban setting.
One such place is Penang, Malaysia.
Going beyond the hawker centres and heritage building
When you see pictures or Penang online, the first two things that come to mind are:
(1) There are a lot of heritage buildings
(2) There’s so much food available everywhere
In fact, other than hawker centres, Penang is one of the best places to try hole-in-the-wall restaurants that serve awesome local food and artisan coffee. Some of these restaurants are located in really old buildings, where the 171 years of British occupation is evident through their old-world architecture.
But Penang has so much more to offer other than food and a history lesson. Here are # reasons to visit Penang.
Ancient martial art
If you’re looking for a history lesson, take your eyes off of the buildings and learn all about this stick-fighting martial art. Known as the silambam nillaikalakki, a traditional Dravidian Indian martial art, this stick-fighting technique has been preserved in Penang since 1932. It involves a lot of footwork and is still being taught by Grandmaster Dr. Anbananthan.
The best part? You can study siamlbam for free! Go to the secluded Gelugor district and make your way to the top of Balai Rakyat Tun Sardon.
Thriving underground music scene
One of the best underground clubs in Asia can be found Weld Quay, George Town, Penang. Soundmaker features punk, alternative, and metal rock bands from the local music scene or international touring artists. If you’re looking for a night of loud guitars, mosh pits, and headbanging, make sure to check out the club.
Excellent Penang accommodation
Amidst historic buildings and heritage sites sits a hotel that sticks out like Maison Margiela Sneakers in a rack filled with John Lobb Oxfords. Vouk Hotel Suites Penang is the perfect starting point if you want to make sure you have access to the island’s prime location. And when it comes to their accommodation, nothing else looks more modern than their hotel rooms. Sleek white decor, modern furnishings, and top-notch amenities ensure that your stay isn’t just comfortable, it’s convenient as well.
And hey, if you plan your trip now, you can get a 25% discount on your accommodation plus a buffet breakfast inclusion. Just book their Advance Purchase Promo 21 days before your check-in date. For more details, visit their website at http://www.voukhotelsuites.com.my/.
Diverse art scene
George Town is known around the world for its street murals. The Sculpture At Work of Tang Mun Kian made use of steel rods to create caricatures of the daily life in Penang. A Lithuanian artist known as Ernest Zacharevic was also commissioned to work on six murals for a project named “Mirrors of George Town.” The aim is to show the playful and energetic side of Penang.
So if you find yourself in the mood to get away from your emails and files, make sure you head on over to Penang, Malaysia for a bit of a mental cleansing.